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Around the World from the Air

Around the World from the Air

We recently shared a great time-lapse video from photographer Kien Lam documenting his travels around the globe. It turns out he also brings a drone with him, and created this video that offers a captivating view of the world from above.

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Time Is Nothing

Time Is Nothing

Photographer Kien Lam has been traveling the globe for over a decade. He spent 343 days before the pandemic lockdowns of 2020 shooting this spectacular time-lapse video. In all, he visited 17 countries by plane, train, and bus, and shot more than 6200 images. You can follow Kien’s ongoing adventures at Where and Wander.

Riding a Downhill Couch

Riding a Downhill Couch

From gondolas to cable cars to staircases to skateboards, there are many ways to get down a hill. But in Funchal, Madiera, you can ride the Monte Toboggans, which are basically wicker sofas on rails steered by a pair of strong-footed pilots. Tom Scott takes us for a ride – without a seatbelt.

Escape to Nagano Japan

Escape to Nagano Japan

Aki from Japan did a brilliant job capturing and editing this footage of Nagano while showing off a few of the capabilities of the Insta360 ONE RS action camera. The sequence includes a mix of time-lapse and hyperlapse shots, and also demonstrates the camera’s ability to automatically remove its selfie stick from shots.

Hilton Orlando Escape Room Experience

Hilton Orlando Escape Room Experience

After COVID locked us up in our personal escape rooms, we’re longing for a real escape like the overnight game at Hilton Orlando where groups complete missions around the sprawling resort to discover a secret. Called the world’s largest/tallest escape “room”, it requires a smart device for clues and (spoiler) a swimsuit.

Kyiv Forever

Kyiv Forever

In the summer of 2021, photographer Joerg Daiber visited Ukraine and captured footage of Kyiv at the peak of normalcy. While life has changed dramatically for the people of this great nation and its capital city, this footage stands as a reminder of better days and inspiration for peace to return to the country.

Fjords 8K

Fjords 8K

Photographers Martin Heck and Morten Rustad captured this incredible ultra high-definition, time-lapse footage of the blue-green ice and water of Norway’s fjords. If you’re looking for something to transport your thoughts from home today, this is it. Best watched in full-screen.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Waterpark

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Waterpark

All spring break hotels are required by law (we wish) to have Instagram-worthy swimming pools. Overachiever Hyatt Regency Indian Wells has the largest water feature in Greater Palm Springs. The massive $21 million waterpark redo has a 450-foot lazy river, a kids’ splash area, and two 30-foot HyTides Plunge waterslides.

Urban Glamping at The Gwen Chicago

Urban Glamping at The Gwen Chicago

Like the idea of camping except for all the getting back to nature stuff? Chicago’s luxe landmark The Gwen offers the city’s first urban glamping experience. With bird’s-eye views of Michigan Avenue, the 16th-floor private terrace of the Gwen Lux Suite has a boho Lotus Belle tent with a comfy queen-sized bed.

The World’s Deepest Pool

The World’s Deepest Pool

Thanks to their seemingly endless supply of wealth, Dubai continues to build many of the world’s most over-the-top attractions. Among them is Deep Dive Dubai, a crystal-clear diving pool that’s 196 feet deep at its lowest point. But that’s wasn’t enough. They filled the structure with the ruins of a post-apocalyptic city.

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

With locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is filled with vintage arcade machines that date back to the Soviet era. Incredibly, the machines have all been restored and are playable. Baklykov. Live takes us on a tour of the museum, its machines, and other artifacts.

Victoria Falls Drone Fly-through

Victoria Falls Drone Fly-through

One place on our travel bucket list is Zambia, Africa’s Victoria Falls. While we’ve yet to visit the falls, drone pilot and photographer Christoph Benfey got us closer to this world wonder than we’ll ever get in person. Shot with a GoPro HERO10 Black camera on an Armattan Marmotte drone frame using DJI’s FPV system.

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World Expo Dubai Brazil Pavilion

World Expo Dubai Brazil Pavilion

To showcase the beauty of Brazil at World Expo Dubai, design studio Cactus created an awe-inspiring multisensory experience inside an enormous “digital canvas.” Images and sounds of Brazil’s myriad landscapes surround viewers via 140+ projectors that seamlessly map over two billion pixels per second. Ends 3.31.22.

Las Vegas c. 1975

Las Vegas c. 1975

Today, the Las Vegas Strip is an ever-changing landscape of mega-resorts. This footage from the Kino Library gives us a glimpse at the Strip as it appeared in 1975. While Caesars and the Flamingo live on, most other properties on display have since been bulldozed. Though you can still find their signs at The Neon Museum.

Jurassic Retreat

Jurassic Retreat

This unique vacation rental in Washougal, Washington was inspired by Jurassic Park. In addition to the comfy 3-bedroom, 2-bath house, it has five animatronic dinosaurs scattered around the property. Inside, you’ll find artifacts like a mosquito encased in amber and books written by Dr. Ian Malcolm and Dr. John Hammond.

Wingsuits Over the Pyramids

Wingsuits Over the Pyramids

We’ve seen an eye-popping top-down perspective of the Pyramids of Giza before. Now witness this world wonder from a different angle, as Red Bull athletes Fred Fugen, Vincent Cotte, and Mike Swanson fly incredibly close to the Pyramid of Khafre thanks to their streamlined new wingsuits.

How Cold is Yakutsk?

How Cold is Yakutsk?

With a record low temperature of -64.4°C (-83.9°F), Yakutsk, Russia, is known as the coldest city in the world. Local resident Kiun B braved the outdoors on a typically chilly winter day to perform six experiments to show just how quickly stuff freezes there. We need to try that banana hammer trick here in Chicago.

WaterField Packable Duffel Bag

WaterField Packable Duffel Bag

Do you come home from trips with much more than you left with? WaterField’s duffel bag adds less than a pound to your packing weight and folds down smaller than a folded t-shirt when not in use. It holds up to 30-liters of contents and slips neatly over the handles of wheeled luggage for easy travel once it’s filled.

Introducing the Icelandverse

Introducing the Icelandverse

There are few places on our planet as spectacular as Iceland. To encourage tourism to their beautiful country, Inspired by Iceland created this amusing promo video that pokes fun at the whole Metaverse concept, reminding us that visiting real places will always be better than virtual ones. (Thanks, Rob!)

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Free Rein Faroe Islands

Free Rein Faroe Islands

Ford Performance sent pro driver Vaughn Gittin, Jr. on a sightseeing trip to the Faroe Islands with the most awesome of rides – the Mustang Mach-E 1400 drift car. Strap in and buckle up for a wild and breathtaking ride trip to this beautiful destination, powered entirely by electricity.

Space Tourist Passport Holder

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At the moment, you have to be uber-rich, a trained astronaut, or a celebrity to visit the edge of space. But we hope that someday, trips to space could be as routine as intercontinental air travel. Until then you can pretend to be a Space Tourist with this faux leather passport holder from Fred.

The Rig Amusement Park

The Rig Amusement Park

An investment fund in Saudi Arabia is working on one of the craziest ideas for an amusement park ever. They plan on building a giant theme park and resort on an oil rig platform in the Arabian Gulf. Once complete, The Rig is expected to have three hotels, 11 restaurants, and a variety of thrill rides, live shows, and water sports.

One Long Swimming Pool

One Long Swimming Pool

This family-friendly resort in Guangdong, China has a unique water feature – a massive swimming pool that connects the yards of its numerous villas. It’s basically a manmade, chlorinated river. You can book a villa at the Baodun Lake Hushan Hot Spring Resort on Trip.com.

National Parks Checklist Water Bottle

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Whether you’re hiking the trails of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, or Crater Lake, you need to keep hydrated. Parks Project’s insulated stainless steel water bottle will quench your thirst, while tracking your travels. The 32oz. bottle lists U.S. National Parks and provides spots for you to check them off your bucket lists with a Sharpie.

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