Welcome to a semi-regular new travel feature on The Frisky! “Cities That Surprise” will highlight places across America (and maybe around the globe?!) that defied or exceeded our expectations, for whatever reason. Have you ever been somewhere that was unexpectedly awesome, or completely different than what you thought it was going to be? Do you live in a city that is constantly misunderstood or unappreciated? Shoot me an email at email@example.com with your nominations and I’ll help you spread the word about these hidden gem destinations that deserve way more credit.
And now, let’s discuss the city I visited a couple weeks ago that inspired this whole idea: Chattanooga, Tennessee. Keep reading »
Vacations are supposed to be fun. When I take time off, the only danger I encounter is that I might drink too many pina coladas. But some people don’t know how to relax. Their idea of fun is cliff-jumping into an active volcano or swimming with the sharks wearing a steak Speedo or going to St. Louis.
Well, we scoured the globe (from the safety of our computers, of course) to find the 14 most dangerous vacation destinations that we’d certainly never go to. Sure, call us weak… I don’t care as long as my pina colada is strong. Read more on TruTV…
This photo of a crazy cliff swing in Ecuador known as “the swing at the end of the world” probably has all you crazy daredevil types frantically searching travel sites for a plane ticket to South America. That’s cool. For me and my fellow “I’ll just drink a lemonade on the sidelines, thanks” types, it’s causing some light hyperventilation and, like every photo involving great heights, randomly making my feet itch(?!). After the jump, check out one more pic of a brave soul swinging out over the abyss, and tell us: is this cliff swing your dream or your nightmare? [Oddity Central] Keep reading »
Think about your 10 favorite friends. Now think about going on vacation with them. Sounds great, right? It can be! It can also be a roving, screaming, roiling nightmare. A friend who’s perfectly self-sufficient at home turns into a big cry baby. A guy who’s the life of the party turns into a raging 30-beer a day alcoholic. And even the best of buds can find each other super annoying when stripped of things like a working toilet, cheeseburgers, and personal space.
This summer, a lot of us will be taking trips to cabins or beach houses, foreign locales or local campgrounds with our friends. Follow the below rules to maximize quality buddy times and not lose your mind! Keep reading »
As any air traveler knows, there are few places more disgusting than an airplane bathroom a few hours into a long flight. But an airplane bathroom with no toilet paper on a 10-hour flight? That’s even worse. Passengers on a recent United Airlines (of course) flight from San Francisco to London got to experience that exact little surprise firsthand when the crew forgot to stock up on TP before departing. Faced with the choice of making an unscheduled stop to replenish their supply or arriving in London on time, the flight crew decided to fly on. Passengers were provided with a stack of cocktail napkins to use instead. “If I’m paying for a ticket, that should include the price of toilet paper, I would think,” one passenger told ABC News. Yes, you would think, but I guess when it comes to United, which is ranked dead last in customer satisfaction, you shouldn’t take anything for granted. Might want to pop a roll of TP into your carry-on next time, just in case. [Huffington Post]
[Photo of toilet paper roll via Shutterstock]
The Frisky’s former intern Daley is back from studying abroad for her spring semester — and back interning at The Frisky. Here’s the last in her series of pieces about her studies in Africa.
Clad in my black tank top and baggy, boldly printed South African pants, the dryness from my face was forming cracks in my foundation, and my mascara was flaking under my heavy eyelids. I had just been on an 11-1/2 hour flight from Cape Town to Amsterdam, and was now flying eight more hours over the pond, back to New York City for the summer. A glass of white wine and a bit of shuteye was calling my name, and when the male flight attendant strolled through the aisle with his beverage cart, I put in my order.
“Can I get a glass of white wine and a water, please,” I mumbled.
“Sure,” the flight attendant responded. As he was pouring my glass, he did a double take at my face and asked in his Dutch accent, “You are over 16?” Keep reading »
My brother and his girlfriend are visiting me in Nashville this week, and I’m so excited (and honestly, a little nervous) to host my first real live house guests. I mean, I’ve had friends crash on my couch for a night or two at various apartments, but I’ve never really had people fly to a new city and stay with me — and for a whole week too! I’m dedicated to being the best host I can be, so I’ve been eagerly compiling bits of advice for having house guests, and polling the other Frisky ladies for their favorite hosting tips. Check out our top 10 after the jump, and feel free to add your own tips in the comments! Keep reading »
Most of us have no desire to stay in a smelly, haunted hotel room. But for the select few special flowers who delight in creepy crawlies, the Mama Hotel is just up your alley. Designed to celebrate the arrival of the Jessica Chastain movie “Mama” on DVD (eh, it was just okay), the horrific hotel inside London’s Holiday Inn Camden Lock allows guests to sleep in rooms inspired by the scary film. And it’s not just the decorations: Guests will also be privy to encounters with “paranormal beings.”
That’s certainly a hotel for a certain kind of lady. But that’s hardly the only unique amenity. Guests at the Happy Guest Hotel Lodge in Dutton, England, can request a pet for the duration of their stay. Sure, they’re only goldfish, but lodge owner Jeff Riley says they’ve been a hit with weary, lonely travelers. “Obviously it can’t talk back but it can wiggle its fins and swim around the tank––it will give guests someone to talk to and unload the troubles of the day.” And they’re not the only ones — the Kimpton hotel chain also offers a goldfish-on-demand service for kiddies.
After the jump, some of the most strange and surprising guest amenities at hotels around the world.
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I’ve never been able to bring myself to buy one of those inflatable neck pillow, mostly because they look so dorky (I’m sorry, I’m shallow), but man do I ever regret that decision whenever I have a long flight — there’s nothing like starting a vacation with severe neck pain! I think I’ve finally found a solution to my troubles: the hoodie travel pillow. It’s an inflatable travel pillow covered in soft sweatshirt fabric, with a hood you can pull over your head for extra comfort and privacy. Hoodie pillows are available in black, gray, and red, and you can get your own for just $20 on Amazon. Life dream status. [Laughing Squid]
Sultry summertime is unwinding and settling in for a few months, and with the advent of warmer weather and longer nights, my mind starts to wander to more exotic enclaves. My typical summer vacation consists of laying out on my roof spritzing myself with a spray bottle and leafing through a tattered Us Weekly, but this year I’m going big or going home. These absurdly awesome travel destinations really do exist. Come, my pets. Let’s reach for the stars! Click through to take a gander at some of the best vacation spots this fine world has to offer.