Chris Burch, known for creating famous retail brands C. Wonder and Tory Burch, has bought a beach hostel on the Indonesian island of Sumba in 2012. It cost $30 million to renovate the hostel and reopen it as a five-star resort called Nihiwatu in 2015. What originally meant to be a place for his children turned into the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2016, and for a good reason, too.
Cinematic legend fell in love with the 12-isle atoll in the French Polynesia while filming Mutiny On The Bounty in 1962 and bought it in 1967 for $200,000. He then proceeded to convert it into a small village and later a hotel. He used this place to escape from the mess of Hollywood under the pseudonym of Jim Ferguson. He nurtured both the biodiversity and culture of the island, using only renewable energy and living in a beach hut. Following the actor’s passing in 2004 the private island resort was transformed into a luxury eco hotel and spa - The Brando - in 2014. It is absolutely adored by honeymooners and keen travelers now.
TripAdvisor has released its 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards, naming 25 best beaches in the world, based on millions of user reviews between 2015 and 2016. The list also provides the cheapest month of the year to travel to each destination, and the average rate for a hotel room there during that month.
Kohanaiki is an exclusive club near Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The club’s entrance fee is $100000 with the following annual fees of $25000. Members can either purchase pre-constructed, fully furnished homes or build out custom homes themselves. This is the place which entrepreneurs, hedge funders, athletes, and entertainment industry pros choose to enjoy their holidays together, and it’s a really incredible sight.
Navigation company TomTom has published a list of the most congested cities in the world, which was made over nine years. Each city's congestion level was given a percentage score out of 100, with levels ranging from 66% in the most congested cities to 9% in the least. TomTom defined the congestion level as the "increase in overall traffic times when compared to a free flow situation (an uncongested situation)."
The world's most expensive countries to live in were calculated by MoveHub, a company dedicated to helping people move abroad, in a new survey. They based their assessment on a range of costs, such as the price of groceries, transport, bills, restaurants and how much renting somewhere to live is. These figures are then compiled into an index, comparing each country to New York, which has an index of 100.
When Karolina and Marco got together they decided they want to travel. Marco had some savings, but Karolina had only 4 months to save starting from zero. She worked on 4 jobs, 110 hours a week, went through hell, but with these pictures she says that everything was worth it. They are now traveling all around the world with a motorbike and are completely happy.
Traveling often comes to just visiting places everyone visits and seeing what everyone comes to see. But our world is much more than just a small list of popular places – there is a lot of lesser-visited, but still magnificent must-see views, whether human- or nature-made. From Europe medieval gardens to American rainforests, here is the list of Top-75 places to visit according to Trip Advisor reviews.
Joanna von Mruff’s dream to visit DPR has finally come true this September. The visited Pyongyang, DMZ, the Diamond Mountain and more. She says that it is not that bad everybody believes it to be there. She also explains that a lot of western tourists claim that it is “illegal” to take photos in North Korea almost everywhere when in really it is not like it.
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!