Mele Kalikimaka! 8 Tropical Christmas-Time Traditions

♫ Oh, banyan tree, oh banyan tree, how lovely are thy branches ♫

Snowy landscapes may have cornered the market when it comes to dominating cards, decor, and even the songs that make up the fabric of the Christmas season. But there are plenty of places where Christmas has less to do with Jack Frost nipping at your nose and more to do with seafaring parades and ambulatory parties. Discover some of the ways Christmas is celebrated in these tropical places.

Do You Ever Think About the Places in the Marvel Cinematic Universeas Tourist Destinations?

Shouldn’t be a problem considering there are thousands of Marvel movies.

This isn’t my first rodeo. As a matter of fact, if you’ve been following my “travel journeys” recently, you’ll know that I’ve proposed a few getaways within the DC cinematic universe. So, it only makes sense that I do a roundup for that brand’s forever competition, at the box office and otherwise. Let’s take a trip down Marvel lane, shall we?

These 10 Apartment Buildings Around the World Are Architectural Marvels

Why own a house when you can rent a place in one of these wild structures?

I would be surprised to learn that the inhabitants of any one of the buildings on this list were NOT homebodies because the level of coolness inherent in the structures in which they reside is off the charts. Take a look for yourself–why would you ever leave? Incredible.

Do You Ever Think About the Places in the DC Universeas Tourist Destinations?

Gotham City’s tourism board sure does have its work cut out for it.

Oftentimes, we look to the big screen for a little vacation inspiration. With the following destinations, that’s not particularly the case, though they’re some of the most popular locales in the ever-evolving DC Comics’ universe, cinematic or otherwise. For this reason alone, I’d argue they’re notable enough to be explored on a destination-centric media site (like ours).

The Original Cottagecore: European Pastoral Motifs Through the Ages

Taylor Swift could do "Works and Days,” but could Hesiod do “Folklore?”

Cottagecore, an aesthetic that romanticizes the simple quietude of rural life, was primed to experience a spike in interest during the pandemic. In a world where we now have to sequester ourselves away from a world wracked by an insidious virus, what if that sequestering could be on a homestead that’s imbued with beauty and safety thanks to its remote position in the heart of the natural world? This internet-age idealization of wholesome rural life is the latest permeation of the pastoral genre, a set of themes and motifs that stretches back over two millennia. The pastoral genre specifically emphasizes the lifestyle of shepherds but can be broadly identified as idealizing a rural lifestyle that eschews any mention of the real-life difficulties and practicalities of herding livestock. (Though, as an escapist fantasy, you could do a lot worse than dreaming of tending a blooming garden and doing the thing from movies where you trail your fingers against fields of gold-hued wheat.) Indeed, such literature, music, and visual art have had a tendency to play to audiences far removed from that lifestyle and even the countryside. Not unlike today’s city dwellers scrolling through pictures of softly-photographed orchards and carefully-arranged picnic spreads from the confines of cramped apartments, everyone from the poets of ancient Greece to the French royal court at the height of its decadence have been drawn to the fantasy of pastoral escape.

7 Spooky Christmas Legends From Around the World

It’s not just the weather outside that’s frightful…

Christmas cheer is real: smiles all around, a palpable kindness and warmth in the air. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or is it? Well, just as with many other major holidays (especially ones that have been seriously commercialized), it seems, there’s a darkness lurking just below the surface. So, let’s all gather around the Christmas tree and tell the tales of this season’s most terrifying legends.

10 Reasons This Australian State Is the Ultimate Offbeat Destination

You’ll find everything from ghost towns and fairy circles to dinosaur footprints and ancient art.

Almost four times larger than Texas, the state of Western Australia is a massive place that hides some of the world’s most mind-bending locations. From natural phenomena to unexplained mysteries and ancient human masterpieces, Western Australia specializes in the surprising. Combined with its incredibly diverse environments–dense rainforests, sparse deserts, verdant mountain ranges, pristine coastlines, and flower-draped plains–this makes WA, as the locals call it, a unique and alluring tourist destination.

The 10 Largest Musical Instruments Around the World

Is it me or does that tuba look like a villain?

Please welcome the musical instruments of the apocalypse. These guys are large and in charge, sometimes made up of several musical instruments put together to form a sort of hybrid musical instrument experience. One of these instruments is a house. One of them is a tuba named Carl. Many of them are organs. But all 11 of these bad boys are extremely large.