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  • The craziest elevators in the world

    Gateway Arch, photo by Ryan Kelly on Flickr

    Elevators are not usually at the top of a traveler’s must-see list, unless they have watched a particularly good thriller or if they don’t like being confined in small spaces. Elevators are notorious for their uninteresting music often even more uninteresting decor, but as hard to believe as it is, there are several elevators in the world that are actually exciting. If you have never thought that an elevator ride would be something to write home about, then you definitely haven’t been on any of the craziest elevators in the world. Forget all you’ve known about elevators so far, and prepare for a truly exhilarating experience.

     
  • Remote Baltic islands you’ve (probably) never heard of

    Saaremaa, photo by Ekke on Flickr

    Islands like Bali, the Maldives, Fiji and other tropical wonders get all the attention on the travel scene, and even a few islands with temperate climate are quite popular with mainstream travelers as long as they are famous. But what about the scores of islands that are located in parts of the world that are slightly off the beaten path? The Baltic Sea is bordered by countries with huge touristic potential, like Denmark, Finland, Sweden or Germany, and sticking to dry land will reward you with amazing sights, but there is a bunch of islands scattered over the pond that are just as worthy of interest. If you want an island holiday that goes beyond the conventional, here are some remote Baltic islands you’ve (probably) never heard of.

     
  • The most famous luxury hotels in Europe

    photo by chelmsfordblue on Flickr

    Even if you are the kind of hardened backpacker who doesn’t think twice about sleeping under the open sky, you’ve probably dreamed of sleeping in luxury hotels where you’re treated like royalty, where your room has a king-size bed, a minibar stocked with champagne, and room service that’s better than even the fanciest restaurant. If you’re willing to pay a pretty penny to stay in a place like this, or if you’re merely considering your options for when you’ll win the lottery, here are some of the most famous luxury hotels in Europe.

     
  • The most picturesque lakeside towns in the world

    Bowness-on-Windermere, photo by foshie on Flickr

    If you love water, then as soon as the weather gets warm you will probably want to take a trip to the seaside and indulge in the joys of beach life: swimming, lounging in the sun, or doing some water sports. But beaches are notorious for attracting huge crowds, and let’s not forget about jellyfish, riptides, sunburn and other downsides. But if you’re not ready to give up on your plans of splashing around in the sun, why not choose a lakeside town instead as your spring/summer destination? Wherever there’s a particularly pretty lake, there will be a lakeside town as well, where you can find guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, etc. Spend your days swimming, sailing, hiking and doing other outdoor activities in some of the most picturesque lakeside towns in the world.

     
  • The best automobile museums in the world

    Volkswagen Autostadt, photo by ilovebutter on Flickr

    The vast majority of museums collect paintings, sculptures, historical exhibits, while others exhibit things that one is most used to see on the street – like cars, for example. Any car enthusiast knows that some car are works or art, and belong in a museum, or at least in the private collection of someone who can appreciate their worth. Luckily, if you’ve been known to wax lyrical about the sleek curve of a car hood, then you won’t have to keep an eye out for antique cars every time you go out on the street. Just visit some of the best automobile museums in the world, where you can see classics, unique cars, and learn about their evolution of their design and engineering.

     
  • 5 secret bars in the world and how to find them

    The whole point of opening a business is to get as many customers as possible and make profit, or at least that’s how things usually work everywhere in the world. But there are some businesses that are not interested in catering to very Tom, Dick and Harry, and prefer to build a rather more exclusive customer base – like a country club, for example. Another way is to keep the business hidden so that only the initiated can find you – this is how some of the most interesting bars in the world work. You’d have to look in the most unlikely p;laces to find them, and the chances of bumping into them by sheer luck are rather slim. But if you want to drink where few people drank before, here are 5 secret bars in the world and how to find them – just don’t tell anyone!

     
  • The best castle towns in the world

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber, photo by Destination Europe on Flickr

    In ages past, when castles were being built by the hundreds, little towns would often spring up around them, leaching off the wealth and protection of the castle’s lords and ladies. And while castle towns are a fixture in most European countrie, they are not limited to the Old World. Pretty towns with large castles looming over them can be found all over the world, and if the castle is interesting, then the community built around it is no less intriguing. If you feel like taking a step back in time to the glorious days of Medieval Europe or Asia, and even North America (without getting acquainted with any of the horrors of the Middle Ages), then take a trip to some of the best castle towns in the world.

     
  • The best destinations for science fans

    Nemo, photo by Michael Spiller on Flickr

    If you’re a science geek and you love talking and reading about science just as much as you love traveling, then you probably won’t be satisfied with only visiting your local science museum to get your fix. Luckily, places where you can experience and learn more about science are widespread around the world, and a science fan will never be without a long list of attractions to visit. Immersing yourself in culture, art and cuisine are the basics of a trip anywhere, but for many travelers, learning about the world around them in a scientific way is also important. So if you want to get your geek levels up, here are some of the best destinations for science fans.

     
  • The funniest food museums in the world

    Spam Museum, photo by Larry Page on Flickr

    Museums are usually places where people go to educate themselves about art, culture or history, to look at interesting displays and sometimes at exhibits that are plain strange. Well, a food museum is definitely not your run of the mill museum, but if you love food or love eating, then they are a good place to spend an afternoon. Food is important, and apparently for many people it is important enough to belong in a museum. There are loads of food museums around the world, some of which are truly informative, others played just for the laughs. Either way, your amusement is guaranteed. Here are the funniest food museums in the world.

     
  • The world’s best destinations for street art

    Los Angeles street art, photo by Pranksky on Flickr

    Art is not found only in museums and galleries, but often in unexpected places as well. Many people, even travelers, often walk on a street without paying too much attention to what is around them, and unless an interesting sight is either very eye-catching or very large, you might pass it by without even realizing it’s there. Most cities and towns have some kind of street art to see, but some places have so much of it that simply walking around can be a full-blown artistic experience. Here are some of the world’s best destinations for street art, where you will surely find some gems even if you don’t look hard.

     
 
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