Below is the view from my hotel room – or at least that’s the view I’d want. You’ll notice that there’s a series of monuments, landmarks, and icons from countries around the world. How many can you name?
Let’s make it a travel contest to see who can come up with the most – the Travel Trivia Challenge. Try to name every world landmark you see. For each one you correctly identify, you get one point for the landmark name and one point for the city or country where it’s from. For example, if you can identify the Sydney Opera House in the front of the image, and know it’s from Sydney, Australia, you get two points.
How many world landmarks can you name from this image?
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Ask me if you need hints for naming any of the buildings, landmarks, or monuments.
Hint: I saw two of these landmarks in the first half of my recent Asia trip – I wrote about both experiences and posted the photos. Which ones? Read more...(260 words, 2 images, estimated 1:02 mins reading time)
Liechtenstein Offers Entire Country For Rent — Now that we’ve passed “Black Friday,” Americans are scrambling to shop for the perfect gift. That got me thinking – what do rich people buy for the people that have everything? How about renting an entire country? I’m not kidding!
You might remember reading that Snoop Dogg tried to rent out the entire European country of Liechtenstein (between Austria and Switzerland, population=33,000), for a music video earlier this year, but was of course denied, but here’s the twist. They only said no due to timing. They would have accepted his offer if they had more notice. It’s well-known as a tax-haven for the wealthy, but what if they actually made the entire country available for a fee? So the Snoop offer got Lichtenstein thinking about the marketing and revenue opportunities, and now they’re putting the entire country on the market for $70,000 per night.
What do you get for a $70k rental fee? Read more...(471 words, 2 images, estimated 1:53 mins reading time)
After a 5-month trip through 15 countries, I can certainly appreciate the efforts locals make to help out tourists. I was stunned by the kindness and hospitality of random people I met. I felt like I certainly benefited from all the good karma I passed around while living in New York City’s Hells Kitchen, right near Times Square, when I was ambushed daily with questions the moment I left my apartment. With that said, there’s no harm in having a little fun with “what if” right? What if we had a little fun with our answers?
Time Out London has been soliciting tweets on “cheeky misdirections” for locals to say to visitors, and readers of The Economist have gotten in on it too. I was thinking, we certainly we have a few lies to tell tourists that are worthy of this list! What are yours? Below are some of the better ones I’ve read (some are more sarcastic than others).
Tourist advice from New Yorkers:Read more...(512 words, 2 images, estimated 2:03 mins reading time)
That “I Heart New York” shirt makes you look like one of us!
Swipe your credit card to enter the subway. It doesn’t always work but just keep trying it. This is especially true during rush hour but be persistent; that line forming behind you are just frustrated that machines aren’t snappy.
“We’re flying in a Lockheed Eagle series L1011. It came off the line 20 months ago. It carries a Sim-5 Transponder tracking system. Are you telling me I can still flummox this thing with something I bought at Radio Shack?” – Toby Ziegler, West Wing
We’ve all heard the pre-landing announcement asking that we turn off electronic devices, and most of us have thought it sounded ridiculous (each time reminded me of the above rant from the West Wing pilot episode). But a new airline industry report says perhaps there’s a possibility there’s something to it. Yes, seriously.
The International Air Transport Association studied survey responses from 125 airlines from 2003 to 2009 and found … “75 incidents of possible electronic interference that airline pilots and other crew members believed were linked to mobile phones and other electronic devices.” Twenty-six of them, a tad more than a third, “affected the flight controls, including the autopilot, autothrust and landing gear.” Another 17 hit navigation systems, with 15 affecting communication systems. It’s all according to an industry investigation shared by ABC News. The iphone just got that much more dangerous.
Scariest quotes from the report: Read more...(816 words, 2 images, estimated 3:16 mins reading time)
Osama bin Laden is dead – traveling in this region of the world should be interesting… I’ll update this post afterward with local reaction from Vietnam & Laos. Yep, I’m off to Laos – will resume posting more when I get an internet connection again! Back in a couple weeks
If you ever fly, this is disturbing. It might make you want to take a shower right now. Did you think the water the flight attendant served you was clean? That pillow that came wrapped in plastic might be gift-wrapped bacteria. This article addresses those, as well as tray tables, seat pockets, and even the food.
We dug deep to identify the major germ zones on planes (and tips to avoid them). No, you’re not likely to contract meningitis, but better safe than sorry, right?
GERM ZONE: seat pocket FOR: Cold and influenza A, B, and C viruses
There’s a familiar routine to settling in on a plane: Store your luggage in the overhead bin and deposit any personal items you want to be readily available in your seat pocket. But reaching into that pocket is akin to putting your hand in someone else’s purse and rummaging among their used tissues and gum wrappers. Toenail clippings and mushy old French fries are even nastier surprises that have been found in seat pockets. Consider that cold and influenza viruses can survive for hours on fabric and tissues, and even longer (up to 48 hours) on nonporous surfaces like plastic and metal — and you realize that you might pick up more than that glossy flight magazine when you reach inside. Read more...(1102 words, 2 images, estimated 4:24 mins reading time)