My current life/travel obsession is seeing the northern lights. I’ve been gleefully researching where and when I’d have the best chance of seeing them, and although Alaska, Sweden, and Norway all sound amazing, this time lapse video of the northern lights over Iceland this past winter might have just made my decision for me. It’s almost painfully beautiful. [Laughing Squid]
I generally feel pretty “meh” about tourist attractions, unless the tourist attraction in question is an upside-down house that gives you a chance to live like a cartoon character. Turns out just such a house exists in Moscow, and it’s drawing tourists from all over the world who have always longed to jump on the ceiling without breaking their necks and/or getting yelled at by their parents. Adding this to my travel bucket list right away. After the jump, check out a few more photos of the topsy turvy abode, complete with an upside-down Mini Cooper parked outside! (Life dream status.) Keep reading »
Photographer Kilian Schonberger grew up in a wooded area of rural Germany, and was surrounded by the same dark, desolate landscape that had inspired the Brothers Grimm to write their famous fairytales a century earlier. He’s managed to capture images of modern central Europe that look like they were ripped from a dusty tome of Grimm tales, and now I’m dying to visit these eerie locales in person. Possibly while wearing a velvet cloak and practicing spells. See a few more of Schonberger’s spooky snaps after the jump… Keep reading »
When I found out that Tanglewood Farm, a farm and petting zoo dedicated solely to miniature livestock, existed, I literally squealed with delight. When I found out it was in northern Georgia, which is easily within day trip distance from me, I started hyperventilating. How could I not?! Tanglewood is an entire farm teeming with miniature alpacas, goats, horses, donkeys, cows, chickens, and even a buffalo(!). All told, there are over 100 fun-size animals which visitors can pet, feed, and possibly snuggle with if they really hit it off. Well, I know where I’m going next weekend. Who’s coming with me? [Modern Farmer]
Any bookworms who are trying to decide where to take their next vacation will definitely want to check out a new tome called The Library: A World History. Author Dr. James Campbell and photographer Will Pryce explored more than 80 magnificent libraries in 20 countries (best. job. ever.) to create a comprehensive view of the most amazing libraries ever built. While the book is meant to be informative and artistic, I prefer to think of it is a travel guide, because after seeing some of the photos, I’ve already planned out a global itinerary of library pilgrimages. Click through the gallery to see some of these beautiful, book-filled buildings for yourself! [Daily Mail]
Those of us who spent our childhoods wearing out our “The Little Mermaid” VHS tapes and brushing our hair with a fork to replicate Ariel’s lifestyle need buy a ticket to Manila, stat, because a new mermaid school is ready to make our dreams come true. The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy offers its students realistic mermaid tails and a comprehensive course load including mermaid snorkeling, mermaid scuba diving, and mermaid fitness. Classes start at just $40, which is such a steal as far as living out childhood dreams go, and are open to any age and any gender. So, who’s in? Run a fork through your hair and meet me at the airport! [Daily Mail]
When I saw a picture of the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, it became an instant addition to my travel bucket list. Perched on the roof of the 57-story hotel, the pool offers breathtaking views, luxurious sunbathing, and intensive exposure therapy for anyone who suffers from a simultaneous fear of heights and water. According to the hotel’s rate calendar, on rare occasions rooms can be had for $379 a night, which means someday I will split the cost of lodging with 12 friends and we will take turns daring each other to swim up to the edge. Care to join us?
Well, I’ve just found a new place to add to my travel bucket list: Assateague Island, a gorgeous strip of land located off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. With beautiful white sand beaches, Assateague attracts a fair share of human tourists, but it’s also home to a large herd of wild ponies (I repeat: WILD PONIES), who spend their time prancing in the streets, taking leisurely swims in the ocean, and sunning themselves on the beach right alongside families building sandcastles and slathering on Coppertone. The photo above, for example, was taken on a crowded Saturday afternoon. I’m grabbing my swimsuit now. Who’s coming with me? [Neatorama]