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Would You Get This Close to an Airplane About to Land? (Wait for it).

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So, you are relaxing on the beach when suddenly you hear the sound of an airplane approaching. Then this happens:


That’s pretty close!

That is an airplane landing on St. Martins airport, which is known for close landings as the airport is close to a sandy beach. People are, of course, warned that airplanes are landing and it’s not exactly the best place to sunbathe. A lot of people go just to see the airplanes, though.

Would you have the courage to stand there and watch an airplane land?

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A Dog Followed Hikers Up The Himalayas. What It Did At The Top Was Amazing.

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So a guy is hiking up the Himalayas with his friends when a dog starts following them…

This dog just appeared out of the middle of nowhere and followed us for an entire week during our trekking trip from Rumtse to Tso Moriri in Ladakh. He used to sleep in front of our tent and played a real watchdog in the nights. When I decided to get up early to climb the next 5000m peak for sunrise he accompanied me as well. On the top he was sitting for the entire 30 minutes on this place looking straight into the countryside. I’m normally quite reserved towards dogs, but this one became a real friend.

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The hiker then took this amazing photo of the dog.

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We wonder… do dogs meditate? Or is it just taking in the beautiful view?

Either way, that is an amazing photo.

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The 13 Most Amazing Panorama Photos We’ve Ever Seen

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Panorama photography has been around for a while, but now that everyone has a smartphone there are a lot more of them around. They are not all great.

We, however, found 13 of the best panorama photos on the web, and gathered them together for you.

We think #12 is just awesome (and it’s also why we are now craving a visit to Portugal).

Click any image for a better view.

Jokulsarlon Iceland Panorama

1. Jokulsarlon, Iceland

 

Mount Ellinor, Mount Washington

2. Mount Ellinor and Mount Washington, US.

 

Paris Night Panorama

3. Paris at sunset

 

Melbourne Skyline

4. Melbourne Skyline

 

Bangkok Night

5. Bangkok Night

 

Alcatraz

6. Alcatraz

 

Gibraltar Airport panorama

7. Airplane taking off from Gibraltar Airport

 

Helvellyn Striding Edge, Lake District, England

8. Helvellyn Striding Edge, Lake District, England

 

London Thames Sunset

9. London Thames Sunset

 

Lower Manhattan

10. Lower Manhattan

 

Miami South Beach

11 Miami South Beach

 

Porto, Portugal

12. Porto, Portugal

 

Sydney

13. Sydney

Amazing, right?

Source: Wikipedia

Which one was your favorite?

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This is the Biggest Swimming Pool in the World. But That’s Not The Amazing Part…

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Take a look at these photos of San Alfonso del Mar in Chile and tell us you don’t want to go there. Then we’ll tell you two amazing things about it.

The Biggest Swimming Pool in the World

The Biggest Swimming Pool in the World

The Biggest Swimming Pool in the World

The Biggest Swimming Pool in the World

The Biggest Swimming Pool in the World

The Biggest Swimming Pool in the World

Amazing thing #1: The big pool is salt water. Not salty like the ocean, just salt water. The smaller pools are regular water. There is a heated pool inside the pyramid. Now imagine walking out in sandals with a towel around your waist and looking for the perfect spot by this gorgeous pool.

Amazing thing #2: The surprising thing is that this is not a hotel. It’s a private apartment complex so if you want to enjoy the sunshine and have fun in the pool, you have to buy or rent an apartment. And they are not easy to come by.

That pool though… amazing!

Do you know someone you’d want to spend time with by the pool? Share this post with them and see if they’ll buy you a flight to Chile ;)

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20 Amazing Photos That Will Bend Your Mind

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Sometimes you see photos of the world that are just absolutely magical. And sometimes you see photos that show you the world in a new and fun way, like in the photos below where everything has been made to look like a miniature world.

The result? Amazing.

Ålesund, Norway

Ålesund, Norway

 

Lost Valley, Vietnam

Lost Valley, Vietnam

 

Saar loop, Germany

Saar loop, Germany

 

Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai

 

Manhattan from above

New York City

 

Palouse, Washington

Palouse, Washington

 

Bern, Switzerland

Bern, Switzerland

 

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

 

Iceland

Iceland

 

San Francisco

San Francisco

 

New York City

New York City

 

Rommedalen, Norway

Rommedalen, Norway

 

Covadonga, Asturias, Spain

Covadonga, Asturias, Spain

 

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

 

Croatia

Croatia

 

Sabratha, Libya

Sabratha, Libya

 

Slovakia

Slovakia

 

Suburbia

A ghost town in China

 

Ticije Polje, Serbia

Ticije Polje, Serbia

 

Dorset

Durdle Door, Dorset, England

Amazing, right? Now share with your friends ;)

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Ride like the wind

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Cycling has become the new golf and is taking the world by storm. If you need a conversation starter you can always break the ice by talking about cycling … C’mon golf is just so yesterday…

Árni Már Jónsson, Dohop’s CTO, is a biker by heart and has participated in many competitions. He loves to combine his vacations with his hobby and recommends these ten following spots. Now you can enjoy your vacation and get some exercise while exploring different routes and landscapes, all depending on your interests and physical form.

Cycling in Andalucia

Andalucia

- Perfect to cycle around in spring and winter when road traffic is minimal and weather bright and warm.

- Leisure, mountain, road cycling etc. etc. – you can definitely find some fun routes.

- Try for example the Andalucian Cycling Experience whether you like a guided or self-guided cycling holiday.

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Colorado

- Beautiful lakes, rough mountains and quiet roads make it perfect for cycling but this can though be quite tough.

- Temperatures flexes greatly, from 30°C in the summer to 0°C in the winter.

Bike map for Colorado

 

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Gran Canaria

- Breathtaking roads by the coast and challenging mountains when you travel inland.

- Whether you are a mountain biker or more of a road biker you will surely find your perfect route.

- You can e.g. find a tours such as cyclegrancanaria.com.

 

Cycling in Africa

South Africa

- October to February; perfect weather for biking.

- Rugged landscape for both on and off road cycling, which can be really adventurous.

- You can even go on specific cycling tours where you can enjoy the wildlife while cycling in National Parks. Just be careful, the animal might run faster than you bike.

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Adelaide

-Must visit cycle destinations; sprawling sandy beaches and fantastic mountain routes.

- Might be too hot for you in January and February; 29°C, so you might want to go down under later in the year.

- Here are some cycle rides that might fit your needs.

Mallorca cycling

Mallorca

- You can choose flat loops on quiet roads or take monstrous rides such that pack 4000 m of climbing in 168 km.

- Usually quite mild weather, though it can snow in January and February.

- Nice guides for cycle routes in Mallorca or you can simply just jump on your bike and start cycling.

California desert cycling

California

- You can choose the beach routes, mountain routes or even the desert.

- Any time is good time to go to California just depends on when you want to cycle.

- You can choose all the different routes all dependent on what you want to experience.

Tenerife cycling

Tenerife

- The Island boosts the longest continuous ascent in Europe so you can climb from sea level to over 2100 m in one go.

- Moderate weather throughout the year makes it a perfect destination to just jump on the next plane and bike away.

- Of course you can find various tours at the island.

tuscany cycling

Tuscany

- Here you can definitely get the cultural ride by rolling through vineyards, olive groves, castles and villas.

- Might be better to visit nearer to the summer as this destination is quite northerly.

- Perfect to cycle on your own or in a guided tour, here are some cycling routes.

France cycling

The French Riviera

- Jump on the next plane if you like the sun, sea and mountains.

- If you really like to take it slow you can simply put a baguette and bottle of wine in your basket and ride slowly to the next picnic spot.

- Or you can take hard or soft cycle trip.

Please let us know if you have any other tips on bicycling trips

Enjoy the ride

 

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Best Places in the World to Skydive

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If you are flirting with the idea of jumping out of an airplane, you are not alone.  Approximately 2 million skydives occur every year. If you are going to defy gravity, you might as well do it with a kick ass view.  So we made a little list of the most sought after skydiving spots around the world, recommended by skydiving experts and enthusiasts alike. But first, here’s a little skydiving 101 for beginners:

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Tandem

Tandem jumping requires about  30 minutes of ground preparation. You jump out of the air plane from approximately 14,000 feet, and free fall for 45-60 seconds. You don’t have to worry about the free fall creating that “heart attack-inducing” roller coaster drop feeling. The feeling is actually one similar to floating and the air resistance creates a degree of support. Free falling is like a human being taking flight. The air flow is constant and allows for aerial maneuvers that are a lot of fun.

The instructor deploys the parachute approximately 4,000 feet above the ground and guides you to a safe, soft landing under an extra-large “ram-air” parachute. The parachute ride lasts about five minutes.

Solo
The static line training method prepares you to become a solo skydiver, and this method has evolved over the last 30 years from its military origins into a successful method for training sport parachutists. The student gets 4-5 hours of ground training and is then taken to an altitude of about 3000 feet for the jump. The jump itself consists of a “simple” exit from the strut or side door of an aircraft. As the student falls away from the plane, the main canopy is deployed by a static line attached to the aircraft. The student will experience about two to three seconds of falling as the parachute opens. Subsequent static line jumps require about 15 minutes of preparation. After two good jumps, the student will be trained to pull their ripcord for themselves. The student then does 3 more static line jumps where they demonstrate this ability by pulling a dummy ripcord as they leave the plane (while the static line is still initiating the deployment). The student is then cleared to do their first actual free fall.

The first freefall is called a “clear & pull”, where the student initiates the pull sequence immediately upon leaving the aircraft. Next is a 10 second delay jump. Subsequent jumps go to progressively higher altitudes with longer delays. After 25 freefalls, and meeting certain other basic requirements, the student receives their A license and is cleared off student status.

These seven drop zones around the world make jumping out of an airplane seem a little less crazy, and a whole lot more awesome.

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Check this, the only age prerequisite here is that all children under 12 have to suit up before leaving the ground. This little island, off the southeast coast of Africa, will throw some dynamite views into your face as you fall. It costs around $390 for 10,000 feet or $450 for 15,000. (more…)

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Why Norway is arguably the most beautiful country in the world

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Few countries can compete in beauty with Norway. The country has a wild and beautiful scenery, with a highly indented coastline. The Norwegian coast is dotted with numerous fjords that are carved by the movement of glaciers. Many say that the coast of Norway is strongly reminiscent of the west coast of Canada, the southern coast of Chile , and the South Island of New Zealand. Water surface in the Norwegian fjords is calm as a mirror, so calm that the mountains along the coast and sky are reflected in it. If you’re not convinced, here are a few of our favorite things about our Northern neighbor:

1. The fjords

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2. The Northern Lights

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3. The otherwise incredible scenery

Ålesund

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Strange places to visit

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Sometimes you just want to do something totally different. Visit places that might not be on the regular tourist map and crawl, jump or dive into an adventure.  The world is packed with spots like these and a bucket list could be endless but who would want to read an endless blog. So here is just a few of them.

MUSA, underwater museum, Mexico

Musa, underwater museum, Cancun Mexico, Dohop

How about diving to an underwater  museum where you swim around an art exhibition that consists of over 460 statues made by the English artists Jason DeCaires Taylor and other local artists. There are two galleries, one being at eight meters depth and thereby suitable for both divers and snorkelers and the other four meters and only permitted for snorkeling. So now just put on your swimsuit and jump in and become the ultimate aesthete.

Meteora Monasteries, Greece

Meteora Monasteries, Greece , Dohop

 

Hike up to one or more of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Meteora Monasteries. The 24 monasteries  were built in the 15th century each on top of rock pinnacles which rise over 300 m above the Penesas valley. Now only four of them are still religious communities of the Orthodox Church. It’s amazing to think about how they managed to built these Monasteries as they had to hoist up the stones vertically alongside the cliffs. So if your feet or back hurt while you climb the stairs you can be grateful that you only need to carry your own weight.

Reed flute cave, China

reed flute cave, China, Dohop

How about crawling into a colorful cave in China? The Reed Flute Cave (Ludy Yan) gets its name from the verdant reeds that grow outside the caves and are perfect for making flutes. Inside the cave you can see stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars and stone flowers which are all glistening in colorful lights to feast your eyes. Inside the cave is also a natural lake that is really impressive to view with all the lights surrounding it.

Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal

Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal, Dohop

 

You might feel like everything is inside out when you step into the inverted tower well at Quinta da Regaleira by Sintra, Portugal.  Yet another World Heritage Site by UNESCO this palace with all its surroundings such as chapel, tunnels, parks with lakes and grottoes is a perfect place to get lost in an adventures world. Let your imagination go and you could feel like your part of a magical world.

The door to hell, Turkmenistan

The door to hell, Turkmenistan, Dohop

A crater that was accidentally created when Soviet scientists were drilling for oil in the Karakum Desert in 1971. They found one of the largest gas reserves in the world  and to get rid of the gas it was decided to burn it off so it wouldn’t harm the nearby villagers. It was  suspected that the gas would burn out in few weeks however is it still burning. Best to visit when it is dark so you can see the flames of hell burn brightly.

Swing at the End of the World, Ecuador

swing at the end of the world, Ecuador, Dohop

Find the daredevil in you and hop onto the swing at the edge of a canyon at the End of the World. First you’ll need to hike up the path to Bellavista from the edge of Baños, Ecuador and when you reach a viewpoint you’ll find an old tree house with a swing dangling from it. So there you can find the child within you  and swing like there is no tomorrow just don’t jump off like you did as a child to find out how far away you can land.

Enjoy your travelling.

 

 

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10 Cities You Want to Visit in 2014

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We can see your future, and we know what city you will visit this year. 

How? Well, whenever users search for a flight on Dohop we log the destination and the dates involved (not in a creepy NSA-way where we steal your data and the names of your children, we just record that a Dohop user searched for flights from A to B for a given date). A simple query of our database then tells us what cities most people are looking for flights to. These are many tens of thousands of searches every day, so we have a pretty good idea about what people are looking for.

We asked the database to give us a list of the ten destinations most searched for with a departure date anytime in 2014 on Dohop’s magical flight search. And…

These are the top cities our users have searched for flights to so far this year.

(We think #1 will surprise you.)

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Orlando

9

Prague

8

Cairo

7

amsterdam

6

New York City

5

Alicante (more…)

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