Icehotel 365 is situated in Jukkasjärvi, in Swedish Lapland. Due to the special cooling technology, which is solar-powered, the hotel doesn’t melt in the spring nor in the summer. The first ice structure was built back in 1989. Today Icehotel 365 doesn’t only have rooms or suites, inside you can also find an ice church, a cocktail lounge, and even a sauna. Indoor temperature is -5C all year round. The beds are made of ice but are covered with reindeer skins, and guest are given thermal sleeping bags. Icehotel 365 has a number of themed rooms called Art Suites. In each of them you can admire the stunning statues carved out of ice.
This is a new five-star restroom in the Bishan district of Chongqing, China. The facility is 150 square meters and has an elegant interior design as well as quality materials: like marble floors, granite imitation walls, lacquered wood doors and urinal separators, even chandeliers. A central heating system and 24-hour air-conditioning keep the place at a constant temperature of 26 degrees Celsius all the time. There is also a high-quality stereo system that plays soothing music. The five-star public restroom cost about 800,000 yuan ($115,785) to build.
The city of Ordos was built to accommodate over a million people and supposed to be a futuristic metropolis of Inner Mongolia. However, due to incompletion, the city is almost empty. Apparently, just 2% of the city’s buildings were ever filled, the rest has been left to decay. Today, Ordos is China’s largest Ghost City.
27-uear-old Cassandra De Pecol from Connecticut is to become the first documented woman who is also the youngest American and the fastest traveler to visit all 196 countries in the world. She has already visited 181 countries since July 2015. She only needs to visit 15 more countries in the next 40 days to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest person to travel to all Sovereign Nations. Her “travel Odyssey” is called Expedition 196 and she’s traveling as an Ambassador for Peace. Kudos to you Cassie and stay safe!
Elona Karafin aka "Elona The Explorer" keeps a blog where she documents her weekend trips to basically everywhere spending less than $1,000 per trip. She shares her tricks and tips on how to do it. If you like to travel yourself and feel adventurous enough to go on a weekend trip every once in a while but without paying too much for it, Elona’s tips may be just what you need.
Villa Honegg, a 5-star boutique hotel, is situated in the Swiss Alps, 914 m (3,000 ft) above sea level and can boast some of the most spectacular views in Switzerland. But one of the hotel’s gems is definitely its rooftop infinity pool with year-round temperature of 34ºC (93ºF). the panoramic views are simply breathtaking and the pool’s steps have been recently nicknamed “Stairway to Heaven.”
Foula is one of Great Britain’s most remote permanently inhabited islands. The island has an area of 4.9 square miles (12.7 km2) and a population of 30 people. Islanders previously made a living from fishing. Today, most islanders are crofters with income from sheep farming and ornithological tourism.
Gunnar Garfors wanted to visit every single country in the world and accomplished his mission in 2013 by visiting 198 countries. He was 37 years old and got the title of the youngest person to travel to every country. Garfors works at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and didn't want to quit to make his dream of traveling come true. Not only did he manage to keep his job but he actually combined his job with travel. Here are some of the best pictures form his journeys.
Last Friday, August 12, 2016, the first ever beer festival kicked off in Pyongyang, North Korea which will last 20 days. 800 people visited the event on its first day. It was organized to promote Pyongyang's home brewed Taedonggang beer. Apparently, Kim Jong-un decided to arrange his personal Oktoberfest.