22 February 2012

Visiting the Most Unusual Islands in the World

Beautiful untouched beaches with leaning palm trees are usually the first things that come to mind when you think of a tropical island. They are a great place to relax with your special someone and soak in the sun.
But there are actually islands that go beyond the idea of attracting tourists; these are highly unique places that draw visitors because of their quirky and even scary features.
La Isla De La Munecas (The Island of the Dolls)
Just outside Mexico City is a small island called “La Isla De La Munecas”. The island is considered one of the creepiest tourist attractions in the world because it’s full of decaying dolls hanging from trees. It’s certainly a very scary place but it was never intended to be a tourist attraction. The dolls where placed around the island in remembrance of a young girls death in the area.
Jindo-Modo Land Bridge
Also referred to as the “Moses Miracle”, the land bridge is one of the top destinations in South Korea. In the same way the seas split in two to allow Moses and his followers to cross the water, the jindo-modo bridge emerges twice a year (May and June) creating a road 40 meters wide. The land connects the islands of Jindo and modo allowing their people to visit each other. It’s a natural phenomenon of the tides with myths mentioning people fleeing to Modo Island to escape from tigers that roam around villagers in Jindo.
The island-country is only 21 square kilometers and it’s considered as the 2nd smallest state after the Vatican. The island country is often called “the country that ate itself” because of excessive exploitation of its natural resources. Decades of mining and extraction of phosphorus affected more than 80 percent of the land.

02 February 2012

Unusual Winter Holiday Destinations

A winder holiday vacation often involves skiing, snowboarding and other adventure sports during winter. Aside from these activities, a holiday destination often involves a few days off in a beautiful winter hotel where guests can enjoy warm cozy room in the middle of snowy mountains. It’s a beautiful setting that can create lasting memories.
But for adventurers, a day or two skiing in a beautiful snow landscape is never enough. There are places adventurers visit during the winter season where they can experience something totally different.
Icebox Days (International Falls, Minnesota)
Celebrated every 3rd week of January, Icebox Days are an increasingly popular winter festivity in the northern part of USA. Activities such as frozen turkey bowling, different types of unique snow-based racing and the FYGBR or the Freeze Your Gizzard Blizzard Run are only some of the things you can do during Icebox Days.
Hovercraft Tour (LuleƄ, Sweden)
LuleĆ„ is a very popular tourist destination during the winter season. It’s the place people visit to experience the vastness of the sea in a completely frozen condition. The tour is done through hovercraft for safety purposes but guests will still have a chance to visit and walk in the water to experience extremely low temperature.
Seafood Safari (Grebbestad, Sweden)
Another popular tourist destination during winter in Sweden is Grebbestad where the town has a Seafood Safari. Think of this activity as a safari adventure but only in the sea and you get to enjoy different types of seafood especially lobsters. For the foodies, this is the perfect way to enjoy the holiday season.