Woman Recreates Cliché Travel Instagram Photos in Her Apartment During the Shutdown

2020 has really sucked so far.

And if you’re a person who regularly travels for business or pleasure, you know that’s it’s been a big adjustment being stuck at home and pretty much not being able to go ANYWHERE.

Travel blogger Sharon Waugh is based in South Africa but she, like all of us, is also stuck at home. So what’s a travel enthusiast to do…?

Waugh decided to spend her time recreating cliché travel photos that you routinely see people post on Instagram in her apartment and they are funny and totally spot-on.

Take a look at her photos. We think they’re great!

1. High on the mountaintop…

But now in your kitchen.

2. The Sydney Opera House.

Nice placement with the dishes, at least…

3. Jump for joy!

But do it inside for now.

4. Oh, to be at the beach…

Don’t try to surf with that ironing board.

5. Come right this way.

Doesn’t quite have the same look to it, does it?

6. Getting out in nature.

The great indoors.

7. Yayyyy! Oh, wait…

Hmmmm, well, this will have to do for now.

8. The Taj Mahal.

I love this one!

9. All the love in the world.

We’ll get back to it soon!

10. Definitely an “influencer” photo.

Get out of the road!

11. Close enough…

Gotta do the best with what you have.

12. Nailed that pose!

The lighting works, too!

Those are great!

Let’s hope that we can all travel to REAL places sooner than later.

Where is the FIRST place you want to go when it’s safe to travel again?

Talk to us in the comments!

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Underground Salt Mine in Poland Looks Like a Fairy Tale

Hidden treasures exist all over the world. It would take a lifetime to visit them all in person – which is why it’s so fantastic that we live in this digital age, a time when we can glimpse magic over the internet and never have to leave our homes.

I mean, sure, traveling is still preferable but it costs money and time and stuff!

If you haven’t had a chance to travel to Krakow, Poland, then you haven’t had the chance to visit these truly stunning salt mines.

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But for now, at least we have pictures to make us believe in magic once again.

The Wieliczka salt mine was first opened in the 13th century, and today, it’s a part of the First UNESCO World Heritage List.

The mine plunges 1072 feet at its deepest point, and everything – every little thing in over 2000 chambers – is made of salt.

That includes the underground lakes…

The chapels….

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La più bella, la più imponente, la più fantastica. La luce delle lampade di cristalli illumina il pavimento scolpito in sale. I bellissimi bassorilievi e gli altari decorati tolgono il fiato ai visitatori. La Cappella di Santa Kinga è una vera e propria perla della Miniera di Sale “Wieliczka” e l’orgoglio dei minatori. Ogni evento organizzato al suo interno ha il carattere unico e indimenticabile, da ricordare ancora per tanto tempo dopo il suo termine. La Cappella di Santa Kinga è ubicata 101 m sottosuolo, ha le dimensioni di 31 x 15 m e la sua superficie calpestabile è di 465 m2. E’ un posto ideale per organizzare santa messa, matrimonio o concerto di musica classica o sacrale per il gruppi fino a 400 persone. . . . #wieliczka #saltmine #poland #krakow #salt #wieliczkasaltmine #travel #visitpoland #polska #minieredisalewieliczka #story @krakowexperience @krakowplaces @igerskrakow

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And even the chandeliers.

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Minas de sal es un imprescindible en vuestro viaje a Cracovia 😍 • Solo para llegar al primer nivel ya bajas 378 escalones, lo cual sería como 54 pisos en un edificio 🏢 • Para mi lo más sorprendente de esta visita fue la cantidad de construcciones que han llegado a reproducir bajo tierra 🤭 • Y sin duda, la sala de la foto, me dejó sin habla. Se trata de la Capilla de St. Kinga 💒 Paredes, suelo, relieves… todo es de sal, menos las impresionantes lámparas 💕 • Se puede asistir a misa todos los domingos y en Nochebuena, incluso las parejas se pueden casar aquí 👰🏻 • ¿Habéis visitado una mina alguna vez? ¿Dónde? Contadme! 😘 • #wieliczka #wieliczkasaltmine #krakow #poland #visitkrakow #visitpoland #travelphotography #traveltheworld #soychicaviajera #sheisnotlost #speechlessplaces #globetrotter #passport #passportready #igersspain #neverstopexploring #wanderlust #travelwithme #followmearoundtheworld #beautifulvew #travelinspiration #hastaluegomaripuri #girlslovetravel #iamtb #solotraveler #backpacker #thetravelcouples #wonderful_places #bestcitybreaks #bestplacestogo

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It all exists because everyone around the world uses salt on their breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, but it still kind of looks like a level in Tomb Raider instead of real life.

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Mieliście okazję odwiedzić kopalnię soli w Wieliczce? Dziś możecie pospacerować najsłynniejszym w Polsce labiryntem solnych korytarzy – bez konieczności schodzenia pod ziemię 👏 Zapraszamy na wirtualną wizytę w najciekawszych miejscach kultury w Polsce: muzeach i atrakcjach turystycznych. Link do artykułu znajdziecie w naszym BIO. https://bit.ly/Muzea_2020 • • • #kopalniasoli #kopalniasoliwieliczka #wieliczka #saltmine #saltmines #podrozuje #podrozepopolsce #podrozujemy #podrozemaleiduze #podrozowanie #ciekawemiejsca #miejscawpolsce #zwiedzamy #zwiedzamypolske #zwiedzajpolske #ciekawemiejscawpolsce #underground #sól #unesco #heritage #WieliczkaSaltMine #travel #poland #unescoheritage #polandsights #visitpoland #igerspoland #pocztowka_z_polski #igerspolska #magicalpoland

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There are plenty of wonderful things to see in Krakow, and in Poland, so you wouldn’t be booking that trip for the mine alone.

And as lovely and wonderful as these images are, I don’t know…there’s just something about seeing places like this with your own two eyes, don’t you think?

Have you visited this salt mine? Did it blow your mind? If you have, please share your firsthand experiences with us in the comments!

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A Virtual “Frozen” Ride at Home Is Almost as Good as the Real Thing at Disney

During this unique time we find ourselves in, we’re a little up in the air about when the Disney parks are opening, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend to be up in the air on one of their rides.

Virtual thrills on Disney’s Frozen themed rides are available for your in-home amusement.  Fly through Arandelle and visit Elsa, Anna and their friend Olaf in an adventure that doesn’t involve standing in line.

Let’s go!

Since Disney’s re-opening depends on many factors out of anyone’s control, no one has an exact grasp on the date that will happen. Streaming the Frozen movie franchise from Disney + can only take you so far. Now, families can add a trip to Norway at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center and experience Frozen Ever After right from their living rooms.

Climb on your Nordic vessel and take a “song-filled, slow-moving boat ride with backward and forward plunges down short waterfalls.” One of the best features? No wet pants for the rest of the day…because you’re at home.

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And for those of us who are chicken, virtually riding a roller coaster is much better than hanging on for dear life on a real one.

You can even ride the still-in-production attraction for Disneyland Hong Kong, Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs.

Check out the modification to “It’s A Small World” virtually too. The attraction has its own Arandelle with Elsa and Anna.

So have the family slip into their favorite Frozen costumes and take an online Nordic adventure.

Destiny awaits!

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Petition Asks Airlines to Seat Families Together Without Making Them Pay for the Privilege

Letting parents sit with their children on flights would seem to be common sense and, you know, the right thing to do, but that’s never been a reason for airlines to do anything.

See also: why they seat people in the front and with aisle seats before the rest of us schleps just because of some imagined “status.”

Planes should be boarded back to front, window to aisle, and I will die on this hill.

Anyway. Apparently some people out there agree with me, because there’s an actual petition to ask airlines to let families sit together without paying yet another fee.

The petition, started by Consumer Reports, applies to families traveling with kids under 13 and sent letters to the heads of Delta, United, and American asking them to institute these new policies.

More than 120,000 people have signed the petition, arguing that seating children away from their parents presents security concerns, should there be an emergency, as well as inappropriate burdens on customers who end up sitting next to an unaccompanied child.

In the letters, they also pointed out that sexual assault could also be a concern, but there are also many others.

“The FBI has reported on increases in sexual assaults in commercial travel. Also, emergency procedures and evacuations will certainly be slowed and compromised by anxious parents and children who are far apart from each other on the plane.”

Consumer Reports also shared the letters ahead of Tuesday’s House Aviation Subcommittee hearing, which could decide to seat children younger than 13 with their parent or guardian at no additional cost. This would not mean airlines would have to upgrade anyone’s seating.

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136 consumer complaints were forwarded by the Department of Transportation, which may not be enough to get the attention the organization was hoping for, but American Airlines told the website Romper that they are working on a family seating process.

“For families traveling with a child under the age of 15 who don’t have a seat assignment, our system will work to seat the child with an adult in the reservation starting 48 hours after the reservation is ticketed. This ensures the child will not be assigned a seat alone. In addition, we block seats on flights for airport control. This enables our airport team members to move people around, as needed, at the gate. This is helpful in case families book at the last minute, rebooking due to irregular operations, etc.”

Delta had a more vague reply, stating that they “work with customers on a case-by-case basis to ensure their travel needs are met,” and United declined to reply with a comment.

In the end, the airlines don’t need the government’s approval to do the right thing.

“The airlines can fix this problem without government intervention. Ensuring that children are always seated with their parents regardless of the ticket purchased would improve safety and security for all travelers while easing the minds of families.”

Of course, we all know that sometimes big corporations have trouble doing the right thing until their hands are forced, but however this happens, I hope the changes are made soon.

Have you had a bad experience trying to sit with your children on a flight? We want to hear about it in the comments!

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Check out This Museum in Santa Cruz, California, Dedicated to Surfing

Three Hawaiian princes brought the sport of surfing to the U.S. and a Santa Cruz museum tells that story.

The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is inside a lighthouse on Monterrey Peninsula’s northern tip. Although surfing is an old Polynesian sport, Santa Cruz is known as its entry point into the U.S.

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It was in the middle of summer in 1885 when the princes David Kawananakoa, Edward Keliiahonui and Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole of Hawaii, who were attending St. Matthew’s military school in San Mateo, California, decided to get some boards made and drop them in the ocean.

Everyone enjoying their day at the beach became mesmerized by the trio riding the waves on their massive redwood surfboards.

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Eventually, the boys left Santa Cruz to return to Hawaii and join the fight for independence. But even after they left, local kids would continue to imitate the way the Hawaiians surfed. Since then, Santa Cruz has always been regarded as the place where California surf culture was born.

Today, in the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, visitors can see 130 years of surfing chronicled in photographs, surfboards and other mementos.

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The lighthouse was a gift in memory of 18-year-old Mark Abbott who drowned in a body surfing accident in 1965. His parents used his life insurance policy to erect the lighthouse in his honor because he loved the ones that dotted the Oregon coast.

The museum was opened inside the lighthouse in 1986 by the city. Surfing is a beloved pastime for many living there and was one of Mark’s favorite activities. From the lighthouse, which sits directly on the ocean, surfing fans can watch perfect 10s and remember the Hawaiian royalty that brought the sport of surfing to the U.S.

What do you think? Want to visit? Let us know if you have in the comments and what you thought!

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You Can Sleep in a Bubble Surrounded by Rescue Elephants in a Thai Jungle

If you’re looking for a very unique outdoor adventure experience, we think we’ve found something you’ll like. In a jungle in Thailand, you can sleep in a bubble in the midst of freely roaming elephants.

These extraordinary accommodations are called “Jungle Bubbles,” and are only found at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Northern Thailand.

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In each 236-square-foot bubble equipped with air-conditioning, you’ll find a king-size bed, a living area and a bathroom. Apart from the bathroom, the rest of the bubble is transparent. Staff drop off your dinner in a basket, so all you have to worry about is enjoying the majesty of 22 elephants.

Rescued from the country’s cities and tourist attractions, the elephants are set to live out the rest of their days roaming freely and peacefully. Visitors can learn more about them by taking a tour led by a veterinarian or a biologist called “Walking with Giants.”

Etienne De Villiers, Anantara’s cluster director of public relations, told Apartment Therapy,

“Guests can observe the elephants’ social interaction in their native habitat.

The fun of either a river bath or mud playtime demonstrates just how cheeky these graceful animals can be.”

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The company’s founder saw an elephant begging for food in the streets of Bangkok and decided to start the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.

Said De Villiers,

“Since then we have operated a rescue rental system that gives entire traditional mahout families a sustainable income from an elephant that is already living with them — this ensures that they will not source, through breeding or wild capture, another elephant to continue their traditional way of life.”

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More than 60 elephants have been rescued. Mahout families also receive English lessons, further education for their children and all proceeds from clothing sales of a traditional silkworm business.

This is the type of responsible and sustainable tourism that benefits people, animals and society.

Let’s expand our horizons and do more of THIS!

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Disney Park Employees Must Follow These 5 Rules

Disney World is a place where dreams are supposed to come true.

And while we all tend to focus on the riveting rides and captivating castles, we tend to forget about the driver behind it all: the employees.

Well, cast members, actually.

Working at Disney can be a fantastic career, but it takes much more than a great smile and love of cartoons to be successful. In fact, the company implements some interesting rules that its employees must live by while working.

Act Right

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Terminology matters big time in the world of Disney. In fact, their employees are technically referred to as “cast members.”

That title extends to everyone who works in the park, including characters, ride operators and gift shop salespeople. The concept of Disney is that the park is actually a stage, and we are all engaged in one fantastical show.

Measure Up

Disney has strict height requirements for both its rides and its characters. Specific character roles require a prospective “cast member” to check the all-important height box.

For example, a Disney princess must measure in between 5’4″ to 5’8″. Of course, if you don’t meet the requirement, you could always play a different character.

Take Care of Your Looks

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In order to capture every essence of a character, Disney makes sure its cast members look the part. And I mean down to the whisker.

Women are allowed to have subtle highlights in their hair, but otherwise it must be styled in a classic and natural look. On the other hand, men are forbidden from having long hair and may only have facial hair no longer than a quarter of an inch thick.

Sound Check

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While our favorite Disney princesses and heroes have recognizable voices, you won’t hear a peep from some of the other characters in costume. And that’s done purposefully.

Characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the Beast cannot speak while in costume. That can be a challenge for employees, who often are tasked with acting the part for hours without being able to utter a sound.

No Work-Related Social Media

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Playing the part also means maintaining anonymity. Disney employees are not allowed to reveal what character(s) they portray on social media.

And as for backstage sneak peaks? Those are also a no-go in Disney.

Disney employees have to hold up to strict standards, but that plays a large role in why the company—especially its magical theme parks—is such an iconic brand.

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