Category Archives: TRAVEL

Second Robot-Staffed Hotel Opens In Tokyo Bay, Dinos Come Standard

In another example of jobs threatened by technological advancement… a hotel in Tokyo, Japan, called Henn-na Hotel, has employed more robots than actual humans to run the entire operation. But instead of brooding over this grim prospect, we are rather intrigued by Henn-na Hotel because, the robot stationed at the front desk is not just any ‘bot, it is a robotic dinosaur. Yep. You heard that right, a freaking dino. Why? Ermmm, because it can? I don’t know, really. Or maybe because Henn-na means to “to change” which represents the hotel’s commitment “for evolution in striving for the extraordinary sensation and comfort that lies beyond the ordinary. Continue reading Second Robot-Staffed Hotel Opens In Tokyo Bay, Dinos Come Standard

Behind The Scene Of The Upcoming AVATAR-Themed Park At Disney

Director James Cameron had this crazy idea known today as AVATAR as far back as 1995 but back then technology wasn’t available to make it without breaking the bank. Now, not only AVATAR was made and screened in 2009, already sequels (yes, sequel, as in more than one) have been planned. Fast forward 7 years and technology is available to allow a theme park based on James Cameron’s AVATAR to be created and it will be throwing its door open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in summer 2017. That’s just a few months down the road! Continue reading Behind The Scene Of The Upcoming AVATAR-Themed Park At Disney

Spamusement Is where You Get To Soak In Hot Spring On A Roller Coaster

Vacationing is all about opportunity cost. Meaning, you have to chose one activity over another at any one time. For example, if you want to relax at a hot spring, you will have to forgo the excitement and thrill of amusement park. But soon, in Beppu city on the island of Kyushu, you can have the cake and eat it as far as spa and amusement park is concerned. This means that you can enjoy the relaxing hot spring, AKA onsen, Beppu city is known for while screaming your lungs out on a roller coaster ride. To be clear, we are talking about doing both things simultaneously, not one activity after another. And that, folks, is the ingenuity behind the idea of Spamusement which, as the name suggests, is a spa and an amusement park hybrid that will be realized in the city of Beppu city. Continue reading Spamusement Is where You Get To Soak In Hot Spring On A Roller Coaster

Believe It Or Not, This Double Bed On The Mountain Is A Hotel Room

When we talk about minimalistic hotel, you can’t get any more minimal than Null Stern Hotel, which literally translates to zero star hotel. And when we say ‘you can’t get any more minimal’, we do mean you can’t, well, not unless you can beat a room that has no walls and only has a double bed with side tables. There’s no wardrobe in sight, neither is a bathroom, and it is right smack on the mountains of Graubünden, Switzerland, up on a slightly air-deprived altitude of 6,463 feet. In other words, if you are looking for a hotel room with unobstructed, panoramic view, this is it. Continue reading Believe It Or Not, This Double Bed On The Mountain Is A Hotel Room

Colossal 190-Foot Statue Of China Deified Warrior Is Simply Breathtaking

Among the many things China is capable of achieving is building insanely huge or complex structures and the colossal statue of Chinese legendary General Guan Yu (or more commonly known as Guan Gong, which loosely translates to ‘Lord Guan’) is the latest example. Located in Jingzhou City, Hubei province, this imposing statue designed by renown artist Han Meilin measures 58 meters (190 feet) tall and weighs an incredible 1,200 tons and that’s yet to include the traditional Chinese staff and blade combo weapon known as ‘Qing Long Yan Yue Dao’ (loosely translate to “Green Dragon Crescent Blade“) the deified warrior holds in his right hand. Continue reading Colossal 190-Foot Statue Of China Deified Warrior Is Simply Breathtaking

The World Has Google Street View, Faroe Islands Has SheepView 360

With Internet giant Google relentlessly trying to cover every inch of planet Earth, it may surprise you that there are some populated areas, albeit with far fewer people than most cities, that are pretty much uncharted by Google. However, you probably would forgive Google for not dipping its toe in Faroe Islands, cos’ after all, she is a small multi-island nation populated by a little under 50,000 people. But if you think that number residents are quite a bunch, well, it is not quite – especially not when there are actually more sheep then humans. Continue reading The World Has Google Street View, Faroe Islands Has SheepView 360

Universal Unveiled A New Pacific Isles-themed Water Theme Park For 2017

Good news, water-loving folks. Universal will have a new water theme park to help beat the sweltering summer heat and Orlando, Florida is where you will find it come 2017. I know. We heard of the tragic incident over at Disney’s resort, but rest assure, wildlife won’t be there to greet you; it will be just you, the majestic manmade volcano and the Pacific isles-style setting. Set amongst a lush greenery, this 28 acres theme park, aptly called Volcano Bay, is creative by the Universal Creative, the same folks behind crowd favorite theme park experiences like The Wizard World of Harry Potter, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and like many of Universal’s parks, it is setup to please thrill seekers and chill seekers alike. Continue reading Universal Unveiled A New Pacific Isles-themed Water Theme Park For 2017

pentahotels Introduces Gamer Hotel Rooms With Playstation 4 Console

It looks like gaming is a phenomena that no businesses can ignore, even for those seemingly unrelated businesses. How else do you explain why there are hotels that are ‘gamer-centric’. Earlier this year, we wrote about the world’s first gamer-centric hotel, The Arcade Hotel in Amsterdam and now, as it appears, another hotel, or rather a hotel chain, is hopping onto the bandwagon to please traveling gamers. Are there really so many folks who travel to somewhere else to play games in their hotel rooms? Anywho, the hotel chain in question is pentahotels, who have already differentiate itself as hotels with a stylish and comfortable setting – starting with room keys collection at the designer bar, where guests can also choose to pick up a drink, if desired. Continue reading pentahotels Introduces Gamer Hotel Rooms With Playstation 4 Console

Sweden Is The First Country To Have Its Own Number Which You Can Call

Ever interested in visiting Sweden? No? Well, here to tickle your interest is an odd marketing effort by the Swedish Tourist Association: Call Sweden. You heard us right. Call Sweden. You know, Sweden as in the country and the folks over at Sweden’s Tourist Association are not just saying it figuratively – they actually have a number for you to call and who will answer your call? Anyone, well, kind of. According to the official campaign website (yes, even an official website!), it states that “everyone who lives in Sweden is able to register as an ambassador” and so when you call, you’d be speaking to a random Swede who is a Swedish Number ambassador. In other words, it is random person from a pool of people and not quite the entire Sweden population. Continue reading Sweden Is The First Country To Have Its Own Number Which You Can Call

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Officially Open Its Doors For Business

Good news, fans of Harry Potter. Your wait to experience the magic of Hogwarts is over. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is finally open. The newest attraction opens to L.A. Philharmonic’s performance with award-winning composer John William at the helm, synchronized to an awe-inspiring 3D digital lighting projection on the Hogwarts castle. The spectacular perform was round up with a grand display of fireworks. The park’s newest ‘world’ officially opens on the April 7, which saw some of the cast members of the Harry Potter franchise as well as celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Mindy Kaling, Billy Bob Thornton and more, joining the celebration. The mayor of Los Angeles, who apparently is a huge Harry Potter fan (he had six wands and brought one with him), made an appearance too. Continue reading The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Officially Open Its Doors For Business