Category: Fun Stuff

Don't miss The Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland!

Don’t miss The Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland!

If you happen to be in Finland next month, you might like to get yourself along to The Wife Carrying World Championships for a spectacle with a difference. The event – held on 5th and 6th July this year – sees male competitors race each other while carrying a female team mate to whom, perhaps […]

An airport worker's letter of resignation... on a cake!

An airport worker’s letter of resignation… on a cake!

In what is surely one of the sweetest ways to say goodbye, a Stansted Airport employee has handed in his letter of resignation… on a cake.  (Yes, you read that right!). Immigration officer Chris Holmes took this extraordinary measure, writing “Having recently become a father I now realise how precious life is and how important […]

A fish festival with the world's largest frying pan

A fish festival with the world’s largest frying pan

If you ever think you’ve cooked for a big party, think again. Spare a thought for the Camogli Fish Festival where, throughout the day, freshly caught fish are cooked in the largest fish frying pan in the world at five metres wide with a seven metre handle. Fishermen abandon their day jobs for the festival […]

How to write good

How to write good

It’s Friday and the weekend is just around the corner, so time for a little fun and a slight deviation away from travel writing (well, from the travel bit, at least). I recently stumbled upon this guide on “How to write good” and am sharing it here in the hope that it will be appreciated […]

Notorious Dutch prison transformed into luxury hotel

Notorious Dutch prison transformed into luxury hotel

One of the Netherlands’ most notorious prisons has been transformed into a luxury hotel. Het Arresthuis was a prison since 1862 until its closure in 2007. It was then purchased by the Van der Valk family who own 28 hotels around the world. They went to work on converting the building’s 105 cells into 40 […]

The world's scariest hotel swimming pool?

The world’s scariest hotel swimming pool?

Here’s a contender for the world’s scariest hotel swimming pool, designed by Singaporean firm Chan Sau Yan Associate. The pool at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao is 30 metres long and can be found on the 24th floor of the hotel, perched high above the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Situated in […]

The luxury sport of ice golf

The luxury sport of ice golf

Statistics say that more than 60 million people in the world have tried to play golf. What do you think how many of them tried to play snow golf? That’s right, not too much. Snow golf is much more rare and unusual kind of sport. Here the green grass is white snow, the balls are […]

How to respond to a negative review... in style!

How to respond to a negative review… in style!

Post-holiday reviews have become the be-all and end-all for many hotels and resorts nowadays, and it would appear there’s no escape whether you’re at the budget or luxury end of the market.  Now, those of you in the UK will no doubt already be familiar with ‘Jordan’, more latterly known as Katie Price. And those […]

Solve the riddle and win a stay with Elounda Solfez Villas

Solve the riddle and win a stay with Elounda Solfez Villas

The lovely people at Elounda Solfez Villas (which you may recall we reviewed back in 2010, honoured to be the first guests to ever stay there) have launched a “Fire’s Laughter” competition, giving you the opportunity to win a 7-night stay for 6 people.  Solve the riddle to be in with a chance of winning […]

The biggest Christmas tree in the world

The biggest Christmas tree in the world

Often dubbed as ‘the biggest Christmas tree in the world’, the Mount Ingino Christmas Tree can be found near Gubbio in Umbria, Italy. The ‘tree’ is 650 metres high and 350 m wide at its base, and was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records in 1991. The star alone covers 1,000 square metres and the […]

The iPad HUGE

The iPad HUGE

First there was the iPod, then the iPhone and the iPad. And then it was the turn of the iPad mini. So what’s next? Well, since it’s Friday, I’m pleased to be able to break this one to you… now we have the iPad HUGE! There’s no longer any need to be restricted by such […]

The least luxurious hotel in the world?

The least luxurious hotel in the world?

The ‘least luxurious’ is being a little overly-generous here. This hotel in Amsterdam is actually being billed as ‘the worst hotel in the world’.  The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel has been proudly disappointing travellers for forty years. Boasting levels of comfort comparable to a minimum-security prison, the Hans Brinker also offers some plumbing and an intermittently open […]

Could our passport photos one day be in 3D?

Could our passport photos one day be in 3D?

Remember those days when you used to have to go and find a photo booth to get your passport photo done?  I suspect that most people probably do them on their home PC nowadays, but those photo booths still exist.   But in Japan they’re busy taking them to the next level. Technology is moving […]

10 of the quirkiest hotel rooms in the world

10 of the quirkiest hotel rooms in the world

Hotel rooms can be expensive, especially while on a city break – aiming to take in more sights than your balcony or window has to offer. Some of these suites offer more than just a stunning view. From quirky exteriors, underground caverns and tree top orbs, this post will take you through an alternate look on some of […]

The world's most dangerous bridge?

The world’s most dangerous bridge?

Take a look at this! This amazing suspension bridge in Northern Pakistan, close to the border with China, is over 200 metres long and links the villages of Zarabad and Hussain. It is close to Passu which lies on the Karakoram Highway, between the black Batura and white Passu glaciers.

The ultimate use for those old phone boxes?

The ultimate use for those old phone boxes?

With more and more people owning mobiles over the last two decades, telephone boxes have become pretty much obsolete. Here in the UK they’ve been used for mini-libraries and even for plant exchanges. But in Japan it seems they’ve come up with something even more original – a giant goldfish aquarium. The idea comes from […]

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