Sights & smells

Strange things from around the world to go and look at or smell

Bahá'í: The religion with only 9 places of worship in the world

Bahá’í: The religion with only 9 places of worship in the world

Pretty much wherever you are in the world, you’re probably within walking distance of a church, a mosque, a synagogue or a temple of some kind. But I bet you’re not within praying distance of a Bahá’í House of Worship right now – because there are only nine of them in the whole world.

6 more bridges that connect two countries together

6 more bridges that connect two countries together

Last week, I wrote about the Øresund Bridge which connects Denmark and Sweden. We featured that post in our monthly email to our customers and we were overwhelmed with replies telling us about other, similar bridges! It turns out a bridge connecting two countries isn’t such a novelty after all. So here are some of the ones we learned about.

Øresund Bridge: The bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark

Øresund Bridge: The bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has suggested building a bridge spanning the English Channel, connecting Britain and France. Perhaps he’s forgotten about the far more practical tunnel which already exists. But the idea of connecting two countries by a bridge isn’t as barmy as it might sound.

Sveti Stefan: The Montenegrin island-cum-town-cum-hotel

Sveti Stefan: The Montenegrin island-cum-town-cum-hotel

We try to pick beautiful places to use in our adverts. Places that make us (and hopefully you) wish we were anywhere other than where we are now. After all, if people didn’t go somewhere else, they wouldn’t need travel insurance. And where would that leave us?

Es Vedra: A really interesting Ibizan island

Es Vedra: A really interesting Ibizan island

I first heard of Es Vedra when I was rooting around looking for something interesting to write about/looking for holiday inspiration (I love my job sometimes). It’s a rocky island off the coast of Ibiza.

Mount Scenery: The Netherlands’ highest volcano

Until this morning, I thought the highest point in the Netherlands was the top of a windmill. But it turns out the Netherlands not only has a proper highest point. It also has a volcano!

Hot Water Beach: What's hot, wet and sandy?

Hot Water Beach: What’s hot, wet and sandy?

Hot Water Beach is like something you’ve probably never experienced before. I’d never heard of it before I went to New Zealand.