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15 Safety Tips And Tricks Anyone Traveling Abroad Should Read

These 15 tips and tricks will help you feel more secure when traveling! Traveling is one of the best experiences in the world, but it's important to take precautions when you're abroad. Doing so will ensure that you'll not only have an amazing time but a safe time, as well. Safe travels!

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This Japanese Robot Travels For You And Transmits 2k Video

With the advancement of technology comes an increase in convenience, and this Japanese airline is promising to abolish one of the biggest inconveniences there are: travelling. For healthy, young people, sitting on an airplane for 10 hours is a slightly cramped adventure, but for people with illnesses, disabilities, or other circumstances that make travelling difficult, 10 hours on an airplane can be harrowing. Enter the Newme: a robot that can does the travelling for you. 

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Twenty Five Breathtaking Photos of The Himalayas

The Himalayas: a mountain range 1,500 miles long that spans across five countries. From Bhutan to Pakistan, the scenery of the sacred mountains and the surrounding nature is not seen anywhere else in the world. With many of the mountains revered by locals and worshipped as incarnations of gods, it's easy to see how the peaks could be mistaken for something out of this world. Here are twenty five photos of the Himalayas that showcase it's magnificence. 

But beware: after reading this article you may have a sudden urge to buy a one-way ticket and a pair of hiking boots. Don't say you weren't warned. 

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Fifteen Aerial Photos of Cities Give a Totally Different Perspective

Every city has it's own personality. The winding alleyways, crowded streets, tree-lined rivers and bustling markets of each city feel like they're the first of their kind. There's nothing like eating a bagel in New York, sipping tea in Istanbul, watching the road crossings in Tokyo, eating macaroons in Paris, or waiting for a herd of cows to cross the road in Delhi. 

Every city is recognizable when photographed from street level - but what about from an aerial view? This collection of fifteen aerial photos give you a completely new and unexpected perspective of the cities we all love. Enjoy exploring, travelers! 

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Finland Is Officially The Best Country For Wildlife Travel

Finland has been named the best country in the world for wildlife travel by the True Luxury Travel's Global Wildlife Index 2019. The factors that made it win against it's 106 competitors included its "high levels of environmental sustainability, its unique and varied diversity of species, beautiful natural landscapes, and conservation efforts". Honestly, this is no surprise as Finlandis home to a number of animals that I, the author, have never seen in my life (and would love to see). Besides, 69% of the country is forest and the rest is filled with crystal clear lakes and quaint towns. Sounds pretty ideal to me. 

To show you just how diverse Finland's wildlife is, we've included 15 of the coolest animals that call Finland home. If you visit Finland, you're bound to see a few of these creatures. I'd be pretty happy if I saw one, to be honest! 

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Entitled Influencer Asks For Free Hotel Stay, Gets Told Off By Hotel Owner

We know that Millennials aren't all entitled cheapskates (we are Millennials after all) but we have to say that people like British YouTuber Elle Darby make us look really bad. 

Darby requested via email a free five-night stay for her and her boyfriend at a hotel in Ireland. Instead of paying the hotel, she would give the business "exposure" - the hotel owner was certainly having none of that and replied to her with a snarky email, which he has since published online. He even went on to ban all social media influencers from his places of business.

Do you think the hotel owner's response was fair or did it go too far? Let us know in the comments!

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Around the World in Eighteen (Rhymes with 'Days')

The world has some truly incredible sights, that most of us will not manage to see all of them in our lifetime. Luckily, someone invented photography and online social networks, so we can live vicariously through others travels. But you know whenever you do get to some of these places, you will definitely have some stories, and photos, to share. 

Photos of the most amazing travel photos from all around the world featured in the /Travel subReddit
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Iceland May Not Be as Icy As You Might Think

When you think of Iceland, you would imagine it basically looks like it's name sake. But maybe surprisingly for some, It is not the Western European Siberia that many believe it to be. Sure Icelanders are out celebrating summer in 50-60 degree weather, but it is not just one massive ice covered rock. On the contrary, Iceland is literally a frozen chain of volcanoes. Underneath the surface, the high concentration of volcanoes created a huge well of untapped geothermal energy just waiting to be harnessed. 

An oil crisis 50 years ago forced the Icelanders to realize that they needed to find an alternative. Today 99.96% of Iceland's energy is from renewable resources, with no other country coming close.

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No More Snakes On A Plane: New Rules For Emotional Support Animals

Picture this: you're walking down the aisle in an airplane and when you find your seat, there's a turkey sitting next to it. Or a pig. Or a monkey. It sounds like a comedy routine, but it isn't. In the past few years, there has been an unprecedented rise in people having 'emotional support animals', particularly when traveling on airplanes. While any step towards improving mental health is applauded, there have been many incidents involving emotional support animals on airplanes that really don't belong there. We can't blame these untrained animals for acting the way animals act, but we can question the laws that allow them on board. With new regulations from the US Department of Transport, things are about to change. We discuss these changes below, and whether they are for the better or the worse. 

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travel cancer image Facing Cancer Treatment, a 90-Year-Old Woman Chose Instead to Take the Trip of a Lifetime
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At 90 years old, just two days after her husband of 67 years passed away, Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Cancer treatment can be grueling and in Norma's case, it would be risky. According to her son on their Facebook page Driving Miss Norma, her doctor said that in addition to the much lower quality of life she would have had while going through treatment there was no guarantee that she would survive the initial surgery at all. 

Instead of going through with treatment she's been lucky enough to hop in an RV and travel with her son and daughter-in-law. 



They take her anywhere she wants to go and have been documenting their travels. She's become an inspiration to others who are in the process of making tough choices at the end of life. 



passport travel security This Tall Bearded Man Apparently Looked Enough Like His Girlfriend to Get Through Passport Security After Accidentally Taking Her ID
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Josh Reed, a very tall, bearded man with light colored hair made it to Germany through a London airport with a passport that belonged to his much shorter, brown haired girlfriend. 

He told The Sun, "I thought it was my passport, the lady checked it with my boarding pass. It wasn’t until we landed that I spotted it."

Even if they looked exactly alike, Reed said he and his girlfriend have different last names which is something that should be easy to spot on his ticket.  

Reed's girlfriend ended up sending his passport to him so he could return. As for the airport, they have promised to step it up on security checks. 

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Snowstorms in China have delayed thousands of travelers nearing the Chinese New Year. This woman thought her flight was cancelled. All the other passengers were rerouted and caught different flights but ten hours later, the plane still took off with its single passenger. 



Hopefully with such an empty cabin they upgraded her to first class. 

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A Woman Went to Europe and Recreated Some of Her Mother's Old Pictures

When Lydia Coutré took a trip to study abroad in Italy she took along some digital versions of her mom's old vacation slides. She matched up locations and camera shots to recreate the same photos her mother took 30 years ago. Now she's got side by side snapshots of how things have changed since then.

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College student Sam Huang would put your mom's coupon clipping to shame.

In a video posted on YouTube, Huang shows how he was able to travel over 50,000 miles and visit 11 cities in First Class for $300.

To put that in perspective, the cost of the flights he took at retail price would be $60,000. And he did it all by some really crazy loopholes on Emirates First Class.

Here is a map of his cheap-o journey.

He flew in the Emirates First Class Suite, which is basically a tiny golden room with anything your heart desires.

What's his secret?

Well, it wasn't really that complicated. He used his frequent flyer miles to purchase a ticket from New York to Melbourne with long layovers in Milan, Dubai, Sydney, Auckland, and Singapore.

This man is a genius.

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Is your name Elizabeth Gallagher? Do you live in Canada? No plans for Christmas?

If you answered yes to all of the above, then you could win a free trip around the world with this guy.

Toronto resident and recently eligible bachelor, Jordan Axani, decided that since he couldn't change the name on the tickets originally booked for his ex-girlfriend, so he would reach out on Reddit to anyone with the same name and offer it to her instead.

Here are the details of the trip from his Reddit post, just in case you aren't entire ready to spend several intimate weeks abroad with a complete stranger.

Some ground rules:

I am not looking for anything in return. I am not looking for companionship, romance, drugs, a trade, or to take selfies with you in front the Christmas Market in Prague. If you feel compelled to toss me a couple hundred bucks, great. Really the only thing I ask for is that you enjoy this trip and that it bring you happiness.

We can travel together and see some cool stuff - or not. I'm easy and have no problem with someone taking the tickets and doing their own thing (see ya on the plane!). Embracing the spontaneity of life is more my thing, though, so if you want to travel together (and are not an axe murder) I'm likely game.

This is for the flights only. In the wake of the breakup I have deferred all further planning for the trip. No hotels, trains or anything have been booked. You're on your own, bucko. Having said that, I will buy the first round of vino at JFK upon departure.

We can totally stay in India a couple days longer. Long story, but if we can come to agreement the airline can push back the return flight on both tickets (it's both or nothin') with no charge.

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A "Modern Family" Editor Live-Tweets the Worst Plane Passenger Ever

Modern Family editor Ryan Case recently took a four-hour flight behind what has to be the drunkest, most obnoxious passenger we've ever seen. Check out the entire tweeted saga below!

Hat tip to Mashable.

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