The lonely houses of Portugal, photos by Manuel Pita

Friday, 5 February, 2016

Photo by Manuel Pita

Photos of houses that appear to stand in isolation, taken in Portugal, and elsewhere, by Manuel Pita. No prizes for guessing where I’d like to be right now.

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Photos of the ever so slightly choppy waters of Lake Erie

Monday, 11 January, 2016

Photo by David Sandford

I get the feeling that much of the time Canadian photographer Dave Sandford spends gathering his images is in waiting for just the right moment to present itself… and these photos of waves on Lake Erie would be a case in point.

See more of his work on Instagram.

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Forget window seats, SkyDeck is the way to fly with a view

Monday, 14 December, 2015

Aircraft SkyDeck/turret

Now here’s a way to fly, seated in a glass turret, called the SkyDeck, that is embedded in the fuselage of an aircraft, offering three-hundred-and-sixty degree views of the flight path.

They’re not the sort of thing you’ll see on all aeroplanes though, given their asking price starts at eight million dollars, but certainly an option to look out for the next time you’re choosing your seats when checking in for a flight.

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So you want to be an aerial photographer? Here’s the work of one

Friday, 11 December, 2015

German photographer Jakob Wagner’s work includes landscapes, and cityscapes, but it is his aerial photos that are the most impressive… here’s someone who spends a lot of time in the air for their work.

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I’d like to spend the whole summer living like a castaway

Wednesday, 9 December, 2015

With holiday season all too rapidly approaching, now would be a good time to think about where to spend the upcoming break, if you haven’t already. If you’re looking for something that’s quite a bit different though, you couldn’t do any worse than consider a holiday spent as a castaway, in, say, Gilligan’s Island fashion.

Luckily, there’s a company, Docastaway, operated by Alvaro Cerezo, that will seek out secluded, and deserted, desert islands, for those longing to partake of the castaway experience:

Cerezo was eager to get down to business. He owns a niche tourism company that brings people to uninhabited islands, especially those that look like desert-island cartoons: a ring of white sand, a few coconut trees, Technicolor turquoise surf. The putative goal – which turns out, the minute you think about it, to be impossible in several ways – is to “feel like a castaway.” Put more simply, the goal is to be as far as possible from other people.

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We all live in a disused aeroplane

Tuesday, 8 December, 2015

According to Bruce Campbell, aircraft are built strong and make for durable shelter… he should know, he lives in a converted Boeing 727, in a forest in the US state of Portland.

Apparently aircraft are withdrawn from service at the rate of three per day, either to be scrapped, or dispatched to an aircraft graveyard, so if making one into a home appeals to you, it may not be too difficult to acquire one.

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Porto, Portugal, photographed by Pete Heck

Monday, 30 November, 2015

Porto, photo by Pete Heck

I once spent two months in Portugal, and I’d go back tomorrow if I had the choice/chance. This incredible collection of photos of Porto, the country’s second largest city, taken by Pete Heck, meanwhile does little to quell my wanderlust.

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Need somewhere to stay in Tokyo? Book a stay at the Book hotel…

Friday, 27 November, 2015

Book And Bed hotel

Book And Bed is not so much a bookshop, as it is a library where you stay overnight. With a tariff of about A$40, or US$30, per night for a “compact” room, cost would be no excuse for not partaking of the experience, for at least one night, while visiting Tokyo.

See more photos of the Book And Bed on Instagram.

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Finland, a destination for tourists or travellers?

Thursday, 26 November, 2015

So, to travel, or to tour? That is the question.

If we’re talking about Finland, and the footage presented to us here by Riku Karjalainen, then I’d say travel, though that could easily be touring dressed up to look like travel. Either way though, I don’t think you can lose here.

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Would you like something hotter than a holiday at the beach?

Thursday, 19 November, 2015

Be careful what you wish if asking your travel agent to send you somewhere “warm” for your next holiday… you might end up being sent off to The Danakil Depression, in northern Ethiopia, where it can get really, really, warm:

Four days here, where the average year-round temperature is a world-topping 34.4 degrees and the mercury frequently tips 50, pushes the body and its sense to the limit.

We’re talking Celsius rather than Fahrenheit here, by the way. If you can brave the heat though, the experience sounds like it is unforgettable, and that’s before you even think about visiting the lava pools of active volcano Erta Ale:

At sunset we drive out to the massive salt lake, where the clear sky meets the endless white plains surrounding the shallow lake. The horizon and ground beneath our feet blend into one dream-like space, silent and lifeless; a landscape defined by nothingness and occupied only by visitors.

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