Alternate travel experiences

You might have played this before at some corporate event. You know – being trapped in a room where you have to search for clues leading you to the numbers that open a lock or a door to escape. But this seems to be getting to a new level. Would you go for being trapped in a real basement? The article suggests that Hungary is the where you can experience this intensity of the game.

The point of our post is, does each journey you embark on build you memories? Because sometimes alternate travel experiences do. But do you need that?

We’ve been writing about journeys with a purpose (here & here). What we referred to were journeys in which you built memories. You know, something you can recall. Not the ones where you’ve been and its like “wow what did we do there?”… and in some cases, alternate travel experiences might hold the key to keeping those journeys memorable. But that’s for one to decide upon.

Have you ever wondered, as you looked through the photos you’ve taken that they seem similar? That sandy white beach could have been on the Maldives, Mauritius or the Philippines (or Caribbean, list goes on). If you hadn’t sorted them out, how’d you know? What would be the spark that helps you recall that journey?

We aim to put a story or a topic of discussion in our postings. And we try utmost to do the same in our handprint stories to help us remember (heheh getting old perhaps). And of course the game we referred to does not have to be a claustophic one. One could try ‘escaping’ from the city. Justine did exactly that (read here). Would you play an escape game in every city you get to?

Brings new meaning to getting away on an ‘escape’ doesn’t it?

Presidential AirBnB no more

We all know about AirBnB’s rapid growth and spread. We’ve written about it here. Even Japan is said to be close to approving its operations – formally that is. But how about a Presidential AirBnB apartment to rent?

If this article is to be believed, folks who managed to book the apartment at Trump towers might just had been able to mingle with the secret service folks who were probably crawling all over the building. Perhaps see some important politicians too. And that is exactly what one lucky couple did when they stayed in December. But today’s post is not about the Presidential AirBnB listing. Because it is no more.

It’s about some of the quirkiest places one can book on AirBnB.

Wendy wrote about her experiences of staying in various places (here), from a castle to a windmill, from a bus to a yurt. One of our favorite though in her list of places is the ginger bread house (it’s located in California). Really? Well, not that it was made of dough of course! And how can one not consider to live in a old stone church? Hopefully it isn’t too cold because if our past castle stay was any guide, it is awfully hard to heat up a stone building… Perhaps this might set you off on a browse of properties on AirBnB like Wendy did? Because when we did our browsing, there sure looked like some mighty intriguing listings… perhaps you’d like to live like medieval nobility here?

We’ve read of how folks who have stayed in a buddhist temple, having to work in the day and fast from 6pm till the next morning! Heheh, sounds like a novel way to pick up a set of new travel experiences no?

If you are one for daring and new experiences, looking out for such stays could jolt some adrenaline in you! Will this motivate you to search now for the weirdest AirBnB to stay in for your next journey?

Should there be dress codes on planes?

A couple of months back, we read about this furore over how United offloaded two girls for wearing leggings (read here for the article). The official reasons for this was : they were traveling using company benefits and needed to adhere to a specific dress code.

We are not debating this.

Rather, we are wondering aloud whether there should be any form of dress code at all for folks in general getting onto a plane. Recall we wrote about etiquettes (here)? Granted it was about the private jets but should not the same principles apply? Yes you may still wear large sunglasses to appear mysterious, although not at security though. They want to look you in the eye… heheh.

Certainly one would not dress skimpy like one’s at the beach, just because one’s on a plane heading to an island for the sun & sand right? And we are certainly not advocating to be dressed to the nines for a flight, as if it was a gala function one’s attending too. On the one hand you have restaurants, clubs and even some hotels that impose dress codes for entry. On the other one would not regulate how people dress when taking the bus…

So the question remains. Should there be dress codes imposed? What do you think?

So, is flying taking the bus or more like going to a restaurant? Does it even make sense to have this comparison? What has have been the worst of dressing that you’ve seen in your flight experiences?

UPDATE: we recently read that there are fine print T&Cs in your flight booking that make reference to appropriate dress. Heheh… guess it was there all along just not something “significant” enough to enforce.

Don’t eat airline food anymore?

Would you listen to a celebrity chef cum reality TV star cum restauranteur? For one thing, the quoted person in this article suggests that he himself will not touch airline food. Apparently from his own wealth of experience working for some of the most prestigious airlines in the world, he knows enough to avoid it.

Does this kind of review(s) influence you?

Now one thing that the above article does not provide are concrete reasons from who we’d refer to as a so-called social influencer. He simply referred to the fact he knows where the airline food has been and how long it took before getting on the plane with the passengers. Which honestly is the same with all pre-cooked meals anyway…so what’s new? It just need to be served and consumed within a certain number of hours when stored at the appropriate temperature and conditions.

You might recall we wrote a little post about gorgeous airline food and shared with you some of those we had the privilege of sampling at 30,000+ feet in the air. At that rarefied air, food taste different than you are back on planet earth we asserted and convinced you (we hope). The meal(s) you have onboard would thus be something you’d likely reject/avoid on a daily basis.

You might also recall yet another post we wrote (here) where we pointed out that the water in the tanks of the planes potentially seethe with undesirables… so take the coffee and tea at your own risk we are told! Stick with bottled and canned drinks we guess. Perhaps that’s the excuse to be sanitized with lots of alcohol, our preferred one’s from Chianti (here). Heheh.

Would a social influencer sway you? Are all of these sufficient to convince you never to take airline meals ever again?

VR may yet be a savior

You might have read our past posts on Virtual Reality (here and here). But this article gives hope that VR may yet be a true saviour for what seemed likely to be lost heritage and treasures of human civilization.

Recently, we read an article on NatGeo featuring how many UNESCO heritage sites are at risk – from a variety of factors. And while we agree that the overburden on the sites from too high a volume of visitor traffic is one factor, what is also not frequently discussed is how some of these sites are in danger of totally disappearing.

Take Syria for example in the article link we cited.

As recent as earlier this year the conflict waged around the city of Palmrya brought not only suffering to people living around the city, but also upon the city itself. Much of the ancient city ruins (yep they already were) were further damaged, intentionally it seems reducing quite some of it literally into rubble. As if being ruins were not bad enough… And then there are sites where there had been so much stress from having too many visitors that damage is all but apparent. Rialto bridge….for example.

So here’s the thought.

Would it be better for the heritage sites to be preserved barred from human visitorship? And that the sites would be documented in such a way that one can purchase a virtual tour of the site, even remotely in the comfort of your own living room. That way, the site continues to receive funding from virtual visitors to maintain the site. Folks too may experience the joys of “being at” the sites without the travails of air travel (read here).

Would you become a virtual tourist? Do you think Virtual reality travel will be the savior when it comes to preserving memories of human civilization and heritage?

A Floating cruise Gym

Yeah you read that right. The new things that people come up with. All of you fit bods out there take notice. You can be a passenger aboard a boat and power it. No, not rowing it but you can literally be using the cross trainers or spinning bikes and move a boat along the Seine river.

Talk about enjoying a view while you work out!

If this concept gets beyond the designers’ table, you and 44 other passengers could soon be spinning wheels in a gym fitted onto a leisure boat cruising along Paris’s old dame of a river. Or any river where enterprising business folks detect sufficient demand. They say that an order for the boat can be ready in 18 months!

Ok, not all the power for the boat will come from you. For there are also solar panels in case you need to take a break…besides, not everyone will pedal at the same speed…

Heheh, we are sure many of you who use gyms will experience this. When one runs on a threadmill or cycles on a spin bike in a gym, one’s stationary. Perhaps you will have earphones plugged into your ears to listen to music and/or watch the TV screen while you work out. But imagine the feeling of getting somewhere as you work out.

This is one of the latest ideas that is being bandied about. Will you pay for a river cruise while working out?