Komodo island, Indonesia: paradise under extinction
Untouched 4.400 year-old tomb is discovered at Saqqara, Egypt
Taj Mahal, India: paradise under extinction
Unique people: barefoot world traveller
Maldives: paradise under extinction
Did you know that beer tastes different when you're in the air?
One of the most beautiful churches is built in Greece
Unique people: 106 year old cyclist
World's First Underwater Villa In Maldives
Unusual guitar shaped hotel
The most expensive cruise vacations on earth
Luxurious life on planet Mars
The highest tennis court in the world
Unique people: He lived naked for 29 years
The modern miracle of Moses in Korea
Unusual time zones
Chocolate Hills in Philippines
Traveled in 4 years to 107 countries and keeps going
This underground ancient city has 18 floors
The most dangerous island on earth
Unique people: Living like Tarzan for 60 years
This amazing beach is only 10 years old
Unusual beach where the sea disappears
Flying taxis are coming
Komodo island, Indonesia: paradise under extinctionThe Indonesian sea that surrounds the Komodo island and its neighboring islands are one of the best places on earth for scuba diving and marine life observation. The amazing coral reefs and the exotic fish life cannot be found almost anywhere like here. But the scientists have warned that South-east Asia's biologically diverse coral reefs will disappear by the end of this century and wipe out coastal economies if climate change isn't addressed. As this problem is considered one of the biggest threats to the surrounding environment, now the government faces a new threat and decided to close the popular island to tourists for one year as from 01.01.2020. Why? the closure comes in response to an alleged smuggling ring in which 41 Komodo lizards were taken from the island and sold abroad for about $35,000. During the closure, officials will reportedly embark on a conservation program aimed at increasing the population of the popular Komodo dragons while preserving their habitat.
Untouched 4.400 year-old tomb is discovered at Saqqara, EgyptA colorfully decorated tomb of an ancient priest named Wahtye has recently come to light some 5 meters beneath the sand at the archaeological site known as Saqqara. The color is almost intact even though the tomb is almost 4,400 years old. The tomb owner served King Neferirkare, who ruled during the Old Kingdom’s 5th dynasty. In addition to the name of the deceased, hieroglyphs carved into the stone above the tomb’s door reveal his titles: royal purification priest, royal supervisor, and inspector of the sacred boat. The reliefs depict Wahtye himself, his wife and his mother as well as everyday scenes that include hunting, sailing, making offerings, and manufacturing goods such as pottery and funerary furniture. Archeologists also found a big number of scarabs and mummified cats. Saqqara is located south of the Kairo and is believed to be one of the biggest 'necropolis' ever explored. The famous Pyramid of Djoser built in 2.700 BC, that can be witnessed there, is considered one of the oldest monuments on earth. Would you like to travel to Egypt?
Taj Mahal, India: paradise under extinctionThe Taj Mahal in Agra, India is one of the world's great sights and one of the most important religious places on earth. This amazing monument attracts more than 2 million tourists every year and most of them are from India. Nowadays it is forbidden for the polluting vehicles to enter the radius within 500 meters of the monument to preserve the building from the danger of being irreparably damaged by air and water pollution. Conservationists have taken a number of steps to curb pollution in Agra which is a growing manufacturing center.
Unique people: barefoot world travellerVladimir Nesin from Nizhnevartovsk - Russia is 68 years old but this doesn't stop him to keep traveling the world bear foot. Despite the marvels of modern transportation, Nesin prefers to see the world on foot. “I ran around barefoot as a kid, and whenever I take my shoes off it’s like a return to my childhood. I’m always struck by a desire to take my shoes off,” says Nesin, who claims to only wear shoes in extreme circumstances. He travels alone for the most part but is sometimes accompanied by others at different stages of the journey. Despite visiting some of the more risky areas in sub-Saharan Africa, Nesin has never felt a real sense of danger and just doesn’t think about it. He lives off of his Russian pension of ($190), and most of that money goes towards food. He hasn’t stopped at a hotel once in his 20 years on the road, preferring his tent instead, or weather permitting, roughing it under the stars. He also rarely travels by plane, but occasionally hitchhikes and uses other means of transportation when absolutely necessary.
Maldives: paradise under extinctionTime is running out for the Maldives, an archipelago of 1,190 islands located in the Indian Ocean. With even a slight rise in global sea levels, the country will become submerged. With climate change very much on the minds of its leaders, the country has already gone on carbon neutral policy from 2009. According to a report by the New York Times, political leaders of the Maldives have been actively looking for future places to move their 300,000 inhabitants, including "India, Sri Lanka and Australia as possible destinations."
Did you know that beer tastes different when you're in the air?Beer lovers can appreciate the fact that they enjoy their favourite drink on a flight but do they know that the taste is different than what they used to know? Conditions in the aeroplane cabin such as pressure, oxygen and humidity can dramatically affect the taste! With just 6-10% humidity at 35,000 feet, a long distance flight can be as dry as a walk in the desert. It is not a surprise that our nasal streaks dry during flights. Try having a beer next time you fly and compare the taste.
One of the most beautiful churches is built in GreecePanagia Kakaviotissa is probably the only church in the world without a roof. It is located on a beautiful Greek island of the Aegean, called Lemnos, and was built by monks to pray to the Virgin Mary. The church took its name from Mount Kakavos, which is located just 4 km southeast of the port of Myrina, which is the capital of the island. The chapel is estimated to have been built in 1300 and was chosen by monks to practice their eremetic way of life. and later to protect them from the raids of the Turks. Over the years the place was abandoned as all monks have left from life and the latter decided to leave Lemnos and go to Mount Athos. Today visitors following the uphill route will be compensated for any ''discomfort'' hiking up as they will face the unique view towards the bay of Moudros. This small white-washed chapel, with blue doors, full of pictures and no roof, is a perfect retreat for those who want to be isolated and pray.
Unique people: 106 year old cyclistRobert Marchand, 106, is still eating up kilometres on the stationary bike at his modest studio apartment northeast of Paris. Last January, Marchand pedalled for 22.547 kilometres (14.01 miles) in an hour at the national velodrome west of Paris. It was a new record for his age group - though the category had to be created especially for him, and he had no competition. After he turned 106 Marchand’s doctors advised him to stop competing for world records due to his bad balance and tired heart. He obliged but refused to quit racing completely. Marchand was born in Amiens in 1911, near the frontline of the First World War. He was a firefighter in Paris in the 1930s. He was a prisoner-of-war during World War II. He was a lorry driver and sugarcane planter. The former national gymnastics champion and boxer also found time to backpack around Venezuela and Canada. He says that owes his outstanding physical form to plenty of exercise, loads of fruits and vegetables, not too much coffee, no cigarettes and very little alcohol. Wow what a unique person!
World's First Underwater Villa In MaldivesNow all adventure enthusiasts with wealthy pockets can have one of a kind travel experience. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has announced the opening of a unique undersea villa, the first of its kind in existence. The two store residence is named The Muraka, or coral in the local language in the Maldives and is constructed 5m under the level of the Indian ocean. The underwater floor has a bedroom, living room and bathroom. The surfaces have glass lining so the guests can enjoy the magnificent view of the sea and the various colourful fishes. The villa is estimated to be available for a starting rate of $50,000 per night. But with the possibility of sharks swimming up to the glass at any moment, this villa is certainly not for the faint of heart.
Unusual guitar shaped hotelAnd the name of it, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which is is slated to open next year in South Florida. It will be one of the world’s most unique buildings – a hotel in the shape of a guitar. The 137-meter (450-foot) tower can be seen for miles and is part of an overhaul of the gambling and entertainment complex. The original hotel at the site opened in 2004 and the new tower is a 1,5 billion dollars expansion investment. The tower will include 806 guestrooms and suites, an additional 168 rooms and suites will be located in a seven-story tower that flanks the pool complex. The new facilities will bring the total of hotel rooms at the complex to 1,264. When the development is complete in mid-2019, Seminole Hard Rock will be home to an iconic guitar hotel tower that will include a Hard Rock Casino, nearly doubling its current size with 3,267 slot machines, 178 table games plus a new 1.672 m2 (18,000 square-foot) poker room.
The most expensive cruise vacations on earthIts name is Utopia and it is the biggest and most luxurious cruise ship manufactured ever. The building cost reached $1,1 billion and the length of the ship is 296 metres (971 foot long). Utopia is designed not only to be a cruise ship but a floating luxury apartment building that will have 190 residences, ranging in size from 130m2 to 613m2, designed to be comparable to luxury condos in major cities such as New York and London. The sale price of the residences varies from $4 to $36 million and many of the largest apartments are already purchased. The ship will also have 175 room hotel, casino, theatre, multiple swimming pools, spa, nightclubs and many other amenities. The most unique thing about it is the fact that it will travel the world for months in only one direction, visiting not only far distant places but also major sporting and cultural events around the globe such as Wimbledon, the Olympics, and Rio de Janeiro's Carnival. It will stay in one port for up to a week, as opposed to most cruise ships that stop for fewer than 24 hours, making time for more exploration for the multi-millionaire residents. The physical launch of the ship is planned in 3,5 years.
Luxurious life on planet MarsThe first humans that will colonize the planet Mars will be living luxuriously on its barren land. The facilities will include a gym, spa and of course a fantastic view of the red planet. A real estate agency that is willing to invest in building property on Mars has conducted a research with the cooperation of National Geographic on 2,000 individuals asking them to comment on the perspective of their life on the planet. The results of the survey? 10% of them would move out immediately if they had this chance even tomorrow. Would you dare to live on Mars?
The highest tennis court in the worldDubai is well known for its unique activities such as skydiving from the skyscrapers, skying in the mall, riding in the desert. But did you know that you can have a game of tennis 211 meters above sea level on the 7-star hotel of Burj Al Arab. The view from this unique tennis court, which transforms to helipad for the VIP guests of the luxurious hotel, is spectacular as you can enjoy the city from above. For sure this is not for those who afraid of heights but i wonder what happens when you run out of the tennis balls?
Unique people: He lived naked for 29 yearsMasafumi Nagasaki is the Japanese Robinson. He found his tranquillity on an isolated island where he was the only resident and lived naked on for almost three decades. The story of Nagasaki was first known in 2012. Nagasaki said he was working in a factory in Osaka when one day a colleague told him about a mysterious archipelago and since then he dreamt of escaping from civilisation. In the late 1980s, he decided to abandon his routine life, angry from the pollution in the city, he chose to build his base on Sotobanari Island. The remote point, where there is no running water, no electricity nor other habitants. “Walking around naked doesn’t really fit in with normal society, but here on the island it feels right, it’s like a uniform, he says”. His only wish is to die on the island he called home. “Finding a place to die is an important thing to do, and I’ve decided here is the place for me,” he told Reuters in 2012.
The modern miracle of Moses in KoreaThe Jindo island, the third biggest in Korea, is famous for its yearly festival called 'Moses Miracle'. Every year, at the end of February and the beginning of June, a narrow land pass about 2.8 km long and up to 40 meters wide, opens between the island Jindo and the small Modo island and connects them for about an hour as a result of the tidal activity. At this festival, several local myths revive and are celebrated with the presence of tourists who are travelling there to witness the unique phenomena.
Unusual time zonesDid you know the existence of unusual time zones or triple-points? If not you should know that there are few places in the world with a unique time zone. Such as Nepal, which standard time is UTC+05:45 or India, Indian time is UTC+05:30. Also, the Canadian Newfoundland island is registered with UTC -03:30 and New Zealand (Chatham Islands) with UTC+12:45. But there also so-called "triple points", where three time zones are joined, such as where Russia, Finland and Norway meet. Norway has only one hour difference from Greenwich time, Finland two and Russia four! This means that if you stand at that point, your watch ... goes crazy. Other similar points are located in Australia, which is divided into three time zones. But when the time changes, the country is divided into five time zones! As far as the North Pole is concerned, no time zone is set because there are no permanent residents.
Chocolate Hills in PhilippinesWell, those hills are not made from chocolate of course. The name was given by the locals due to the shape and the brown colour, like chocolate. They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season. The Chocolate Hills is a famous tourist attraction of Bohol and are featured in the provincial flag symbolizing the abundance of natural attractions on the island. The most well-known local myth says that two giants were throwing mud at each other and that's how the hills were created. Geologists, however, are talking about an unusual geological phenomenon that they can not interpret with confidence and so they have not come to a common conclusion about their formation.
Traveled in 4 years to 107 countries and keeps goingHe describes himself as a crazy Russian who has been doing nothing but travelling the world over the last four years. His name is Yasik Smirnoff and he had lived with nomads and various local tribes of the countries he visited. By the age of 21 he had accomplished something that no man at his age ever had. He has been married, divorced and has visited 107 countries all over the world. His adventures begin at the age of 15 when he decides to leave his family living in Siberia for study and found after three years in Hong Kong, married and with his own business. At the age of 18 Yasik decides to leave a steady life for a long journey in the world to gain experiences and challenge himself. He has swum in a lake full of crocodiles in Ethiopia and he has drunk animal blood. He found himself in the Gobi desert in Mongolia without water, food and without knowing where to go. But the most important thing for the young Russian is through his trips to be able to help people as he did in a shelter with mothers and their children who had Aids.
This underground ancient city has 18 floorsThe Derinkuyu underground city is a unique tourist destination, which develops ... downwards! This ancient multi-level city is located in the area of Cappadocia and it is one of the 200 underground cities built on a volcanic rock, extending to a depth of approximately 60 metres (200 ft), it is large enough to have sheltered as many as 20,000 people together with their livestock and food stores. Although it was under the ground, it had nothing to envy from a typical city. With communal rooms, stables, churches, wells for drinking water, wine cellars, mills and even ventilation system. The buried city was accidentally discovered by a Turk citizen in 1963, in the basement of his home. It is believed that the Christian population used the underground city to avoid persecution by the Romans. The city gained its greatest prosperity during the Byzantine period and the Arab-Byzantine wars from 780 to 1180 when it was used as a shelter for Muslim Arabs. As late as the 20th century, the locals, called Cappadocian Greeks, were still using the underground cities to escape periodic waves of Ottoman persecution. In 1923, the Christian inhabitants of the region were expelled from Turkey and moved to Greece in the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, whereupon the tunnels were abandoned.
The most dangerous island on earthIlha Da Queimada Grande is hidden somewhere on the shores of Brazil, the island is widely recognized as the most dangerous place on the planet. The reason is fairly simple, the place is full of the most vicious snakes in the world, called Bothrops. Researchers estimate that on this small island live about 5 snakes per square meter. There are many stories of people who succumbed to deadly raptors in a very short time. After the mortality level raised the Brazilian government has decided to ban any human activity on the island.
Unique people: Living like Tarzan for 60 yearsThe man on the picture was the famous Michael Fomenko, also called the Tarzan of Australia. He was drawn to the rainforests of north Australia after being inspired by Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. He shunned modern society more than 60 years ago, surviving by slaying crocodiles and boars with his bare hands in the wilderness. Due to the unique way of his lifestyle and his primal behaviour he was declared insane and was locked up in a series of psychiatric institutions but after his release, he returned back where he belonged, to the wild, Born in Georgia, ex-Soviet Union, Fomenko has won state medals in the decathlon and was tipped for a place in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. He died in August 2018 at the age of 88, after spending last months in aged care in Queensland.
This amazing beach is only 10 years oldIn Greece, someone can find thousands of beautiful beaches spread around the mainland and islands. There is, however, a beach, in a corner of Greece, which history is only ten years old. In 2008 in a northern corner of the country, nature showed its strength: A great landslide created a beach that resembles a terrestrial, hidden and well-guarded paradise. The waves put the last touches. Landscape wild and imposing, a beach in vertical rocks. All this happened in Paxos, at the center of the western side of the island. The new beach was named Hermit or Erimitis in greek. The beach of the Hermit with its turquoise, set in imposing rocks has become famous not only for its beauty but also for the unique sunset that one can enjoy from this particular spot.
Unusual beach where the sea disappearsHave you ever witness the sea disappearing in front of your eyes? Well, you can see this unusual phenomenon at the beach Chandipur in East India. This beach is unique because the water recedes up to 5 kilometres during the ebb tide and returns after some hours. The best period to visit it is from November till March. During that time the weather is perfect to walk for hours on the sea bottom sand where you can see various kind of seashells and crabs.
Flying taxis are comingSo this is how it starts! A drone that can carry people will begin "regular operations" in Dubai from summer 2018, the head of the city's Roads and Transportation Agency has announced at the World Government Summit. The vehicle can carry one passenger weighing up to 100kg (220lbs). The passenger selects a destination on a touch screen but there are no other controls inside the craft. Uber, Google and Amazon are also developing their flying taxis so in the next years this will be something common.