10 funny signs from around the world

Traveling around the world as an Anglophone can be pretty funny. Most people try to speak English, but they don’t all quite get it.

This worldwide phenomenon has spawned such websites as Engrish.com among many others. Here at TravelPod, we’ve got our own assortment of funny signs. Some of them more coherent than others…

1. “Don’t throw coins in crocodiles mouths”, Bangkok, Thailand

"It might cause them death"

"Please don't throw coins in crocodile's mouths. It might cause them death"

“I have a hodge-podge of various new pictures to upload, from Lauren and Halloweeen, to a festival, and most notably from when we went to the zoo! The pictures will pretty much explain themselves, and there are a lot of pictures of animals so I thought that I would give everyone a Thai language lesson with it too.” – Schipper

2. “This place danger” in Gyangze, China

"This place danger. Take devious route."

"This place danger. Take devious route."

Our final activity was a hike up the Gyantse Dzong – an old fort in the middle of town. We had the fort to ourselves not a tourist or Tibetan was there. We took it slow going up (man can we feel the altitude here – or we’re really out of shape!) but the view was worth it – we could see the entire town, the monastery, and the Himalayas in the distance. Not a bad way to see the sunset! – Carlaandmike

3. “Guests are requested…” in Broome, Australia

"Guests are requested not to leave meals unattended unless they wish to share them with the seagulls"

Rachandstu found this sign at a bar on the beach in Broome, Australia

“To celebrate being in a town, we went out for dinner at a bar on the beach where we sat with our pizza and drinks – (a glass of cold wine for Rachel – what a novelty!) and watched the sunset.” – Rachandstu

4. “Passengers Attention” – Beijing, China

Lucy_and_adele found this warning sign in Beijing, China

Lucy_and_adele found this warning sign in Beijing, China

We climbed enough steps to do us a lifetime. The older section of the wall was really cool. All rubble and broken steps. when our legs couldn’t handle much more, we went to get the cable car back to the car park. They were out of order, of course! – Lucy_and_adele

5. “Be cautionary to fall into water” – Shangri-La, China

Fredtrip found another example of Engrish in Shangri La, China

Fredtrip found another example of Engrish in Shangri-La, China

I was positively surprised by Shangri La. Few tourists here, colder weather (we are at 3200m), a lot of Tibetans and a pleasant living old city.
The city was originally called Zhongdian but some locals decided to change its name to make it more attractive to tourists. New name comes from James Hilton’s 1933 bestseller: Lost Horizon.. – Fredtrip

6. “The top of an… wha?” – Jeju City, South Korea

Jknoff22 thought this sign was amusing

Jknoff22 thought this sign was amusing in Jeju City

“If you can’t read it, it says, “The top of an election is a clean election.” Now say it as a Korean would, changing the “l’s” to “r’s” and you have an enigmatic yet very funny sign.” – Jknoff22

7. “Smoke is billowing” – Hachioji, Japan

Tothemoon found this strange sign in Japan

Tothemoon found this strange sign in Japan

I’m glad the trip ended up much better than it started, but I kinda don’t ever wanna go on vacation again. – Tothemoon

8. “Premarital sex” – Telluride, USA

78ers found this sign humorous in Telluride, USA

78ers found this sign humorous in Telluride, USA

“On our way back out to the main road, we drove on a little half gravel/half paved road through a really beautiful area. The road passes the town of Dunton- apparently it’s actually a privately owned ghost town, so I don’t think you can walk around it or anything. But the whole stretch of road was really nice, Silas and I were sort of hating the people who live there!” – 78ers

9. “The grass is smiling at you” – Beijing, China

Bizarreirishsta found this sign in Beijing's Olympic Village

Bizarreirishsta found this sign in Beijing's Olympic Village

“After our day at the Summer Palace, we made our way to the Olympic Village. We had enough time to get to it and have a snack before it started raining. It didn’t rain much, but just in spurts. The Bird’s Next is quite the architectural design, but definitely more impressive from a distance.” – Bizarreirishsta

10. “Fartshumper” – Olderfjord, Norway

Marksadventures loves Norwegian signs

Marksadventures loves Norwegian signs

“This is the only photo worthy of being shown today….another funny Norwegian sign!” – Marksadventures

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Travelers caught in the Sydney sandstorm

There is quite the violent sandstorm engulfing Sydney, Australia today.

TravelPod bloggers are right there on the ground, spitting sand out of their mouths and documenting the phenomenon on their blogs.

Here are a few of the latest updates:

An ominous Maroubra Beach

An ominous Maroubra Beach

Just now Sydney is experiencing a spectacular sandstorm that brings the Simpson desert feeling right into the city. In the morning the orange light was spectacular… A photographer`s delight… 🙂 And no, I didn`t use any filters or photoshop…Feeling_alive

Hughieanddoris explored the boardwalk outside their hotel in the early morning

Hughieanddoris explored the boardwalk outside their hotel in the early morning

Well…. today started with a big surprise. Hughie rose at 7am, surprised that it seemed to still be dark. He looked out the net blind and said it was foggy… When he looked again though he realized it was the like the dust storm that had been mentioned in the Canberra news yesterday, and went outside to take photos…. By the time we left the hotel, the air had cleared a bit, but everything was covered with orange dust, and many people were going around with masks on. It was blustery, not the weather we’ve become used to. The ferries had started again by then, but the eateries around had thick dust on the tables and the breeze made it better to have breakfast in a nearby indoor food court. The dust was causing extra work for a lot of people… Tonight we’ve heard on the news that it was the worst dust storm here for at least 70 years. So we’re here when history is being made.Hughieanddoris

Gatzby endured the haze while sightseeing

Gatzby endured the haze while sightseeing

A huge dust storm hit Sydney over night and the City was covered in a haze – not very good for sight seeing. Plus, it was a bit cold and windy.Gatzby

Check out this member blog from a member in the Sydney sandstorm

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10 Breathtaking Drives Around the World

ABC News featured some of the most spectacular roads around the world. Here are the top 10 with experiences from TravelPod bloggers. What’s your favourite drive?

1. Karakoram Highway, China

Markwilliams84 ventured by bus on the Karakoram Highway

Markwilliams84 ventured by bus on the Karakoram Highway

The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The roadway across the pass was completed in 1982, and has superseded the unpaved Mintaka Pass and Kilik Pass as the primary passage across the Karakorum Range. Due to the altitude of the Pass its closed for most of the year because of the snow, its only possible to cross between May 1 and 15th October and that’s if you are lucky and the weather is good. Very reassuringly the name Khunjerab Pass is derived from Wakhi for ‘Blood Valley’ because for centuries this crossing was used by caravans plodding down the Silk road where locals took advantage of the terrain, robbed the caravans and slaughtered their merchants. – Markwilliams84

2. Western Desert, Egypt: Cairo to Kharga

Wwatling took a tour of Egypt

Wwatling took a tour of Egypt

The major form of transportation appears to be horse carriage for us tourists- there are very few cars/taxis. Many vendors though all with great offers- but selling much the same stuff. – Wwatling

3. Grand Canyon, U.S.: Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon

One quarter of Hally_ollie at the Grand Canyon

One quarter of Hally_ollie at the Grand Canyon

From this point you can see the whole of the canyon and also the desert as well. Along the drive there were signs to watch out for mountain lions but thankfully we didn’t see any. – Hally_ollie

4. Alsace Wine Route, France: Strasbourg to Mulhouse

Bruno.toutain cycled in the Alsace wine region

Bruno.toutain cycled in the Alsace wine region

Cycling the “Route des Vins” takes you through the scenic, hillside vineyards and flowery little villages that dot this picturesque landscape. All in all, combining the region, the wine, and the cycling, you’ll get one of the most amazing and sensory experiences you could dream of! – Bruno.toutain

5. Dalmatian Coast, Croatia: Zadar to Dubrovnik

Randyandchrissy took the long way around the Dalmatian Coast

Randyandchrissy took the long way around the Dalmatian Coast

This place is beautiful. The Coastal road is worth it. You’re riding on this road that’s not too high off the water with a mountain on your left side. Nice. – Randyandchrissy

6. Savannah Way, Australia: Cairns to Broome

Fishtails04 drove through many creeks on the Savannah Way

Fishtails04 drove through many creeks on the Savannah Way

Despite attempts to seal all the gaps with tape, the fine powder had found its way in and coated the car’s contents, including ourselves – luckily I get a kick out of being grubby while camping! – Fishtails04

7. Causeway Coastal, Ireland: Belfast to Lame

Mlbalmeo exploring the causeway coast

Mlbalmeo exploring the causeway coast

The fickle rain gave way to glorious sun, and we got to experience the beauty that the north coast of Ireland is known for. Today we left Belfast and moved to our northernmost destination, Portstewart, where we got to see the so-called eighth wonder of the world, The Giant’s Causeway. – Mlbalmeo

8. South Africa: Cape Town to Mpumalanga

Elopfamily enjoyed the South African scenery

Elopfamily enjoyed the South African scenery

For the next day and a half, we explored the nearby, and very scenic, Blyde River Canyon area. This included such gems as God’s Window, the weird Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Pinnacle, and the Berlin and Lisbon Falls. The beautiful scenery was enhanced by the early morning mists that would drift through, often below our vantage point. – Elopfamily

9. Southern India: Cochin to Kovalam

Tomandanna-rose motorcycle along the mountains to Cochin

Tomandanna-rose motorcycle along the mountains to Cochin

We met the boys in Fort Cochin, after a mASSIVe but beautiful 12hr ride through stunning mountain scenery and lush tea plantations all the way from Madurai, (coincidentally meeting up with the Germans for lunch and noting the considerable wealth and abundance of tasteless pastel villas in Kerala). – Tomandanna-rose

10. Beach Highway, Mauritania: El Mamghar to Nouakchott

Hmax driving through the Mauritanian Desert

Hmax driving through the Mauritanian Desert

Our tarmac road disappeared and the truck bogged for the first time. This was promptly followed by another bog in which we all slowly learned the technique of “sand-matting” the truck across 150 metres of soft sand – which involved digging out the wheels, placing sand mats (steel 2m tracks) in front of the wheels, and moving the truck far enough along the track to allow placement of another sandmat….a slow and exhausting process in 39 degree heat. – Hmax

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The Henley-on-the-Todd regatta

Every year, residents of Alice Springs, Australia compete in the “Henley-on-the-Todd” regatta. It’s a boat race created 47 years ago, but held on a dry river. You’re not considered a local in Alice Springs until you have seen the Todd River run three times, which usually takes around 20 years. Thus, the river is dry much more often than it is wet.

TravelPod blogger Amandajacaranda joined her hostel’s team and almost won!

Amandajacaranda raced in the Henley-on-the-Todd

Amandajacaranda competed in the Henley-on-the-Todd regatta

The mini Yacht race was in a steel framed “boat” with sails (of course) with 4-6 “sailors”. We raced against 2 other boats 100m up to a 44gallon drum, around it and then 100m back again. The bottom of the Todd river is sand so is quite hard to run in but we did the sprint. We were sooooo close to first but unfortunately it was ruled that we were second. The maxi yacht was a similar style of boat but had 8-10 sailors (we had 10). Once again we came second, mainly because we lost one of our “sailors” at the back.

The Pirates vs. the Vikings

The Pirates vs. the Vikings

Along the sides of the river were signs that said things like “no fishing” and “swim between the flags”. Besides racing, one of the highlights of the day was the final regatta where the Pirates, Vikings and Defenders all “fight” against each other. They are in large “boats” that are more like floats and are powered by cars. The crowd really get into this one, the teams attack each other with water bombs, water pistols and cannons and the winners are the team that the crowd cheer the most for -it was the Pirates (I am sure it was because they were the best looking). Amandajacaranda

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Top 3 naked parties around the world

If you love being naked and you love partying, here are the best events for you. I’m crediting TripAdvisor.com with coming up with the list, but there are lots more nudist events than this all over the world.

1. World Naked Bike Ride – Worldwide, June and July

The World Naked Bike Ride in Toronto

The World Naked Bike Ride in Toronto

I caught a glimpse of the World Naked Bike Ride as it passed through downtown Toronto last year.starlagurl

2. Nude Beach Olympics – Maslin Beach, Australia, January

Cathyandjohn about to go out to the nude beach

John of cathyandjohn about to go out to Maslin Beach

3. Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, Nevada, August – September

Jose nearly naked at Burning Man

Jose nearly naked at Burning Man

A cross between a refugee camp with an outdoor art museum with engineering exhibits with a rave with an adult playground with summer camp with a commune with a hallowe’en party with a bunch of other things.Jose

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Local Expert for London, England: Nicole Boys

Nicole Boys is quite knowledgeable on all kinds of exotic locales from South Africa to the Galapagos Islands. She’s been active in the TravelPod forums for the past few months. It’s been great getting to know her, and I wanted to know more, so I asked her some more questions about herself:

Why did you become a Local Expert?

My friends often call me the ’fountain of all knowledge’. No I don’t know everything but I do have the ability to store copious amount of information about random things. The thing is I like helping people out and giving advice to people who have never traveled to the places I have been before. I am used to friends asking me about how to find cheap accommodation, which night bus to take or even which bar in the city I can recommend for a good night out – and they live in London! So, I thought why not be able to recommend things to people that are coming to London for the first time.

Nicole with friends in South Africa

Nicole (on left) with friends in South Africa

What are the best and worst things about living in London?

London to me can never be boring there are so many things to see and do. I love the cosmopolitan feel, the fact that you can walk around the City and get lost in the small lanes only to find something you never knew was there. I think the best thing about being in London is to every now and then act like a tourist – visit historical places, take in a show, sit by a roaring fire in a cozy pub or just meander around the countless markets.

If I think about the worst thing about living in London, it plays havoc with my hay fever during the summer months. I am also not such a huge fan of travelling on the underground for long periods of time but do love the mixture of people that all group together. You can take in all sense of fashion without feeling like you are staring as no one really cares what they look like – in London you can be what you want to be.

What are the top five or 10 things for travelers to do in London or outside of London?

I am not sure you can limit the things to do in London to just the top 5 or top 10. However, I believe you haven’t been to London if you haven’t:

1. Explored London from the River Thames. Whether it is a boat cruise from Embankment to Greenwich, or a cycle ride from Waterloo to Rotherhithe or just simply soaking in the atmosphere anywhere along the south bank.

2. Viewed the many art galleries. From the sometimes way out exhibits at the Tate Modern to classics at the National Gallery.

3. Strolled around the London Borough Market. With mountains of fresh produce you can stock up on cheeses, cakes, jams and delicacies.

4. Watched a theatrical show. It doesn’t have to be the most popular or expensive show to feel you have been a part of the west end. The excitement of just attending even if you have to pick up those binoculars to actually see the stage is a thrill in itself.

5. Stood in front of Buckingham Palace. Everyone is fascinated with the Royal Family so this is a definite must – watching the changing of the guards or even exploring the palace itself.

6. Indulged in a high tea at either the Dorchester, Savoy, Ritz or Browns Hotels

7. Taken a photo of yourself on the Greenwich Meridian after you have taken in the views across London or star gazed at the Greenwich Observatory.

8 Caught a train out to Windsor Castle or Hampton Court.

9. Joined that social scene at one of the trendy bars and nightclubs in Soho.

10. Photographed Houses of Parliament and Big Ben during the day and at night.

What are some of your best and worst travel experiences?

Some of my best experiences – reaching the top of Dead Woman’s Pass on the Inca Trail, snorkelling with sea lion pups in the Galapagos, joining in the dancing at the Rio Carnival, driving a campervan through the outback in Australia, watching the land crab migration in Cuba and going back to my home country – South Africa – to just relax in quite surroundings of the African bush.

My worst travel experience would be catching the train from Luxor to Cairo and then being hassled constantly in the Cairo market that I never even got a chance to buy anything – very frustrating.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment was realising that I was stuck in a rut and needed to make some big changes in my life. When I quit my job after 6 years in the City and decided the best way to make some big changes was to embark on a 15 month trip, I had mixed reactions. Friends and family supported me and thought I was brave to venture off on my own. Colleagues at work wished me luck on ‘finding myself’. Obviously the words of a non-traveller – I didn’t go off on my trip to find myself but rather remind myself of who I was, what I valued in life and to get away from the pressure I had been putting on myself. It took me three months on the road before I felt myself starting to relax. I was proud of myself for making the decision that lead to a wonderful 15 months of experiences.

Another accomplishment (which may not be such a big one) was putting myself out of my comfort zone and abseiling 100m into a dark cave in New Zealand. I hate the sensation of not feeling my feet firmly on the ground – but I did it with a big smile on my face.

Where are you planning on traveling in the future?

This is a tough question as there are so many places I would like to see. I would like to climb Kilimanjaro next year although I am a bit put off by the way the last celebrity hike has made it a must on everyone’s checklist.

What do you do with most of your time?

During the day I am a sales and marketing manager for an Ayurvedic company. Working in the Health and Beauty sector is a new industry for me and I enjoy finding out new things and of course having the opportunity to try out new products and treatments.

In my spare time I focus on being creative. I occasionally write feature articles for the SA Promo Magazine’s Travel section and I have an online shop on Etsy where I sew to order African themed tablecloths and placemats as well as my photographs.

What’s a typical day like for you?

My typical day involves the usual admin stuff of working life, thinking of new marketing ideas, interacting with others on social networking sites and lately sprinting down the hill to get my train on time. I have only been working for the past 2 months since getting back from my 15 month trip so now that I feel like I am in a routine again I will be adding, swimming, yoga and Spanish classes to my list every week.

What’s your favourite part of the TravelPod forum?

Reading everyone’s thoughts and ideas. The longer you are on the forum the more you feel like you get to know people but I do always wonder if people have an online and offline persona! Is that really you…?

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100 things to do before you die, TravelPod style (Part 5)

If you’ve got a life-goal, chances are, someone on TravelPod has already done it! Here’s part five of things to do before you die, as compiled by TravelPod members.

41. Go to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City

Twinkfran makes it to the Empire State Building

Twinkfran makes it to the Empire State Building

Day two I go to the top of the Empire State Building to see the amazing views over the city and then catch the circle line boat ride to see the Statue of Liberty. – Twinkfran

42. Feel the mist from Niagara Falls

Jtopping visits Niagara Falls on his Great American Road Trip

Jtopping visits Niagara Falls on his Great American Road Trip

The aura of the falls was present the moment we crossed the bridge into Canada. You could see the mist from the falls even when you could not see the falls themselves… We headed out to the falls around 10 pm, and got to see fireworks over the water and the light show that happens nightly at Niagara via the Canadian side. It was a spectacular sight to see, the water changing colors and the mist from the water all around you. I could have sworn that it was raining at one point, even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky… The next morning, we did the journey beneath the falls where you can get within feet of the bottom of the waterfall. You could stand there for about a minute and be completely soaked, poncho or no poncho. – Jtopping

43. See rock band REM in concert, finally!

Giulianat got great shots of REM in Milan

Giulianat got great shots of REM in Milan

We had a great evening and after waiting three hours in the queue out the front we were rewarded with access to the mosh pit just 5 metres from the stage! I can tell you the lead singer Michael Stipe is a fantastic performer and it was great dancing around and singing with Alessia and the rest of the crowd to songs I knew and also the newer ones that I’m not so familiar with. – Giulianat

44. Enjoy writing more

Hsb deeply enjoyed writing her blog in Argentina

Hsb deeply enjoyed writing her blog in Argentina

I’m only here for a few days, and I’m obsessed writing this blog…! Well, it’s still time well-spent, as I enjoy writing, and I have definitely enjoyed reminiscing about Bolivia. It’s given me an opportunity to slowly re-live it, and has forced me to remember views and images that would have otherwise been relegated to the back of my brain forever. – Hsb

45. Start a travel club

Nancy.chappell attended a travel club meeting in Oxford, England

Nancy.chappell attended a travel club meeting in Oxford, England

Today we had a lazy morning and then they drove me to High Wickam at noon for my luncheon of Women Welcome Women Worldwide, the travel club I belonged to off and on for the last 20 years. There were about 122 of us there to celebrate the 25th anniversary – mostly from the UK, also France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and 4 of us from the states. – Nancy.chappell

46. Visit a Vineyard

Jimandnat sample wine in Argentina

Jimandnat sample wine in Argentina

We caught the bus about 45 minutes out of Mendoza to one of the main wine-growing regions to visit some “bodegas” (vineyards). So we decided to all hire bikes, and we chose to hire a tandem which added much hilarity to the whole experience. The afternoon was gorgeous, warm, blue skies and sunny and we were cycling along tree lined avenues in the countryside and then popping into vineyards in between so it was fabulous fun. We visited a few bodegas, La Rural which is the biggest wine producer of the area where we got to have a look at some of the old equipment, like old grape-presses and lots of other little quaint bits. And then we got a free tasting of a Malbec, which is the red wine which the region is famous for. – Jimandnat

47. Explore Australia in an RV

Serenitynow playing in a park in Perth, Australia

Serenitynow playing in a park in Perth, Australia

The magnificent Kings Park is described as the jewel in the city’s crown, and one of the largest inner city parks in the world. We spent the afternoon hear and wish we could have spent longer. The park overlooks the city and provides excellent views. It is meticulously maintained with cultivated gardens and natural bushland along with many grassy lawns, all featuring grass like that of a golf course. – Serenitynow

48. Go adventuring in New Zealand

Apoc100 boating around New Zealand

Apoc100 boating around New Zealand

On the way we were very lucky to see some wild dolphins swimming next to the boat and they got quite close the boat so naturally I had to take 100 photos in the span of a minute. We also saw several waterfalls such as the Stirling Falls which created a beautiful rainbow in the light, and many “temporary waterfalls” that appear only when snow melts. These temporary waterfalls look like veins on the side of mountains that fall slowly towards the lake, usually forming bodies of ice on the way. Apoc100

49. Trek The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

Jimmyandkristen hike the Annapurna Circuit

Jimmyandkristen hike the Annapurna Circuit

In a couple years, the circuit as we know it will be gone. The whole point is that it is a working road…but one without motorized vehicles. The only way to get to these places is to walk. The road will, as some bloggers have written, “ruin” the circuit. And I suppose for Trekkers it will. The road will make it so that you can pretty much drive almost all the way to the Throng La (Throung Pass), and will turn that achievement into a 3-5 day trek, not a 15-20. – Jimmyandkristen

50. Eat tapas in Spain

Jeffandash eat tapas in Barcelona

Jeffandash eat tapas in Barcelona

We just got back from a restaurant with some tasty tapas for dinner. Tapas are little appetizers and Jeff tried all kinds of new food…salmon eggs for example! Jeffandash

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100 things to do before you die, TravelPod style (Part 3)

This is part three of a 10 part series that will feature some of our users’ inspiring travel goals.

A while ago, whereshegoes started a forum discussion about 100 things to do before you die. Here’s part of the list that was cobbled together with help from the rest of the TravelPod community. What would you add to it?

21. Watch the sun rise from the middle of the ocean

Q09elle's photo of a sunrise over the Pacific Ocean

Q09elle's photo of a sunrise over the Pacific Ocean

There is something about water that calms people, or maybe it’s just me. Yes, I need water to survive, but there`s something more than that to me about ocean … This is a view from a town called Kozu. It is close to Odawara, if anyone is familiar with that area.Q09elle

22. See a wild tiger

It's fuzzy, but that's a real wild tiger that Indianature captured in this photograph

It's fuzzy, but that's a real wild tiger that Indianature captured in this photograph

Taking a last peek through our binoculars before we left, we heard Prema cry out that the tiger was under a tree. What sharp eyes she has. Sure enough, there it was, sprawled majestically under a tree barely a few metres away from the calf. Perhaps the tiger had been there all along while we were up. Perhaps not, or the crows would not have come near. Nor was there any tell tale animal smell. All excited, we stayed put, eyes glued to the binocs.Indianature

23. Smell the sweetest flower

Richardbarrow88 had a chance to smell sweet flowers in Bangkok

Richardbarrow88 had a chance to smell sweet flowers in Bangkok

Even if you cannot get here for the flower festival, the park is a refreshing break from the city and a chance for you to refresh your lungs and smell something beautiful for a change.Richardbarrow88

24. Help/volunteer at an elephant sancutary

Beka feeding elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand

Beka feeding elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand

Basically I had a great time and I loved working with the elephants. It may sound like an obvious things to say but they really are big! Majestic, intelligent and very funny to watch and I can understand why people go back year after year.Beka

25. Learn to surf

Romero on their honeymoon in Australia learning to surf

Romero on their honeymoon in Australia learning to surf

I got up on the board and I was actually riding the wave! It was so cool! I was the first one of the day to get up and actually ride the wave. I fell off close to shore and it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. The hardest part was getting back out to the deeper water where everyone was. I kept getting POUNDED by the waves as they would crash on me, and they would send me back underwater.Romero

26. Grow a tree

Eddakath planted trees on the barren hills of China

Eddakath planted trees on the barren hills of China

I seriously can not remember once in my entire life ever being asked to plant a tree on Arbor Day nor do I actually ever remember hearing about Arbor Day until I moved to China.Eddakath

27. Fly in a bi-plane

Jenandjeffmilum in the pilot's seat in New Zealand

Jenandjeffmilum in the pilot's seat in New Zealand

It’s amazing that in NZ you can get into a two seat open cockpit high-performance stunt plane and in a few minutes you are not just flying the plane, but are actually doing rolls and loops. The thrill of flying his own stunt maneuvers made this a highlight of the trip for Jeff. The flight was capped off by the stunt pilot taking back the controls and taking the plane through his repertoire of crazy stalls, rolls, upside down flying, and five-g loops. Too much fun.Jenandjeffmilum

28. Visit a nude beach

Chattermouth visited a nudist colony in Australia

Chattermouth visited a nudist colony in Australia

The next day we took a day trip to a local commune, complete with a nude beach, meditation centre and vegetarian café. I happily participated in all three, but I’ll spare you the details. About 200 people reside in this totally self-contained community-dreadlocks and unleashed hounds seemed to be a requisite for membership. But the food was excellent, I had homemade pumpkin and almond pie. Yum. Later on, we lazily floated down a river in inner tubes. Relaxation at its finest.Chattermouth

29. Go on a round the world adventure

Krissy before she embarks on her round the world trip

Krissy before she embarks on her round the world trip

Well the time I was anxiously waiting for had come, my backpack was packed (now that was a challenge!) and I was ready to go, at least that’s what I was telling myself! Krissy

30. Be in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

Maw922 on St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

Maw922 on St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

St. Patrick’s Day activities were very interesting in Dublin. It is true that bigger celebrations are held overseas in America. The parade was not as big as I thought it would be and there were a lot of American bands that played in it and I did not see any Irish dancing or hear any Irish music. – Maw922

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100 things to do before you die, TravelPod style (Part 2)

This is part one of a ten part series that will feature some of our users’ inspring travel goals.

A while ago, whereshegoes started a forum discussion about 100 things to do before you die. Here’s part of the list that was cobbled together with help from the rest of the TravelPod community. What would you add to it?

11. Accept my weaknesses

Travoholic has accepted one of her weaknesses

Travoholic has accepted one of her weaknesses

She went through my application form, questioning some of the answers I’d given and trying to gauge my opinion on certain things. There was a little knowledge quiz which I aced and all seemed to be going great. UNTIL… my weakness! Common sense! The problem is that I am well known for not having much of it. So eventually the interview rolls around to ‘what if’ and scenario type questions. I think I must have come across as the most indecisive person in the world, flip flopping back and forth with every new point my interviewer raised. – Travoholic

12. Have a good relationship with my mom

Katieontherun with her mom on a cruise

Katieontherun with her mom on a cruise

My Mom won a cruise and decided to take me along. We never would have dreamed of buying cruise tickets, but since we got a free ride, we made sure we enjoyed it as well!Katieontherun

13. Learn Aikido

Everardt participating in an Aikido seminar in Floridia

Everardt participating in an Aikido seminar in Floridia

On the weekend I attended an Aikido seminar. It felt great to be able to move the body and mind again as I have for so many years. It’s very funny training Aikido in Italy – you kiss the instructors and the other students, the lunch break is 4 hours and you go and have a full meal with wine, beer, grappa, etc.Everardt

14. Find true inner peace

Tompsblogs found peace in Maaloula, Syria

Tompsblogs found peace in Maaloula, Syria

Stripped of opulence and spared of vastness, this small place seemed almost to speak directly to my soul, filling me with peace. Indeed, for the first time since my reluctant Catholic childhood, I found myself humbled into dabbing my forehead with the Holy Water in a Benediction of sorts. High praise indeed I should say from someone who generally considers himself an atheist.Tompsblogs

15. Learn how to fly a plane.

Liammichelle got to fly the plane over Victoria Falls

Liammichelle got to fly the plane over Victoria Falls

Sometimes it is worth getting up before the sun, for Michelle it is a half hour micro-light trip over Vic Falls. Without a doubt her best experience, Michelle found herself free and exposed as she flew over the falls. It was the closest thing to having wings! Brilliant way to see one of the natural wonders of the world, the spray, Livingstone Island, Zambezi River and various posh hotels. Then flew over Long Island and saw giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, zebras and even a bird and her chicks in a nest. They are look pretty small from above. Having told the pilot that she’d done a few flying lessons, he let her take control, that was it, her trip was made!Liammichelle

16. Parasail

Gonetilwhenever parasailing at Airlie Beach

Gonetilwhenever parasailing at Airlie Beach

We were strapped into the harness and then attached to the Parachute. A few tips and safety checks later we were airborne. We shot out to full extension, about 30 meters above the water, and straight away decided to invert so that we were hanging upside down, with nothing but the harness holding us in – it was pretty scary letting go that first time, praying that the harness would hold! – Gonetilwhenever

17. Dive the Great Barrier Reef

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Danielandrachel dove the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is stunning and an excellent place to dive, the corals are beautiful and there is an abundnce of marine life ranging from tropical fish including clown fish (nemo), rays, sharks, turtles, cuttle fish, eels and even a whale shark which unfortunately I did not get to see.Danielandrachel

18. See Bob Dylan live

Lizconnie attends a free Bob Dylan concert in San Sebastian, Spain

Lizconnie attends a free Bob Dylan concert in San Sebastian, Spain

The middle of August brings a huge jazz festival, but while i was there, the city was building its way up there!! A free Bob Dylan concert on the beach added to the hippy style of this town.Lizconnie

19. Run A Marathon

Cezzah ran the London Marathon

Cezzah ran the London Marathon

One word to describe the marathon – hot. It was frickin boiling, there were people dropping like flies all over the place.Cezzah

20. Get married

Coryandlaura got married in Florence

Coryandlaura got married in Florence

The music played as my father walked me into the most beautiful, historic room. Paulie and Christina were our witnesses and were standing off to the side of the Vice Mayor’s desk. The entire room was bathed in red and gold. Gilded mirrors and antique tapestries decorated the walls. Ben stood as our translator next to the Vice Mayor who wore the colors of Italy across his chest. My grandfathers bible lay next to our rings on the Vice Mayors desk. Daddy gave me away and Cory gladly accepted. It was all perfect. I couldn’t stop smiling. The ceremony was dignified. The Vice Mayor married us in Italian and Ben translated. Stefano and our family took millions of photos. We signed paperwork and then started all of the wedding photos.Coryandlaura

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5 Adrenaline-Pumping Thrills to Find This Summer

1. Zip line, Maui, Hawaii

Kristint ziplining through the Hawaiian mountains

Kristint ziplining through the Hawaiian mountains

Toben and his roommates were so welcoming, it was the friends we made in Maui that really set the island apart from the others. With them, we visited a spectacular blowhole fueled by massive waves, played improvised music at the Fuzz Box studio, and had a private sunset zip-line tour.Kristint

2. Rain forest sledding, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

2technocavers on a bobsled through the rainforest

2technocavers on a bobsled through the rainforest

I couldn’t take pictures until we were at the end of the ride- wheeee! was it ever fast!2technocavers

3. Crocodile close-ups, Darwin, Australia

Elijah holding a crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove

Elijah holding a crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove

You pay big bucks to be lowered in a cage to swim with the BIG BOYS (Saltwater crocs). Not much action today from the crocs but you can see the scratches on the cage where they have obviously given it a go in the past. It’s a fairly good park although I’m not sure it’s worth what you pay. Seen a lot of the same stuff at a couple of the other places we’ve visited lately too. One novelty is a cage that you can get up underneath and look up at the croc through glass domes so can look face to face with them. Kids enjoyed this. They do the standard feed the crocs try and make them jump out of the water… they seemed pretty sluggish to me. There’s a pretty good reptile walk through area and also a museum of stuffed crocs all the different types from around the world which was interesting comparing them all. Think I might nearly be over crocs!Drownsroundaus

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4. Kings Island, Ohio

Jimho enjoyed Kings Island with his family

Jimho enjoyed Kings Island with his family

There were so many cool rides at Kings Island we could have spent another day there easily. There was a couple of indoor rides that really surprised us, one was a indoor coaster and another was the Tomb Raider ride which went pitch black then flipped us upside down a few times.Jimho

5. Six Flags Magic Mountain

Tatsu rollercoaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Tatsu rollercoaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain

For our second day in LA, we went to Six Flags Magic Mountain, which is a huge themepark (apparently one of the best anywhere). While it was a Sunday, it was actually fairly empty (I was expecting it to be packed seeing as it was a weekend). Quite a few of the rides had virtually no queue at all which was pretty cool. I did as many of the rides as possible in the time available, and they were all awesome – needless to say they were a million times better than what Rainbows End has to offer back home!Marksadventures

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Top 5 water activities in Sydney, Australia

This list comes from the Daily Telegraph, by way of TravelPod Local Expert, introducinlyric.

1. Historical sailing

The James Craig in the tall boat festival

The James Craig in the tall boat festival

Today we had a lovely time eyeing out the boats at the wooden boat festival. Some of the tall ships were there….The Young Endeavour, “James Craig” and a pirate ship with no name. – Karana

2. Jet-boating

Dallbrooke on the Harbour Jet in Sydney

Dallbrooke on the Harbour Jet in Sydney


The Harbour Jet ride was amazing. It was similar to the Shotover Jet in Queensland, NZ that I had braved as a kid on a family holiday. Mum: You’ll be glad to hear that there were no jagged rock faces in sight – phew! I got completed soaked to the sound of music blasting from the boat which was fun at the time but as I met up with Bec and her friend later that day for a night out I wasn’t exactly looking great with my matted, salty hair!Dallbrooke

3. Fabulous ferries

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Anniebanany on a ferry to Darling Harbour

I took the ferry from CQ to Darling Harbour. The travel pass that I bought is so handy for jumping on and off ferries, trains and buses. Mine will be worn out by the end of the week! – Anniebanany

4. Harbour cruising

Billy-123 on a cruise in Sydney

Billy-123 on a cruise in Sydney

I had quite a good day today, for we went on two boats (both were great).The first one – which was called Captain Cook Cruises – was really good because we went on a harbor cruise around Sydney. It told you about the places we saw, my favourite place the special rock, where they hanged a man and left his skeleton swaying in the wind as a warning to others – only for 4 years : > ( . – Billy-123

5. Paddle power

Phillypheet suited up for kayaking

Phillypheet suited up for kayaking

Of course the guide decided to give Kirsten and I the double kayak – I have never used a double and Kirsten has never kayaked so it was an interesting start to say the least (we may have collided with a boat or two). We did get the hang of it though and although we ended up soaking wet and got stuck on a sandbank, it was a lovely time. – Phillypheet

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Best 10 things to do in Australia

Here we have another competing list on Australia from TravelPod forum frequenter, Cheli. Her list is very different from the others. Let me know what you think about it.

1. Broome in Western Australia

Sunset in Broome with camel

Sunset in Broome with camel

It was great fun and the sunset was stunning, but I was glad to get off as the old glutes were starting to ache. – Kiannmac

2. Melbourne – nothing in particular it’s all awesome and you’ve heard me go on about it before

Brad at a Melbourne comedy festival

Brad at a Melbourne comedy festival

Brad was excited to find out the International Comedy Festival was going on here. We saw a Maeve Higgins (female Irish comedian) on Monday and Des Bishop (Irish) and a Canadian Comedian on “Tight Arse Tuesday”. – Bradandsandi

3. Kakadu in the Northern Territory

Aboriginal rock art in Kakadu

Aboriginal rock art in Kakadu

We went to another are of Kakadu National Park to view some Aboriginal rock art. There was a Wallaroo milling about and some rather large Golden Orb spiders everywhere. – Trizzyb

4. The Chinese and Japanese Garden in Darling Harbour, Sydney

Allmans in the Chinese Garden

Allmans in the Chinese Garden

It was very peaceful (you wouldn’t believe that you were in the middle of a city), and all its features were explained so you knew what their significance was. – Allmans

5. Jervis Bay (again!) in New South Wales

Bradandsandi tracking kangaroos on the beach

Bradandsandi tracking kangaroos on the beach

We saw several kangaroos on the beach in Peebly Beach and at Murray Beach (Jervis Bay). – Bradandsandi

6. The Grampians in Victoria

Slpbls on top of a mountain in The Grampians

Slpbls on top of a mountain in The Grampians

It was like going to another climate, by the time we reached this area it was arid, warm and sunny. – Slpbls

7. Jenolan Caves and the Blue Mountains in New South Wales

Clairebr before descending into the caves

Clairebr before descending into the caves

They are the most celebrated of several similar groups in the limestone of the country being the oldest discovered open caves in the world. – Clairebr

8. The Kimberleys in Western Australia

Amandaseims relaxing in the Kimberleys

Amandaseims relaxing in the Kimberleys

That night we were witness to the first storm of the wet season – it was amazing to see but we quickly discovered that our tents weren’t too waterproof! – Amandaseims

9. Tasmania – hiking

Nickyloo in the Tasmanian mountains

Nickyloo in the Tasmanian mountains

It’s a beautiful country, a lot of people say similar to Scotland. Apart from the fact that it was green with mountains, I couldn’t see the similarities until it started to rain…..when I could have been in the highlands. – Nickyloo

10. Cairns, Daintree Rainforest and the Barrier Reef in Queensland

Jimandnat going out to the Great Barrier Reef

Jimandnat going out to the Great Barrier Reef

The coral formations were astounding because of the sheer variations in shapes, sizes and colours. There were so many fish to see and it was especially amazing as just before we stepped in, the heavens opened as a large shower passed over us – a little unexpected on the Great Barrier Reef. – Jimandnat

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16 Most Livable Cities in the World… and more

Mercer releases its list of the most livable cities in the world every year. Here’s a list of the top selections, complete with thoughts from TravelPod bloggers who have been there. I went up to 16 because Ottawa is the city where I live!

You can click on the other cities and find more blogs about them on TravelPod.

1. Vienna, Austria

Llucas at Schonborn Castle

Llucas at Schonbrunn Palace

Today we visited Schonbrunn Palace, and tried to figure out just who was who. – Llucas

2. Zurich, Switzerland

Hardiek says "it's as cold as it looks"

Hardiek says "it's as cold as it looks"

The prices are stratospheric! That’s in the upper stratosphere, right at the stratopause, next to the mesosphere, where temperatures are supposedly about the same as on the ground here.Hardiek

3. Geneva, Switzerland

Megmary in Geneva

Megmary in Geneva

What I’m trying to say here is that Geneva is beautiful. And very clean. – Megmary

4. Vancouver, Canada

Beach near the city in Vancouver

Beach near the city in Vancouver

I checked out Stanley Park, it’s like a mini national park right next to the city. – Jess_stewart

5. Auckland, New Zealand

Jamesburford's friends at the docks in Auckland

Jamesburford's friends at the docks in Auckland

It has a similar feel to the Australian cities and is clean and modern but is just so much smaller. – Jamesburford

6. Düsseldorf, Germany

Jrutledge in the streets of Dusseldorf

Jrutledge in the streets of Dusseldorf

About 83 percent of Dusseldorf was destroyed in World War II. The parts they’ve rebuilt display beautiful modern architecture. – Jrutledge

7. Munich, Germany

Beer and pretzels with Sarahindenmark

Beer and pretzels with Sarahindenmark

All the sites in Munich are really really close together so it’s a great walking city. – Sarahindenmark

8. Frankfurt, Germany

Azcelt loves Frankfurt

Azcelt loves Frankfurt

The city nicknamed Mainhattan or Bankfurt holds a special place in our hearts as we lived here for many years. – Azcelt

9. Bern, Switzerland

Travelingdiva was a little cold in Bern

Travelingdiva was a little cold in Bern

It’s easy to get around, well signed, and a lot of the sights are fairly close together. The only problem was that it was incredibly cold there and I could have used a few more layers. – Travelingdiva

10. Sydney, Australia

Codownsean bridge climbin' in Sydney

Codownsean bridge climbin' in Sydney

It is a pleasant place full of character in spite of the teaming tourists – though market day today ensures that its busier than normal. – Codownsean

11. Copenhagen, Denmark

The devil frightening tourists in Copenhagen

The devil frightening tourists in Copenhagen

We rested up from the long train ride and then we went to the National Musset. They had a really great exhibition on the pre-modern peoples up until the Vikings and also on the history of the Danish people. – Deacnightowl88

12. Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington from on high

Wellington from on high

The next afternoon we had to scrape ourselves out of bed because we wanted to go to the National Museum, Te Papa. We weren’t disappointed. – Alandrach

13. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ninabrosig walking around in Amsterdam

Ninabrosig walking around in Amsterdam

Also on Saturday it was very warm and in the evening we had a lot of fun visiting the red light district and sitting at a coffeeshop. – Ninabrosig

14. Brussels, Belgium

Brittany-randy in Brussels

Brittany-randy in Brussels

The train/tram system here is quite confusing, made worse by the fact that paper maps of the system are (seemingly) impossible to find. – Brittany-randy

15. Toronto, Canada

Danfa at the top of the CN Tower

Danfa at the top of the CN Tower

After visiting the tower we headed down to an ice rink we had seen from the tower. We hired some skates and got down to the frozen pond. Dan got around several times but I only made it around once but with only 1 spill!!! – Danfa

16. Ottawa, Canada

Szm52 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Szm52 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa

I have walked along the ice canal and been Snow Shoeing (this is basically wearing tennis rackets on my feet), I tested out a night clubs (wherever you go the nightclubs are the same), I have also tried a local Canadian dish called Poutine (this is Chips. Cheese and Gravy) – Szm52

16. Berlin, Germany

18. Melbourne, Australia

19. Luxembourg, Luxembourg

20. Stockholm, Sweden

21. Perth, Australia

22. Montreal, Canada

23. Nuremberg, Germany

24. Oslo, Norway

25. Dublin, Ireland

26. Singapore, Singapore

26. Calgary, Canada

28. Hamburg, Germany

29. Honolulu, United States

29. San Francisco, United States

29. Helsinki, Finland

29. Adelaide, Australia

33. Paris, France

34. Brisbane, Australia

35. Boston, United States

35. Tokyo, Japan

37. Lyon, France

38. Yokohama, Japan

38. London, United Kingdom

40. Kobe, Japan

41. Milan, Italy

42. Portland, OR, United States

42. Barcelona, Spain

44. Washington, D.C., US

44. Osaka, Japan

44. Lisbon, Portugal

44. Chicago, United States

48. Madrid, Spain

49. New York, United States

50. Seattle, United States

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10 things to do in Australia

TravelPod member shazlex, has come up with her favourite 10 things to do on the east coast of Australia in this thread about our favourite things in our home countries. Here they are, with links to some fantastic blogs about each one.

1. Jungle Surfing at Cape Tribulation

Tommy-elaine jungle surfing

Tommy-elaine jungle surfing

The hard thing is when your sitting on the platform is to push yourself off and to trust that your harness is going to hold you. I’ve started to realise now how freaked out of heights I am. – Tommy-elaine

2. Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

Charliekelli and her snorkeling friends

Charliekelli and her snorkeling friends

I hung out in school after school of fish, captivated again and again. I saw sea creatures I had never even imagined, and was shocked at the way they allowed me into their world without hesitation. – Charliekelli

3. Cruising Whitsunday Islands

Denzilandthedoc at the helm

Denzilandthedoc at the helm

We spend two nights aboard a maxi round the world racing boat. It’s been made a bit more tour group friendly since racing days but it’s a real hands on experience. – Denzilandthedoc

4. Gold Coast Theme Parks

Andyandkirstine at Movie World

Andyandkirstine at Movie World

We went to a car stunt show that was impressive and cheesy and a couple other attractions which were great – but the best one was the Superman rollercoaster! – Andyandkirstine

5. Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge

Danandhat on top of the bridge

Danandhat on top of the bridge

Once we climbed the four sets of ladders, which were situated between the two outer lanes of traffic (quite unnerving) we were stood on the top arch of the Harbour Bridge.- Danandhat

6. Skiing in the Victorian Alps

Bluesummit skiing in Australia

Bluesummit skiing in Australia

It was so slippery and was hard to balance. But the little kids skiing makes it look so easy. – Bluesummit

7. Rafting down the King River

Hottubtour on King River

Hottubtour on King River

All went off without a hitch and we were soon cruising, me at the helm down the gorge at a rate of a very few knots. – Hottubtour

8. Traveling the Great Ocean Road

The twelve apostles on the Great Ocean Road

The twelve apostles on the Great Ocean Road

The 12 Apostles is by far the most photographed attraction on the Great Ocean Road and that’s what it’s famous for, is the limestone formations caused by the wind and the waves. – Cmukon

9. Shopping in Melbourne

Shopping in St. Kilda with Slpbls

Shopping in St. Kilda with Slpbls

Melbourne has a reputation for really good food and good shopping and several different hot spots for both, so I checked out this area first and had a great meal. – Slpbls

10.Port Arthur Ghost Tour

The Port Arthur Ghost Tour with Tina_campbell

The Port Arthur Ghost Tour with Tina_campbell

It was a great experience as we found out about the lives of the ‘ghosts’, and a little bit of the history of the site. – Tina_campbell

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