Fines, street closures and code reds: How ‘urban jungle’ Amsterdam is clamping down on tourist excess

The authorities in Amsterdam have announced bold new measures to tackle tourist excess in the city centre, which one official has described as a “jungle”. The Dutch capital’s louche red light district has been the focus of a major clean-up operation in recent years, leading, controversially, to the closure of many window brothels and cannabis… Continue reading Fines, street closures and code reds: How ‘urban jungle’ Amsterdam is clamping down on tourist excess

Is Bali the world’s worst destination for animal cruelty?

A new report by World Animal Protection (WAP) has criticised the popular honeymoon islands of Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan in Indonesia for being among the worst destinations in the world when it comes to animal cruelty in captivity. Wildlife abusement parks: Wildlife entertainment tourism in Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan claims that 100 per… Continue reading Is Bali the world’s worst destination for animal cruelty?

How to be a better tourist: 10 ways to stop upsetting the locals

Crowd-control measures in Venice, anti-tourism protests in Palma de Mallorca, mounting pressure to bring tourism under control in Barcelona: 2018 has witnessed a sharp rise in anti-tourist sentiment throughout Europe. From Amsterdam to Dubrovnik, Hvar to San Sebastian, locals are becoming increasingly vociferous about the impact tourism is having on their environment. Oversubscribed cities are… Continue reading How to be a better tourist: 10 ways to stop upsetting the locals

Easter Island limits tourism in preservation efforts

It’s a five-hour flight to Chile’s Easter Island (Rapa Nui) from the nation’s capital of Santiago. Mysterious, hard-to-get-to and isolated, the volcanic island in Polynesia automatically makes it a dream destination for intrepid travelers who long to get off the beaten path. The island is famous around the world for its iconic moai — enormous… Continue reading Easter Island limits tourism in preservation efforts

Millennial Couple Bikes Near ISIS Territory Thinking ‘Humans Are Kind’ and Gets Killed

“Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans.” An idealistic young American couple was killed in an Islamic State-claimed terrorist attack last month while on a cycling trip around the world. Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both 29, last year quit their office jobs in Washington, DC, to… Continue reading Millennial Couple Bikes Near ISIS Territory Thinking ‘Humans Are Kind’ and Gets Killed

Top seven theatres that take your breath away

Bristol Hippodrome in Bristol, United KingdomBristol Hippodrome submitted by Becca Stimmo @BeccaStimmo13 from Littlehampton: “Beautiful building and lovely staff! So many happy memories!” (Credit: Getty/Matt Cardy) Iași National Theatre in Iasi, RomaniaSubmitted by Bogdan Bucataru ‏@actorul_bogdan from Bucharest (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, ItalySubmitted by Mariella Songav from Siena (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Globe… Continue reading Top seven theatres that take your breath away

Photographer Travels 30,000km Documenting Soviet Bus Stops And Is Accused Of Spying

Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig spent twelve years photographing Soviet bus stops. The project unexpectedly began in 2002 when he challenged himself to take one good picture every hour on a long distance bike ride from London to St. St. Petersburg; 30,000km and 13 countries later, Herwig published “Soviet Bus Stops.” However, the project was not… Continue reading Photographer Travels 30,000km Documenting Soviet Bus Stops And Is Accused Of Spying

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in the Netherlands

While most visitors to the Netherlands (often referred to as Holland) focus on Amsterdam, the country’s vibrant capital with its great museums and art galleries, there are many charming towns and villages in this small yet fascinating country to explore. And because the country is so flat, it’s extremely easy to do at least a… Continue reading 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in the Netherlands

Hundreds Of Unique Hot Air Balloons Just Flew Over Turkey’s Amazing Landscape

Cappadocia is a vast region in Turkey with surreal volcanic rock formations, underground cities, cave houses, and churches. The rippled valleys and ‘fairy chimneys’ are a sight that is best seen from the skies. Scotty Graham and his wife Kartika were among the hundreds of tourists who enjoyed a balloon ride that covered the mountain… Continue reading Hundreds Of Unique Hot Air Balloons Just Flew Over Turkey’s Amazing Landscape

20 Of The World’s Weirdest Museums, #10 Is Too Strange For Words

When you travel to a new place, it’s always good to check out some of the local museums. And when you’ve had your fill of art, science, and history, it’s also good to check out some of the lesser known museums – places that are full of oddities, peculiarities, and downright weirdness. Below are 20… Continue reading 20 Of The World’s Weirdest Museums, #10 Is Too Strange For Words