• Are You Brave Enough To Walk On The World’s Most Dangerous Footpath? [Photos]

    The El Caminito del Rey footpath, which slices through the Gaitanes Gorge in southern Spain was once declared the “world’s most dangerous footpath.” Its entrances were officially closed after five people plunged to their deaths in 1999 and 2000, but that didn’t stop adrenaline junkies from continuing to risk their lives on the crumbling path. For years locals and tourists bypassed security measures and ignored the threat of a £5,000 fine for trespassing. That was until the path was restored and reopened earlier this month. Via Dailymail.co.uk

  • The East Village New York City Fire As Seen On Twitter [Photos]

    A 7-alarm fire has been raging on 2nd Ave in Manhattan’s East Village and a building collapsed. Here is how Twitter has been reporting it. Hyperlapse of @es1m's East Village fire meerkat stream pic.twitter.com/RK7HFFhjEh — Dan Milano (@DanMilanoHere) March 26, 2015 Hyperlapse of @es1m's East Village fire meerkat stream pic.twitter.com/RK7HFFhjEh — Dan Milano (@DanMilanoHere) March 26, 2015 #Video: New Yorkers help trapped down from seven-alarm fire in East Village – @nayramz pic.twitter.com/11fiZIz7Dg — World Aggregate News (@WAGGNews) March 26, 2015 “@jmeyers44: Tons of smoke after the explosion in the east village pic.twitter.com/T1VESaRct5” — SashTam (@SashTam) March 26, 2015 BREAKING Explosion levels building in NYC's East Village setting off massive fire. Residents panic. #NYC pic.twitter.com/QiNuOmpied — Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) March 26, 2015 RT @res7cuefox5: 7th alarm Manhattan NY 7th Ave in the east village,collapsing and there is injuries pic.twitter.com/UJexFbkok3 — DAMIAN DRELLA (@ENG1SFD) March 26, 2015 This is the street view for the building before the explosion. These buildings in the East Village are >100 years old pic.twitter.com/k3LcqDHeRY — Max Sklar (@maxsklar) March 26, 2015 At scene of East Village fire pic.twitter.com/50zx6M0Gwb — Stephen Nessen (@s_nessen) March 26, 2015 FDNY says fire now a 7 alarm blaze and more than 200 emergency more »

  • 16 Cities Transformed Into Little Planets

    Earlier this year we shared the incredible (and free!) 3D tours available via breathtaking 360° panoramic photos at AirPano. Now the developers of the site have further enticed us to take a virtual voyage by converting their helicopter panoramas into spherical stereographic projections known as Little Planets. We’re a tad miffed that they neglected to include Hoboken (and RSVLTS HQ), but we have to admit, Abu Dhabi looks amazing. Which little planet city is your favorite?

  • Russia Is Hoping To Transform The ISS Into The Ultimate Tourist Destination

    Between 2001 and 2009, Russia sent seven paying guests to the International Space Station. But when NASA canceled the shuttle program in 2011, the American space agency began to rely on Russia’s Soyuz spacecrafts to transport astronauts to the ISS, putting an end to space tourism. Now NASA is counting on SpaceX and Boeing to take over astronaut transportation by 2018, which will leave Russia with a huge loss in revenue. To make up the difference, Russia will resume “short-term commercial expeditions to the Russian segment of the ISS.” In fact, British soprano Sarah Brightman will be traveling to the ISS later this year at a personal cost of about $50 million, which is about what the expected cost of a ticket will be come 2018. Time to start saving.

  • Here are the Top 10 Global Travel Destinations for 2015

    This year Trip Advisor has listed off the most popular global destinations of 2015. The list beings in some of the world’s most beautiful major cities, then deviates to locations focusing on rich culture, markets, gardens and palaces. Trip Advisor lists Southeast Asia twice on the list making the Indochina Peninsula a massive destination for tourists when you consider the tourism Thailand and Laos bring to the picture as well. These world-class destinations chosen by our community are rich in history, culture and beauty and offer endless sights to explore,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, in a press statement. 10. Cape Town, South Africa IMAGE: Shutterstock — 9. Paris, France IMAGE: FLICKR, PHOTOPHILDE — 8. Buenos Aires, Argentina IMAGE: Shutterstock — 7. Rome, Italy IMAGE: FLICKR, BERT KAUFMANN — 6. London, UK IMAGE: FLICKR, STEPHEN TIERNEY — 5. Prague, Czech Republic IMAGE: FLICKR, MIROSLAV PETRASKO — 4. Hanoi, Vietnam IMAGE: FLICKR, NATHANIEL O’NIONS — 3. Istanbul, Turkey IMAGE: FLICKR, ATILLA KEFELI — 2. Siem Reap, Cambodia IMAGE: FLICKR, TARTARIN2009 — 1. Marrakech, Morocco IMAGE: FLICKR, MARC

  • A Malaysian Oil Rig Has Been Reborn As A Scuba Diving Resort

    Located in the heart of the famed Coral Triangle in Malaysia is Seaventures Dive Dig Resort. The 25-room resort was formerly an exploration jackup rig for the oil and natural gas industry that has been transformed into a scuba diving mecca. In addition to both four-berth dormitories and standard single and double rooms, Seaventures also features a movie room, a karaoke lounge and bar, pool tables, table tennis table, a souvenir shop, and a small conference room. Weekly barbecues and live music also entertain divers while they catch their breath. But the real marvels lie below the water. The Coral Triangle is home to more than 3,000 species of fish and 500 coral species. And the rig makes it easy for divers to make their way underwater, with an elevator eliminating the need to lug gear on and off a boat. Unlimited House Reef diving is free to guests whenever they want. A variety of PADI courses ranging from try dives and beginner courses to professional certifications and specialties is also offered by the resort. For more info and current rates, check out Seaventures.

  • This NYC Penthouse Comes With Its Own Sky Garage [15 Photos]

    You really have to feel sorry for the ultra-wealthy in New York City. While the rest of us only live a few stories up in our tiny apartments, they are resigned to penthouses far above the clouds, victims of their own success (or inheritance). Things we take for granted, like walking up a couple flights of stairs with our two bags of groceries that overfill our minifridges, are huge issues for the mega-rich. Do you know what a pain it is to carry all your Whole Foods bags to the elevator then wait for it to travel to the very top of a skyscraper? Of course you don’t, peasant. That’s why the penthouse at 200 11th Avenue in Chelsea is constantly being eyed by celebrities. For not only does the property offer a huge space, with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, 20 foot ceilings, and a terrace with views of the Empire State Building, there is also a car elevator and private garage. Never again will New York’s elite have to leave their vehicle and make idle chatter with a doorman. This smart freight elevator will recognize your car and take you right to your private garage in a 60-second more »

  • 10 Bad-Ass American Road Trips To Take In 2015

    The debate over the most beautiful road in America will probably be an open ended one for the rest of time. With the United States topography and landscapes so different and beautiful in their own regard, choosing your next scenic road trip might be tougher than you ever thought. So before you choose your destiny, take a look at some of the great stretches of road the U.S. has to offer.

  • The Top 10 Trending Spring-break Destinations of 2015

    Kayak recently released its list of the top 10 trending spring-break destinations of 2015 and analyzed more than 1 billion travel searches and found the 10 spring-break locations trending this year by looking at the greatest increase in click traffic for each location. Not shocking that all 10 are warm climate locations. 10. TAMPA, FLORIDA: A beach town with a great urban culture scene, don’t be shocked if Tampa climbs up this list in years to come. Shutterstock —

  • Offensive Gestures From Around The World [Infographic]

    Do you find that you talk with your hands, often gesturing as you communicate? Well that’s all well and good when you’re in the land of the free, where George Jefferson fought a cherry tree to guarantee your right to flip the bird at the kaiser, but in other parts of the world your thumbs up or “ok” sign will have you declared persona non grata. So before you travel anywhere, especially Greece apparently, be sure to check this infographic and maybe pack some mittens just to be safe. But seriously, the “rock on” sign means your wife is sleeping with someone else in Spain, Italy, and Greece? How prevalent is Mediterranean cuckolding that it merits a hand symbol??

  • The Top 10 Airports of 2015

    Since 1999, UK-based airline industry consultant Skytrax has recognized the best airports in the world with the World Airport Awards. Rather than the industry simply patting itself on the back, the awards are based on airport customer satisfaction surveys issued worldwide. The 2014-2015 survey was the most wide-reaching yet, with over 13 million submitted. The results are now in and the US had, let’s see, absolutely zero winners in the top 10. But with all the negative attention New York’s airports have received in recent years and the Port Authority’s promise to remodel, we can probably expect to find JFK on this list in about…50 years or so. For more info on the awards and the winners, check out World Airport Awards.

  • Amazing Footage Inside the World’s Largest Cave [7 Photos]

    Ryan Deboodt, adventurer and photographer used a drone to capture footage showing the immense size of the Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam. The cave is the largest known in the world at 5.5 miles long, 650ft wide and 500ft tall, and the vast terrain looks like something out of another world. The drone shots pan across wide plains of vegetation and surreal peaks and cliffs. The process took Ryan eight days to complete and he was required to take a lot of ropes, harnesses and safety equipment into the cave with him.The cave was first discovered in 1991, when a local farmer stumbled across it and sought shelter there from a storm. Before the chance discovery, it had remained undetected beneath the Annamite Mountains in a remote part of central Vietnam for millions of years. Hang Son Doong from Ryan Deboodt on Vimeo.

  • Check Out This New Island Before It Disappears Forever

    Until recently, Tonga was a Polynesian nation made up of 176 islands. But after an underwater volcano erupted earlier this year, a new island has formed just 40 miles southwest of the main island of Tongatapu and the nation’s capital Nukuʻalofa. Experts say that this island may only last a matter of months before it erodes back into the ocean, but for the time being, at least one Tonga resident believes the new island will become a tourist attraction, however short-lived. Hotel owner GP Orbassano relocated to Tonga 20 years ago. Over the weekend, he traveled to the new island with his friend and his son and captured these incredible photos. The group is believed to be the first to set foot on the island, which is half a mile wide and .8 miles long. The highest point of the island, about 820 feet up, offers an incredible view of the black beach and an emerald lake that Orbassano said smelled strongly of sulfur. We hope Tonga capitalizes on this short-lived new island but we must warn our readers to be wary of Tongan real estate developers offering great deals on island property.

  • 32 Stunning Photos That Show Why Aruba’s Nickname Is One Happy Island

    Averaging 82 sunny degrees year round, with blond beaches and turquoise shallows, Aruba lets the climate do the talking when it comes to appealing to tourists. Beach lovers flock here, happy to claim a spot on the beach with a cold Balashi beer in hand. But the Dutch island’s manageable 20-by-6-mile dimensions and its diverse landscape — calm and sandy on one coast, rough and rocky on the other — make it an explorer’s island, too.

  • This Exotic Rope Jumping Video Is Full Of Beautiful Nope

    What is your first thought when you visit a beautiful, exotic locale such as Greece’s Zakynthos Island? “Boy, I wonder what it would be like to tie a rope around me and jump off this cliff?” If so, you’re insane. But you’re also not alone. Extreme Dream Jump will show you Zakynthos from a whole new perspective with their insane rope and BASE jumps from heights of 200 meters. Of course, if your balls aren’t the size of basketballs you might be better off just watching this video and staying firmly on the ground.

  • These Birds-Eye View Photos of Cruise Lines Will Get You Amped for Summer

    New York based photographer Jeffrey Milstein has captured a rarely seen view of some of the most intriguing decks of popular cruise lines. The birds eye view of the vessel give an idea of just how large these ships are and exactly what amenities they offer. Each cruise ship is unique in itself offering everything from mini-golf courses to poolside movie theaters to tennis courts and elaborate water slides. The Disney Dream even offers a 765-foot long winding water slide called the AquaDuck that goes through the ship’s funnel. Milstein told Daily Mail ‘The ships which continue to be built larger and larger are fascinating to ponder as engineering marvels. Seen as a typology, they share a common symmetry derived from function, yet juxtapose design elements both decorative and functional that set them apart. ‘This ongoing series which began in 2013, is related to the Aircraft series which I have been shooting for over 15 years. I take most of these photos using an 80 mpxl digital medium format camera with a gyro stabilizer, shooting from a helicopter with the door off.’ The Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas — The Disney Dream cruise ship — more »

  • Mad Men Dining Week Coming To NYC

    The final season of AMC’s Mad Men begins next month and although we’re sad to see it go, we’re pretty excited about this latest promotion for the show. From March 23-29, New York City restaurants will be celebrating Mad Men Dining Week. For just $19.69 (clever) you can get two cocktails or a two-course lunch of entree with appetizer or desert. The food is a great deal, especially considering the participating restaurants include swanky joints like Le Cirque, but it’s the cocktail deal that really excites us. Usually if you’re paying less than $10 for a cocktail in Manhattan, it’s made with paint thinner and malice, so enjoying a Maker’s Mark drink in some of Manhattan’s classiest bars for such a great price is something special. For more details on the promotion and the menus at participating restaurants, check out NYCgo.

  • Amazing Hyperlapse Tour Of Austria

    We are huge fans of hyperlapse videos, but oftentimes the overly serious or just downright bad background music is distracting and confusingly unrelated to the subject. For “A Taste of Austria,” Austrian production team Film Spektakel did something so obvious yet so refreshing–using atmosphere-appropriate sound effects that transport you to the Austrian countryside and, in some cases, even add a bit of comic relief. The impressive video, comprised of over 600 time-lapse clips, is the result of two years of filming, with over 500 terabytes of footage captured in that time. Be sure to watch it fullscreen and with the sound turned up for the full effect.

  • The Launch of Google Flights Just Changed the Travel Booking Game Forever

    The summer seasons are synonymous with travel, it’s peak season for vacation travel and booking, so Google has completely revamped it’s online flight comparison tool, so you don’t have to pull your hair out walking on eggshells on sites like Expedia and Travelocity, watching your precious flight deals skyrocket the more you click and compare. In 2010 Google spent half a billion dollars acquiring a travel tracking site which paved the way for Google Flights. No longer does that travel booking on a Tuesday myth have to apply to your booking ritual, Google claims as long as your dates are flexible you should be able to find deals any day of the week. Google Flights is by far the easiest way to see fare hikes, scrolling through calendar dates and using it’s lowest fares graph set beneath the calendar to find out when exactly to book. You can also set preferences (such as direct flights only) and our calendar will adjust to show you just those flights and fares that fit the bill. Finally, if you can save more by using a nearby airport or flying on a different day, we’ll show you a tip at the top of your results. I’m more »

  • The Brilliant Colors Of Holi Remind Us That Spring Is Almost Here [14 Photos]

    Despite what the current weather leads you to believe, spring is in fact just around the corner. It’s hard to imagine, especially if you were stuck on the runway at New York’s JFK Airport for two hours yesterday morning while your plane was being deiced, but it’s true. The vernal equinox is just two weeks away and to help usher in spring and leave this awful winter behind, Hindus the world over are celebrating Holi. Holi, also known as the festival of colors and festival of love, is an ancient Hindu celebration of love, frolic, and colors. The most famous portion of the Holi celebration is the festival of colors, where revelers chase each other with briliiantly colored dry powder and colored water, sometimes even utilizing squirt guns and water balloons. Not only is it a ton of fun, the bright spring colors also make for an excellent photo opportunity.

  • Unbelievable Aerial Footage of Himalayas from 20,000 Feet Up

    An adventurous pilot pushed his helicopter to the limits to capture this stunning footage of Earth’s tallest mountains in a way that very few have seen before. If you’ve never had the privilege of witnessing the wonderment of the Himalayas in person, this incredible aerial video courtesy of Teton Gravity Research is seemingly the next best thing. Equipped with the most-advanced gyro stabilized camera in the world, the team at Teton Gravity Research flew from Kathmandu to Mount Everest, capturing the first ultra HD footage ever shot above 20,000 feet. The coinciding clip will have you feeling like you yourself are in the chopper 20,000 feet up.

  • Joshua Tree: 28 Stunning Photos From America’s Most Buzzed About National Park

    The California desert provides plenty of cinematic views and tremendous day hikes but none are better than the alien-like landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park. It’s a dry heat – a boulder-studded, wind-raked Mojave heat, in which rock stars lie low, artists think big, marines train, weird plants jut toward the sun like beseeching biblical figures, and climbers cling to granite walls like insects stuck to flypaper, except the climbers are way happier. Photo via Shutterstock That’s a notable thing about Joshua Tree National Park and the towns around it. While legions of Californians keep their faces to the beach, no matter the season, a certain stripe of traveler is powerless to resist the desert, especially in cooler months. And the word is out. As tourists come for the wide-open spaces and stunning nature, 2014 was a banner year for the national park as they saw a whopping 1.6 million visitors. Earlier this month we took the 2015 Subaru Legacy on an adventure to explore Joshua Tree and see what all the buzz is about. It’s totally lived up to the hype. Photo via Shutterstock Photo via Shutterstock   The views of the Milky Way are unlike anywhere else on Earth. Photo more »

  • Twitter Heatmaps Illustrate Tourist/Local Divide Around The World

    Anyone who lives in or around a big city knows there are some places locals just won’t be caught dead. That’s because those places, such as New York’s Times Square, are lousy with tourists and even lousier with people and places preying on the naivete of tourists. Seriously, a dirty water dog can cost you twice as much just because you’re eating it in a crowd of thousands in front of the M&M Store. So where do the locals go? Well, everywhere else. California-based data artist Eric Fischer used data form Twitter and Gnip to create these heatmaps of major cities around the world illustrating the great divide between where the tourists flock to and where the locals seek refuge. Red represents tweets from tourists while blue symbolizes local tweets. For more cities, check out the project at MapBox.

  • Man Who’s “Looking For Girlfriend” Flyers Blanketed NYC Says He’s Been Laid 118 Times

    It’s a tough marketplace to stand out in. So when New Yorker Dan Perino wanted to settle down amid Manhattan’s brutal dating scene, he took an inventive approach. The actor and part-time web designer made a flyer with his picture and contact details along with the words “looking for a girlfriend” and “this is not a joke” and plastered it across his local neighbourhood. Now six months on, the 51-year-old has become a national celebrity and posted more than 40,000 pictures of his face around New York, in an unusual approach to dating that has seen him score hundreds of dates and 118 ‘hook-ups’ so far. “It’s been going great” he told news.com.au. “I’ve had … hook-ups with 118 girls, but the dating is a lot more than that.” And in case you’re wondering what ‘hook-ups’ means, Perino was blunt: “sex”. The unorthodox approach gained him national media attention when it first came to light in August last year. Since then, Mr Perino has made a documentary, written a short story and is hoping to fund a reality show from his exploits. “At that time I just wanted to find a girlfriend, I had no idea. I built the flyer with a more »

  • Tulip Fields of Holland: They Might Just Be The Most Beautiful Thing On Earth [Photos]

    Every March the fields just outside Amsterdam turn from sandy patches into carpets of lime green sprouts as the first signs of spring emerge. By the time the season is in full swing, the area is swathed in red, pink, purple, orange and yellow blooms, a sight that truly looks like something out of The Wizard of Oz. Whether you choose to visit the perfectly planted rows of blooming bulbs at the famousKeukenhof Gardens or cruise through the bulb-farmers’ fields nearby (or better yet, both!), these photos will inspire you to get out there and see the stunning fields. You can also check out this guide which will help you understand what to expect from this must-do day trip of the spring season.

  • Win A Night At This Luxurious Penthouse At The Top Of A Ski Jump

    Originally opened in 2010, the world-famous Holmenkollen ski-jump in Oslo, Norway is a 100-ton steel marvel rising 210 feet above the ground. At the top of the structure is an apartment where athletes meet before a jump but now Holmenkollen has teamed with Airbnb to offer up the space as a luxurious penthouse for one lucky couple. From now until March 16, head over to Airbnb and let them know in 100 words or less why you deserve to stay in the penthouse. The winner and guest will get a flight to Oslo and a one-night stay at the end of the month. And even if you’re not a pro on skis, don’t worry; there’s also a zip line from the top of the jump!

  • The History Of The NYC Subway System In One Animated GIF

    For over 100 years, people have been traveling beneath New York City at all hours of the day, from the easternmost most parts of Queens to the tip of the Bronx. No, I’m not talking about those subterranean crustacean ne’er-do-well crab people, but the NYC subway system. The first underground line opened up in 1904 and in 1940 the multiple independent lines were united when the municipal government took control of the entire system. And the subwy continues to grow, with the Second Avenue Line currently under construction. It’s just too bad this excellent map from Appealing Industries didn’t include the marvel that is the PATH train, which has been transporting folks from New Jersey to New York underneath the Hudson River since 1907.

  • Key West: 25 Stunning Photos Of America’s Hottest Destination for 2015

    Arguably no other destination in America exudes the exotic, off-the-grid allure of Key West in the Florida Keys. Since its discovery in 1513 by Ponce de León, who claimed the island, along with the rest of Florida, for Spain, it’s been revered for its wildly independent spirit, devil-may-care vibe, and spectacularly storied history. For a period in the mid-19th century the so-called Conch Republic was the richest city per capita in the United States, thanks to a brisk salvaging business done by savvy local entrepreneurs who plundered the cargo ships that regularly foundered on the treacherous reefs just a few miles from Key West’s shores. Cigar-making was a hot ticket for a time in the late 19th century, and in the 1920s, Prohibition gave rise to another cottage industry in Key West and the surrounding keys, as enterprising locals smuggled contraband beer and rum from Cuba and whiskey and scotch from the British Isles via Nassau. Marijuana smuggling in the 1960s through the early 1980s also made many Key West residents rich (and sent many others to jail). Key West photo via Shutterstock These days, Key West’s various stints as a carefree capital of vice form the foundation of a more »

  • 9 of the Biggest Natural Mysteries on Earth

      Although we might think every inch of earth has already been discovered there are still mysteries surrounding our natural environment we still cant explain. From a giant mountain mass in Venezuela to a lake 2.5 miles deep in Antarctica here are some of the biggest natural mysterious around this planet.

 

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