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Autumn traditions from around the world

Autumn traditions from around the world

Autumn is here (apparently) and we all have our own traditions, be it the first pumpkin spice latte of the season, or the ceremonial Changing of the Coats. But what about the rest of the world? What do they do when the leaves start to fall from the tree and the nights get darker?

5 very strange hotels from around the world

5 very strange hotels from around the world

To many people, a hotel is just a necessity – somewhere to sleep and to store the suitcase while they’re out exploring. As long as the room has a bed, preferably a bathroom and ideally a well-stocked minibar, it doesn’t need much else. Sometimes, however, due to its location, structure or history, the hotel itself can become part of the holiday.

Bizarre public toilets from around the world

Bizarre public toilets from around the world

In the USA, public toilets are called “restrooms”. I can only assume that this is an example of the famous American use of irony, because there’s nothing restful about them. A visit to a public convenience is a frightening experience full of nauseous confusion and, given the option, most people would avoid them altogether. Often though, this isn’t an option. Fortunately, designers from around the world have been working hard to make our inevitable toilet visits just a little bit more exciting…

5 truly bizarre festivals from around the world

5 truly bizarre festivals from around the world

When you think of festivals, what comes to mind? What comes to my mind is mud, drunks and unfortunate smells. But it doesn’t have to be like that! Throughout the world, there are some really strange (non-musical) festivals and celebrations… Spain, I’m looking at you! I could have written a whole, separate post about their festivals, but then I wouldn’t have got to share these with you!

5 incredibly geeky hotspots

5 incredibly geeky hotspots

Drinking cocktails at a beach-side bar as you watch the sun set over the water. Sliding down the side of a mountain on nothing but a pair of skis. Trekking for miles and miles through dense rainforest and sleeping under a bit of tarpaulin. If none of these things appeal to you, then it’s quite possible that you’re a geek. A nerd. A boff. But don’t worry, chuck, because there are still plenty of places for nerdlingers like us to go and have a good time. Just don’t expect anyone else to understand, OK?

5 national instruments from around the world

Every area has its own unique ‘sound’. Scotland sounds like a bag pipe, Australia sounds like a didgeridoo and Polynesia sounds like a nose-flute. We thought we would investigate further. WARNING: Listening to some of these clips may induce frenzied holiday purchasing!