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The 12 most crazy and bizarre hotels on our planet!

Are you getting tired of staying in the multinational Hotel chains that regurgitate the same old bog standard rooms in rather average left brain box type settings? 
If so, why not give in to your right brain a treat and let creativity flow in one of the below crazy and bizarre that will inspire you!
Sun Cruise Resort
Gangwon-do, Südkorea

Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam
Zaandam, Niederlande

Faralda Crane Hotel
Amsterdam, Niederlande 


Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort
Huzhou, China

Hotel Jested
Liberec, Tschechien

9 Hours Capsule Hotel Kyōto
Kyōto, Japan

Spitbank Fort
Gosport, England

Free Spirit Spheres
British Columbia, Canada

The Aurora Express
Alaska, USA

Wigwam Motel
Arizona, USA

La Balade des Gnômes
Durbuy, Belgien

Hotel Costa Verde
Nationalpark Manuel Antonio, Costa R…

British Airways Frequent Flier Accounts Hacked

A number of British Airways Executive Club frequent flier accounts have been hacked, the Associated Press just announced.

The London airline has not said how many accounts have been breached, but did indicate that most personal information of its frequent fliers is safe. Travel histories and credit card details have been deemed secure, according to spokeswoman Michele Kropf. Customers were emailed reactivation details for their accounts.

The unauthorized access was apparently accomplished by a third party using information found online using an automated process. Other companies who have recently fallen victim to similar breaches include Hilton and Starwood as well as United and American airlines.

"It's a major cost to the programs themselves. Members are always made whole and do not lose their points once the problem is identified," Gary Leff, co-founder of online frequent flier discussion site MilePoint told AP. "The best things you can do to protect your acco…

Dubrovnik Carnival Fest, Croatia 2015

Where?Dubrovnik, Croatia

When? 5-19 February, 2015

Dubrovnik Carnival dates back to the 14th century and maintains many of the original traditions to this day. People gather from surrounding areas to dress up in garish costumes, parading down the streets to the sound of trumpets and drums.Jousting competitions take place in the city centre, with men on
horseback carrying lances aimed for a silver ring tied to a rope above the horse trail.

The Dubrovnik Carnival Fest is a considered cultural and tourist attraction and music content that interconnects Croatian and regional carnival cities, brings joy and colors to Dubrovnik winter and revives Dubrovnik’s centuries long cultural and historical tradition of carnival festivities.

Festivities also include:
Best Mask awardsMusic Festival Awards for the best musiciansFurther Information:

Dessert storm: How to sink your teeth in Austria's best cakes

The art of high patisserie is alive in Austria and has spread around the world.

You may not know the difference between your Kirschkuppeln and your Maroniherzen, but you've certainly eaten desserts like apple strudel, jam doughnuts (Krapfen) and a variety of what we still call Viennese pastries.

Austria is a country with every region claiming its own dessert: Linz has the Linzertorte, a lattice cake with jam topping; Salzburg its Nockerln, a three-peak, cream-and-butter fluffy souffle served with a fruit sauce; Graz its Apfelschakerl, apple fritters with cinnamon.

Tyrol fries Strauben (twisted dough sticks) and Upper Austria its Griesknoedel (fried semolina dumplings), while Lower Austria indulges in Pafese (plum sandwiches in batter) and Carinthia loves Reindlinge (cinnamon buns filled with raisins).

As for Vienna, every hotel and patisserie worth its sugar has a dessert to its name.

Hotel Sacher with its Sachertorte, Hotel Grand with its Guglhupf and Hotel Imperial with it…

People Power Day 2015, the Philippines

Where? Philippines

When? Wednesday, February 25, 2015

People Power Day (People Power Anniversary and EDSA Revolution Anniversary), is a commemoration of the People Power Revolution in Philippines which overthrew the leadership of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. People in the Philippines consider People Power Day as a restoration of democracy in their country.

Origin of People Power Day
People Power Day dates back 26 years. During 22-25 February 1986, a huge mass of people held rallies on the streets of Manila. The people demanded the resignation of the Philippines Government of the time since the Filipinos protested against their Government which was corrupt, fraudulent, ruthless, and oppressive.

People Power Celebration
Not a national holiday in Philippines, however all schools are closed while businesses and stores remain open.
Filipinos celebrate People Power Day by wearing yellow which is the official color of LABAN party. They also make Laban sign by using the forefinger and thumb to for…

Travel Ideas filled with Christmas Spirit - Part 1

It's the end of the year again, and many of you may be waiting in vein for the Christmas miracle to just happen!

Why not try something spontaneous this year? Perpetual Traveller Overseas desires to add a dash of adventure to your Christmas vacation planning and the miracle may well happen if you do something last minute and go somewhere special!

There are many impressive options at Christmas across the world, where you can fill your batteries with energy and experience the magic of Christmas at the destination of your choice. Here are some interesting options to consider: Rome The heart of Christmas is in Rome, the city that as said Christmas celebrations took place for the first time. Visit the city’s most famous season market in Navona square and grab traditional sweets and Christmas toys. If shopaholic, you are in the right place to spend, as it is well known that Rome is one of the world’s fashion metropoles. The Christmas village, Parco Leonardo, Tor di Quido are also some of…

Ryanair named second-worst brand in the WORLD for customer service

Ryanair named second-worst brand in the WORLD for customer service, but AXA insurance comes top of the poll.

Simplicity index ranks brands for products, services, interactions and communications.

Despite recent efforts to transform its reputation, the budget airline was one of the worst-performing brands overall in Siegel+Gale's 2014 simplicity index.

In a survey of over 12,000 customers in eight countries, Ryanair was named the second worst-ranked brand, based on ease of customer use of a company's products, services, interactions and communications

Primary customer complaints against the airline were Ryanair's badly designed website and poor customer service that 'leaves the onus on the customer.'

The airline's app was also named a major cause for headaches, with many having difficulty in downloading mobile boarding passes.

'The pricing is far too complicated and isn’t put forward honestly,' one respondent said of the airline. 'There’s so many v…

Top 10 Abandoned Cities in the World!

Here is a fascinating list featuring all of the cities across the world that were abandoned at some point. It makes fascinating reading and creates an automatic hit list of places to visit! 
1. Craco

7. Prypiat

The top 10 beaches 2015 worldwide

Strand von Elafonissi Elafonissi, Griechenland

Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands

Flamenco Beach
Culebra, Puerto Rico

White Beach
Boracay, Aklan Province

Anse Lazio
Praslin, Seychellen

Strand Playa de ses Illetes
Formentera, Balearen

Playa Paraiso Beach
Cayo Largo, Kuba

Strand Spiaggia dei Conigli (Kaninchenstrand)
Lampedusa, Sizilianische Inseln

Grace Bay
Providenciales, Turks- und Caicosinseln

Baia do Sancho
Fernando de Noronha, Brasilien

Source: Tripadvisor

Italy’s new Fast Train – Freccia Rossa (Red Arrow)

Train travel within Italy in recent years since the introduction of a new class of train service called FrecciaRossa (Red Arrow).

Former Amateur Traveler guest Ira Bernstein (Travel to Turin and Bologna (or eating our way through Italy) – Episode 208 and Travel to Venice and the Veneto – Episode 182) reports:

"Its speed allowed us to take a day trip from Bologna to Milan and back down to Florence (we had lunch with friends in Milan). To give you some idea, consider the 296 miles (476 km) from Milan to Rome. Taking an Intercity train takes between 6:30 and 7:56. In contrast, the Freccia Rossa only takes 2:59 to 3:30. Evidently, the Freccia Rossa replaces the Eurostar".

One can choose from 87 connections a daywith easily memorized scheduled timetables including1 NON STOP train Rome-Milan and Milan-Rome every hour, with departures every minute "zero" from 6** am to 19, with the possibility of reaching Turin or Naples during peak hours. 

The Trains themselves

Ryanair is transforming into a super family-friendly airline

What an amazing turnaround for the once nickle and dime airline that used to treat its passengers as people to fleece, and even considered to charge for toilet visits. If you have never been on a Ryanair flight before, then read the below article to get a taste of the former experience.

Daring to fly with Ryanair

Ryanair issued 2 profit warnings in the past year, blaming the impact of:
The strong pound High fuel costs Increased competition They claim these factors forced the airline to cut fares, however there was no mention publicly of the poor passenger experience.

The penny has now dropped and things are now set to change as a result of Ryanair's "Always Getting Better programme" which pledges a commitment to the continued improvement of the customer experience.

The first interesting measure is the "Ryanair Family Extra", which offers families a range of discounts and an improved service for people travelling with children.

As a result families will now …

Worldwide Day of Romance on Valentine's Day 2015

Where? Worldwide

When? 14th February 2015

The origins of Valentine's Day trace back to the pagan fertility festival of Lupercalia held on February 15th honoring the gods Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary Roman founders, Romulus and Remus.

According to legend, in addition to a bountiful feast, Lupercalia festivities included a pairing of couples with all the young women in the city placing their names in a big urn to be drawn by the bachelors. It is believed that in an effort to "Christianize' this celebration, the church decided to honour Valentine who was put to death on 14th February for disobeying Emperor Claudius II by secretly performing marriage ceremonies.

Valentine greetings have been popular as far back as the Middle Age and by the middle of the 18th century in England it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes.

So wherever you are in the world for this years Valentines Day put the mood of austerity…

Top worldwide events in March-2015

The name of March derives from the Latin name "Martius", the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war, a guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people. Martius stood for the beginning of the season for both farming and warfare and the festivals held in his honor during the month were mirrored by others in October, when the season for these activities came to a close.

Many cultures and religions still celebrate the beginning of the New Year in March. March starts on the same day of the week as November every year and February in common years only. March ends on the same day of the week as June every year.

This month we have a jammed packed agenda as spring starts within the Northern Hemisphere.

 Here are the top worldwide events for March 2015

27. Feb - 15. March AUSTRALIA, Adelaide Festival- the country's largest and possibly wackiest festival. A huge, colourful and unhinged event - Edinburgh in the sun…