There are a lot of ways for you to explore Maine. It’s the hiking capital of the US, and if you only have a chance to hike there once and you want the best experience you can ever have, then you better follow our trail.
Managing the Appalachian Trail, Northern Maine
You can always explore the Appalachian Trail any other way, but this particular trail is far removed from civilization. It will make you forget that you’re near any city, and isn’t that what hiking’s all about, to be one with nature and to forget the crowds and the concrete buildings? In this trail, you go straight to Maine’s backwoods. There are no honking horns, not signs of city slickers (save for you), and the best part is, you’re still in control.
Tags: Africa, Belarus, Comoros, Destinations, forgotten countries, Kyrgyzstan, Nauru, odd destinations, Pacific, South America, Suriname
Have you ever been in a situation where you heard of a name of a country and you just cannot remember if you have ever heard of it in geography class? Or your fifth grader encountering an unfamiliar name of a place, asking you where is that country on the map and you just don’t have any idea. Don’t panic, there are just countries that have managed to stay under the radar. Scan our list below for some of these low-profile places.
Comoros in Africa
Back in the olden days when ocean travel was the only means of discovering the world, Comoros was a very important stopover for vessels going to Cape of Good Hope. This changed when the Suez Canal was constructed and opened. Today, there are only less than 30,000 visitors going to this place every year. The Comoros is located near Mauritius and Seychelles. Comoros is a tropical paradise if not only for the twenty coup attempts after its independence from the government of France back in 1975.
You’re stuck in the rush hour jam with an important meeting 15 minutes away, two hundred cars in front of you before you reach the office building, your coffee getting cold, and you getting immune to the persistent honking of horns other motorists seem to find solace in. Bored, you try it out too and find that it doesn’t do much to make you forget that you’re 200 cars away and you’re not going to reach that conference room on time.
This happens to almost 75% of people working in America, which would make you think that it has the worst rush hour scenario in the world. Well, we can take the “better them than us” perspective and look at other motorists who have actually had it worse. Below are the top 10 traffic jams recorded in history.
As Albert Camus would put it, autumn is really more of a “second spring”. How is this so? The leaves turn into brilliant fiery colors which actually make them look more like blossoms than leaves. If you live in the USA you’ll have a chance to witness autumn for more than a month. You just need to make sure you’re in these prime spots.
Adirondacks in New York
Have you always thought about New York as a concrete jungle? Think again. The truth is that it has enough foliage for a weekend retreat, and it’s also home to one of the best spots to witness autumn in. Check out Adirondacks which interestingly enough is also nicknamed “America’s First Wilderness”. You shouldn’t miss out on the 12 scenic byways here which allow mountain peaks to burst into what seems like a pyrotechnic of turning autumn leaves. Go by the Olympic Trail wherein you can enjoy 170 miles of the best fall views of the area. It’s best to visit between mid-September and mid-October.
You may have heard of the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids in Egypt, or the Grand Canyon but aside from the very long list of great travel destinations there are still a lot of places that we can add to our list of must go places.
Here is a short list of great destinations which may not be hitting the headlines but you must visit in case you have a chance:
Ajanta Caves (India)
The Ajanta Caves is located in Maharashtra in India. The structure dates back before the time of Christ and houses sculptures and paintings that are considered priceless by the Buddhists. The caves were abandoned in the year 480 AD and was engulfed by the jungle. It remained unvisited until it was rediscovered by a British officer in 1819 while hunting tigers. You can still find the name of Captain Smith etched on the walls of the cave up to this day.
A spectacular city view from atop a building is something that appeals to most people. In hotels, the room with a view commands a higher rate and yet they still attract the attention of lots of travelers. Perhaps man’s fascination with an aerial view of a city is brought about by one of the key aspects of life here on this planet: gravity.
We’re perpetually anchored to the earth, and that means being used to seeing cities from the ground up. Turn your gaze to the left or the right and you’ll see walls, buildings, trees, and other structures. But when you’re hundreds of meters off the ground, suddenly it seems that the whole world has opened up. Before you is a sprawling city, without borders, and only endless stretches of land and water as far as the eye can see. Sometimes, the view really can take your breath away.
While we don’t suppose you’ll be taking a tour around these odd prisons anytime soon, a glimpse of them makes for a fun read. Below are the seven strangest rehabilitation/prison camps you’ll find in the world.
Top 1: Bolivia’s San Pedro Prison
This prison doesn’t look like a prison at all. It’s really more of a community or a small town which keeps criminals from mingling with the rest of society, but which doesn’t isolate them in a gray concrete barren hole with bars. Here, prisoners will have to work (either selling groceries or making something useful) if they want a roof over their heads.
The point is to let prisoners learn to make their lives useful by letting them earn their own cells. At the end of their stay, they might actually miss the community. Hopefully, they don’t try to commit another felony just because they’re homesick.
Mountain climbers take the treacherous paths of nature’s skyscrapers for the view and for some pumping of the adrenaline. But with the fun comes the danger where people risk and lose their lives.
Here are some of the deadliest mountains to climb:
K2 is the second highest mountain in the globe. It is also considered by expert climbers as among the most difficult climb, technically. Some call it Savage Mountain where the easiest of paths will require you to cross a complex glacier, unstable ice pillars, and steep rocks. This mountain of the Karakoram range takes 1 life of every 4 who tries to reach its top.
Annapurna (Nepal )
Annapurna in the local language means Goddess of Crop. Regrettably, the 10th highest mountain harvest the lives of climbers with a death rate of 41%. This number translates to 53 deaths for around 130 people who tried to conquer its peak.