Newsflash to nobody: crazy-rich people loooooove frivolous shit. After all, there are only so many practical items and experiences you can spend money on before it’s like, hey, bring on the fucking big cat room. (I know, I know, just because that’s what I would do with my extra millions doesn’t mean it applies to everybody.) Combine loads of money with showy aesthetics and that other beloved rich person thing, Travel, and what do you get? Yachts!
But daddy, everybody’s got a yacht … and as of last weekend’s Monaco Yacht Show, there’s something even grander than a humble yacht with which to show off your ridiculous wealths. Bert Houtman, founder and chairman of the Netherlands-based U-Boat Worx, gets it. He says, “There is a change in attitude of super-yacht owners. They’re fed up with drinking white wine and riding jet skis, so they’re looking for another thrill.” And what better thrill than an “underwater plane,” which can be attached beneath your silly old yacht and then taken for a spin up to 1000 meters below the surface? It all sounds impossibly appealing, and yes, impossibly thrilling, and relatively cheap in the $1.5 to $4.2 million range, but isn’t the entire point of a yacht is that lesser humans can look on in class envy? Submersibles, on the other hand, are submerged. Just don’t tell that to the clientele. [Refinery29]
Did Justin Bieber learn absolutely nothing from his interventional tête-à-tête with Zach Galifianakis last week? Yesterday’s visit to the Great Wall of China was a fantastic opportunity for the ol’ Biebs to score a bit of cultural enlightenment — hell, maybe the experience could even serve to humble the bratty pop star. Alas, in true Bieber form, he couldn’t even go the Great Wall, at one time considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, alone. Despite owning a perfectly good and functional pair of human legs, Justin opted to instead have his bodyguards and entourage hoist him up onto their shoulders and carry him the length of the wall. He is just so down-to-earth.
Also excellent: the singer and his crew were the cause of a massive security meltdown at the tourist attraction after they saw it fit to go skateboarding around the site, which is obviously Not Allowed and also Frowned Upon. But if there’s one thing Justin Bieber knows, it’s that anything and everything is fair game for Justin Bieber, am I right? [Mirror.co.uk]
I’ve always been a big fan of spontaneous day trips. When I lived in Portland, I loved driving up to Seattle or escaping to the Oregon coast for the day, and now that I live in Nashville, I can hop in the car and explore Chattanooga or Atlanta or just drive until I hit a little town with a diner that serves pie (this doesn’t take long).
I think people often get caught up in the idea that they can’t travel based on limitations on time or money, but a day trip is a great way to explore a new place without breaking the bank or taking time off, and you even get to sleep in your own bed at the end of the day. Need a little more encouragement to hit the road this weekend? Read on… Keep reading »
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]
You know what they say about New York City: DON’T FUCKING GO. Or at least, that’s what this “survival guide” from the ’70s would like you to think. To be fair, the dirty, dangerous New York City of 1975 is worlds removed from the glossy, mostly manicured NYC of today (people even live in Brooklyn now! by choice!), but if “Fear City” isn’t straight scaremongering, I don’t know what is.
- “…the best advice we can give you is this: Until things change, stay away from New York City if you possibly can.”
- “Stay off the streets after 6 P.M. …Do not be misled by the late sunsets during the summer season.”
- “Do not walk.”
- “Remain in Manhattan.”
Needless to say, the pamphlet received enough negative publicity to prevent it from ever being distributed. You can check out all of the pages in full over at the source. [Gothamist]
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?