We try to pick beautiful places to use in our adverts. Places that make us (and hopefully you) wish we were anywhere other than where we are now. After all, if people didn’t go somewhere else, they wouldn’t need travel insurance. And where would that leave us?
Sights & smells
The town, in Pennsylvania, USA, used to be home to over two thousand people but, as of 2013, only eight stubborn citizens remain. Everyone else has left for their own safety, which seems sensible given that the entire borough of Centralia is on fire. And not in a good way.
Teotihuacan, the name given to this ancient city by the Aztecs, translates as “birthplace of the Gods.” If you think this makes it sound like the Aztecs were overly pleased with their building skills, think again – they didn’t build the city, they just found it. Amazingly, by the 14th century when the Aztecs rose to dominance in the area, Teotihuacan had already been abandoned for around 600 years.
At temperatures of around 2,000°C, sand turns into glass. Sometimes, in the event of a lightning strike (or, even rarer, a meteor hit) the resulting heat can fuse the grains together and produce glass entirely naturally. This is not what happened at California’s Glass Beach.
New Zealand seems to be a place that everyone likes. British people who go on holiday there often come back saying they’d happily move to the country, and it’s easy to see why – there’s fantastic scenery, a high standard of living and they’d be 12,000 miles away from their family. Not only that, but (as we saw here) New Zealand has got a city that smells almost totally eggy. What more incentive do you need?
You know when someone over the age of 30 says something like “Cor, they don’t make them like that any more!”? Well, show them a photo of a stave church and that’s likely to be just the reaction you’ll get from them – because they really don’t make churches like that any more…
Say what you want about the Soviet Union but, if nothing else, they knew how to build an impressive statue.
Pamukkale (pronounced “par-moo-car-lay”) is a UNESCO world heritage site in south west Turkey. The name translates as “cotton castle”, but whoever came up with this can’t have been looking very closely: Pamukkale is not a castle and, what appears from a distance to be cotton, is actually a hard mineral deposit. Not that that’s a criticism – as mineral deposits go, it’s a particularly impressive one.
To many people, a hotel is just a necessity – somewhere to sleep and to store the suitcase while they’re out exploring. As long as the room has a bed, preferably a bathroom and ideally a well-stocked minibar, it doesn’t need much else. Sometimes, however, due to its location, structure or history, the hotel itself can become part of the holiday.
In the 21st century, we’re surrounded by giant images – you can’t walk down the street without a 30-foot Jonathan Ross trying to sell you a TV subscription. In the past, however, people weren’t so lucky and had to create their own pictures from their environment.