10 Cities Around the World Worth Traveling to For Christmas

When it comes to Christmas celebrations, cities across the world all have their own special way of getting in the spirit. Sure, there are some constants – say, twinkling lights and decorated trees – but different places all have their unique traditions, from tree-lighting ceremonies to fruitcake tosses (I’m looking at you, North Dakota!). This holiday season, if you’re up for getting a stamp in your passport, the following 10 international cities totally nail it when it comes to Christmas magic. Get ready for spicy mulled wine, expansive holiday markets, and some serious yuletide spirit.

Mickey Mouse Helps Surprise Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida with $1.1M Donation

Just in time for the holidays, Disney Parks is lifting spirits and keeping future’s bright for thousands of children and teens of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.

During a surprise visit from Mickey Mouse, students of the new downtown Orlando location of the Boys & Girls Clubs were among the first to learn that Disney Parks is donating $1.1 million to the organization this holiday season. The special donation will help cover construction costs at the Orlando location.

As you can see in the photo above, the look of pure joy on the students’ faces as Mickey surprised them was one of the greatest gifts from this holiday season. It was one of the many moments we cast members experience that remind us why we enjoy our work.

The donation represents the hard work Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida have demonstrated over the past seven decades inspiring children and teens to realize their full potential. As many of you know, our partnership dates back to Walt Disney himself, who served as spokesman and honorary board member for the organization.

The Most Popular Listings On Airbnb Are Gorgeous & Surprisingly Affordable

With more than four million accommodations spanning 190 countries, Airbnb is a treasure trove for properties that run the gamut from cozy to downright dreamy: If you can imagine it, it’s probably listed on the platform. We love combing through the database to search for the most incredible properties you can book, and slotting them into our Airbnb Wish Lists. Much to our delight, the startup has just served up even more travel inspiration.

As part of its trending report for hospitality trends the coming year, the brand has released a list of the most favorited properties in every country. And, let’s just say that there are some real gems: From a private island in the sunniest part of Norway to a Tudor-style castle in Northern England, these getaways will give you a serious case of wanderlust. Click on to discover 10 of our favorites from the global roundup. You’d be surprised by how affordable some of them actually are.

U.S.

Atlanta takes home the honor of having the most wishlisted Airbnb listing in America. This jewel of a property features three tree houses interconnected by rope bridges. Doing yoga or finishing a book surrounded by a lush forest sounds like our idea of peak zen.

$375/night

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.

Kyrgyzstan

#Yurtlife is pretty much the new #suitelife. This yurt camp is located in an ethno village, where you can experience life like the Kyrgyz nomads. There are lots of activities available on site, from horseback riding to craft workshops. The beach is just a 15 minute walk away, which is amazing given the price.

$16/night

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.

Norway

Only accessible by boat, this cabin on a private island is as unique as it gets. With a location in Hvalar — the area with the highest number of sunny in Norway — the property provides an excellent base for fishing, swimming, and wayfaring to other islands.

$228/night

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.

Kenya

A double-decker school bus in Nairobi has been transformed into The Brandy Bus, a comfy haven for two. The bus is outfitted with a kitchen, and guests will be able to enjoy their homemade meals under the stars while toasting by the outdoor fireplace.

$80/night

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.

French Polynesia

Motu house sits right on the beach, so you can practically roll out of bed to enjoy some fun in the sun. The proximity to unspoiled waters guarantees a sublime snorkeling experience.

$106/night

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.

South Korea

A hanok is a traditional-style family home, and this listing definitely fits in the luxury end of the spectrum. According to the owner, a co-founder of Airbnb actually stayed in this very house during a visit to Seoul in 2013. The historic building is just five minutes away from Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace and Chong Wa Dae, the Korean Presidential Residence.

$187/night

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.

Morocco

Tucked in the heart of the Medina, this riad — a Moroccan residence built with a courtyard — wows with stunning tile work, a spiral staircase, and antique fixtures.

$91/night

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.

United Kingdom

A family home built in the 1840s, Augill Castle is a stunning retreat tucked in the Lake District, one of England’s most scenic regions. The architecture looks straight out of a period drama, and you can live out your royal fantasies while surrounded by stained glass, Gothic windows, and Tudor-style paneling.

$147/night

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.

Rwanda

Artsy folks will be fascinated by this bedroom in an art gallery. Guests will get the chance to meet the local artists whose work has been displayed on site, and even create your own artwork in the studio. Stick around in the evening to enjoy Rwandan traditional dance performed by local children.

$26/night

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.

Greece

The correct way to live large would be at this stunning cave house, which has been carved into a cliff overlooking the Santorini coastline, a volcano, and Thirassia Island. Imagine having a glass of wine in the plunge pool while facing all that gloriousness.

$357/night

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.

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Why airplane windows have tiny holes

If you’ve ever sat in the window seat on a flight, you’ve probably noticed the tiny hole at the bottom of the window. We asked the FAA why it’s there, and they assured us it’s totally safe. Here’s why there are tiny holes in airplane windows. Following is a transcript of the video. 

Why airplane windows have tiny holes. Air pressure drops as you get higher. But airplanes are designed to maintain air pressure at a safe level inside the cabin. So the air pressure outside an airplane is much lower than it is inside. This difference in air pressure puts a lot of physical stress on the airplane window.

Airplane windows consist of three separate panes. The outer pane deals with this air pressure difference. Thanks to the tiny holes in the middle pane, known as the “bleed hole.” Its primary purpose is to balance air pressure. There’s a small gap between the middle and outer panes.

The “bleed hole” allows pressure to balance between the passenger cabin and the air gap. Meaning the outer pane takes on the pressure while the middle pane acts as a fail-safe. The inner pane is “non-structural” but it helps protect the middle and outer panes from damage caused by passengers. The “bleed hole” also releases moisture from the air gap. This prevents the window from fogging up or frosting over. 

This video was first published on April 1, 2016.

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10 Discontinued Disney Rides We Wish Could Come Back

Submarine Voyage—Tomorrowland, Disneyland Park (1959-1998)

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Although they weren’t real submarines and didn’t actually submerge in the water, it sure felt like it did. Submarine Voyage took riders on an unforgettable “underwater” adventure. According to Yesterland, the captain of the submarine brought riders through a shipwreck graveyard, the North Pole, and Atlantis. But the riders weren’t alone on their underwater adventure. They also passed by mermaids, unusual glowing fish, and a sea serpent. Although Submarine Voyage is now Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, the new attraction still follows the same path as the original. (Here’s how you can save money on your next trip to Walt Disney World.)

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How to Turn Your Camping Trip into an Adventure

Organize your camping trip and get ready for majestic adventures. Why? Trying to fulfill the demands of an increasingly fast-paced and technologically driven society can sometimes get very stressful on your end whether you admit it or not.

This is why you would want to take a vacation every once in a while, so that you can unwind and recharge. While there are countless ways for you to spend your vacation time, camping is perhaps the most affordable yet exciting option that you should start taking advantage of. Not to mention, you can do it just about anywhere!

No matter where you want to go on a camping trip, you can quickly turn it into an adventure of a lifetime with these tips that are sure to make your vacation worth it.

Things You Will Need for Your Camping Trip

Of course, you won’t be going camping by bringing only yourself for the entire trip and nothing else. Here are some basic things you would have to take with you as you embark on your camping adventure:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Duct tape
  • Waterproof poncho
  • Tent

Make Your Camping Trip an Adventure You’ll Never Forget!

If you’ve already marked your planned camping trip on your calendar, you would want to remember to consider these tips. They’ll come in handy during your adventure and while exploring what the great outdoors has to offer.

Stock up on non-perishable food and bottled drinking water

Regardless if you’re entirely new to camping or have already done it several times before, the wilderness might not be able to provide you with sufficient food for you to gather and hunt. Nor should you expect to have access to adequate clean water to drink.

  • Bringing an ample supply of non-perishable food such as energy bars, nuts, meat jerky or pemmican, and ready-to-eat cereal with you on your camping trip ensures you that you would have enough energy to make it while you’re out in the wild.
  • You wouldn’t want to bring any perishable food items with you though. That way you’ll avoid having to deal with food poisoning and won’t have to lug around a bulky cooler in which to store everything.
  • All the hiking and trekking you’ll be doing while finding a site for you to camp is sure to make you thirsty, but you should avoid drinking freshwater from some stream or river that you might have passed by as there’s no guarantee that it’s safe to drink.

Bring the right kind of sleeping bag

If you think that taking just any sleeping bag with you on your camping trip is fine, you couldn’t be more wrong.

  • If you’re going on a camping trip during the warmer months, you should bring a sleeping bag with synthetic fill.
  • On the other hand, if you’re going on a camping trip during the colder months, you should make sure that you have a sleeping bag with down fill.

Stash some duct tape

How to Turn Your Camping Trip into an Adventure

More than just an all-around household item, duct tape can prove to be very useful outdoors while you’re camping¾especially during an outdoor adventure.

  • If your tent or sleeping bag suddenly got some holes in them, you can patch them up with duct tape.
  • You can also use your duct tape as protection for your feet against blisters whenever you’re hiking and trekking.

Wear clothes suited for the occasion

Going on a camping trip isn’t the time for you to deck yourself in whatever’s fashionable at the moment. It’ll be an adventure¾so prepare for anything!

  • You should be wearing loose clothes so that you’re comfortable enough, even while outdoors.
  • You should also have at least a couple of extra sets of clothes with you in case the clothes you’re wearing get wet.
  • If rain falls all of a sudden while you’re out camping, you should wear a waterproof poncho to keep you dry.

Pitch your tent during the day

Assembling a tent during your entire camping trip is something that’s best done when there’s sunlight for you to see what you’re doing.

  • Attempting to set up your tent at night might cause you to destroy it accidentally.
  • You would want to make sure to arrive at your camping destination as early as possible during the day so that you can have enough time to pitch your tent.

Going on a camping trip gives you the chance to de-stress and reconnect with nature. With these tips on how you can turn your camping trip into an unforgettable adventure, you can be assured that the vacation you’re planning to take will be one that you truly deserve to have.

How to Turn Your Camping Trip into an AdventureTodd Green – Todd is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys traveling and getting back to nature. He enjoys camping, hiking, 4WDing and more. He currently writes for Scoresurvival.com and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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