Thanks to dirt cheap flights from budget airlines like WOW Air, getting to and from Iceland has never been easier. In fact, with over 1.3 million visitors in 2016, tourists in Iceland now outnumber sheep three-to-one, and believe me, there are a lot of sheep in Iceland. If you’re heading to this floating pile of volcano dust anytime soon, and if you, like most seasoned travelers, dread the arrival of overpacked tour buses spewing out endless mobs of fanny-packed, camera-toting shutterbugs like a clown car in a bad comedy sketch, (or, on the other hand, if you’re one of the three-hundred people who Facebook messaged me about planning a trip to Iceland), then this post is for you.
If you asked me if I wanted to break into an abandoned building in a foreign country, bribe a police officer, climb a 25-foot ladder up a pitch black elevator shaft, and then dangle my feet off of a fifty-story skyscraper, I’d probably put every single one of those ideas into the Bad Idea category and politely decline. If you then asked me the same exact thing but added something really convincing like, “oh come on it’ll be fun,” I’d probably have had all the time I needed to reconsider your offer and, having confidently reassigned all of the above ideas to the Good Idea category, I’d be ready to go. So, with apologies to both my mother and my therapist, here’s that story.
If aliens came down to Earth from the future and landed in Singapore they'd think we were the aliens and that Singapore was the future. Half of the city looks like a rocket ship while the other half looks like a space station that the rocket ship docks to. Thankfully, with all that futuristic architecture comes some fully-fledged Instagram gems. Spend a few days shooting throughout Singapore and your feed will look like a NASA advertisement. The only downside? There are a lot of cool buildings in Singapore. That's where we come in. :D Below are the top 10 Instagram hotspots in Singapore (as well as a map of where in the city they are). Don't say we never did anything for you...
"On my first night in Phong Nha one of the hostel guides told me about a small farmstay a few kilometers east of the town creatively named The Pub With Cold Beer where one can catch, kill, pluck, and barbecue an entire chicken for the equivalent of about 5 USD. Thinking that this would be, if nothing else, an interesting experience, my two newly made hostel friends and I rented motorbikes and made the trip there along one of the most poorly-maintained mud roads I’ve ever been on."
"I’m a big proponent of solo traveling. It’s relatively easy to meet fellow travelers at hostels or backpacker-bars or wherever else they tend to lurk, but even the most social travelers (myself not amongst them) sometimes find themselves in a lull where they’ll end up spending more time than anticipated walking around and eating meals alone. Normally I don’t mind this, but a few days ago I found myself wanting someone to hangout with who didn’t smell like a giant dreadlock and wasn’t wearing hareem pants or a tank top that says “drink triple, see double, act single,” so I did the only logical thing I could think of. I logged in to Tinder."
Copenhagen is one of the coolest cities in the world purely for it's architecture. The flawless combination of medieval and modern architecture makes it almost impossible to take a bad photo within the city limits. Evidence of this can be easily found in the Instagram feeds of the city's many talented photographers. To get a leg up on the competition, check out some of Copenhagen's most stunningly beautiful sites and buildings. Just don't forget your camera!
A group of us are sitting around a table at the terrace bar above Paradise Backpacker's Hostel. The table is littered with empty cans of Cristal, one of Cuba's two available domestic beers, and half-drunk glasses of rum. Counterclockwise from my right sits a Norwegian fisherman from Bergen, an Orthodox Jew from New York City, two Kiwis from Aukland, a Danish girl from Copenhagen, and her traveling companion, a girl from Belgium. The topic of conversation is prostitution.