The "Places" section is a virtual passport to the world, offering a unique exploration of our planet's fascinating diversity. Discover the mesmerizing charm of countries across the globe, from the vibrant landscapes of Italy to the cutting-edge technology of South Korea, the intriguing customs of Scandinavia to the unique wildlife of Australia. This section opens the door to the multitude of cultures, traditions, and landscapes that make up our world.
In this section, the curious and the adventurous come together to gain insights into what makes each country unique, from the everyday life and distinctive culture to astonishing natural beauty. Uncover countries' hidden treasures, fascinating cultural nuances, and captivating histories that shape nations' identities.
The "Places" section goes beyond being a mere travel guide, aiming to offer a deeper understanding of the peculiarities that define different regions of the world. Unveil intriguing cultural norms that may seem odd to us but are considered 'normal' in other countries. Learn about curious facts that might not be well-known but will leave you amazed. Discover the distinctive traits that characterize different people, from the warmth of Scandinavians to the strict school rules in Japan.
Be it the breathtaking landscapes of Austria, the distinct wildlife of Norway, or the rich biodiversity of Asia, every article in this section aims to immerse you in the unique beauty and allure of these places. This section is also your guide to avoid cultural faux pas when you travel overseas, offering tips to navigate unfamiliar cultural norms and customs.
The “Places” section is an adventure in itself, exploring the astonishing diversity of the world, revealing the awe-inspiring beauty and unique cultural quirks that make our planet an endlessly fascinating place to explore. By browsing through this section, you are not just reading articles, you are embarking on a virtual journey that transcends geographical boundaries and delves deep into the spirit of places, offering a glimpse into the heart and soul of the world's diverse cultures and landscapes.
So, fasten your seatbelt and get ready for an enlightening journey across the globe. Let this section be your compass, guiding you through the mesmerizing maze of the world, unravelling the captivating stories that define each place, and inspiring a sense of wonder and wanderlust.
The first thing you think of when you hear the word “Australia” is “kangaroo,” of course. But on this faraway continent, life goes its own way, and many things that are normal for Australians can seem crazy to residents of other countries — and it’s not just about flora and fauna.
Many people associate the United Arab Emirates with sheikhs, white beaches, and luxurious hotels. But not all that glitters is gold. Sometimes, it’s so much more interesting to see the hidden side of the country that isn’t described in the tourist guide books.
The oldest travel document in existence was issued in 1636 to Sir Thomas Littleton. It was written on parchment in intricate handwriting and included the signature of the English King Charles I. It granted the right to possess the amount of 50 pounds sterling, suitcases, and essential belongings. It was so big it had to be folded several times to fit in a pocket. Today’s travel passports are all light, compact, and serve as a pass to a person’s dream vacation.
There are more than 200 countries in the world and the residents of each region have their own customs and traditions, as well as simple everyday habits that differ them from other nationalities. It’s always interesting to study these differences and find out about the ordinary things that can perplex the inhabitants of all other countries.
Japan is a country of high-tech where comfort and convenience are really valued. Smart toilets, fast trains, vending machines — these are only a few of the things that pop up in our minds when we think about Japan. But it seems that there’s no limit to the creativity of the Japanese, and they continue to impress the world with their inventions.
“We wouldn’t do it!” — that’s the thought many tourists get when they visit China. The main attraction of the country is its residents — with their own traditions, rules, and sometimes funny habits. This article will tell you about interesting events and even shocking things that occasionally take place in this country.
Many people associate Chile with the pepper of the same name and lofty mountains that occupy the wide territories of this country. Like any other people, the Chileans have cultural peculiarities that foreigners don’t easily understand. But some of their habits are so unusual that they might shock an unprepared traveler.
In the 21st century, many travelers don’t want to just lie on the beach but they also want to learn the culture of the country and its people. You can always expect to make interesting discoveries, especially if it is in an authentic place like Japan.
We live in a big world, with a myriad of cultures and habits we may find a little strange at first. For instance, in Iceland, Christmas Eve is all about exchanging books and spent reading in a cozy nook with some chocolate. While we all love an iced drink to cool off from the heat in the summer, in some Asian countries, water is nearly always had hot, never mind the weather. The thing is, a lot of these habits have solid scientific backing.
People live in many different ways that change from country to country. Sometimes, cultural differences can be noticed miles away, even more so if we are talking about South Korea. The engineering and technological advances in that territory are photo-worthy, and many people understand that.
Japan’s intricate web of social conventions and behavioral norms can perplex first-time visitors, who often stand out due to seemingly minor cultural blunders. While the Japanese tend to be understanding of well-intentioned tourists inadvertently breaching their etiquette, it’s better to familiarize oneself with these nuances to avoid any misunderstandings.
Beauty standards have been influencing women for centuries, but they vary from country to country. For instance, thinness is the ideal in Thailand, while the “hourglass” figure is preferred in India. In this article, we will explore how different cultures define a “beautiful woman”.
A team of cave explorers outside Ping’e village in Leye County, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, discovered a massive sinkhole that harbored a primeval forest growing at the bottom. The sinkhole measures 306m in length, 150m in width, and 192m in depth, with its volume exceeding 5 million cubic meters, meaning it can be officially categorized as a large sinkhole.
We have the answers for those looking for the perfect summer getaway or wondering if their country is among the best summertime destinations! Thousands of people voted online for their favorite country to visit in summer, and we ranked them here.
Talking about using the bathroom might not be exciting, but like sleeping and eating, it’s something you do every day. While you can control how you handle your bathroom needs at home, it’s not always the case when traveling, especially to other countries.
It all started with the Home Insurance Building that was built in 1885 in Chicago. Just a ten-story building, but it was a revolution at the time, and that was the beginning of the era of skyscrapers. It was constructed using a revolutionary method: the building had an inner skeleton made of steel, which allowed the walls to be thinner and the whole structure being higher than ever.
There are islands on our planet that have not been touched by the hand of modern man. Not even his fingers. Nature in these places has remained unchanged for thousands of years.What if people lived on one of these islands? They wouldn’t know about civilization’s progressive benefits or have seen a modern person. This island actually exists, and traveling to it is unlawful and involves many dangers.
When hearing the words “Parisian woman,” we usually imagine a gorgeous lady in a little black dress with a red beret on her head and elegant shoes on her feet. However, these days, this stereotype has significantly faded, just like your perfume at the end of a working day. Today, French women appreciate comfortable clothing, like to appear in public make-up free, and opt for comfortable sneakers instead of stilettos.
From tall and slim to petite and curvy, women across the globe come in all shapes and sizes. So it’s no wonder that every country has its own beauty standards that usually stand apart from the others. And, among them, some nations have such an uncommon way of seeing beauty that it just leaves us speechless.
A supermarket can tell you a lot about the residents of a country, like what people eat, what goods they buy most often, and how they behave in public places. Store staff members show the level of service while shelves display goods that can say way more about the culture of the country than any tourist attraction.
There is a saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” so when we go to a different country, we follow the rules of this country. However, the differences in mentality and culture can be pretty shocking, even for the most experienced travelers. And if you don’t know the local rules, the least that can happen is that you confuse the local people, and the worst — you could get a fine or even a prison sentence.
Bathroom traditions in foreign countries can differ, like when you come to Korea, for example, some things might amaze or shock you. Even the way some people wash their hands can be unusual and instead of a dispenser, you may see a weird device with soap in public toilets.
When visiting a new country, we are often really surprised by the local traditions, languages, or other everyday things. The surprises can be pleasant and not so pleasant, but they are always a part of visiting new places.
Many tourists know Venice as a city with lots of canals and gondolas. But the heroes of our article made other discoveries that can change the way people think about this city, even if they’re frequent travelers.
When we were in school, every year, we’d write an essay on how we spent our summers. But what if you aren’t in school anymore but still want to tell everyone what happened to you on vacation? You can use the Internet for that.
There’s a saying that claims if a pregnant woman doesn’t satisfy her food craving and scratches herself, the child will be born with a birthmark in the shape of the food she’s craving. And in some other cultures, there are many food restrictions for pregnant women. And while all of these pregnancy theories are amusing, they can be confusing to new mothers. One thing is for sure though: people all over the world just want to look out for expecting mothers and their babies.
French women have long been famous for their unique, sophisticated style, and their feminine looks are always admired by foreign women. Many things have changed over the last century, but the way European women carry themselves, both in terms of fashion and manners, continues to delight masters and admirers of feminine beauty.
One of the first things you might experience when you’re in a different country is culture shock, especially if you go somewhere very different from where you live. For example, people that have been to Chile say that people there are not very serious about time or responsibilities. For example, “tomorrow” might mean “next week,” and “next week” may turn out to be “never.” When you go to a different country, you sometimes end up finding yourself in really funny and unexpected situations.
The old adage, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” still holds true everywhere. When you are traveling abroad, you do your due diligence and figure out all the “do’s and don’ts” of the country you’re visiting. But, it is more crucial to know the don’ts, since that knowledge will keep you away from any controversies and embarrassments and will keep you on the safer side.