Things To Try Before You Die

“What will you do if you’re not afraid?”

This question from the book “Who Moved My Cheese” by Doctor Spencer Johnson will make you pause and think. There are a lot of things that we want to do. But fear stops us from doing what we want. Most of us have been probably wanting to quit our jobs and just live life to the fullest. But we can’t, I mean we can but it would be too difficult to adjust. Every time we want to do one thing, we always wonder what’s ahead. We’re pressured on ‘what ifs’. What if something bad will happen? What if we can’t pay our bills anymore? What if we can’t find a better job? We worry – in fact too much on what the future lies.
But then what if you only have a few weeks to live. Will you be brave enough to try new things?
Here we gather some of the things that await you if you let go of fear and just well..carpe diem


Dive with the Sharks

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If you prefer to add a twist to the diving activity, you might want to consider shark diving. You read it right, sharks. Nowadays, there are already a lot of shark diving destinations that you can visit anywhere in the world. Have a close interaction with these sweet giants in Belize or in Beqa Lagoon in Fiji where you can meet different kinds such as the blacktip and whitetip reef sharks or even bull sharks. If you also happen to be in Asia, you can visit Malapascua Island in Cebu.



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If you’re a daredevil who’s looking for a more challenging activity, try portaledging. The activity’s derived from portaledge which is what climbers use to set up their “not so ordinary beds” up in the air- like a couple of feet above the ground. They attach it to rocks where they sleep to regain energy and also- stargaze. What could be better than you hanging above ground while looking for some constellations!


Skydive in Mt Everest

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Whether or not you have tried skydiving before, skydiving in Mt Everest will always be a one of a kind experience. Imagine jumping off from a chopper approximately 23000ft just below Mt Everest and land at the Himalayan dreamlands Syangboche  (12340ft) and Amadablam Basecamp (15000ft). With the glorious view of the Himalayas and the thrill! Wow, it must be worth the $30,000 price. Well, if you can afford, money’s won’t be an issue, right?


Enter the Cage of Death in Australia

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If you ever find yourself visiting Australia, you might as well head to Darwin where you can find the Cage of Death. In Crocosaurus Cove, tourists are given the chance to have a close interaction with what else, crocodiles! Tourists are placed in a glass tank where they’d be lowered down to where the crocodiles are waiting. To add more fun, meat is placed on the glass tank to attract the crocodiles to go near to where.. you are. Just pray though that the glass will not be broken else, crocs will go food tripping. Of course, we’re kidding. Pretty sure it’s safe though.


Bungee Jump in South Africa

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Some of you may have already tried bungee jumping before but you might consider doing it as well in South Africa. This 216m Boulkrans bridge is one of the highest commercial bungee jumping sites in the world. In 2010, Mohr Keet was recorded as the oldest person to bungee jump at the age of 96. So what’s our excuse?


There are still plenty of things to explore and places to go if fear won’t stop us. Life’s short and this life should be filled with adventures.

Unusual Hotels in the World

One of the important things that tourists should consider when traveling is getting a place to stay. After a day full of adventure, they all want to go back to a place where they can relax, spend the rest of the day or probably have more fun. Staying in an amazing hotel is an adventure in itself. Great hotels might sometimes come with huge price tags, but with the amenities and other things that the hotels can offer, they might be worth every penny.

Here we came up with the list of the most unique and amazing hotels in the world – for your future travels.


Playa Viva Hotel, Mexico

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If you are almost at the edge of giving up your career because stress is just eating you up and you know you can’t just drop it because there are we call “bills” this place might be for you. Consider taking a leave, book that flight to Mexico where you can find Playa Viva Hotel. Located North of Acapulco, relaxing tree houses await you. The hotel offers meditation classes so you can breathe that stress out and get yourself ready for that urban jungle again.


Bubble Hotel, Indonesia

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Have you ever wondered how it feels to live in a bubble? Like literally. A hotel in Bali Indonesia offers that experience. You can stay at bubble hotel and get a full view of the beach and the sky and have the feel of getting stuck in an island yourself. It’s like a date with nature. So if you’re sick interacting with humans and just want to spend time yourself, this hotel is perfect for you!


Montana Magica Lodge, Chile

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When the urban jungle makes you sick, it’s probably time to experience living in an actual jungle. In Chile, a magical hotel lies inside the magical rainforest. Every night, the hotel breathes life. Okay, that’s exaggerated but this hotel which requires someone to pass through the monkey bridge to reach the lobby is just probably pretty normal. Plus the fact that it’s surrounded with unusual animals makes it more normal too. Jungle trekking, zip wire experience and bathing in spa waters are just a few of the activities that this hotel offers.


Manta Resort, Tanzania

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Imagine waking up and the first thing that you see is a school of fishes staring at you as if they’re asking how’s your sleep?  Well, that might be weird, yet awesome. This hotel in Tanzania gives you the unlimited access to the beach and an underwater bedroom. So after swimming, you might want to lay down on the bed and greet the fishes that pass by and say hello! Oh, that sounds interesting, you think?


Giraffe Manor, Kenya

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A boutique hotel situated in Nairobi Kenya offers guests close encounters with giraffes. This even to a point of letting them share your breakfast with these tall yet adorable creatures! If you’re one of those who wants to get to know these creatures better, you might consider booking a room at this hotel soon!

Getting to know Chef Anthony Bourdain

The world was saddened when it was announced one Friday morning that Chef Anthony Bourdain is already gone. The famous chef – we saw him on TV travelling to different places and trying out culinary cuisines that at some point some of us want to be like him. He had what we thought –a good life. And although we want to settle on the feeling of sadness, we all know that his life was worth celebrating. Today, we’ll try to honor him by remembering who he was that made him for us an inspiration.


He Maybe a Culinary Artist, but his Dream was to become a Comic Artist

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Just like some of us who had a dream job when we were Kids, Bourdain was not an excuse. He wanted to become a Comic Artist even before realizing that his fate was to become a famous Chef.  He co-authored  “Get Jiro!”  In 2011.

His First job was a Dishwasher at a Wedding Reception

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Bourdain would describe himself as a happy dishwasher. Stating that as his first job and was able to learn a lot from what he was used to be doing.

He quit smoking when his Daughter was born

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Bourdain enjoyed smoking before his child was born but according to him, he had already more time on this world than what he probably deserved. So, he thought he owe his child a longer life.

 He had a Crime Novel Published

Not only that he was a great chef and great illustrator, but he was also a great writer! His Crime Novel – Bone in the Throat was published in 1995.

He Co Owns the Good and Evil Chocolate Bar

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Okay so he’s a writer, a great chef and a traveler but he was also a chocolate expert! His chocolate bar is out in the market and it’s made up of 72% premium cacao by Master Chocolatier Christopher Curtin. Well, guess it deserves a try!

He Showed Us that Adventure Is Out There!

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Being a traveler that he was and a foodie who was brave enough to try different foods even the exotic ones, he showed us that there’s a vast world out there waiting to be explored! He was not an ordinary traveler! He let us see a different perspective where we could learn how to appreciate different cultures!

Truly, Anthony Bourdain was a great loss. He was one of the few who defied the odds. He was brave and adventurous. But he taught us one thing –  life maybe full of struggles and bumpy roads, but nothing would make it better than you just enjoying the ride.










Places You Are Not Allowed To Visit

Perhaps you already have  a list of  places that you want to go for vacation. Top destinations could be the countries with nice beaches, restaurants and historical places. But what we are going to show you is not a recommendation on where you should go.However, these are those  that prohibit visitors. Here are the places  you are not allowed to visit.


North Sentinel Island

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Located in the Bay of Bengal, The North Sentinel Island is home to the Sentinelese tribe who denies any contact with the rest of the world. The tribe is considered as one of the few who are left untouched with the modern civilization. Various attempts to reach out  had been made but the tribe responded violently. Thus, left without a choice, they continue to remain secluded in the island.


Snake Island

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Ilha da Queimada  Granda or popularly known Snake Island is located approx. 33 kms off the coast of São Paulo Brazil.

It is called Snake Island because it is full of snakes that every square foot has one snake. It is also where the deadliest snake can be found- the Golden Lancehead Viper. Its venom can devour flesh and tissue making it easier to swallow the prey. It also has neurotoxin that aids in killing whatever it eats. The Brazilian government has banned the place to the public for safety reasons.


Vatican Secret Archives

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Known as Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum in Latin, Vatican Secret Archives is where all Historical and other important documents about the Vatican and the Roman Catholicism are housed. Its 85 km of shelving contains books and letters as old as 1100s and 1200s.Few of the notable documents include; A letter from Michaelangelo to Pope Julius II and the 197- ft long scroll containing the minutes of the trials of the Knights Templar that lasted many years since 1307.


The Queen’s Bedroom

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One of the forbidden places on earth is located right inside Buckingham Palace – the Queen’s bedroom. It is known to be heavily guarded but in 1982, Michael Fagan an intruder was able to successfully enter the Queen’s bedroom. It was reported that Fagan had a one on one conversation with the Queen. Fagan was charged for stealing the palace wine but was not criminally charged as breaking into that palace was still not a criminal offense at that time until they changed it in 2007


Lascaux Cave, France

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Situated in the Southwestern part of France, Lascaux is where you can you see carvings that are as estimated to be 17,000 years old. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Thousands of drawings of animals, human figures, abstract designs can be found in the caves. It was used to be opened to the public until it closed in 1963 because of the fear that constant visitors may damage the site.

Foods That Will Break Your Bank

Admit it, we all want a good food. That’s why some are willing to spend a higher amount in exchange of a great food as it’s one of the best ways to relieve stress. Eating is already an experience. But how far can one person go to satisfy his cravings?  And up to how much is he willing to spend? Here are some of the foods that will break your bank!

Brown Lipped Abalone

Considered as an expensive gem by the seafood lovers, brown lipped abalone which was a gift from a Korean Emperor to China has a price tag of $173,600! Although it tastes very delicious (combination of sweet and sushi) it’s not expensive because of its taste but because it is very rare. Harvesting is so difficult, and the returns are small. These days, the risk of it becoming extinct is high because of a lot of factors such as the loss of habitat, illegal harvesting and so on. Oh, guess it’s time for you to taste it before you’ll run out of supplies.


Yubari King Melon

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Two Yubari King melon was recently sold at an auction for $29,251.50 to Shinya Noda as a summer gift to his company’s customers and clients!

Yes we know! You can already afford to have an amazing vacation in different countries or buy new car with that price tag!

But this amazing fruit that grows only in Yubari Japan has unique taste and sweetness that only those who can afford can only imagine. The way to grow it is intensive and it requires a lot of care. This is probably why it is considered as one of the most expensive fruits in the world.


Almas Caviar

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Considered as the most expensive Caviar in the world, Almas will give anyone a legit Iranian Caviar taste. It is from a rare Albino sturgeon which can only be found in the Southern Caspian Sea. Packed in a 24-karat gold tin can, this food is only sold in Caviar House and Prunier Store in London at around £20,000! Now that is something! But if you have the money, might as well treat yourself a food fit for the king, right?


Lindeth Howe Chocolate Pudding


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A lot of us likes chocolates! They simply make us feel good! That’s probably why apart from flowers, they’re also considered as common gifts during occasions. But what we will show you today is a different kind of chocolate flavored food!

Considered as one of the most expensive foods in the world, this pudding is made with four different types of chocolates with finest qualities and decorated with gold and diamond and topped with caviar and champagne jelly. This is priced about $35,000 per order and must be pre ordered for at least two weeks!


Nino’s Bellissima Pizza

You probably heard of a dollar pizza. But what we have here is a pizza that costs $1,000 and topped with caviar and fresh lobster. Well, anything that has caviar we think is expensive! This 12-inch pizza that’s sold in New York can be sliced into 8 and can be ordered at $125 per slice.

Well, everyone deserves a good pizza, in this case maybe at least once in a lifetime!





Five Scariest Places on Earth

Scariest Places on Earth  –  Remember the days when as kids you were terrified of going to dark places ?Or how  fun it was to talk to your friends about creepy stories. Of course, who could also miss that one place in the neighborhood that all kids want to avoid? That haunted house that nobody wanted to even look at.

Now that you’ve grown up, you might have already realized that those places are not really that creepy as what you expected it to be.

Well they’re probably not. But these places that we’re going to show you today are legit scary that you might or might not want to visit.

Here are the five scariest places on Earth


Nagoro Japan

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If you have Pediophobia or the fear of dolls, don’t bother coming here.

Nagoro, unlike the other villages that are populated with humans is populated with dolls.

Japanese Artist Tsukini Ayano started putting dolls after returning from Osaka and noticing the declining number of residents in the village after the locals have eithers moved out or died.

The Dolls could be seen inside the classrooms, fishing, farming or looking like humans doing the ordinary things. Today, the village is home to at least 35 humans and hundreds of dolls.


Aokigahara Forest Japan

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Still situated in Japan, Aokigahara or the Sea of Trees and known as the Suicide Forest is North of the popular Mt Fuji.

The place is packed with trees that would make it difficult for anyone to find his way out once he enters the forest.

Legend says that several years ago when Japan was experiencing a great famine, Aokigahara was where Old women were left behind.  That practice was once called “Ubasute”.

Today, the forest is already visited by volunteers who try to console people who go there and stop them from committing suicides.


Humberstone and La Noria Chile

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Declared  as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Humberstone and La Noria  were both mining towns in Chile until they closed because of economic crisis and shocking treatment of workers.

It is believed that La Noria has the creepiest cemetery as it is filled with open graves and exposed dead bodies. The dead are also believed to be roaming around the town at night.


Pripyat Ukraine

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Known as City of Nuclear Scientists, Pripyat a  Citsy in Ukraine was inhabited by  50,000 people until it was abandoned  following the Chernobyl disaster. What’s left there today are empty schools, homes, parks and traces that will remind everyone that it used to be filled with happy kids and grown ups.  The City remains to be empty as it is still unsafe to be repopulated due to radiation.


 Hell Town, Ohio, United States

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Another abandoned place on our list is HellTown Ohio which used to be a Native American Village .

There are a lot of mysteries surrounding the place where it was believed that cults exist, serial killers slaughter area for people and many  other terrible deaths.

Today, the major part of   Helltown is already part of the National Park.

Random Geisha Facts

Geisha – An Art person, an Art doer.

Their world is  fascinating yet mysterious.

Today, we’ll let you take a peak of the world that they’re moving.

Here are random facts about a Geisha


The First Geishas Were Men

Surprising as it may sound, but the first Geishas were actually men!

Known as Taikomochi, males  are the original geishas in Japan who made their history in the 13th century.

The first female geisha only  appeared in 1751.


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Geisha Training starts at a young age.

Once she  enters the Okiya (geisha houses) she is expected to obey the rules and submit to her elders.

She is first called a Minarai which translates to ‘learning by doing’ and which means she has to learn by observing the Maikos and Geishas.

After going through a lot of training and passing the test, she will then be called a Maiko which will  last up to five years until she will become a full fledged Geisha.


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Geisha Training Costs Fortunes

For one to be called a Geisha, she still has to learn a lot of things.

These include playing the traditional Japanese instruments, dancing, serving tea and the list goes on, calligraphy and the list goes on.

This means  that the Okaasan (the okiya mother ) has to pay an estimated amount of $500,00 for the entire training duration before one can become a full fledged Geisha.


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A Geisha is not allowed to Get Married

If you have seen  the movie, “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Steven Spielberg, then you probably know that Geishas can’t get married.

If they fall in love and decide to be with the man they love, they must do it  after their retirement.

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A Geisha Does Not Use her Real Name

Once a woman decides to become a Geisha, she will  have to use a different  name which would bring prosperity and good luck to her career.

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Are You Brave Enough Try These Bizarre Asian Foods?

Bizarre Asian Foods –  One of the best reasons why one should visit Asia aside from its wonderful beaches and friendly people.

Each Asian place has a unique food to offer and although some of them look strange that you don’t even want to look at them, they all taste uniquely good.

Here we came up with a list of Bizarre Asian foods that only those who are courageous  will experience their oddly satisfying tastes.




A popular street food in the Philippines, balut is a developing egg of either duck or chicken that’s incubated and boiled.  It usually ranges from 16- 21 days old and the older it gets, the more visible the chick is (obviously).Balut is usually eaten with salt and coconut vinegar and sold at night (guess you know why) . Number 16 is the most popular as it still contains “chick soup “which adds to its ‘unique taste’.

Balut is not only popular in the Philippines but also in other SE Asian countries  such as Cambodia, Laos, Thailand Vietnam and China.

Many Philippine restaurants have already made versions of local dishes out of this.


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Chicken Feet


A popular viand in the Philippines , chicken feet adobo is best paired with rice.

There are a lot of ways to cook it  and another popular dish is adidas – a barbecued chicken feet.

This is also a common sight in  Chinese restaurants but cooked in a different way. Although this may look odd, this tastes really good and are known to have health benefits. For one, it  can make you look young. That should more than enough to convince you to try this.


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Fried Bats


If you think balut and chicken feet would be the top two Bizarre Asian Foods that you are yet to taste, wait until you see and taste these fried bats from Thailand.

Farmers gather these creatures everyday and boil them to remove their furs and chopped  before they’re deep fried.

Yes, they may look scary but some say they got a familiar taste. They taste almost the same as chicken.



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Fish Sperm Sushi


A milt or sperm sac of a male fish (most common is Cod) is made as a main ingredient of this sushi in Japan called Shirako.

Shirako translates to White Children . It tastes like custard although not that sweet and almost tastes like tofu.

Although it’s pricey – it’s considered as a food to look forward to and Japanese people are willing to pay a high amount for the experience.


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Fried Tarantula


This crawling creature that you don’t want  to have a close encounter with is actually a famous snack in Cambodia. It’s  usually cooked with sugar and garlic and  sold on the streets for a couple of cents. Many Khmer women believe that eating this creature  will make you beautiful- so yes, grab a bite. This food became famous during the time of Khmer Rouge when Cambodians depended on it for survival. Thanks to the fact this it is rich in protein, folic and zinc.

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That so far are the Bizarre Asian Foods included in our list. Now, pack your bags and start your Asian food adventure. Post some pictures on Instagram and we can’t wait to hear your stories soon! Watch out for our next food hunt! Who knows one of your local foods may be included in our list!


Top 10 Holiday Destinations in 2012

Vacations are a rare luxury, unless you own a lot of real estate in which case vacationing is all you do. But if you’re a hard working, self made individual like yours truly, you just have to take some time out for yourself and a good vacation is just the way to do it. Here, at Realitypod, we do all the grunt work for you so you can skip the grind of travel agencies and make your own decision from among the top ten holiday destinations in the world that we recommend to you. These places are certain to provide you with the opportunities to have the most amazing holiday experience.

10. Thailand

Often referred to as the Land of Smiles, Thailand has become a major hit with tourists and holiday seekers from around the globe. It has come a long way from being an escape destination for the casual backpacker to becoming one of the most favorite tourist destinations of 2012. The scenic countryside, the amazing food, the exotic beaches and the low cost of staying are reasons enough for you to book your holidays in this majestic part of Asia. And that’s not enough, Thai people are known for their hospitality and their unique cultural heritage, and the spas offered in Thailand are sure to ease away all of your built up tension.

The places that attract the most attention include the beautiful and modern island of Phuket with its world class hotels and resorts, the majestic islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan with their up and coming delightful array of resorts and of course, the enthusiastic and ever alive capital city Bangkok.

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So pack up your bags and explore wondrous Thailand, be it on a cruise or a sailing ship, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing vacation.

9. Croatia

Croatia is well known for having one of the most beautiful and exquisite coastlines in the world. It is known to be one of the very few in Europe to retain its natural pristine beauty and is therefore a prime tourist destination for the vacationers looking to relax and enjoy nature and culture in modern day Europe.

Croatia has a range of vacation spots to chose from. You can either stay along the coastline and bask in the beautiful sights or you can head on to the stunningly beautiful array of islands that off the coast, including the breathtaking island of Hvar which is known for its fabulous beaches and an array of low and high end hotels and resorts. Another favorite tourist attraction is the city of Dubrovnik with its rich historical background and the amazing food. Nicknamed “The Pearl of Adriatic”, the city has a historical center that has recently been restored to its original glory of the time before the Serb-Montenegro war. The whole city looks like a museum and it takes you back to a much simpler time. It also has a wonderful base from where you can take ferries to visit the surrounding islands.

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Explore Croatia, and you will never regret the visit to this Mediterranean beauty.

8. Egypt

There can never be enough words  to describe the majesty of Egypt’s history and the magnificent treasures it boasts. The temples of Luxor and Karnak, the beautiful Valley of the Kings, Aswan, the incredible city of Alexandria with its world famous library and sea port, the capital Cairo with its rich and wonderful museums boasting of historical artifacts such as King Tutankhamen’s death mask made of solid gold, the majestic Sphinx and of course, one of the great wonders of the world, the enormous pyramids. The list of all the places to visit goes on and on.

Among its rich history is its beautiful river Nile that runs across Egypt and provides the opportunity to tourists to take luxury cruises to enjoy the many sights of Egypt. An experience you will not want to miss as it promises a vacation of a lifetime.

You can also stay and just relax at the various resorts that line the Red Sea, lounging on the beaches, snorkeling and just letting go of all the stresses you’ve had built up inside.

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7. Turkey

Turkey is the place to go for a top notch vacation in 2012. Although a bit more expensive than a few years ago, Turkey remains one of the most premium and exquisite holiday destinations in Europe. The place where the East meets the West, Turkey is definitely one of the best choices to make when planning a vacation.

Istanbul, one of the most beautiful and elaborate cities in the world, boasts of a diverse cultural experience like no other. The meeting point of the East and the West, the places to visit are innumerable. Among the many must-visit localities, there are the majestic structures of the Hagia Sophia, the Suleymanye Mosque, the Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace, the marvelous bathhouses, the Basilica Cistern – one of the most romantic places on Earth, and of course the beautiful Bosphorous. If you’re an ardent soccer fan then of course, you will also love the Ataturk stadium, the place where Liverpool made history. The best way to enjoy the city is the tram service that travels throughout Istanbul and the ferry rides on the Bosphorous are just breathtaking.

Other beautiful places to visit are the dynamic city of Izmir with its modern night life and luxury hotels, and the scenic coastal city of Antalya. Antalya is known for its beautiful resorts and beaches and was the world’s most visited city in 2011. The city boasts of the most beautiful scenery and backdrops and is a must visit when one’s in Turkey.

All in all, Turkey might not be there yet, but it is shaping up to be the world’s top holiday destination.

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Time travel possible: Hawking

Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says people will one day be able to travel into the distant future. Hawking reportedly drops this knowledge in the new documentary, Into The Universe, set to air in Canada on Sunday, May 30 on the Discovery Channel. Continue reading Time travel possible: Hawking