Weird@Wanderlust

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11 ways to say hello from around the world

In some parts of the world, simply saying 'hello' can be a complicated matter

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Cool travel posters for places that don't really exist

Created in the style of classic posters from the 1920's, these posters will entice you to the mythical worlds of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones

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The world's weirdest underwater postboxes

Mailboxes from around the world that promise to deliver your postcard come wind, rain ... or three metres of water

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Woman teases wild cheetahs

Amazing footage of brave blonde showing wild cheetahs just who's the boss.

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Are these the world's tackiest souvenirs?

Doug Lansky has spent decades collecting tacky souvenirs. Now he wants you to show him yours

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World's largest miniature airport opened

Another opportunity for RyanAir to minimise costs?

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Here Kitschy Cat - Taiwan's Hello Kitty Cafe

Emma Bell fulfills a life-long dream to visit the world's most kitschy cafe

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Fancy a cheap meal in Moscow? Try the exotic disco.

Peter Moore puts his trust in the advice of two old Babushkas and enjoys the cheapest - and tastiest - meal in the Russian capital.

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How to survive the end of the world

The French are desperate to keep the only place set to survive the end of the world to themselves. We won't let them.

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5 awesomely kitsch souvenirs

Tacky souvenir collector Doug Lansky showcases five terribly tasteless pieces

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13 amazing flash mobs in unlikely countries

From Madagascar to Mumbai, flash mobs are moving beyond the affluent West to more challenging locations

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6 things that made us laugh in 2011

There wasn't a lot to laugh about in 2011. But here are six things that put a smile on our dials

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9 bizarre inflight travel gadgets to avoid this Christmas

From flatulence absorbing pillows to luggage you can ride, here's a selection of gadgets your favourite traveller doesn't want to find under the Christmas tree

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10 most ridiculous travel fashion items

From wearable sleeping bags to metal detector sandals, we present ten travel fashion faux pas you really should avoid

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7 crazy gadgets for travelling germaphobes

Thanks to these ridiculous inventions you don't have to let your mysophobia stop you from seeing the world

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The world's most bizarre tents

Easter heralds the start of the camping season. But would you be caught dead in any of these tents?

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Europe's 6 freakiest bone churches

Europe is dotted with chapels decorated with human remains. Here are six that prove that bones don't need to be boring

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8 crazy travel apps you must download

A selection of barmy travel apps for your phone, that surprisingly, may also prove useful

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6 unlikely tourist attractions

Would you travel half way around the world to see someone else's used chewing gum?

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The world's 8 strangest restaurants

Food served in toilets. Meals garnished with penises. What were these restaurateurs thinking?

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8 bizarre bars from around the world

From 6,000-year-old Baobab trees to abandoned 747s, are these the most surreal drinking spots on the planet?

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8 awesome time-lapse videos that will make your feet itch

Everything you love about travel compressed into a few minutes of extraordinary video

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Her Majesty's tackiest travel souvenirs

She is the best-travelled monarch in history and has a collection of tacky souvenirs to match. We list the strangest

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10 wacky museums from around the world

A selection of museums guaranteed to change your view of the world

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When travel goes wrong

Five salutary lessons on why you should never travel without good insurance

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9 unfortunately named products from around the world

Nine products where you hope they don't do what it says on the tin

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9 more unfortunately named products from around the world

This time suggested by our readers. Warning: Some fruity content past the break

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The world's 9 most embarrassing town names

They may well be nice places to visit. But could you handle the shame of living there?

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The world's messiest festivals

Happy Holi! The festival of colours makes our list of the messiest celebrations around. Dive in!

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9 more embarrassing town names

A list put together by our readers, that frankly, has made us blush. Be warned: it's not for the faint-hearted!

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10 unintentionally funny signs from around the world

Lost in translation? All the signs point to a good laugh

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7 weird sports from around the world

The Brits are cleaning up at London 2012, but how would they fare in these crazy sports?

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9 off-putting restaurant names from around the world

A collection of (largely) scatological restaurant names guaranteed to put you off your food

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Where to spot the world's most elusive creatures

Fame and fortune awaits the first person to prove their existence. Could it be you?

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14 strange laws from around the world

You'll be surprised by how easy it is to land yourself in hot water in some countries

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11 most bizarre hotel requests

From companionable ferrets to staged wedding fights, a leading hotel chain lists the strangest requests

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10 weird foods in a tin

They'll put anything in a tin these days. Here's a collection of the weirdest... Including a whole chicken

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The world's 10 strangest plants

One smells like a rotting corpse. Another feasts on underground cables. And each is weird in their own way

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The world's 7 craziest food museums

Strange ways that humble foodstuffs are celebrated around the world

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10 rum remedies from around the world

Feeling a little off-colour on your travels? It might be wise to give these local cures a miss...

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Where to eat the weirdest food on the planet

Ten of the strangest foodstuffs in the world. And where you can have your fill

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8 crazy TV shows from around the world

From Russian game shows featuring stolen cars to X Factor for Arab poets, these television shows make Top Gear look sane

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More mad laws from around the world

Richard Happer, author of The Law Is An Ass, lists the ridiculous laws you should be aware of in your travels

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The world's 9 scariest lookout points

To celebrate the opening of the Glacier Skywalk in Canada, we present a collection of other 'beauty spots' guaranteed to induce panic attacks

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9 mad flight safety videos

If you take onboard safety seriously, look away now

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Our favourite wacky travel videos of 2012

A selection of the craziest yet strangely life-affirming travel videos featured in our Weird@Wanderlust blog this year

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When animals escape on planes

Positive proof that some animals weren't meant to fly

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9 funny Indian road signs

Indian roads are some of the most dangerous in the world. Maybe it's because drivers are laughing at the signs...

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7 strange statues from around the world

Shocking, thought-provoking and down right weird street art from around the world

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The world's 6 craziest theme parks

From JCBs to farting dog rollercoasters, these theme parks go to extremes to stand out from the crowd

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9 mad music videos from around the world

As Gangnam Style continues to dominate the charts, we look at nine crazy music clips from around the world that probably won't become international hits

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The world's most inventive scams

Forewarned is forearmed: Wanderlust readers share the tricks and scams they experienced on the road ... so you don't have to

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7 crazy consequences of being an adventurer

Adventurer Al Humphreys breaks the code of silence on the bizarre side-effects of pushing boundaries

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6 places to eat (and date) in the dark

With news this week that restauranteurs are tired of patrons taking photos of their food, here are six restaurants where you can't even see what's on your plate, let alone take a photo of it

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The world's 7 most eccentric restaurants

Dine like a cave man. Or with a rabbit. Eating out has never been crazier (with videos)

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The world's 7 most terrifying diseases

Seven afflictions you won't want to catch in your travels – and how to avoid them

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Crazy album covers from around the world

Celebrating wacky, weird and sometimes frightening album art from the four corners of the globe

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24 daunting sailing superstitions

Sailors are a superstitious lot. Here's how to keep them onside the next time you're out at sea

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9 bizarre beer labels from around the world

If these brews are anything like their labels, you're in for a hell of a hangover

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9 strange snacks from around the world

Feeling a bit peckish? Here's a selection of snacks guaranteed to curb your appetite

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The world's 7 weirdest mascots

They're not cute. They're not cuddly. In fact, they're downright terrifying.

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13 strange facts about the London Underground

A lot of weird things have happened on the London Underground over the last 150 years. Here are the strangest

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5 secrets about New York City's Subway

Five things you didn't know about one of the world's most iconic transport systems

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The world's 5 most misleading maps

Simon Garfield, author of On The Map, nominates his favourite cartographic howlers

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18 weird driving laws from around the world

Crazy laws that could get you into trouble next time you hire a car abroad

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The 6 craziest travel stories this month

We've scoured the Internet to bring you the weirdest, strangest and, to be frank, most disturbing stories about travel

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5 unlikeliest cultural ambassadors

Things that have become synonymous with your country around the world that will have you considering changing nationality

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The world's 12 weirdest birth customs

Strange rituals from around the planet that'll have his little Royal Highness, George, glad he was born in London

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7 very strange travel-related jobs

Looking for a career change and love travelling? I bet you've never thought of these crazy travel-related jobs

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5 examples of atrocious tourist behaviour

They left more than footsteps. And took away more than a memory. Five acts by tourists that will have you hanging your head in shame

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7 crazy things people smuggle on planes

And we're not talking extra duty-free alcohol and cigarettes...

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5 wonderfully eccentric recycled hotels

Amazing hotels from around the world that breath new life into rescued objects

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8 weird but memorable places to get married

A selection of bizarre venues from around the globe guaranteed to make your big day one you'll never forget

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11 songs that get their geography very wrong

Listen up, Band Aid: it WILL snow in Africa this Christmas. The Atlas Mountains are covered in the stuff! A selection of songs where the writers should have consulted a map...

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The world's 6 most off-beat religions

Looking for the meaning of life? These unusual religions from the far corners of the globe may just have the answers

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9 alcoholic drinks made from strange ingredients

You'd have to really need a drink to consider knocking back these bizarre brews from around the world

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20 odd tips on how Chinese tourists should behave

Don’t pee in pools. Don’t buy stones in Scotland. China has issued a handbook on how its citizens should act overseas. Here are some of their most bizarre suggestions...

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The world's strangest travel-related phobias

With news that 12-year-old old Joe Thompson finally overcame his phobia of flying to jet back to the UK after a year in Abu Dhabi, we look at other, weirder phobias that terrify some travellers

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9 crazy animal-related incidents at airports

There's a reason airport authorities like to keep animals away from airports. In fact, here's nine of them

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8 hilarious menu fails from around the world

A selection of unfortunately-named dishes you may want to avoid. Bon appetit!

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The world's 11 funniest toilet signs

Answering the call of nature has never been more fraught

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The world's 9 craziest buildings

Nine certifiable architectural wonders that defy the laws of logic – and good taste

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7 things we don't miss from travelling 20 years ago

Travel has changed since Wanderlust first hit the shelves. Here's a collection of bygone travel 'experiences' we're glad to see the back of

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5 global ways to get into the Christmas spirit

Finding it hard to get excited about Christmas? Here are five events guaranteed to get you ho-ho-going

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5 strange Northern Lights myths

Planning to see the Northern Lights? Here are five ancient beliefs you should take into account... just to be safe

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8 unexpectedly hilarious travel photos

Either through good luck – or good management – each of these travel photos has a funny twist

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Our weirdest blogs of 2013

A celebration of all that was weird and wonderful in the world of travel this year

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2013's craziest travel moments

More of our favourite weird moments of 2013 – it really is a mad, mad world!

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10 funniest excuses for late flight check-ins

From watching The Lion King to feeding the budgies, you won't believe some of the stories people come up with for checking-in late

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Warning: Don't smile at the French

A selection of VisitBritain's hilarious online country profiles. What have they said about your country?

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11 vintage travel posters that still inspire wanderlust

Boston Public Library have just digitised their collection of old travel posters. Here is a selection guaranteed to get your feet itching

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Air New Zealand: The world's best – and funniest – airline

Air New Zealand took the Top Airline category in the Wanderlust travel awards. They make some pretty funny safety videos as well. Here are 7 of the best.

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7 beautiful and bizarre banknotes from around the world

Eye-catching banknotes from around the world. Which one is your favourite?

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Deep fried delights from around the world

Everything tastes better when it is fried... doesn't it?

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8 crazy travel quests

It seems you can't just travel anymore. You've got to have a quest. Here are 8 of the weirdest

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The world's 9 strangest national anthems

From diatribes against neo-colonialism to vendettas against volcanoes, these national anthems shine a new light on the countries that sing them

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5 wonderfully wacko children's cartoons from North Korea

The animation may be a bit shaky but the message to the children of North Korea is clear – the rest of the world is out to get us and it's up to you to stop them.

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Fools' gold: the best April Fools' Day travel pranks

You're a savvy traveller – and you'd never have fallen for these tricks... Would you?

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11 crazy souvenir hats from around the world

How many do you own? And have you got any pictures?

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The 6 most dangerous roads in the world

Treacherous passes and poorly-maintained roads and vehicles combine to make these roads the most deadly in the world. Would you avoid them? Or seek them out?

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9 crazy coins from around the world

With news the that the Royal Mint will open its doors to the public for the first time in 1,000 years, we celebrate the world's strangest coins

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12 uplifting versions of Happy from around the world

Pharrell Williams' toe-tapper has been a hit around the world, inspiring others to make versions celebrating what makes them happy in their hometowns. Here's 11 of the best...

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9 hilarious tourism videos that miss the mark

What were they thinking of?! We love these intentionally - and unintentionally – funny tourism videos from around the world

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The world's 7 weirdest spa treatments

With news that Cebu Zoo in the Philippines is pressing its giant pythons into service as masseuses, we look at other strange spa treatments offered across the globe

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20 funny 'lost in translation' language pitfalls

'False friends' are words that look or sound familiar but have a totally different meaning from the one you think they have. Here are 20 you really need to watch out for...

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7 crazy World Cup songs from around the world

A collection of hilarious songs, penned to celebrate football's biggest carnival. Even if you hate football, you'll love them...

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8 amazing travel videos made using drones

Awe-inspiring clips that take travel videos to new heights – literally!

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5 weird and wonderful ice-cream experiences around the world

Unusual flavours and bizarre sprinkles aren't the only thing on offer at these gelatarias...

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The world's weirdest shops and markets

Whether you're piling weapons for the zombie apocalypse or looking for a nice taxidermy flamingo for the sitting room, these stores will have what you're looking for

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Funny hitchhiking signs

Veteran hitchhiker Patrick Falterman reckons the best way to get a lift is to get a laugh. Here, he shares his favourite humorous hitchhiking signs...

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9 funny – and sometimes sweet – travel videos

Travel videos that will make you laugh, cry and yawn (in a good way)... and make your feet itch like crazy

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5 hilarious letters sent home by gap year backpackers

As a new wave of backpackers head out into the world on gap years, spare a thought for poor mum and dad back at home, getting emails like these classics ...

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7 strange folklore characters from around the world

Everyone loves a good story, particularly when an intriguing character comes into play. Natasha Singh tracks down some of the most bizarre storytime figures from cultures all over the world

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The world's 7 scariest walking tracks and bike trails

Afraid of heights? Terrified of falling to a grisly death? Best look away now as we venture along some of the world's hairiest trails.

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Cool travel posters for places that don't really exist

Created in the style of classic posters from the 1920's, these posters will entice you to the mythical worlds of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones

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10 crazy eating competitions from around the world

You won't believe what some people will eat for a moment of glory and a tin-pot trophy. Or how much...

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The world's 11 scariest bridges

If you're not already afraid of crossing bridges, you will be after watching these videos!

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7 weird events in England's West Country

Charm worms, chase cheese or devour raw onions: the West Country of England is home to some truly bonkers events, as Simon Farnsworth discovers...

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The world's 10 wildest waterfalls

Longest. Widest. Deepest. We’ve rounded up the planet’s most superlative waterfalls. How many have you visited?

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The world's 8 scariest insects

Eight high-grade nasties you’ll want to avoid in your travels. (A note to pedants: a few are arachnids)

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The world's 7 craziest TV shows about travel

For every cultured Michael Palin or Simon Reeve travelogue, there's a show about a weird dude eating something strange. You won't believe how weird TV travel can get...

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The 7 worst celebrity in-flight tantrums

You won't believe what the rich and famous get up to at 35,000 feet...

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14 strange phrases from around the world and what they mean

Why old cows are best left in the ditch. Words of wisdom, strangely phrased, from the four corners of the globe

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9 crazy Christmas songs from around the world

Mad, bad and more than a little bit creepy, you won't be hearing these Christmas songs from the Ramones to Oscar Chavez sung by carollers this Christmas

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Our weirdest blogs of 2014

Our collection of the wildest, wackiest and downright strangest things to happen in travel this year

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Your guide to New Year celebrations throughout the year

Love New Year's Eve but don't want to wait another 12 months until the next one? Here's an annual guide to the different New Year's celebrations observed around the world.

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The world's 5 coolest underwater hotels

Sleeping over the sea is so passé: all the cool kids are spending the night under the waves. Here are five places you can too...

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15 songs named after countries

With a song called Straya (That's 'Australia' to those of you who can't speak Strine) going viral this week, we look at other songs named after countries. Are there any we've missed?

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10 quirky American festivals you must visit

A collection of crazy festivals that celebrate the more interesting corners of the American psyche!

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12 Eiffel Towers around the world

From Pakistan to Greece, Siberia to Texas... you can celebrate Bastille Day at your very own Eiffel Tower

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24 funny (and insightful) quotes about travel

Some of the funniest people on the planet offer observations about travel that will make you laugh – and think.

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Can you match the slogan to the country?

Tourist boards all over the world hope that their pithy slogans sum up their nation perfectly. But do they? See if you can match the slogan to the country

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7 historical post offices where you can still post letters

They were the cathedrals of colonial times, but sadly many of the world's grandest post offices have been destroyed or repurposed. Here are 7 that will still sell you stamps

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Windsors around the world

There are 32 places in the world called Windsor. Which one will you decide to visit?

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7 alternative uses for a selfie stick

With more and more attractions around the world banning selfie sticks, we suggest some other things that travellers could do with one...

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China's 5 most amazing 'new' cities

Author Wade Shepard travelled through China witnessing immense cities being built from scratch. He lists his favourites and why every traveller should visit them

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5 towns saved by street art

Graffiti pulled these towns back from the brink of extinction – and arty travellers have been flocking to them ever since

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Sydneys around the world

There are 6 places called Sydney around the world. Which one will you decide to visit?

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5 crazy May Day celebrations in Europe

In the northern hemisphere, May 1 marks the start of spring. You won't believe how some countries celebrate it...

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5 TV shows that will inspire you to travel

They're not travel shows, but they still make you want to jump on the next plane... Which is your favourite?

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Londons around the world

There are 29 places around the world called London. Which one will you visit?

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Australia's lesser-known 'Big Things'

You've heard of the Big Banana and the Big Pineapple, but what about the Big Mower? Here are 12 big things in Australia that aren't on the tourist map – yet

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Washingtons around the world

There are 57 places in the world called Washington. Which one will you decide to visit?

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5 quirky festivals of Pagan Britain

There's more to Pagan Britain than Summer Solistice and May Day. Here are five ancient festivals you need to mark on your calendar

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When cute animals get grumpy

Even with seemingly innocent critters, there's one thing every traveller should remember: You're on their turf now...

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5 amazing giant stone heads around the world

Five super-sized noggins from across the ages – and across the globe – that you really need to see face-to-face

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4 intense Voodoo festivals around the world

This much-maligned religion features some spectacular rituals and festivals – these are the most memorable

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5 places to spend the night in jail – and love it

Fancy spending the night behind bars? These former penitentiaries have been turned into hostels and hotels

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5 cemeteries you should visit in Paris

Peaceful, beautiful and full of incredible sculptures, Paris's cemeteries are havens of tranquility – and offer a chance to visit the resting places of history's most famous people

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The world's weirdest gyms

Long-term traveller Justin Egli names and shames the worst gyms he has worked out in around the world... and explains why he loves them so much

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Statue of Liberty replicas around the world

It's a beacon of hope, instantly recognised around the world. Here are Statue of Liberty replicas around the world – each with a special link to the original

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6 mythical creatures that (may) exist and where to find them

Where to find the world's most elusive creatures. And how you can pass the time if have have trouble finding them

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Australia's 7 cutest marsupials and where to find them

Forget kangaroos and koalas. Australia's lesser-known marsupials are its cutest critters

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England's 5 strangest clubs

Exclusive – and not so exclusive – clubs that will brighten up your next visit to England

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Where to spot UFOs in Britain

To celebrate the Falkirk Triangle in Scotland being declared the UFO capital of the world, we list the best places in the UK to spot interplanetary visitors

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Where to find Michelangelo’s David around Europe

Are the queues putting you off visiting the original in Florence? Here are 7 other places you can see David in Europe.

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10 amazing Soviet Era bus shelters

Photographer Christopher Herwig travelled throughout the former Soviet Union in search of weird and wonderful bus shelters. Here are his favourites

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6 alternative places to see UFOs in the USA

Avoid the crowds flocking to Area 51 and Roswell and increase your chances of having a closer encounter of the extraterrestrial kind

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12 abandoned places worth seeking out

Eerily beautiful places around the world that have been abandoned by humans – and they're all the better for it

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Other places in the world called Paris

5 places called Paris that aren't overrun by tourists and why you should visit them

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9 spooky apparitions from around the world

Vampires and skeletons are so passé. Stand out from the crowd this Halloween by dressing as one of these little-known ghosts from around the globe

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8 amazing dance moves from around the world

Heading out to shake your booty this weekend? You might want to add one of these international dance moves to your repertoire... Or maybe not.

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5 cars that found a new life in foreign lands

These old favourites have gone on to become reliable workhorses in other corners of the globe – well after they were forgotten in their home countries

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Other places in the world called Amsterdam

5 other places called Amsterdam without a canal, a pair of clogs or tulips in sight.

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The world's 7 weirdest wax works museums

From creepy royal effigies to a Jesus that looks like Tom Cruise, here are the wax work experiences you won’t get at Madame Tussaud’s...

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5 cemeteries you should visit in London

Peaceful, beautiful and full of incredible sculptures, London's cemeteries are havens of tranquility – and offer a chance to visit the resting places of history's most famous people

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5 weird travel experiences to have in 2016

From staying in a hotel run by robots to surfing the internet in a historic Moscow cemetery, these are the travel experiences you'll be able to dine out on all year

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America's 7 coolest bowling alleys

Drink craft beer. Tuck into gourmet meals. Maybe listen to a live band. At these amazing bowling centres there’s more to bowling than knocking down pins.

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7 other colosseums around the world

They may not be as well known as the one in Rome, but these amphitheatres are just as impressive. And most still host events – so you can pretend it’s 30 AD all over again

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4 crazy monkey festivals from around the world

2016 is the Year of the Monkey. Here’s how you can celebrate our simian friends throughout the entire year

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4 amazing places you'll need a permit to visit

Difficult to reach and hard to get into, these amazing spots need special permits to visit. Here's why they're worth the effort

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The world’s most insightful quotes about travel

The greatest thinkers on the planet give their considered opinions on travel. Do you agree with them?

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7 strange pizza toppings from around the world

From banana curry to crocodile, you’ll be astounded by what some countries like on their pizzas. If you’re adventurous, you might even try one...

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The 14 strangest ‘capitals’ of the world

Certain enterprising towns have discovered that it’s always possible to be the world capital of something – cats, accordions or even bathtub racing!

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Two-wheel madness in Vietnam

You won't believe what they get up to on their bikes and motorcycles in Vietnam. Warning: not for the faint-hearted!

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More unintentionally funny signs from around the world

This time from our readers' photo albums. Fruity content ahoy!

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5 things you didn't know about Russia's Eurovision grannies

Shamans, AK-47s and pies that aren't really pies. We lift the lid on Urdmurtia, Russia's strangest region and home of the Buranovskiye Babushki

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7 more of the world's weirdest Christmas traditions

The Czechs are throwing shoes. The Ukrainians are decking the halls with spider's webs. And the Catalans really need to speak to a therapist. Check out these Christmas traditions from around the world

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The world's 13 weirdest Christmas traditions

Venezuelans skate to church, Norwegians hide their brooms, and Catalans are obsessed with festive pooping. We reveal the weird and wonderful festive traditions around the world...

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10 of the most outrageous travel insurance claims ever

From disastrous haircuts to brothel visits that brought on heart attacks, there's no limit to what people claim on their travel insurance. But were their claims successful?

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The world's strangest Valentine's Day rituals

From OAPs in fancy dress to walking barefoot through icy fields, the world celebrates St Valentine's Day in very different ways

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10 unusual Valentine's Day traditions from around the world

From mass weddings and anonymous poems to friend celebrations and cutlery, these unusual Valentine gestures are as diverse as the countries they originate from — but all speak the same language of love...

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The world's 12 craziest Easter traditions

From lambs carved from butter through to wild rabbit hunts in New Zealand, here are the most eggs-traordinary ways to celebrate this Easter...

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The 9 weirdest modes of public transport on earth

Introducing nine very strange ways of getting from point A to B. Eventually.

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The 5 happiest countries in the world

Here are the most cheerful countries in the world – and why we're always happy to visit them...

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The world's 10 most haunted places

From a ghostly castle in France to a paranormal pub in Britain, these 'possessed' destinations are guaranteed to spook even the most sceptical of travellers...

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The world's strangest flags and why we love them

National flags are meant to distill the core values of a country. They don't always get it right but we love them all the same. Is your favourite amongst them?

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