<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent travel Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/tags/travel http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/tags/travel <![CDATA[The Best European Cruise Lines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-european-cruise-lines/island-hopper-dan
The best European cruise lines include some of the largest and most well-known cruise lines in the world. From large-scale cruising ships to smaller, more intimate river cruises, the cruise lines listed here are all based in Europe. Which ones are truly the greatest? You decide that, with your votes. And this list is by no means complete, so feel free to add any Europe cruise lines that are missing.

Two of the largest and most recognizable names among the best cruise lines in the world are certainly MSC Cruises (which is now based in Switzerland, but originated in Italy) and Costa Cruises (based in Italy). Both of these cruise lines feature massive ships in their lineup, including several cruises that would be more than appropriate for families and even for families who want to cruise with kids.

Some of the European cruise lines on this list feature luxury cruises, giving passengers five-star treatment, from spas to six-star cuisine. Cunard (United Kingdom) and Crystal Cruises (Japan) are certainly included in this category. These cruise lines pamper guests to the max, as they guide them towards some of the most wonderful port destinations in the world.

One of the fastest growing and most popular means of cruising throughout Europe is the river cruise. Some of the companies listed here also appear on this list of the best river cruise lines, not surprisingly. River cruises are certainly unique, and the cruise ships themselves tend to be a bit smaller than the ocean liners, allowing for a lower passenger-to-staff ratio and, usually, fantastic one-on-one service.

Whatever your cruising style, enjoy this list and don't forget to vote!
The Best European Cruise Lines, places/travel, business, companies, anything, travel, vacations, cruises, other,

Cunard Line

Royal Caribbean International

Viking Line

Louis Cruises

Compagnie Du Ponant

Island Cruises

Crystal Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises

CDF Croisières de France

Le Ponant Cruises
The mission of the luxury PONANT cruises is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.It’s, also, to offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment - a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared - and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.It’s, finally, to combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence. 

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<![CDATA[Weird Things You Didn't Know About Bathrooms In Foreign Countries]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-bathrooms-in-foreign-countries-are-like/jacob-shelton

Bathrooms: you’ve got to have them or things get messy immediately. But do you ever think about what restrooms are like in other countries? Do you ever feel like you’re missing out, that everything good is happening somewhere else in relation to toilets? If you’ve ever traveled overseas then you know that bathroom facilities and the rules concerning them vary wildly from country to country. Some far off destinations have toilets that are cousins to the bathrooms that you understand innately if you grew up in America, but some weird foreign bathrooms seem like they’re from another planet. If you’ve never been outside the good ol’ U.S. of A then prepare yourself for some culture shock, because some bathrooms in foreign countries are the exact opposite of what you know and love about the toilets that you’re used to.

What are the rules when you go to the bathroom in another country? Is there anything you should bring? What does it cost? Are you expected to clean up after yourself? And what is that smell? These are all questions that will be answered in full when you start reading about bathrooms around the world. Some of the facilities are considered a work of art, and others could use some sprucing up or a complete re-design depending on how you feel about waterborne illnesses. Continue reading to find out all about the bathrooms of the world.  


Weird Things You Didn't Know About Bathrooms In Foreign Countries,

In Scotland It's Customary To Let Strangers Use The Facilities

While it's been reported as a law, it's actually an old Scottish custom to allow anyone who knocks on your door to use the bathroom. This likely sprung from an old law that gave free passage through someone’s land and morphed into the tradition of letting drunk folks (this is Scotland after all) take a load off in your toilet. That being said, now that you know it's not a law you don't have to let anyone into your abode, even if their bladder is about to have a wee blow out. 
 


Make Sure You Face The Right Way On The Toilets In Japan

Before you go to Japan and ruin all of their public toilets, make sure you read up on exactly how you're supposed to use each bathroom. In Kyoto especially, tourists have been making a mess of the city's pristine toilets and the people who have to clean up after everyone aren't happy about it. One of the biggest problems is that people are squatting over the toilets backwards, which is leaving a huge, smelly mess. In 2015 the workers of Kyoto began posting stickers across the city to make sure that the influx of visitors would understand how to correctly use their facilities. 


Don't Pee In The Bidet When You Go To Spain

This should go without saying, but it's possible that you've never encountered a bidet. If that's so and you plan on going to Spain some time soon then please heed this next sentence: Don't pee in the bidet. It looks just like a toilet, but there's no lid. A lot of modern toilets come equipped with a bidet so you can do your business and then clean off without moving, but some of the more historically intact hotels and residences still have the classic two porcelain throne system


Outdoor Toilets In France Used To Be Works Of Art

If you thought France would allow for anything in their country to be not breathtakingly beautiful then you're very wrong. Nineteenth Century photographer Charles Marville documented street life in Paris throughout the 1860s and '70s, which meant capturing the architectural beauty of Parisian outdoor bathrooms, or pissoirs. At the peak of the outdoor bathrooms, there were over 1,200 in Paris, but that number has dwindled to one on Boulevard Arago. 


Russian Bathrooms Tend To Be Poorly Constructed

This isn't to say that every single bathroom in Russia is poorly constructed, or built without even an ounce of care, but when athletes went to Sochi for the 2014 winter Olympics they were greeted with some of the worst facilities of the 21st century. There were side by side toilets, toilets with lids screwed on backwards, and holes in the ground that look like they were made specifically to be ruined by drunk marathon runners. So if you have a chance to check out Sochi, make sure you make use of the Olympic facilities so you can feel like a world class athlete. 


In Cuba, You Have To Bring Your Own Toilet Paper

While Cuba has finally opened up for tourism (thanks Obama!) it hasn't yet made the amount of money that allows for a crazy amount of paper products to be readily available at the drop of your pants. The country is woefully under-prepared for an influx of people, and when Marketwatch covered the filming of a House of Lies episode in Cuba they noted, "There [are] not hammers and toilet paper, and things that people need.”


If You're In Sweden, Get Ready to Pay To Pee

While traveling in Sweden you should keep in mind the fact that it's important to use the bathroom before traveling outside of your hotel room (or wherever it is that you're hanging your hat for the evening). The larger cities in Sweden have a pay toilet system, which means that every time you need to go to the bathroom while you're out enjoying their pristine roadways and construction you'll be spending some much needed Krona. The money goes into upkeep of the bathrooms, and there's the thought that if you're spending the money then you'll be taking better care of the facilities. 


Please Don't Flush Toilet Paper In Mexico

It's important to remember that while many places have incredibly modern plumbing systems that can handle pretty much whatever gets thrown at it, there are a lot of countries where this luxury is not available. For instance, in Mexico it's completely against the rules of bathroom politeness to flush toilet paper. The lack of a modern sewage system in Mexico means that it's harder to filter out toilet paper if it makes it into the toilet, and the pipes themselves might not be able to handle the excess material. You could clog up whereever it is that you're going to the bathroom if you're not careful. Keep that in mind next time you go south of the border. 


Get Ready To Squat With Strangers In China

If you're going to go to the bathroom in China you have to prepare yourself to get out of your Westernized comfort zone. First of all, most bathrooms are unisex, so get over whatever social mores you have about using the bathroom next to someone with different genitals as you. Secondly, while there are some Western style toilets in China, most of them are of the squat variety. If this kind of thing stresses you out you might want to get some practice in before you leave the country. 


In Antarctica Your Waste Is Pumped Into The Ocean

This shouldn't really come as a shock to anyone who spends time thinking about Antarctica (and don't we all), but a lot of research facilities on the icy continent aren't equipped with the beautiful sewage systems that most folks in first world countries are used to, which means that there's a lot of scientist waste being pumped into the Southern Ocean. This is kind of gross, but to be fair it's not like there are millions of people up there going to the bathroom in the water. 

 



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<![CDATA[Amazing Pictures of New York City from Above]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/new-york-city-pictures-from-above/loganrapp
There's really no arguing it: New York City is a gorgeous place. Photographers from all across the world will descend upon the city just to take pictures of this internationally beloved metropolis. As a result the Internet is rife with stunning pictures of NYC and this list features all the best photos of New York, but seen from new heights, high above! The gorgeous aerial photography found here shows New York from atop buildings, way up in the sky, and new angles for a new perspective on America's most notable world city.

From all of the boroughs, and across a number of historical streets and parks, there are are plenty of breathtaking cityscapes to look through and fall in love with New York City all over again. Whether you're a Brooklyn kid, or a lover of Manhattan, there are all kinds of New York pictures to peruse here, with a few historical New York photos as well.

The New York aerial photography ranked below is waiting for your votes! Upvote the most spectacular and fascinating pictures of New York from above and see the iconic city in a whole new way.
Amazing Pictures of New York City from Above,

New York Over Central Park
Source: Huffington Post
Midtown During the Day
Credit: Navid Baraty
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Midtown at Night
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F-16s Over NYC
Credit: US Air Force (photo by Tech. Sgt. Sean Mateo White)
Traffic Over 6th Avenue
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1932 Construction Workers at Rockefeller Center
Credit: Associated Press
Brooklyn from Above
Source: The Real Deal
Summer Movie Night at Bryant Park
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Looking Over Bryant Park
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Way Above Park Avenue
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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:19:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/new-york-city-pictures-from-above/loganrapp
<![CDATA[The Most Beautiful Castles in Ireland]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-castles-in-ireland/ranker-travel

List of the most beautiful castles in Ireland, as ranked by castle lovers from all over the world. Ireland has a history so long, filled with war, adventure, and royalty, that wherever you go in Ireland, from Dublin to Limerick, there are historical relics to be explored and enjoyed. The most prominent historical artifacts in Ireland are their many looming castles. Ireland has so many castles, which were built over the course of 10 centuries, that they are some of the biggest tourist attractions in the country. While there are many castles in Ireland, most of them are ruins, making it all the more exciting to visit one of the resorted or well-kept castles throughout the country.

 

Many of Ireland’s castles are currently used as hotels, where residents can learn the history of each building and explore the traditional art and furnishings. Many other Irish castles are either used as museums or are open for public tours. Some of the castles are still used as private residences, either because they were passed down through generations or purchased by a wealthy citizen.

 

What are the most beautiful castles in Ireland? This list features the most stunning and well-kept castles in all of Ireland. Get in touch with your inner royalty and vote up the castle you think is the most beautiful.


The Most Beautiful Castles in Ireland,

Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle is now used as a hotel, where guests are free to wander around the fairly large grounds.
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle is famous for the Blarney Stone, which visitors kiss for good luck.
Cahir Castle
Cahir Castle is one of the largest castles in Ireland, set with a moat and other traditional feudal castle features.
Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle is one of the most visited castles in not only Ireland, but the world.
Lismore Castle
Lismore Castle is one of Ireland's major tourist attractions with a stunning garden that's open to the public.
Rock of Cashel
Rock of Cashel was home to the Kings of Munster for many generations.
King John's Castle
King John's Castle has an impressive collection of medieval weapons on the walls, which is open for the public to explore.
Dunguaire Castle
When Dunguaire Castle was built in the 1500s, it was ruled by the O'Hynes family.
Classiebawn Castle
Cassiebawn Castle is currently used as a private residence, but the sight of it from afar is worth the trip.
Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle was built in the 16th century and belonged to the royal O'Brien family.

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Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:04:07 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-castles-in-ireland/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[18 Dirty Facts About Flying Airlines Don't Want You to Know]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/airline-secrets-flying/ranker-travel
If you're a frequent flyer, there are two approaches to this list of airline secrets you may or may not want to know: 1. Ignore it and carry on in your blissful ignorance of duct tape holding the wing of your aircraft together while flying. Or 2. Read about the awful things that happen on commercial flights, and go in armed with the knowledge of how awful the flight you're on really is (but possibly avoid dysentery). There's no option three, so choose wisely, because some of these airline worst practices can't be unseen.

From odd / surprising (hopefully) places you'll find poop on a plane to the things a flight attendant might overlook so they get paid, there are an uncomfortable number of scary things airlines don't want you to know about flying. Culled from the experiences of real pilots, flight attendants, airline staff, ground crew, and TSA officials, these are the reasons logical people are afraid to fly - and even the most seasoned traveler should be at least a bit skeeved out by this list of awful things that happen on planes. 
18 Dirty Facts About Flying Airlines Don't Want You to Know,

Some Airline Employees Don't Get Paid Until the Flight's in the Air
Why is this scary for you? Let's say a pilot, flight attendant, or other airline employee notices something off about the plane (torn carpet, a toilet issue, a possible technical issue) they consider negligible, they may fail to report the condition in case it causes the flight to be substantially delayed or even cancelled. 

(Source)
Somebody Has Probably Changed a Diaper On Your Tray Table
Why bother going to the bathroom to remove your child's sodden diaper when you could loose it on a small table that most people eat their food on? 

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Pilots Get Served Different Meals in Case of Food Poisoning
Likely the same meals you're being offered, so hope you chose the same meal as the pilot who continues at the helm during the other's bout of food poisoning.


The Emergency Door Handles Are There So Flight Attendants Aren't Pushed Out
People go nutty whenever there's a situation involving an emergency exit, and the poor flight attendants – who are trying to get you out safely – are often disregarded like limits on carry-on baggage, necessitating the plane's version of "Oh Sh*t" bars.

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Pilots Routinely Nod Off During Long Flights
While nap breaks are scheduled so one pilot can rest while the other commands a plane once it's at cruising altitude, most pilots (more than 50% according to this survey) have involuntarily nodded off while in the cockpit.
People Steal the Under-Seat Life Jackets
Somewhere, in a Midwest frat house, is the life jacket you should be using in case of emergency.

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Guidelines Exist for the Amount of Screws a Plane Is Allowed to Fly Without
Seems you'd prefer to have zero screws missing, but apparently there's a threshold of acceptable missing screws on the plane.

(Source)
The Toilets Can Be Unlocked from the Outside
This is more of a "Charlie from 'Lost' getting cranked on heroin" precaution than a "People in row 23 joining the mile-high club" fail-safe, but the fact remains that occupied does not mean you're free from the possibility of interruption.


Plane Water Is Disgusting And Possibly Poop-Filled
A test of tap waters from various airlines, performed by the Wall Street Journal in 2002, found bacteria levels in spigot water to be as much as 100x the allowed limit in the US.
If You Use the Oxygen Bags for More Than 15 Minutes, You're Gonna Have a Bad Time
The oxygen masks on planes only supply 15-20 minutes of oxygen. The theory is that the pilots will descend to a height of normal cabin pressurization as soon as an issue is noted.

(Source)

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:17:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/airline-secrets-flying/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best Beaches in Florida]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beaches-in-florida/island-hopper-dan
List of the best beaches in Florida, ranked. This list includes the top sea, sand, and sun combinations in the Sunshine State, from the bright white sugar shores of Destin down to the calming crystal-clear waters of the Keys and back up to the boisterous bustle of Daytona. As one of America's most consistently warm states, Florida is home to many of the best US Cities for vacations. Southern parts of the peninsula are popular departure points for many of the best cruise ships for families, and cities along both coasts and the panhandle are among the best spring break destinations for college kids.

Florida's warm, calm waters draw enthusiasts of all types, from SCUBA divers and snorklers to high speed boaters. While some of the top Florida beach cities are great for swimming and playing in the water, even for kids, others of Florida's best towns are ideal for biking, hiking, and soaking up the sun.

Vote up your favorite Florida beaches on this list to help create the definitive list of the top Florida vacation spots, and be sure to add any that I missed. If you have spent time sun worshipping in a few different cities, please hit "rerank" to make your own version of this list.
The Best Beaches in Florida,

Longboat Key

Destin

Naples

Pensacola

Sanibel

Sarasota

Seaside

Clearwater Beach

Anna Maria Island

Siesta Key


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Wed, 03 Apr 2013 07:57:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beaches-in-florida/island-hopper-dan
<![CDATA[The Best Rental Car Agencies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-rental-car-agencies/island-hopper-dan
List of the best car rental agencies in the US. These top rental car companies are known for their affordable rates, plentiful and flexible rental dates, top rate customer service, and many other perks. Large rental car agencies like Enterprise and Hertz have long ruled the roads, but smaller companies like Thrifty and National have gained popularity in recent decades due to their cheaper rates and greater available. However, many smaller companies have limited options, with fewer locations or a smaller selection of rental vehicles.

Vote on your favorite rental car companies to move them up the list. If you see a car rent agency missing, add it to the list - or click Rerank to customize a list of your own.


The Best Rental Car Agencies,

Advantage Rent a Car

Alamo Rent a Car

Avis Budget Group

Avis Rent a Car System

Budget Rent a Car

Sixt

The Hertz Corporation

ACE Rent a Car

Economy Car Rentals

Enterprise Holdings


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Tue, 09 Oct 2012 07:12:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-rental-car-agencies/island-hopper-dan
<![CDATA[The Best Beaches in New England]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beaches-in-new-england/island-hopper-dan
What are the best beaches in New England? This list includes some of the most popular and beautiful Atlantic Coast beaches and towns. These idyllic spots are perfect for relaxing or exploring during the warm summer months. They are, without question, among the best beaches in the U.S. Which one is the greatest? That is for you to decide, with votes. Be sure to add any excellent beaches or beach towns in New England that are missing from the list, too.

New England is filled with stunning beaches, offering visitors plenty of great sand, waves and a natural, unspoiled beauty. Fans of seashell collecting will find a treasure trove of opportunities on virtually all of these wonderful beaches, and wildlife watchers will revel in the diversity of the area's ecosystem. If you want to see some seals, head to any of the beaches off Chatham and prepare to be amazed. And of course, there's the ridiculously amazing seafood: Want some great fried clams or lobster rolls? Head to any New England beach town for a feast.

One of the most popular and famous stretches of beaches in the world is the Cape Cod National Seashore, home to more than 500 miles of beaches that offer plenty of waves and some seriously great swimming spots. Cape Cod isn't the only magical beach area in New England, though: From Maine to New Hampshire to Rhode Island and beyond, the New England beaches rival of the best beaches in the South (including Florida's greatest beaches), Hawaii or even the Caribbean.

No two beaches in the world are exactly alike. Each offers a unique experience. The beaches in and around New England are some of the most unique on Earth!
The Best Beaches in New England,

Chatham

Hampton Beach

Block Island

Cape Cod National Seashore

Horseneck Beach State Reservation

Martha's Vineyard

Nantucket

Old Orchard Beach

Provincetown

Ogunquit Beach


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Thu, 18 Apr 2013 07:11:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beaches-in-new-england/island-hopper-dan
<![CDATA[The Top Must-See Attractions in Ireland]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-ireland/ranker-travel
List of things to do and see while in Ireland. What are the most popular attractions in Ireland? This list ranks the best tourist attractions in Ireland. With lush landscapes and spectacular scenery, the European island nation is one of Europe's top travel destinations. From castles to cliffs, the sea and the countryside, there are plenty of great destinations in Ireland. 

Dublin is the most-visited city in Ireland, with attractions like the Dublin Castle and the Guinness Storehouse drawing in most of the country's visitors each year. Though the region is rooted in its rich history, the Spire of Dublin brings a taste of modern architecture to the region. Other top cities to visit in Ireland include Belfast, the largest city in Northern Ireland, and Cork, a city that sits on the River Lee. Cork Harbor is one of the world's largest natural harbors. Still, Ireland is mostly known for its Celtic past with Neolithic artifacts surrounding the region. 

Ireland experiences mild climates with frequent rainfall, so it's best to prepare for drizzly and overcast days while exploring the popular attractions in Northern Island. Don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone, grab a pint of Guinness and shoot whiskey during a game of rugby or traditional Gaelic sports such as handball and hurling.  

What are the best things to do and see in Ireland? Use this top list to vote up the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland or add your favorite Irish experience.  
The Top Must-See Attractions in Ireland,

Aran Islands

Bunratty Castle

Cliffs of Moher

Connemara

Dingle Peninsula

Dublin

Giant's Causeway

Lakes of Killarney

Rock of Cashel

The Burren


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:53:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-ireland/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[Horrible Things Every Vacation Rental Has in Common]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/horrible-things-every-vacation-rental-has-in-common/analise.dubner
For those of you who prefer to rent your own place when you go away for vacation with your family (or on your own), there are a number of things that you will find in common with these sorts of rental properties. I'm sure many of these owners are perfectly nice people who thought a rental was a great way to make some extra income, but it becomes clear that what you pay for is not something *they* paid for. This is a list of my personal 10 things I've found in common with every rental I've ever inhabited. Vote for your favorites and add what you think is missing.
Horrible Things Every Vacation Rental Has in Common,

Chintzy Furniture
Remember the smell I mentioned at #1? Oftentimes, the furniture is the culprit. It's from the Hoover administration and has helpfully soaked up every single smell that's ever entered the house.  Cushions will be flipped to hide stains instead of cleaned. Normally I don't care about this sort of thing, but when I pay a truckload of hard-earned vacation money for a place, I don't think it's too much to ask that the furniture be clean and comfortable. Is that too whiny? Maybe. I get crabby when I feel like the owner went to Goodwill to furnish the house and then claims it's clean and modern, and charges such.
Lies
Always lies. Every time, lies. "Close to the beach!" "Near the slopes!" "Across from the lake!" "Wifi!" "Satellite TV!" Then you get there, and you find that while you are indeed across the street from a beach, it is not a beach you are allowed to use. Or, if you even could use it, it would be the last thing you ever did before your body was smashed against the breakwater and pulled to sea by sharks.  Close to the slopes often means 'within 2 miles'. Because who doesn't want to clump their way in ski boots for 2 miles? I rented a place once that claimed it had wifi, but then when we got there, found that not only did it not have wifi, but it didn't even have a signal for our phones. We had to walk 2 blocks away, holding our phones over our heads like we were signaling a rescue plane. "View!" (from that one room on the top floor) "Pool!" (in the complex next door that you have a pass to).

Lies.

At Least One Broken Appliance
Sometimes this broken thing is something you can do without... but what if it's the oven? That's happened. The coffee maker is a good one, because who needs coffee? Right? Oh, blender... why would anyone want to use you anyway? We can crush the ice in the sink with a hammer --- check the mystery drawer for one of those.  Other times it's just the electric knife or some other mostly useless thing that probably shouldn't even be around anyway.  Still, a can-opener is a good thing to check on when check your rental kitchen. Turns out those are kind of useful.
Mystery drawer
I kind of love this drawer... but it's always useless when you are looking for something that is actually useful. Want a lighter or a corkscrew? Well, here's a tin of mismatched buttons! Need a screwdriver? How about a rusty pair of fabric shears. Oh, matches.... that don't work anymore. Hey! 50 sets of old Keys! Maybe they will open the lock to the hot tub! ( cut to 45 minutes later ) Nope.
Giant List of Annoying Rules
This might as well be called the "Don't" list. It's a long list of stuff you shouldn't do. Don't use the downstairs bathroom. Don't use the towels for the hot tub. Don't unfold the sofa bed. Don't park in front of the garage. Don't leave the gate unlatched. Don't climb on the fence. Don't jump in the pool. Don't make any noise past 10. Don't cook bacon in the kitchen. Don't use the grill outside. Don't bring the beach chairs to the beach.

Oh, my favorite. Don't steal wifi from the neighbor.

Really Old Board Games
It's a little bit fun to march through the dusty history of the sad games that kids were stuck with in the 40s. However, after the third day of your kids stuck inside the house because it's a blizzard or a thunderstorm... it would be great if they could just kick back and play something. Check out this 1950s puzzle missing most of its pieces! Is there a single deck of cards that has all its cards? No. Monopoly! Everyone loves Monopoly (except me, anyway)... but wait, there are no pieces, 5 faux dollars and an old jack. how about a game of the States that's missing Alaska and Hawaii? 

I have to ask... why bother putting games in the house at all? 

No Towels for the Beach
This is only true of properties that are on the beach... the ones in Lake Tahoe don't really count. Those property owners don't have a problem with giving you towels. The beach is a whole different story, however. Those people aren't some kind of towel-offering-charity. It's not like you can't buy cheap beach towels at Kmart or whatever, I mean, we're kind of paying a lot of money for this place. Did you expect that we were going to pack our own towels in our luggage? And you KNOW that the last people who were in the place had to go out and buy their own towels, too... and probably left them behind because who can fit towels into their luggage? It was hard enough keeping the bags under 50lbs as it was!  So what did the owner do with those extra towels they had left? A towel-y mystery! 
Bad Plumbing
At the beach all day, sunburned, covered in sand and chigger bites. A shower is just the thing! You step into the 40-year old tub, crank the knob on and promptly get water pressure approximately as strong as the rental property owner peeing on your head. What's that sound? Is the house falling down?! The pipes scream and groan and clank as if you have just asked them to carry groceries up 10 flights of stairs. If the water achieves luke-warm, consider it a triumph.

Oh, and it's probably best not to expect too much of the toilet.

Odd, Useless Assortment of Cookware
There are 4 melon ballers, but no glasses. What do you think they used that dutch oven for? Why isn't there a frying pan that hasn't had all the teflon scraped off from 3 decades of scrambled eggs? No colander? I guess we could strain the spaghetti through our fingers. Coffee filters, no way... but plenty of wax paper!  At one place I rented in Cape Cod, there wasn't a single potholder or dishrag, but there was a friendly lobster made of terry cloth hanging from the pantry door. Guess what got used to mop up spilled wine? I suppose when you pay that kind of money for a house for a week, you should expect that you should have to stop at your nearest Home Goods store and stock up on dishrags. I know that's the first thing I think of when I'm on vacation.
Weird Smell
You know the smell. Maybe someone has been smoking in there, or maybe the place is old and smells like grandma. Maybe it smells like too much bleach or like the authentic Hawaiian Luau style full pig the last people cooked in the kitchen. The place could smell like drywall or new paint or mold, but trust me... it smells weird. No matter how much you spent for the place.

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<![CDATA[The Best Destinations for a Beach Wedding]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-destinations-for-a-beach-wedding/ranker-travel
List of the top destinations for a beach wedding. What are the best places for a beach wedding? This list ranks the most popular places to have a beach wedding. From California to Florida, Thailand and Mexico, beach weddings are an unforgettable alternative to traditional weddings. Skip the heels and tuxedos for flip flops, sand and sun and use this list as a guide to the best beach wedding destinations in the world.

While many people believe destination weddings are expensive, a beach wedding can be a more affordable option than a traditional wedding. A beach wedding offers a great solution for couples who want to have an intimate wedding that's both elegant and easy yet fun for everyone. The most important part of planning a beach wedding is choosing a location that fits the bill. Unlike traditional wedding venues that cost a fortune to rent out for an evening, most beaches do not require special permits for smaller informal weddings.

Beach weddings are also a popular option because the ceremony location can easily be transformed into a reception venue with amazing scenery of sand and surf and a spectacular sunset to look forward to at the end of the evening. Some couples even choose to spend their honeymoon at a nearby resort and plan excursions for their guests during their stay.

Planning a beach wedding? This list ranks the top beach wedding destinations in the world.

The Best Destinations for a Beach Wedding,

Big Pine Key

Corsica

Key Largo

Key West

Maui

Monterey

Woolacombe Beach

Bolonia, Spain

Armadale Bay Beach

Balnakeil Beach


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:56:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-destinations-for-a-beach-wedding/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[All Venezuelan Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-venezuelan-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all Venezuelan Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All Venezuelan Airlines,

Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela

Aero Ejecutivos

Aserca Airlines

Avensa

Avior Airlines

Conviasa

Línea Turística Aereotuy

RUTACA Airlines

Venezolana

LAI - Línea Aérea IAACA


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Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:00:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-venezuelan-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[The Most Beautiful Cities in the US]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-cities-in-the-us/ranker-travel

List of the most beautiful cities in the United States, as ranked by Americans and travelers. America is unique due to its collection of states that each have their own look, culture, and overall atmosphere. By crossing over one city line to the next, you can experience a whole new type of beauty. While one city may be known for its high snow-covered mountains that are home to many skiers, a city only a few hours away could be overflowing with warm, clear-ocean beaches where surfers spend their every waking moment. The beauty of the U.S.’s best cities is as diverse as can be, making the country exciting to explore.

 

Major cities including New York City and San Francisco are renowned for their skylines and lighted cities at night. Meanwhile, cities such as Sedona and Napa are better known for their natural beauties and small-town charms. Each state has at least one city that is celebrated for the many beautiful sights to behold.

 

What are the most beautiful cities in the U.S.? This list features only a slice of the cities in America that are notable for their goodlooks. 


The Most Beautiful Cities in the US,

Boston
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and therefore filled with historical and natural sights to be enjoyed by all.
Charleston
Chalreston's Waterfront Park is an attraction for people all over, as well as the many lush parks and gardens.
Honolulu
Honolulu is one of the most beautiful cities in an all-around beautiful state, with many clear blue beaches and historical sites to be enjoyed.
Monterey

Napa
Napa's culture is built on farming and wine country, so the city is overflowing with color.
Santa Barbara

San Diego

San Francisco
San Francisco is known for its tech and entertainment culture, but the skyline is what makes it a truly unforgettable city.
Seattle
Seatle's Space Needle makes the skyline one of the most unique in the country. 
Maui, Hawaii


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<![CDATA[The Best Southeast Asian Countries to Visit]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-southeast-asian-countries-to-visit/ranker-travel

List of the best Southeast Asian countries to visit forvacation, as ranked by Asian culture professionals and world travelers. Some ofthe most underrated vacation spots in the world are in Southeast Asia, the areain the world that’s south of China and north of Australia. It’s oftenoverlooked by travelers who look for the best Asian travel destinations.However, Southeast Asian countries have just as much to explore and experienceas the more popular countries like Japan and China. This list is the answer tothe question, “What are the best Southeast Asian countries for tourists lookingfor the complete Asia experience?”

 

The countries on this list feature the best tourist destinationsin the world, including Bali’s volcanic locations, Singapore’s night safari,and the Grand Palace in Thailand. The food in each Southeast Asian country isunique and cannot be replicated back home, so you’re sure to be in for aspecial experience. There are white sand beaches, world-class shopping, lush landscapes, top Asian countries, and cultural activities that anybody can enjoy.

 

No matter what Asian experience you’re looking to have, thecountries in Southeast Asia have what you’re looking for in an affordable andsafe package. Plus, since these countries are not as popular as the moremainstream Asian destinations, you constantly beat the crowds.


The Best Southeast Asian Countries to Visit,

Brunei

Cambodia

Timor-Leste

Indonesia

Laos

Malaysia

Philippines

Singapore

Thailand

Vietnam


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:39:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-southeast-asian-countries-to-visit/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[13 Terrifying, Haunted Historical Sites from Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/haunted-historical-sites/jeffrichard

We've all met someone who claims to have had a bizarre, unexplainable experience at some point in their lives. Some have seen spectral apparitions moving around their homes. Some claim to hear strange noises in the middle of the night. Others believe the spirits of their loved ones are silently watching over them, showing them otherworldly signs.

Often, it's hard to believe these claims are anything more than simple pareidolia and the desire to believe.

Then, there are some stories - some places - which have so many different sources attributed to them, that it seems they must have an air of truth. After all, when a place becomes as notorious as those listed below, it's hard to deny that there must be something strange going on. 

Whether you're a believer in the supernatural or not, these supposedly haunted places are, at the very least, unsettling. Some are the sites of grisly, violent deaths. Others are where countless poor souls were once imprisoned and tortured, now doomed to roam the halls of their institutions.

In any case, dim the lights, say your prayers, and read on to learn about the most haunted historical sites in the world.


13 Terrifying, Haunted Historical Sites from Around the World,

Chichen Itza

When most of us think of haunted houses, it's typical to think of creepy Victorian-era homes, or at least ones built within the last few centuries. 

But the thing about ghosts is that they're supposedly doomed to wander the Earth forever and, in this case, some of them have been around for thousands of years.

This brings us to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. Here, the Mayan people believe that death wasn't so much a tragedy, but more of a process to bring us to the other side when our time on Earth is up. Thus, the ruins here were once the site of mass sacrifices.

In fact, several tourists who have ventured into the more contained parts of the ruins have claimed to have seen strange specters walking the halls, in addition to hearing strange tribal chants throughout various sections. 


The Island of the Dolls

If there's one common fear right up there with clowns, flying, spiders, and maybe spontaneous human combustion, it's dolls

With their soulless eyes, marionette-like gait, and constant desire to be given free will to murder us in our sleep, any location that features a doll certainly deserves a spot on this list.  

But instead of one doll, let's ratchet things up... how about thousands of them? Oh, and they're not simply lying around a house, or stuffed into an attic, or calmly plotting your demise from the corner of a room, either - they're strung up on various trees on an entire island.

Well, that's what you're in for if you ever feel like escaping the relaxing, doll-less safety of life and moving to Xochimilco, Mexico, where you'll be met by the dead-eyed gazes of countless plastic baby-people.

Thankfully, these are not naturally-occurring dolls, but the real reason they exist on this island is perhaps even more frightening. Legend has it that a man named Julian Santana Barrera moved to the island, and soon after, found the body of a girl floating in a nearby canal. He also found a doll floating near her, which he hung from a tree as a memorial. But once he hung the doll, he claimed to hear footsteps, whispers, and screams. He hung more dolls to try and appease her but had no luck; she haunted him until the day he died in those woods.

Unsurprisingly, Julian had zero luck with contacting the spirit of the young girl. Now, the island is a tourist attraction, and visitors claim the dolls' eyes will follow them wherever they go. 


The Tower of London

Built over 900 years ago by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London stands as one of the most haunted buildings in the UK - perhaps because of how many famous individuals are said to still inhabit its walls. Among these several notable ghosts is Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury himself, whose ghost has supposedly been seen multiple times near the castle's inner wall. 

In addition, Lady Arbella Stuart, Queen Elizabeth's one-time-successor-turned-prisoner of the Tower (all because she went and got married without King James's permission), has also been said to haunt The Queen's House structure on the Tower Green, a space inside the Tower of London. 

But perhaps the most well-known royal specter inside the great tower is none other than Queen Anne Boleyn herself, who was executed by beheading in 1535. Her headless spirit is said to inhabit Tower Green as well. 

While the Tower of London seems to be a veritable who's who of boos and ghouls (sorry), there have been several other instances of paranormal activity which don't involve any royal figures stuck in a limbo state between life and death. Among them, the so-called "White Lady," who is often seen waving from a window, and a pair of children wandering the halls, holding hands. 


The Haunted Vicarage (Borgvattnet)

Let's face it: old ladies can be scary. They're not necessarily doll-scary or spider-scary, but as many a horror film has proven, the sudden appearance of an old woman can be downright shocking, especially if you're staying in an isolated home in Jämtland County, Northern Sweden. Specifically, "The Haunted Vicarage."

Originally built in 1876, it wasn't until nearly forty years later that anyone experienced any paranormal activity in this former priest's home. And how did that activity manifest itself? You guessed it: old ladies.

On several occasions, visitors at the home claim to have seen the image of an old woman, dressed in grey, sitting in the corner of a bedroom late at night. On other occasions, different guests have reported seeing three women sitting together. 

There have been reports of screams in the night. Shadows on the wall. A rocking chair that won't cease moving. 

Rumors have swirled as to why the old vicar house has been haunted, with some saying the spirits are those of abused maids, while others say that babies have been buried in the backyard, and their mothers are wailing for their return. 


Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Located in Southern Jefferson County in Kentucky, the Waverly Hills Sanatorium was originally a simple two-story hospital when it was first constructed for tuberculosis patients.

However, since Kentucky had one of the highest death rates for the disease in the entire country, the county decided to expand the original building and transform Waverly Hills into a five-story haven for those stricken with what was called the "white death" at the time. 

Why did tuberculosis earn such a frightening nickname? Mainly due to the fact that when patients contracted TB, their skin turned a ghastly white. 

It's been said that as many as 63,000 patients died at Waverly Hills before it closed - and not all of them have found a way to move on. Supposedly, visitors occasionally hear strange voices muttering down the hallways and feel strange cold spots in the air. Some even claim to have seen apparitions and shadows in multiple parts of the building. 

Perhaps the most frightening is the supposed ghost of a woman who died in room 502. A tuberculosis patient, who, upon learning she was pregnant, hung herself with the light bulb wire in her own room.


Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Originally built in 1864, this asylum in Weston, WV was later called the Weston State Hospital, and was designed to hold a mere 250 patients. But as time went on, and the hospital began admitting additional alcoholics, drug addicts, and "mental defectives," the structure's capacity ballooned to nearly 2,600 patients. 

Because of this immense level of overcrowding, resources of the hospital were stretched extremely thin. This resulted in poor sanitation, failing light fixtures, and poor heat circulation throughout the building. Basically, everyone inside was suffering in more ways than one.

And although those who resided and worked in Trans-Allegheny experienced physical horrors, it was said they also reported seeing the spirits of confederate soldiers passing through the hallways from when the site was originally a Civil War outpost.


The Sultan's Palace

Located in New Orleans' French Quarter, rumor has it that this now-infamous mansion was originally built in 1836 by a Turkish man who claimed to be a sultan, though no one at the time could actually find out the truth. 

As time went on, neighbors began to grow suspicious of the Turkish man, who would throw wild, opium-fueled parties that went on for hours. Some said the man had multiple wives and even more children. What's worse, is he was said to be torturing them nightly.

Then, one morning, a neighbor noticed a horrifying sight: blood was dripping down the side of the home. And when authorities were called, nothing could prepare them for the nightmare they saw upon entering 716 Dauphine Street: 

Body parts were littered throughout the home.

There were dismembered arms. Legs. Heads. Blood had been spilled in seemingly every corner of the house.

And as officers investigated the crime scene, they discovered the body of the sultan himself, buried alive in the home's courtyard, with his hand sticking up from the soil, as if in a last-ditch attempt to free himself. 

It's been said that even today, one can hear the screams of the sultan - as well as countless others - echoing throughout the massive home.


Eastern State Penitentiary

If you know anything at all about prison, you're probably well aware of what solitary confinement entails. When a particular inmate has "misbehaved," they're sent to a windowless room and cut off from all human contact. It's said to be a particularly cruel form of punishment due to the harsh psychological effects that occur over time.

And the folks at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia? They actually came up with the idea

Built in 1829, this prison is home to numerous paranormal sightings, due in part to the stories of solitary confinement punishments that were once doled out here. It's said that several of the inmates were driven insane as a result of being locked away for so long and, eventually, if they passed away within the pen's walls - they would haunt it forever. 

Between the ghastly cackling, shadowy figures, disembodied footsteps, and clanging cell doors still heard to this day, Eastern State Penitentiary is certainly a place you wouldn't want to find yourself locked in alone.


Bhangarh Fort

While many have been reduced to ruins over time, there are still countless castles and fortresses still standing today. Among them, the Bhangarh Fort, located in Rajasthan, India. 

Built by King Sawai Madho Singh roughly 400 years ago, Bhangarh is said to not only be one of the most haunted places in India but also the entire world. During its heyday, the fort housed some 10,000 residents and even included a residential palace for the king himself. 

Legend has it that a sorcerer, once under the employ of the king, fell in love with Princess Ratnavati. But once she dismissed him, the sorcerer put a curse on the entire town, and only days later, an invading army arrived, slaughtering everyone within the fort's walls.

It is believed that once night falls in Rajasthan, the spirits of Bhangarh manifest themselves as dangerous entities, bent on attacking anyone who may be foolish enough to remain inside the fort. 


Monte Cristo Homestead

Representing Australia on this list is none other than the Monte Cristo Mansion, located in June, New South Wales. While most of the other entries have been larger historical sites with hundreds of tortured souls lost within, the Monte Cristo falls under the category of "classic haunted house." 

So, in that case, it must be pretty haunted to be in the same league as the others, right? 

Just ask the Ryan family, who still live there to this day. The Ryans say there have been power outages. Cold spots. Visions of shadow people, lurking around the mansion's corners.

Going back to the time it was built in 1885, there have been a series of bizarre and tragic events that occurred at Monte Cristo: a young boy died when he was dropped from the top of the stairs. A maid committed suicide. The former caretaker was murdered on the property in 1961. A young stable boy burned to death in his straw bed. And the Monte Cristo's housekeeper was said to have kept his mentally unstable son tied to an outhouse for decades. 

With this much paranormal activity going on, it's easy to see why the Monte Cristo stands among the other entries as one place you wouldn't want to spend the night.  



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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 05:02:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/haunted-historical-sites/jeffrichard
<![CDATA[The Best US States for Fly Fishing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-us-states-for-fly-fishing/ranker-travel
List of best places in the US for fly fishing. What are the top American states for fly fishing? This list ranks the best fly fishing destinations in the US, from lakes and rivers to small streams and ponds across America. Fly fishing is a fun and challenging alternative to traditional fishing. 

Fly fishing differs from traditional fishing with a specific angling method that gives the sport its name. Fly fishing uses a lightweight fly or a similar lure to catch fish. With the weight distributed differently, casting is altered. Fly fishing can be done in both salt and fresh water. The most popular types of fish caught fly fishing famously include salmon and trout. Many different types of fish, such as bass and carp, are also caught using the fly fishing technique. 

Fly fishing is an incredibly rewarding type of fishing because it combines skill and artistry to master. Fly fishing is rich in history and has been recorded in time since the early third century. Fly fishing requires a sort of passion, and many delight in the solitude of the fly fishing experience. Even though the name suggests that flies be used as lures, many artificial lures that mimic the weightlessness of flies have been developed to attract fish. Artificial flies can be made from feathers, fur and hair and come in different colors, shapes and patterns. 

What are the best places for fly fishing? This list ranks the top states for fly fishers. 
The Best US States for Fly Fishing,

Alaska

California

Colorado

Idaho

Michigan

Montana

Oregon

Utah

West Virginia

Wyoming


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<![CDATA[Things You Didn't Know About Air Traffic Control]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/air-traffic-control-facts/kellen-perry
Air traffic controllers have one of the most intense jobs on the planet: making sure that planes full of people make it in and out of airports safely and efficiently. Plenty of films have depicted air traffic controllers "talking down" pilots in peril and just barely managing to save planeloads of sobbing passengers. But there are some facts about air traffic control that Hollywood gets wrong (yes, even Pushing Tin).

One of the biggest misconceptions about ATCs (besides confusing them for the people with the paddles and the flags on the runways) is the level of responsibility they actually have for the safety of passengers. It's true that they are a vital cog in the machine, but ATCs are not actually totally responsible for making sure that planes arrive and depart safely (pilots bear most of that burden). ATCs also aren't the most stressed-out people on the planet, even though they do suffer from fatigue and stress-related illnesses (just not that much more than many other professions). Read on for more interesting things you might not know about the high-stakes world of air traffic control.
Things You Didn't Know About Air Traffic Control,

Air Traffic Control Can't Track Planes Via GPS
GPS (Global Positioning System) gadgets help millions of people navigate around the world every day, but did you know that air traffic control doesn't use GPS satellite technology to track planes? It sounds strange, but it's true: planes are full of people with GPS-enabled smartphones, but the plane itself is not GPS-enabled. The 7,000 aircraft flying over the US every day instead use point-to-point, ground-based radar. 
Air Traffic Control Towers Have Slanted Windows to Minimize Distractions
Have you ever noticed how most air traffic control towers have the same slanted, tinted windows? It's not for the pilot's sake, as some have suspected: it's for the air traffic controllers. The windows "bounce" reflections from monitors and smartphones (or any other internal light source) up to the ceiling so they won't be mistaken for aircraft.
President Reagan Fired 11,345 Air Traffic Controllers in 1981
The Professional Air Traffic Controller Organization (PATCO) union declared a strike on August 3, 1981, that ultimately blew up in its face. The union had the usual demands: better working conditions, better pay, and a shorter workweek. President Reagan gave the 11,345 striking workers 48 hours to return to work or else they would lose their jobs. He followed through with that threat and also banned them from federal service for life (President Clinton, however, lifted the ban in 1993). The move impacted the industry significantly: it took about ten years for staffing levels to return to normal.
The FAA Won't Accept New Air Traffic Controllers Older Than 30
Unless you're already in the military, you can't become an air traffic controller in the US if you're more than 30 years old. The FAA wants you to start at the training academy "no later than your 31st birthday." The agency also requires you to be a US citizen, pass a medical examination, and pass a security investigation, among other stringent requirements.
Air Traffic Controllers Use Lights if Their Radios Fail
Radios don't always work, so air traffic controllers have developed a backup plan: lights. Signal lamps used by ATCs emit three colors - red, white, and green - and send different messages to the pilot depending on how they are relayed. A steady green light, for example, is much like a traffic light used on the road and means the aircraft is cleared to land.
US Air Traffic Controllers Use 40-Year-Old Technology
It's called "Host": a piece of technology older than the original Nintendo Entertainment System, or the original Atari... or, as Wired points out, older than the Speak & Spell! So why is Host still used to guide planes in air traffic control towers across the US? Simply put: because change is hard (especially for the FAA). The agency is touting an upgrade to the wildly inefficient Host system called NextGen, and has even begun to implement it in stages, but the rollout has been a mess of bugs, delays, and a ton of other issues.
Some Air Traffic Controllers Work Dangerous Shifts to Maximize Time Off
Air traffic controllers call it "The Rattler": a series of shifts designed to maximize your time off while still fulfilling the duties of a job that demands a 24/7 commitment. It goes like this: swing shift (afternoon - midnight), swing shift, day shift, day shift, midnight shift. Ending your workweek with a midnight shift and starting it with a swing shift allows for maximum time off during the weekend. Why is it called The Rattler? Because those that work it often complain about it doubling back and "biting" them! Plenty of people think working a Rattler should be abolished for the safety issues it raises and have accused the FAA of ignoring the issue.
Air Traffic Control Systems Can Be Hacked With a $450 Portable Transmitter
Here's a scary thought: the 40-year-old technology that is used in US air traffic control centers can be hacked using a $450 portable transmitter you can buy online. Seriously! In April 2014, a hacker tried to divert a plane at Reagan International (the pilot reported an "unknown voice"). It also happened 25 times in the UK in 2015 alone. If caught, hackers attempting this trick in the US could face five years in jail (and presumably a hell of a lot longer if they did any serious damage).
You Can Become an Air Traffic Controller With an Associate's Degree
How do you become an air traffic controller? It isn't easy, but it also doesn't require an advanced degree. You can get an FAA-approved associate's degree from one of about 30 schools across the country and get hired as an air traffic controller. There are basically two other options if you want the gig: join the Air Force or get hired directly through the FAA via their Air Traffic Controller Academy in Oklahoma City, OK.
Future Air Traffic Controllers May Be Hundreds of Miles from the Airport
Some airports around the world are testing out "remote towers" that place the air traffic controller hundreds of miles from the action. High definition cameras, sensors, and monitors allow ATCs to do their jobs as if they were at the airport. The technology is so sensitive that it can even detect fog and animals on the runway.

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 02:19:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/air-traffic-control-facts/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[The Best U.S. States for Camping]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-u-s-states-for-camping/ranker-travel
This is a ranked list of the best U.S. States for camping as voted on by men and women. These places include some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the U.S., such as California, New Mexico and Colorado. These are all some of the top places to go camping in the U.S. This list answers the question, “what are the best places in the U.S. to go camping?”

Whether you are looking for full-service campsites or unspoiled landscapes, the U.S. has virtually every site imaginable for camping. Scenic views of beautiful mountain ranges or gorgeous bodies of water, the country’s vast topography offers everything you could ever want in a campsite. Those seeking the thrill of being one with the land and discovering new states in the most unique way possible can venture across the country or stay close to home.

The best camping can be found in the U.S. whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or to just go off the grid. As a traveler looking for the best camping  in the U.S. you might ask yourself, “Where are greatest spots to camp around the U.S.?” Well, here we have compiled a list of the very best places for this activity.

The Best U.S. States for Camping,

Alaska

California

Colorado

Maine

Montana

Oregon

Tennessee

Utah

Washington

Wyoming


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:47:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-u-s-states-for-camping/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Most Dangerous Roads in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-dangerous-roads-in-the-world/mike-rothschild
No matter how bad your daily commute is, it probably can't hold a candle to the danger presented by some of the most dangerous roads in the world. Twisting mountain paths full of danger, with no guardrails, rock slides, bizarre rules, and slick surfaces - these roads will test the skill and nerve of even the most experienced adventure seeker. Whether it's Bolivia's "Road of Death," a Taliban-controlled gravel path high in the mountains, or Alaska's road to nowhere, these dangerous and scary roads are full of breathtaking views and heart-stopping danger. These dangerous streets and highways are some of the worst roads in the world, so if you happen upon one on a trip you'd better reroute. 

What is the world's most dangerous road? Is the scariest road in the world also the most deadly? These twisty paths and steep roads will have you gripping ten and two like your life depends on it... and it does. If you need to traverse one of these dangerous roads, both in America and all over the world, then make sure you have plenty of supplies, and certainly a AAA membership, not that they'll always be able to come get you.
 
Upvote the worst, windiest, scariest roads and highways on earth below and whatever you do, don't run out of gas on them.

The Most Dangerous Roads in the World,

Zojila Pass, India
If you want to pick a remote road to get killed on, this winding mountain pass has it all: high altitude, high winds, mud, heavy snowfall, narrow lanes, steep drops, and no guardrails. The roads leading to the Himalaya Mountains are among the highest and deadliest anywhere, and Zojila is probably the harshest.

But in its favor, it’s the highest altitude at which tanks have operated in combat, during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947.

Transfăgărășan, Romania
A mountain highway with 56 miles of twisting, turning mayhem, this was built during the rule of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. It winds around the tallest of Romania's Carpathian Mountains and is ridiculously dangerous, with dozens of hairpins, tunnels, and sharp descents. At least 40 soldiers were killed blasting it out of the rocks - and you don't have to work that hard to have an accident on it.

Kabul-to-Jalalabad, Afghanistan
This is one of the most terrifying roads anywhere in the world – and for humanitarian reasons, one of the most important. It’s got terrible gridlock due to overloaded trucks getting stuck on it, steep vertical drops, sharp turns, and kamikaze drivers. Buses and trucks often slam into each other and tumble hundreds of feet into the valleys below, or cars simply plow into the rock walls.

The road has piled up such a high body count that locals have stopped keeping track of the death toll. Plus it’s deep within Taliban territory, and was routinely shelled in the '80s and '90s
Ruta 5, Chile
Chile’s Ruta 5 runs from the Peruvian border to Puerto Montt and connects via ferry to Chiloé Island. It’s 2,090 miles long, and, despite being modern and well-paved, it’s notoriously dangerous.

It’s only two lanes wide and has a high speed limit, winding through deep valleys and littered with steep drops and long straight stretches in the middle of nowhere. The surrounding landscape of the Atacama Desert is also bare and featureless, meaning drivers easily lose their concentration and drive off the road or hit other cars.

Highway 101, Mexico
Highway 101 connects Matamoros (just south of Brownsville, TX) to Ciudad Victoria and beyond. It’s not inherently dangerous, as it’s well paved and fairly straight. But virtually nobody drives on it due to its use by Mexican drug cartels – and the fact that large numbers of corpses are often found along its sides.

Cartel kidnappers are known to pull migrants off buses, cars are hijacked, towns terrorized, and multiple mass graves are found almost every year. The US government has warned residents not to use it.

Way to Fairy Meadows, Pakistan
You’d think with a cheerful name like “Way to Fairy Meadows,” this road would be a non-stop carnival of fun and charm. It’s not.

Fairy Meadows itself is a gorgeous runoff about 3,300 meters above sea level, but to get there, you have to traverse a glorified one-way gravel path that was built hundreds of years ago and hasn’t been upgraded or repaired since. It has sharp turns, steep dives, no guardrails and cars come out of nowhere from the other direction. Even watching YouTube videos of someone driving on it is hair-raising.

Karakoram Highway
Connecting China to Pakistan, the “Friendship Highway” is actually not friendly at all. It’s 16,000 feet in the air, meaning altitude sickness is a serious issue for anyone braving its sharp turns. It also has the usual landslides, avalanches, rock slides and unpaved lanes common to mountain highways. You’re basically driving a narrow lane with flat rock on one side and an unguarded death drop on the other – plus it’s full of buses taking people to K2.
Trans-Siberian Highway, Russia
Connecting Vladivostok in the east to St. Petersburg to the west, Russia’s Trans-Siberian Highway is one of the longest in the world, crossing everything from forests to tundra to vast stretches of narcotizing nothingness. Much of the drive is uneventful, but there are sections that are deeply foreboding and dangerous. Some of the Siberian section is unpaved, and traverses remote stretches far from help or gasoline. Russia also has a high per-capita death rate of its drivers, due to bad roads and drinking.
Yungas Road, Bolivia
Generally thought of as the most dangerous road in the world, the winding 40 mile road from La Paz to Coroico is mostly single lane, with massive ascents and quick descents. It has terrible visibility, no guard rails, and bizarre rules that force drivers to drive on the wrong side of the road (Bolivians drive on the right, except on the Yungas Road, where they keep to the left) and stop almost on a dime while going downhill. It's also prone to rock slides and bad weather that makes the gravel track slick and loose.

Large vehicles routinely attempt to pass each other, and with lanes that narrow down to as small as three meters wide, this often ensures death for both parties. Despite being modernized over a two decade period, hundreds of people die on it every year, including numerous cyclists and foolhardy travelers. It’s not called the “Road of Death” for nothing.
Halsema Highway, the Philippines
Feel like going to the Philippines and taking your life in your hands? Then check out Halsema Highway, a northern mountain road with insane drops and rises. While the road was recently modernized with recent inventions like guardrails, some of it is still unpaved asphalt, which gets virtually impassible when it rains, which it does, constantly.

Some of it is still unguarded, and buses can topple right off into the abyss.


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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:57:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-dangerous-roads-in-the-world/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[The Best Day Trips from Los Angeles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-day-trips-from-los-angeles/ranker-travel
List of the best day trips from Los Angeles. L.A. is exciting, but travelers can easily start to feel crowded by the city; it’s the second-most populous city in the U.S., and tourists flock to it in large numbers each year. If you’re ready to escape the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, a day trip might be exactly what you need.

These best Los Angeles trips can all be done in a day, and you might get to see something you can’t see anywhere else.Have you ever stood inside a tree? At Sequoia National Park, a favorite L.A. day trip of locals and non-locals alike, you can. This park comprises one of largest living things on Earth -- the California redwood. The scenery doesn’t stop there, however, with Kings Canyon National Park located nearby. For lovers of the natural world, this just might be the top Los Angeles day trip.

Of course, no visit to Los Angeles would be complete without a side trip to one of many neighboring beach communities. You could lie on the sands of Laguna Beach or hit the waves in Malibu -- Los Angeles beach day trips offer something for all kinds of beachgoers. Vacationers who don’t enjoy sand and surf can still enjoy the shopping and sightseeing on these L.A. day trips.

No matter what you call it -- L.A., the City of Angels, Lalaland -- the city and its surrounding areas are ripe for exploration. Whether you’d like to take one day trip or 20, you’ll find the best trips to take here, on this list of the best day trips from Los Angeles.

The Best Day Trips from Los Angeles,

Big Bear Lake

Disneyland

Laguna Beach

Malibu

Mammoth Mountain

Palomar Mountain

Santa Barbara

San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

Universal Studios Hollywood


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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 03:41:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-day-trips-from-los-angeles/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best African Countries to Visit]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-african-countries-to-visit/ranker-travel

List of the best African counties to visit, as ranked by travelers from all over the world. If visiting a country in Africa has always been a dream of yours, you know that it’s important to find a destination that’s safe and tourist friendly. Africa is home to some of the most beautiful sights, from the white sand beaches of Zanzibar to the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Historical buffs and religious scholars often head towards African countries like Mali to experience some of the oldest cities first hand, such as Djenne. Many people,when they think of Africa, dream of going on a wildlife tour like the ones in Kenya and Tanzania. Morocoo is also filled with wildlife and biological reserves that any animal lover is sure to enjoy. Countries like South Africa and Ghana are perfect for the English speaking traveler who is looking to experience good food and culture.

 

This list is the answer to the question, “What are the best African countries for a vacation?” Whether you’re looking for a vacation filled with tours of elephants, lions, and other once-in-a-lifetime animal sights or just want to experience a new culture, with their music, food, and art, there’s an African country just for you.


The Best African Countries to Visit,

Algeria

Botswana

Kenya

Madagascar

Mauritius

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Tanzania

Tunisia


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:46:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-african-countries-to-visit/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[All French Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-french-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all French Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All French Airlines,

Aigle Azur

Airlinair

Air France

Air Méditerranée

New Axis Airways

Brit Air

Air Corsica

Eagle Aviation France

Twin Jet

Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne


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Mon, 24 Oct 2011 08:14:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-french-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[All Emirati Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-emirati-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all Emirati Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All Emirati Airlines,

Abu Dhabi Aviation

Aerovista

Air Arabia

Aria Air

Dolphin Air

Emirates

Etihad Airways

Royal Jet

flydubai


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Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:00:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-emirati-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[The Very Best Photos of Dads on Vacation]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dads-on-vacation-photos/ashley-reign
As any dad will tell you, the world of dad-dom is no place for the weak. Whether he’s attempting to reason with crying kids, mastering the art of diaper changing, or exhibiting the skill involved in looking fresh while driving a mini-van, a dad’s life is full of constant struggles and challenges. Not to fear however, for even the hardest working dads are able to occasionally let lose during the most sacred of all times of the year - the vacation. That’s why we’ve assembled this historic gallery of the very best dads on vacation photos for your enjoyment. 
 
The epic collection you’ll enjoy below goes out to vacationing dads everywhere, as well as those still hard at work. That’s right - we’ve got you covered the next time you or the dad in your life need a reminder that no matter how rough life gets, there’s always a beach and a beer out there waiting. So prepare yourself for this funny collection of dads on vacation letting loose in these delightful family vacation photos. Whether they’re clad in a completely unnecessary amount of floatation devices or so tipsy they may or may not realize they’re riding a bull instead of a horse, these dads are off the clock and doing what they want.
  
Among them, you’ll find dads exemplifying the importance of making friends with locals, even if they happen to be a flock of pigeons. You’ll also witness dads discovering the joys of appreciating local art, even though they happen to be in Las Vegas. So without further ado, enjoy this collection of American fathers doing what they do best. They’re the few, the proud, the occasionally alcoholic - the vacationing dads. 


The Very Best Photos of Dads on Vacation,

This Dad Busts out His Old College Dress-Up Shirt

We're Not Sure How This Photo Was Orchestrated, but It's an American Masterpiece

This Dad Declares His Happy Shall Be Spoiled by No Man... or Child

Owning It = Winning

Disneyland/Jamaica Compromise = Nailing It

This Dad's on Vacation, He Wears What He Wants

This Dad Enjoys Taking in the Local Art Scene

This Dad Realizes What a Truly Horrible Decision He's Made All Too Late

This Dad Prepares to Mount a Stunning Comeback

This Dad Was Told There'd Be Horseback Riding


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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:55:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dads-on-vacation-photos/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[All Argentine Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-argentine-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all Argentine Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All Argentine Airlines,

Aerolíneas Argentinas

Austral Líneas Aéreas

Baires Fly

LADE

LAN Argentina

Sol Líneas Aéreas

Andes Líneas Aéreas


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Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:00:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-argentine-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[The Coolest Rooftop Pools in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/coolest-rooftop-pools-in-the-world/ranker-travel
This photo list of the coolest rooftop pools in the the world include some of the newest and most beautiful swimming pools ever built as well as some iconic older swimming pools on top of hotels, casinos, and office buildings. What is more fun than a dip dozens of stories up in the air?

These awesome rooftop pools can be found everywhere from Asia to the United States. Many of these coolest pools were built by hotels, while others are part of exclusive clubs or spas. Many of the trendiest rooftop pools are located atop buildings, offering breathtaking panoramas of cityscapes or landscapes and incredible views.

Some rooftop pools are infinity pools that cascade off the edge, and in some cases, these they dangle off the edges of buildings. Some of these pools are large and stretch across multiple rooftops, while others are small and tranquil. These cool pools offer some of the best and most luxurious swimming experiences in the world. Many of them are located in Barcelona, Hong Kong, New York, and other cosmopolitan cities.

Vote up the best, coolest, most incredible rooftop pools in the world, or add the rooftop pool you think is the best if it isn'r already on the list.

The Coolest Rooftop Pools in the World,

Marina Bay Sands

Hotel Joule

The Standard Downtown Los Angeles

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Barcelona

Vine Hotel

Fasano Hotel

The SHA Wellness Clinic

Molino Stucky Hilton

Thompson Toronto Hotel

Ubud Hotel


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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:27:41 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/coolest-rooftop-pools-in-the-world/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[Rookie Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rookie-travel-mistakes/greeley-dean
There's no shame in admitting your rookie status when it comes to travel; those who fail to embrace that which they do not know end up with absurd foreign charges on their credit cards, fried electronics, and bags so full of crap you wouldn't wish them on even the heftiest valet. This list of rookie travel mistakes to be aware of (and how to avoid them) will have you jetsetting like a pro. It's all about preparing for the unknown or unexpected - in foreign lands, a little cash in the sock can go a long way. And remember: you're the visitor. No need to get upset if stuff goes wrong just because you're not in Kansas anymore.
Rookie Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them,

Failing to Obtain a Visa Prior to Traveling
For those who travel domestically or within an unrestricted zone (like the EU for Brits or the US for Americans), you may forget that many countries require a visa for entry and some of them like to take their sweet, sweet time to issue them. Countries like Russia require 15 business days (three weeks) for a RUSH visa. Many countries also charge different rates for multiple entries (if you take a day trip to a neighboring country, for instance), so keep this is mind when buying plane tickets, because travel insurance does not cover failing to obtain a visa when refunding travel.

BEST BET: Be aware of a country's visa policy before you buy your plane tickets.

PRO TIP: If you're close to the date and need that visa, pay the rush fee. Yeah, it's gonna hurt your wallet, but it's going to hurt even more if the agency/embassy doesn't mail your passport back in time for you to leave.
Overpacking/Exceeding the Airline's Weight Limit
First of all, if you can't carry it yourself, don't pack it. Whatever you manage to stuff in your suitcase is going to be your responsibility for the duration of your trip and there may or may not always be a place to store it (and nobody wants to smell your dirty shoes as you try and navigate through tight spaces with the contents of a small Gap store strapped to your back).

This is less an issue if you're staying at the Disney World resort for the weekend than say, taking a river cruise on the Mekong, but it's still important to know what you can carry and how much the airline will charge you to bring it along.

BEST BET: Pack the essentials and grab anything you may have forgotten on the fly. Worst case scenario you end up with a souvenir sweatshirt at the end of your trip.

PRO TIP: Don't exceed the max weight limit allowed by your airline for checked baggage. That can result in $100 extra EACH WAY and the truth is you don't NEED a liter of shampoo for your six-day cruise.
Forgetting Essential Toiletries
Try describing to a doctor/pharmacist in a country whose language you don't speak that you need Pepto Bismol. "Try" is the operative word. It's hard. So bring your own stomach meds and anti-reproduction needs with you from home.

BEST BET: Bring SO. MUCH. PEPTO.

PRO TIP: Buy some of the local pain meds, because they probably have bonus ingredients like codeine in them.
Not Checking the Weather of the Place You're Visiting
Guess what: once a year it rains in Southern California. Being caught without the proper apparel on that lone day in April is forgivable, but think twice about traveling to other parts of the world without checking what season you're in for (as it may or may not match with your home location). A duffel's worth of tank tops isn't gonna do squat for you during monsoon season.

BEST BET: A collapsible poncho is worth shoving one fewer pair of socks in your bag.

PRO TIP: Always have at least the base layers of the most extreme weather you could encounter (hot and cold).
Looking Too Much Like a Tourist
Slathered in SPF 90, gaudy shirt, fanny pack, paper map? You're a pickpocket's dream. Even in countries without high incidence of wallet-lifting, dressing too much like a tourist marks you as an annoying and out of touch goofball. Tone it down. After all, you're a traveler - getting lost and sunburned is half the fun, right?

BEST BET: Dress as you normally would, use your inside voice, and be polite to the locals. In poorer areas, maybe leave the fancy wristwatch at home. 

PRO TIP: Download an offline version of the area's map from Google. That way, even if you're lost and have no service, you can pretend to text while reorienting yourself.
Not Investigating the Foreign Transaction Charges on Your Credit/ATM Card
Nobody likes to look at their credit card statement when they get back from a vacation, but there are certain things you can do to steel yourself; #1 is to investigate your financial institution's foreign transaction fees. 

Some credit cards, like Capital One, don't charge fees for foreign use, so you should be using those cards as much as possible when reserving hotels (even if your reservation originates in the US, if you pay the balance in a foreign country you may see additional charges) and when purchasing abroad. 

ATM fees also add up quickly if you treat them the same way as you would at home. Foreign currency withdrawal can carry a $5 flat fee, plus a percentage of the money withdrawn, AND the charge levied by the local bank. So if you take out $40 at a time like you're out for a night of drinking at home, you'll soon incur transaction fees that come close to the amount you're trying to take out. Contact your bank ahead of time to see if they have partner banks where you're traveling that don't charge a fee.

BEST BET: Withdraw as much cash as you feel comfortable carrying when you do hit the ATM.

PRO TIP: Get cash back at the grocery store so you don't have to pay an ATM fee. Plus, gum!
Not Bringing Your Own Lock to a Hostel
Victim-blaming is never a good idea, but if you leave your valuables unlocked in a room full of strangers... well, you had it coming. Most travelers abide by the code of "don't steal mine, I won't steal yours," but you know what they say about one bad apple. Easy fix? Bring a lock.

BEST BET: Lock your stuff up EVERY time. Just going out for an ice cream cone? Lock it up.

PRO TIP: Get a combination lock - you won't have to worry about losing the key.
Forgetting to Turn Off Data Roaming on Your Phone
A fun fact cell providers don't tell you: if you get a call while you're roaming internationally and send the person to voicemail thinking you won't be charged, you're wrong. Every minute your clueless compadre spends leaving you a message gets billed at international roaming rates. Save for T-Mobile in the US (which offers free international roaming), most cell providers will nickel and DOLLAR you throughout your trip if you don't subscribe to a special international plan. Whomp whomp.

BEST BET: Call your cellphone provider before departing your home country and investigate rates/add packages.

PRO TIP: Get your SIM-based phone unlocked before leaving and pick up a local SIM card upon arrival.
Leaving Your Power Converter at Home
This is just the worst, period. Imagine arriving at an international airport with a dead phone or laptop and having no idea where you're going. True, there are many airports that now have stations to plug in via USB connection, but once you get to your lodging, you're going to want one of these without the hassle of finding a store that sells them for any amount less than your first-born child.

BEST BET: Invest in a universal charger and keep it with your travel gear.

PRO TIP: Get one with USB connectors so you can charge more than one device at a time.
Buying Foreign Currency at the Airport
By bus, train, or taxi, you're going to need at least a ride's worth of cash to get out of the airport in many cities (unless you've got a really low cut shirt and a dwindling cache of moral sensibility, in which case bargain away). In countries where the local currency isn't worth as much as say, the US dollar or the British pound, cabbies will take your home currency, but they're not doing it out of the kindness of their hearts (read: it comes with a fee). Just know that, despite whatever bargain rate or free exchange service the kiosks at the airport are advertising, you're not getting the best deal.

BEST BET: Either order currency from your bank before you go or hit up a local bank once you're closer to your final destination.

PRO TIP: Don't order too much cash to begin with because if you don't spend it all, your bank is going to take a nice little cut when you get back and try to exchange it for your home currency. And in case it's been awhile since you've traveled and you're thinking they're still a thing, no, traveler's checks are not the answer.

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Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:31:46 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/rookie-travel-mistakes/greeley-dean
<![CDATA[All Lebanese Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-lebanese-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all Lebanese Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All Lebanese Airlines,

Berytos Airlines

Globe Jet

Lebanese Air Transport

MenaJet

Middle East Airlines

Wings of Lebanon


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Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:00:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-lebanese-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[All Taiwanese Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-taiwanese-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all Taiwanese Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All Taiwanese Airlines,

China Airlines

Daily Air

EVA Air

Far Eastern Air Transport

Mandarin Airlines

TransAsia Airways

Uni Air


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Sun, 09 Oct 2011 09:33:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-taiwanese-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[The Best Cities for Retirement]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-retirement/ranker-travel

List of the best cities to retire. After decades of hard work, long hours, and sacrifices, it’s finally time to put on your retirement party hat. You no longer have to worry about deadlines and satisfying your boss’s every whim. Now is the time that is finally all about you.Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to stay in your home town due to no longer having a steady income. Or maybe you just want a change of scenery.Either way, you’ve probably wondered, “What are the best cities for retirement?”

 

Some of the criteria for an amazing relocation spot is affordable housing, opportunities to pursue you hobbies, great weather, and plenty of activities to keep you busy. Many of the cities of Florida, such as Jacksonville and Tampa, are perfect for retirement because they are warm, close to the water, and filled with likeminded retirees.

 

The cities on this list all offer housing options for retirees that are affordable on a tight budget, while being enjoyable to all types of people. If you are ready for a life without stress and filled with favorable weather, fun hobbies, and social interaction with likeminded people,these cities will bring you the retired life you’ve been dreaming of for years. 


The Best Cities for Retirement,

Anaheim

Carlsbad

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Charlotte

Encinitas

Laguna Beach

Long Beach

Santa Barbara

Santa Monica

San Diego


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Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:39:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-retirement/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[American Habits and Phrases That Are Rude in Other Countries]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-phrases-that-are-rude-in-other-countries/dukeharten

Next time you're abroad, watch out for these American habits other countries think are rude. Us Yanks aren't the most popular kids in the global school at the best of times - you don't need to commit a social faux-pas to exacerbate the situation. Whether it's a gesture or word, rude things American tourists do can reinforce the host country's negative perception of Americans, even if you've got the best of intentions. So brush up on these habits or American phrases that are rude in other places and you'll have nothing to fear on your next holiday.


American Habits and Phrases That Are Rude in Other Countries,

Crossing Your Fingers

Americans often cross their fingers in lieu of saying "I hope so!" It's a sign of good luck. But in Vietnam, crossing one's finger's is a crass gesture that refers to a woman's private parts. Maybe just stick to your lucky rabbit's foot while abroad.


Laughing with Your Mouth Open

A head-back belly laugh will be taken as a compliment stateside - after all, nobody wants their joke met with a polite chuckle. But laughing with your mouth open and teeth exposed is a social no-no in Japan. They'd rather you zip your lips while laughing.


Complaining at Restaurants

American diners are used to complaining. Steak under- or overcooked? That's all right - send it back to the kitchen and they'll fix it right up. Neither guests nor waitstaff finds this practice strange. But in Britain, it's considered bad manners to complain about the food. They'll gripe and groan in the privacy of their own homes about how badly the restaurant mucked things up, but to send a dish back is socially mortifying.


A Firm Handshake

When traveling to the Philippines, remember that a firm handshake is an American custom. Filipinos prefer a weak, more casual grip. It's about showing respect, not dominance.


Using the 'A-OK' Sign

Apparently, making a circle with your fingers is all sorts of not okay. In France, it means "worthless," it's offensive to gay people in Turkey, and in some other places, it's a stand-in for a butt. Luckily, it's no longer 1985, so you probably won't have to worry about this one.


Opening Gifts in Front of the Giver

Half the fun of giving gifts is watching people open them, right? Wrong, if you're living in many Asian countries. Americans are used to birthday parties and holidays where gift-giving is a shared social activity. But tearing off the wrapping paper in front of the person who gave you the gift is considered greedy and uncouth in some countries. Wait until you get back to the hotel to unwrap your present.


Showing Your Soles

In many Middle Eastern countries, showing the soles of your feet or shoes is offensive. The feet are considered to be the "lowest" part of the body, so displaying your soles is a huge no-no.


Touching Someone's Head

You might not have cause to touch many heads while traveling, but be careful. Even an act as innocent as patting a cute child on his head is considered taboo in countries like Sri Lanka, Thailand, and China. Buddhist cultures see the head as the most sacred part of the body - to touch it uninvited is a major social intrusion.


Saying You're from 'America'

Our cultural vanity is such that we've co-opted the name of not one but two entire continents and assigned it to ourselves. That's right - the very word "America" is offensive in most (if not all) South American countries. Don't refer to yourself as an American when you're visiting South America - just tell people you're from the United States.


Giving a Peace Sign

How could a peace sign be seen as rude? Though most people in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia will know what you mean (provided they know you're American), it's probably better to leave this gesture at home while you're visiting. To them, it's the same as flipping someone off (especially when the hand is held with its knuckles facing the person you're trying to give peace to). 



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Wed, 25 May 2016 07:33:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/american-phrases-that-are-rude-in-other-countries/dukeharten
<![CDATA[The Best Small Cities to Visit in Italy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-small-cities-to-visit-in-italy/places-to-go
There are so many wonderful, small cities in Italy, each with it's own unique  character.  Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to squeeze every Italian city in your travel itinerary. To help you plan a memorable trip, we've listed the small cities in Italy that are definitely worth a stop.

Italy is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, welcoming millions each year, but top vacation spots in Italy like Rome, Venice, Florence, Naples, and Vatican City get much of the love. Small cities like Siena, Perugia, and Assisi pack just as much punch for travelers as the larger cities with attractions like universities, museums, and stadiums. Luckily, the existing inexpensive rail system and other public transportation makes reaching these cities relatively easy. Once there, walking will allow you to see all the cities these hidden gems have to offer.

Check out more lists like Most Delicious Italian Beer and Tastiest Italian Cuisine to immerse yourself in Italian culture

The Best Small Cities to Visit in Italy,

Assisi

Lecce

Lucca

Orvieto

Padua

Perugia

Ravenna

San Gimignano

Siena

Taormina


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Tue, 07 Sep 2010 16:09:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-small-cities-to-visit-in-italy/places-to-go
<![CDATA[Fun Airport Scavenger Hunt Ideas]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/airport-scavenger-hunts/jessica-lawshe
The best part about the airport is the excitement of going somewhere new... or the excitement of returning home. But in the meantime, there's a lot of long, soul-draining waiting time- meaning this list of fun airport scavenger hunt ideas to keep you entertained is sure to come in handy. 

The airport often means severe amounts of downtime, so why not turn that downtime into time spent playing a fun airport scavenger hunt game? Keep your eyes peeled for people struggling with suitcases, getting quick massages in one of those massage chairs, or going crazy at Duty Free.

A scavenger hunt at the airport is as easy as crossing off the things on our list: people kissing, hugging, eating Toblerone (seriously, people only eat Toblerone when they are in airports). Is there something you always see when you're stuck at a terminal that isn't already on this list? Then add it!

Turn your airport waiting game into an airport scavenger hunt game with this list of fun airport scavenger hunt ideas. Upvote the most-seen airport phenomena and try to spot them next time you're waiting in line at security!

Fun Airport Scavenger Hunt Ideas,

People Trying to Roll a Broken Roller Bag

People Walking as Fast as They Can on the Moving Sidewalk

People Hugging

People Kissing

Someone Crying

People Sleeping

A Pilot

A Group of Flight Attendants

A Plane Departing

A Plane Landing


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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 03:47:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/airport-scavenger-hunts/jessica-lawshe
<![CDATA[The Best Day Trips from San Francisco]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-day-trips-from-san-francisco/ranker-travel
List of the best day trips from San Francisco. Whether you’d like to explore nearby cities, get a taste of wine country or dip your toes in the ocean, day trips from San Francisco offer all this and more. In fact, you’ll probably need several days to scratch the surface of the fascinating attractions the San Francisco area provides.

One San Francisco day trip, in particular, is enough of a reason alone for wine aficionados to visit this great city. A mere 60 miles outside of San Francisco is Napa Valley, one of the most famous American Viticultural Areas, federally recognized growing regions for the grapes wine is produced from. At Napa Valley, day trip travelers can explore a range of wineries -- there are several hundred in the region.

Not a wine lover? There are still plenty of San Francisco day trips to take. Another popular destination, especially for families, is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This large aquarium offers more than just fish -- you’ll find sea otters to penguins to pelicans. Children can also explore sea life up-close-and-personal by participating in a diving experience in the Great Tide Pool.

This list shows the best of the area around San Francisco, day trips tourists can’t wait to take. Tourists who are considering these top San Francisco side trips should prepare to be inspired by tastes, smells and sights unlike any others.

The Best Day Trips from San Francisco,

Berkeley

Big Sur

Half Moon Bay

Lake Tahoe

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Napa Valley AVA

Oakland

Point Reyes

Santa Cruz

Sonoma County


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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 03:41:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-day-trips-from-san-francisco/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[Themed Hotel Rooms That Movie Nerds Will Love]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-themed-hotel-rooms/anncasano
Some hotels offer amenities like complimentary breakfast and free wifi in order to get guests into their rooms. Others take advantage of location, or perhaps feature a five-star restaurant. Still others take advantage of diehard fans of the cinema. Movie themed hotels are everywhere. They provide a guest the opportunity to feel like one of their favorite film characters, or sleep in quarters designed to look like a famous movie set. Here are the coolest themed hotel rooms that movie nerds will love.

Themed hotels have been around for a while. It’s a niche of the hospitality business that can cash in on nostalgia and fandom. Some of the themed rooms on this list are from mega-franchises with a built-in fan base that is ready to spend money.

No one can actually be James Bond. However, during a trip to Paris, a guest can revel in kitschy 007 memorabilia, that may even rival the allure of the City of Lights. Fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings do not have to travel all the way to New Zealand to visit the film’s sets (though they can!) - there’s a replica of The Hobbit cabin in Montana.

From luxury rooms made entirely of ice and snow to tiny capsules that don’t even have proper beds, there’s a theme hotel out there for nearly every movie fan. Vote up the themed rooms that you would most like to check into for a night!
Themed Hotel Rooms That Movie Nerds Will Love,

Feel Like a Student at Hogwarts
Films: Harry Potter franchise

Kids and adults alike fell heavily under the spell of Harry Potter books and films. The Georgian House Hotel is located in the center of London and is within striking distance of several Harry Potter filming locales. The hotel rooms, or Wizard Chambers as they are called, are designed to make their guests feel like students at Hogwarts. The Wizard Chambers look like a castle and feature stained glass windows, four poster beds, stonewalls, gothic arches, and wood burning stoves.

A Room Made Entirely from Ice and Snow
Film: TRON: Legacy

Two British sci-fi mega-fans had a vision to build a hotel room suite made entirely of ice and snow that looked like a scene out of the movie TRON: Legacy. The Legacy of the River room at the Ice Hotel in Sweden features the film's futuristic one of a kind style.

The hotel itself is made of 21,500 tons of snow and 900 tons of ice. The room's creators, Ben Rousseau and Ian Douglas-Jones, described their vision in an interview with Wired, "The use of lighting and the material finishes in this nightclub scene are very close to ideas we have been discussing for use in the real world, as well as being close to what we could achieve with ice and snow and a little imagination."

Sleep Where Luke Skywalker Slept
Films: Star Wars franchise

The Hotel Sidi Driss
is located in the village of Matmata in Tunisia. Jedi fans from around the world flock to what is known as The Star Wars Hotel. The Hotel Sidi Driss was used in 1976 as the filming location for the home of young Luke Skywalker and his aunt and uncle on their home planet of Tatooine. The location was used again for 2002's Attack of the Clones. The hotel itself looks like it could come from a galaxy far, far, away with its rocky, cave-like exteriors. This is another non-luxury dwelling; the rooms really do resemble caves, do not have windows, and cots are used for beds.
Super Agent Suite for 007 Fans
Films: James Bond franchise

Pour your martinis shaken, not stirred, in this 007-inspired Secret Agent Suite in the Hotel Seven, located in Paris, France. Super fans of James Bond can stay in and watch every Bond film ever made on a big screen from the comfort of their own bed. The suite also features a golden gun lamp, waterfall shower, pictures from several Bond films throughout the room, golden toilets, and mirrored ceilings. The Seven is located in the au courant Latin Quarter, within walking distance of several of the city's most popular attractions.

The Real Deal Hobbit House
Films: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings franchises

Did you absolutely love reading The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings books? Were you an even bigger fan of the film adaptations? If you want to see what a real Hobbit House looks like, there's a replica cabin from the Tolkien books located in the forested foothills of the Cabinet Mountains in Montana. The Shire of Montana is not just a hotel room, but a private enchanted guest house with two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and breathtaking views of Cougar Peak and Whitepine Alpaca Ranch.

Rest Up in Lord Vader's Quarters
Films: Star Wars franchise

The Hotel Pelirocco
in Brighton, England is a multi-themed boutique hotel. One of their most popular rooms is Lord Vader's Quarters. A "father and son" twin room, it's filled with Star Wars memorabilia, Darth Vader's lightsaber, and Star Wars movies. Visitors can even put on Vader's costume, if they think they can handle a dose of the dark side.

Sleep Like the Dark Knight
Films: Batman franchise

Don't let Bruce Wayne have all the fun! Immerse yourself in a total Batman world in the Batman Suite at the Eden Motel in Taiwan. There's a Batbed, a few gargoyles, and even a Batsignal-shaped telephone. However, the centerpiece of the room is the Batmobile replica that sticks out of the hotel room's wall. Don't want to spend an entire night? That's okay, the Batman Suite also rents by the hour.

Live It Up Like Jack Sparrow
Films: Pirates of the Caribbean franchise

The Pirates of the Caribbean Penthouse
at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA is a must-stay locale for diehard fans of the adventure films. It all starts with the doorbell that plays, "Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me." Most of the room's artwork and decor are directly inspired by the franchise's movies, including a replica of Jack Sparrow's revolver, pirate figurines, and wall to wall pirate furnishings.

No Threat of an Iceberg Here!
Film: Titanic

The Radisson Hotel
in Valley Forge, PA gives guests the opportunity to board the Titanic without the threat of crashing into a iceberg. Fans of the 1997 epic can opt to stay in the hotel's Titanic suite - the room is designed after Rose's (Kate Winslet) cabin from the movie.

A Below the Surface Getaway
Films: Poseidon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

The Poseidon Undersea Resort
in Fiji is the first underwater hotel. The design is modeled after the films Poseidon and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Guests of the luxury resort can drive their own Triton submarine, scuba dive, golf, play tennis, eat, drink, or just relax in the marine-focused spa.

The catch is that prospective guests will have to wait to stay at a room in the five-star resort. The hotel was supposed to open in 2009 and 150,000 people have already booked a room. However, the opening has been delayed several times. But there is faith that the resort will open soon.

Just like Nemo says at the end of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, "There is hope for the future. And when the world is ready for a new and better life, all this will someday come to pass, in God's good time."


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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 04:55:03 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-themed-hotel-rooms/anncasano
<![CDATA[The Most Beautiful Castles in France]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-castles-in-france-v1/ranker-travel

List of the most beautiful castles in France, as ranked by Francophiles and castle lovers from all over the world. The chateaux of France are among the most breathtaking in the world. While many of the world’s castles were built with defense in mind, the grand architectural wonders that reside with France’s borders were more often than not about elegance and luxury. Royalty, including centuries of kings, dukes, and earls, often owned multiple castles in France for residence, hunting lodges, and a place to entertain visitors. Napoleon Bonaparte often commandeered and built castles on behalf of his most trusted allies.

 

The castles in France that still stand or have been renovated are known for their beauty, with large, lush gardens and impressive architecture. Many of the chateaus in France are available to be toured by the public and are massive tourist attractions. Some of these castles have become museums, but many more have been passed on through generations to be used as private residences.

 

What are the most beautiful castles in France? Which French chateau is your favorite? The castles on this list are the best of the best that France has to offer. 


The Most Beautiful Castles in France,

Château de Chambord
Chateau de Chambord was built for King Francis I as a hunting lodge.
Château de Pierrefonds
Chateau de Pierrefonds was once renovated by Napoleon Bonaparte. 
Mont St Michel
Mont St. Michel is located on top of a large rock island, making it one of the most unique views in France. 
Josselin Castle
Josselin Castle was built in the 11th century and is now used as a private residence for the former President of Brittany. 
Carcassonne Castle
Carcassone Castle is a huge tourist attraction because they offer medieval jousting displays daily.
Langeais Castle
Langeais Castle was constructed in the 10th century. 
Chateau De Tarascon
Chateau de Tarascon may be small but it has stood strong since the 1400s. 
Loches Castle
In 1204, Loches Castle was captured by King Philip II.
Chateau D'Azay-le-Rideau
Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau was built in 1518.
Chateau De Fontainebleau
The Chateau de Fontainebleau once served as a royal hunting park.

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Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:04:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-castles-in-france-v1/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[All Finnish Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-finnish-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all Finnish Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All Finnish Airlines,

Air Åland

Air Finland

Blue1

Copterline

Finnair

Finncomm Airlines


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Mon, 24 Oct 2011 08:14:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-finnish-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[Real Pics of People Being Absolutely Terrible on Planes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-people-on-planes/rydavis
Flying isn't what it used to be. Being in a huge death machine thousands of feet in the air while braving the elbow checks of hundreds of people isn't exactly a walk in the park. But when your grandma is calling you every other week telling you how terrible you are for never visiting her, you tough it out and travel the 3 billion miles across the country. You've probably heard horror stories about awful people on airplanes, or likely you've had your own special experience.

The worst people on airplanes are the ones who have no boundaries. The ones who always know how to take an all around terrible travel experience and make it even worse. The ones who shed their shoes, socks, shirts, and pants. The ones that decided that if they're going to be miserable, everyone else has to be too.

Still think flying isn't that bad? For those with doubts, the Internet generation has finally grasped the technology necessary to openly shame and document airplane passengers who are just garbage. Prepare to feast your eyes on some of the worst people out there. Here are REAL, ACTUAL pics of people behaving absolutely terribly, with zero chill, on planes.
Real Pics of People Being Absolutely Terrible on Planes,

Didn't Know Airports Started Letting People Line Up For Black Friday Sales

Sorry, What?

Genius Parenting Hack or Terrible Parent?

Really Wholesome Material to Watch on your Flight to NYC.

Sucks the TSA Wouldn't Let Him Bring His P90X on the Plane

Please Keep All Arms and Legs Inside Vehicle At All Times

Looks Comfortable For All Parties. Bet They Got A Lot of Rest

Someone Needs to Kink Shame this Man to No End

Subtle Attempt At Flirting

She Wasn't Sure What the Weather Would Be Like When They Landed, So Better Safe Than Sorry


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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 08:44:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-people-on-planes/rydavis
<![CDATA[The Best GPS Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gps-brands/werner-brandes
The best GPS brands, including the most popular, inexpensive, safe, and effective brands for every day and occasional use. This list answers the question, ‘What are the best GPS brands?’ The goal of this page is to provide a comprehensive list of all the major GPS brands, making shopping and comparison fast and easy. Top GPS brands are available online and in traditional brick and mortar stores, allowing shoppers to select the best options for themselves and their family and to select the highest quality GPS brands for the family or for individuals.

Purchasing the GPS brand that is the best fit for the consumer is key. It’s a matter of customer satisfaction: GPSs that are hard to update or don't have good battery life can lead to poor results for the user- not to mention brand dissatisfaction not used correctly- and we all want the best product for the money, even if it’s something as small as the right choice of GPS brands. Over time, GPSs wear out, so it’s important to find a long-lasting GPS brand that is also a consumer favorite brand, a sure sign of a quality product.

Prices for GPS brands may vary, depending on the materials used and the durability of the products, but the makers of the top GPS brand have what’s best for consumers in mind. Makers of GPS often tailor make their products to be the best for home use (as well as some of the best travel GPS brands), and this best-rated brands for the home list will let you know which of these quality GPS brands really rate high for customer satisfaction.

Many individuals have a favorite brand of GPS and this list includes all of the most well-known, recognizable, safe GPS brands available on the market today. Each claims to offer the most trusted GPSs on the market, but this is what real users recommend, based on voting for the top GPS brands available today. It’s good to keep in mind that the best GPS brands for one person might be the worst GPS brand for another, and that thoroughly considering GPS consumer feedback is crucial for your shopping satisfaction.
The Best GPS Brands,

Delphi Automotive

Alpine

Garmin Corp

Hewlett-Packard

Pentax

Jensen

Asus

Summit Appliance

Magellan

Tomtom


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Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:39:44 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/gps-brands/werner-brandes
<![CDATA[The Top Must-See Attractions in Switzerland]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-switzerland/ranker-travel
List of best things to do in Switzerland. This list ranks the top attractions in Switzerland, one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The Swiss are known for their strong Alpine culture, and many visitors flock to the famous ski resorts in Switzerland during the winter. Hiking and mountain biking are also two top Swiss activities during the summer. Switzerland is a diverse country, but outdoor recreation brings in most of the country's tourism industry. 

You can't leave Switzerland, of course, without indulging in cheese. The region is well-known for its Swiss cheese, including Gruyere and Emmental produced in the valleys of Switzerland. Swiss cuisine is similar to other European countries, especially its neighbors Germany, France and Italy. Wine, cheese and chocolate are among the top Swiss products to try in Switzerland. For chocolate lovers, Switzerland is the perfect country to indulge in fine chocolates. The Swiss are the world's largest consumers of chocolate.

Though Switzerland is one of the world's richest countries, traditional Swiss farms are still prevalent throughout the country. Swiss traditions in folk art are still alive in much of the country. For a true Swiss experience, see a traditional alphorn concert in Vals and listen to the yodeling that is the epitome of Swiss culture.  

What are the top things to do in Switzerland? This list ranks Switzerland's most popular tourist attractions, from ski resorts to quaint villages and beyond. If your favorite tourist spots in Switzerland aren't on the list of must-see spots in Switzerland, make sure to add them.
The Top Must-See Attractions in Switzerland,

Bern

Caumasee

Jungfraujoch

Lake Thun

Lake Zurich

Lucerne

Matterhorn

Reichenbach Falls

Rhine Falls

Swiss Alps


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:00:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-switzerland/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Most Amazing Photos of Underwater Cities]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/underwater-cities/ashley-reign
Underwater cities are spookily beautiful. From fairy tales of mermaid villages to speculation about the lost city of Atlantis, there’s just something intriguing about the idea of lost civilizations hiding beneath the sea. For centuries, our imaginations have been captured by the possibilities of sunken treasures and forgotten cities along the ocean floor. That’s why we decided to put together a collection of some of the coolest photos ever taken of underwater cities and ruins.

Not only will you see fascinating photos of sunken cities, you’ll get a peek at some of the most gorgeous, well-preserved artifacts that rest beneath the waves. Thanks to modern technology, these days even us landlubbers are able to get a peak at some of the world’s most astounding underwater artifacts and we never have to wear scuba gear to see them. So if you’ve ever wondered about exploring Cleopatra's Sunken Palace or seeing Port Royal long after it was hang-out for pirates between treasure raids, come on in, the water is just fine.

This list of photos shows the most astonishing cities and locations that were hidden for centuries, a few of which are believed to contain evidence of some of the most ancient civilizations on Earth. So explore once-thriving ancient cities that ended up in the briny deep with this collection of gorgeous statues, elaborate temples, and underwater cities. Vote up your favorite pictures of sunken cities swept beneath the surface.

The Most Amazing Photos of Underwater Cities,

The Egyptian Stele That Led to the Lost Site of Thonis-Heracleion
This amazingly intact Egyptian monument commissioned by the Pharaoh Nectanebo I (378-362 BC) helped explorers identify the ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion in 2000. The city enjoyed a golden age as the only port of entry for Greek ships entering Egypt before the founding of the city of Alexandria in 331 B.C. It's believed to have sunk into the briny deep sometime in the 8th century.

Source

Could Atlantis Be Hiding off the Coast of Cuba?
In 2001, a minor media storm broke out when sonar equipment detected what could be a giant underwater city off the coast of Cuba. Though some have speculated that this sunken city could be the remains of the fabled Atlantis, plenty of others have dismissed this as fanciful thinking at best.

Source

Diver Examines a Sphinx Statuette in Alexandria
Amid the treasures recovered from ancient Alexandria were this granite sphinx whose face is believed to represent that of Ptolemy Xll, father of famous Egyptian Queen Cleopatra VII.

Source  

Dwarka May Have Been Among the World's First Known Civilizations
Scientific study of the ruins of Darkwa suggest it may be among the most ancient site discoveries of our time. Carbon dating wood dredged from the site pegs the city at around 9,000 years old, suggesting it may predate any previously known civilization.

Source 

Dolphins Visit the Ancient Indian City of Dwarka
For centuries, the ancient Indian city of Dwarka was believed to be merely a mythic city of built by the Hindu god Krishna, a fabled place of 70,000 lavish palaces. Dwarka turned out to be real, however: divers discovered ruins of the city hidden deep beneath the Arabian Sea in 2000.

Source

The Ruins of Pavloperti, Greece Reveal a Complex Ancient Civilization
The city, which is believed by archaeologists to be around 5,000 years old, is still remarkably well preserved and contains around nine acres of ancient houses, gardens, temples, and even evidence of an ancient yet complex plumbing system. 

Source
 

Lion City's Underwater Network of Well-Preserved Art
The astonishingly well-preserved streets of Lion City feature over 250 ornately carved archways including stunning depictions of dragons, phoenixes, lions, and other cultural icons.

Source

The Famous Pirate Cove of Port Royal Lives On Beneath the Waves
Once visited by infamous pirates such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack, Port Royal was once a favorite hang-out and base for pirates between treasure raids on ships sailing the Spanish main. An 1692 earthquake spelled disaster for the city, causing its foundations to give way. Much of the city is preserved beneath Kingston Harbor to this day.

Source   

Lion City Recaptures China's Imagination in 2011
Interest in the underwater city of Shi Cheng was once again piqued in 2001 when Chinese National Geography published an article full of pictures and hypothetical illustrations of what the city might have looked like.

Source

Lion City: The Atlantis of the East
Unlike most of the sunken cities of the world, China's Shi Cheng or "Lion City" fell victim to flooding at the hands of mankind rather than a natural disaster. The city, parts of which were built as far back as the 1300s, was flooded in 1959 as part of the construction of Xin’an Dam and an adjoining plant. It was then virtually forgotten until divers begin to "rediscover" it in 2001.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:57:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/underwater-cities/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[30 Amazing LEGO Versions of Famous Monuments]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/lego-versions-of-famous-monuments/ariel-kana
LEGO versions of famous monuments recreate some of the most beautiful buildings in the world along with some of the top natural wonders. These creations, painstakingly crafted brick by brick, are nearly impressive as the real things, just much, much smaller.

Comprised of thousands of bricks, some LEGO experts spend ridiculous amounts of hours recreating some of the world's top buildings and natural wonders. That is the case for many of these, such as LEGO Stonehenge, the LEGO Grand Canyon and the LEGO Great Wall of China. These LEGO master builders craft these monuments down to the tiniest detail to make their creations perfect.

For those who don't have the time, patience or skill to build the likes of the Leaning Tower of Pisa or Temple of Artemis in LEGO bricks, LEGO Architecture Products make recreating these masterpieces a snap. The company has several series of product sets designed to recreate some of the top monuments around the world, such as the Architect Series, which features the Guggenheim Museum, and the Landmark Series, featuring The White House, Eiffel Tower and Rockefeller Center, all in LEGO form.

So if you've always wanted to visit these awesome monuments but a stamp on your passport isn't in the cards, get your fix by recreating one of these super-cool LEGO monuments at home.
30 Amazing LEGO Versions of Famous Monuments,

Acropolis of Athens

Colosseum

Eiffel Tower

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Moscow Kremlin

Rockefeller Center

Space Needle

Westminster Abbey

White House

Egyptian pyramids


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Wed, 07 May 2014 08:38:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/lego-versions-of-famous-monuments/ariel-kana
<![CDATA[The Most Beautiful Countries in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/most-beautiful-countries-in-the-world
There's nothing like traveling and seeing the world to broaden your horizons and the countries on this list are the most beautiful places in the world. Vote up the most gorgeous destinations below or add a beautiful country to visit if it isn't already listed. This list should encourage you to travel and see some of these gorgeous landscapes for yourself. The pictures of beautiful countries below are incredible, but nothing beats seeing these locations in person.

Many people love Italy because of the magical cities of Rome, Venice, Florence, and the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Breathtaking scenes are everywhere! What factors go into considering the most beautiful countries in the world? Certainly, many of these gorgeous countries are home to the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, along with the most beautiful buildings. It's hard to argue, for example, with Australia as a popular travel destination, given the extraordinary natural wonders it is home to.

What do you believe is the prettiest country? Time to vote and rerank the top most beautiful countries in the world below.
The Most Beautiful Countries in the World,

Austria

Canada

France
Visiting France? These hotels will make you want to stay forever.

Greece
Planning a vacation? Here are some awesome places to stay in Greece!

Iceland
Don't break the bank, find  the cheapest hotels to stay at in Iceland!

Italy
Thinking about a spur of the moment trip? Get a great deal on your hotel stay!

New Zealand
Here are some of the most awesome hotels New Zealand has to offer!
Norway
These are the best and most scenic hotels to stay at while in Norway!
Scotland

Switzerland
Make sure to visit the best hotels in Switzerland on your next trip!


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Tue, 28 May 2013 05:37:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/most-beautiful-countries-in-the-world
<![CDATA[The Best South American Cities to Visit]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-south-american-cities-to-visit/ranker-travel
List of the best South American cities to visit. Whether you enjoy the weather, the attractions, the beaches or the people, these amazing South American cities to visit rank as favorites of tourists of all ages. Explore the best cities South America has to offer, and vote for your favorites.

 South American tourism is rich and varied. Tourists who enjoy historical sites and monuments will find themselves especially at home in these amazing South American cities. From the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro to the ancient Inca site Machu Picchu (just outside of Cusco), history awaits those who travel to South America’s popular tourist destinations.

 Tourists who’d rather relax on a beach will also appreciate these top cities in South America for travel. Visit Reñaca Beach, conveniently located near Viña del Mar, for cool water or Punta Carnero Beach in Salinas for outstanding surfing. Besides swimming and surfing, South American beaches are excellent places to try snorkeling, scuba diving or simply relaxing on the beach.

 Or would you prefer to explore the local flavor? South American cities each boast a potpourri of regional flavors, often including seafood or exotic tropical fruits. More adventurous eaters might try a dish made with alpaca meat or a dish cooked with peppers; some South American cuisine can be notoriously spicy.

 Whichever South American city is your favorite, you’re almost guaranteed to find something new each time you visit. Tourist cities in South America, much like their cuisines, are never bland -- and often changing.

The Best South American Cities to Visit,

Bogotá

Buenos Aires

Cartagena

Cusco

Florianópolis

Montevideo

Quito

Rio de Janeiro

São Paulo

Foz do Iguaçu


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:55:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-south-american-cities-to-visit/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best Wineries in Sonoma Valley]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wineries-in-sonoma-valley/ranker-travel
List of the top wineries in Sonoma Valley. What are the best wineries to visit in Sonoma Valley? This list ranks the most popular wineries and vineyards in California's Sonoma Valley, also known as Sonoma County, located on California's northern coast just north of San Francisco. 

Sonoma County has long been considered one of the world's top wine regions, along with California's Napa Valley. From cabernet sauvignon to chardonnay and pinot noir, zinfandel, merlot and malbec, Sonoma County is one of California's largest grape producers and is now a major tourist destination for its beautiful wine estates and vineyards. Sonoma County is a world-class wine destination with more than 400 award-winning wineries, from small family-run businesses to major wine houses. 

Sonoma County offers breathtaking scenery and romantic outings that begin and end with wine. Many of the top wine destinations in Sonoma County offer spectacular views of the northern California sunset, the Pacific Coast, mountains and redwood forests. Visiting Sonoma County is sure to be a great getaway whether you're looking for simple tasting rooms or star-studded wine houses such as Francis Ford Coppola's winery resort. The vibrant culture of Sonoma County reflects to vibrant hues of the landscape and continues to be a top destination for travelers every year. 
The Best Wineries in Sonoma Valley,

B. R. Cohn Winery

Ravenswood Winery

Williams & Selyem Winery

Mauritson Vineyards

Papapietro Perry Winery

Woodenhead Vintners

Simi Winery

Benziger Family Winery

Lynmar Winery

Siduri Wines


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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:26:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wineries-in-sonoma-valley/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Top Luggage Shopping Websites]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/luggage-shopping-websites/dot-commander
Websites specializing in luggage shopping and commerce. These online luggage and bag shopping sites provide a wide variety of options for travel accessories, ranging in styles and sizes to suit every taste. Sites specializing in travel gear, outdoor gear and other kinds of essential transportation equipment - including specialty items like camera bags - are plentiful, and it can be helpful to narrow down the search beyond the largest retailers and the biggest brands. The goal of this page is to provide a comprehensive list of all eCommerce sites available for luggage in one place, for easier comparison shopping and browsing.

The top eCommerce sites include only a few baggage retailers - such as Tumi, TravelSmith and Luggage Online - which largely specialize in major brands and designers that would be found in a conventional department store or mall setting. This leaves the market wide open for smaller, up-and-coming clothes retailers, like Redoxx.com, LuggagePros.com and Magellan's, many of them specializing in harder-to-find items, less mainstream items or younger designers.

Even niche segments of the luggage and carrying case market - such as camera or equipment bags and trendy pop culture accessories - have their own websites and resources dedicated exclusively to them. This amount of variety and options makes shopping online more fun than ever, and a great way to track down great deals on hot new bags.
The Top Luggage Shopping Websites,

flyingcirclebags.com

luggageguru.com

globalbagtag.com

redoxx.com

luggagefactory.com

innovationluggage.com

Http://buyonebest.com/

Www.safetykart.com

amerileather.com

luggagewarehouse.co.za


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Sun, 19 Feb 2012 16:15:37 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/luggage-shopping-websites/dot-commander
<![CDATA[The Best Mass Effect Vacation Spots]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-mass-effect-vacation-spots/reilcan-jones
If you were a denizen of the Mass Effect version of our Milkyway galaxy where would you like to holiday/vacation the most?

Would you hobnob on the Citadel Presidium, ride your tauntaun across Noveria, perhaps you'd enjoy shopping on Illium. No? Too tame for your adventurous spirit? How about trying to track down the Migrant Fleet, rock climbing in the ruins of Tuchanka or trying not to get shiv'd on Omega...

I suppose you could always visit Earth, but who'd want to go to that dump?

-/-

Switch to Slideshow view for huge images of each location!

Most images courtesy of the amazing Mass Effect Wiki
The Best Mass Effect Vacation Spots,

Thessia
Home of as many blue ladies as you can eat. Just be sure not to break any laws, justice maybe pretty but she is swift and deadly.

Shadow Broker Lair
If you can find it, and then get inside without getting electrocuted or thrown off into space, you'll be in for a treat: the most connected profile ever.

The Migrant Fleet
If they'll let you dock and you survive the decon scrub it's actually quite pretty. If you're very lucky you may even see what's under that suit.

Illium
All you can eat everything and anything... If you have the cash. Be sure to read the fine print!

Earth
Home of Commander Shepard and the Alliance.

Virmire
Take your swim suit and explore the vast endless beaches of Virmire.

Ilos
Explore the anicent ruins that inspired Liara, but also got her stuck in a security field. Always have your omni tool handy!

Eden Prime
One of the first human colonies, sustainable and well manicured. Good if you like a slow holiday.

Noveria
It's a tad cold, but I hear the skiing is marvelous year-round.

The Citadel
Hobnob on the presidium or get down in the wards.


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Tue, 15 Jan 2013 03:28:09 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-mass-effect-vacation-spots/reilcan-jones
<![CDATA[All Greek Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-greek-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all Greek Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All Greek Airlines,

Aegean Airlines

EuroAir

Hellenic Imperial Airways

Olympic Airlines

Sky Express


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Wed, 26 Oct 2011 07:55:54 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-greek-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[Great Destinations for a Group Vacation]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-group-vacation-destinations/ranker-travel
List of the Best Group Vacation Destinations ranked from best to worst. Group travel can be a lot of fun as well as a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and family. A great group vacation can be at a theme park, a beach resort or a National Park. Which is the best group vacation destination? Vote on this list and make sure your favorite travel spot ends up on top.

Las Vegas is one of the most fun locations to head to with a group. With endless options for entertainment, beautiful weather and of course gambling, Las Vegas truly has something for everyone in your group. Another great location to travel to with family and friends is Walt Disney World. Nicknamed “the happiest place on earth” Disney is good fun for everyone. National Parks are also great vacation destinations for group travel.

Yosemite National Park in northern California offers hikers of all levels beautiful views of mountainous landscapes. The Grand Canyon in Arizona is also a breath-taking sight that is even more special when you are sharing the experience with a group.

Which is the best group vacation destination? Vote on this list and share stories of your favorite group vacations in the comments section.
Great Destinations for a Group Vacation,

Chicago

Gatlinburg

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

Nashville

New Orleans

New York City

Rome

Walt Disney World

Yosemite National Park


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:44:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-group-vacation-destinations/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[All Iranian Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-iranian-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all Iranian Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All Iranian Airlines,

Caspian Airlines

Eram Air

Iranian Naft Airlines

Iran Air

Iran Aseman Airlines

Kish Air

Mahan Air

Payam Air

Qeshm Airlines

Safiran Airlines


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Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:00:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-iranian-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[The Best Countries to Travel To]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-countries-to-travel-to/ranker-travel
Which country is the best to travel to? The options are endless and vary from person to person. Do you prefer to experience great nightlife in the hottest cities, or would you rather explore lush landscapes and the wonders of nature? Help travelers determine which nation is the greatest vacation destination by voting on this list. From American sites to the richly historic landscapes of Europe and Asia, the world is full of great countries to visit and explore.

The European nations have been popular travel destinations for decades. With rich culture, delicious cuisines, and some of the world's greatest museums, France, Germany and Spain are places that everyone should experience. Russia is the largest country in the world and offers exciting opportunities for every traveler. The Kremlin in Moscow is one of the most interesting sites that visitors could hope to take in.

Thrifty travelers have more options than ever in 2015. South Korea is becoming an affordable vacation destination for sportsmen and adventure lovers. The Asian nation offers challenging hikes, green golf courses and ocean waters for fishing. Mexico has beautiful all-inclusive resorts that provide vacationers beach front views for a bargain.

What country is your favorite to travel to? Vote on this list and share your favorite travel destinations in the comments section.
The Best Countries to Travel To,

Austria
Austria is famous for its classical music, as some of the most famous composers were born there, such as Mozart and Beethoven. It also has one of the most multicultural cuisines in Europe, bringing a wide variety and depth to its cuisine. Some of their most famous dishes are strudel, wiener schnitzel, and wheat beer.
England
With its endless amount of castles, cathedrals, towers, and cobblestone streets, tourists are never short of finding something exquisite to see in England. It also has 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Stonehenge, Tower of London, Jurassic Coast, and Ironbridge Gorge. 
France
France is home to what many consider the most romantic city in the world, Paris. France a hub of fine dining, fashion, culture, and love. It's been ranked as first in tourist destinations in the world, thanks to its world renowned museums, landmarks, and extravagant castles.
Germany
Between the ancient castles, the modern cities, and the delicious cuisine, there's little Germany can't offer to tourists. In 2013, it was ranked as the most positively viewed country in the world. Its restaurants are the second-most prestigious in the world, only behind France.
Greece
Greece has the 11th longest coastline in the world, lending itself to some of the most beautiful beaches. Its rich history of the Greek and Ottoman empires has left behind 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that tourists travel from all over the world to see, including the Parthenon and the White Tower of Thessaloniki. 
Norway
Norway is known for its jazz music, wooden architecture, and it's dramatic coastlines. The Norwegian fjords have been listed by National Geographic as the top tourist attraction in the world. 
Republic of Ireland
While Dublin is the visited area in Ireland, the country has three World Heritage Sites to boast, as well as many historical landmarks, including Glendalough and Clonmacnoise, the latter dating back to the 1st century. Its old castles and rich history are still vital to modern-day Ireland, creating a colorful culture and an exciting destination for tourists.
Scotland
Scotland is best known for its traditional bagpipe music, its ancient castles, and whiskey, which is their largest export. It's also known for sports fanaticism for rugby and football, and it is home to golf. 
Spain
Spain is the second most visited country in the world and third in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which is 44. They trail only behind Italy and China. They also have a number of world famous festivals, including the running of the bulls, in which millions from around the world come to celebrate.
Switzerland
Because of the Swiss Alps covering much of the country, Switzerland is a popular destination for skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. Folk art is also kept alive by many organizations in Switzerland, displaying their alpine symbolism through music, art, and dance, including yodeling.

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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:39:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-countries-to-travel-to/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[24 Absurdly Bad TripAdvisor Reviews]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-tripadvisor-reviews/nathandavidson

TripAdvisor serves as the Internet's top resource for reviews on travel destinations, but occasionally, their reviewers appear to be on a different type of trip. This photo gallery is dedicated to funny TripAdvisor reviews and people who took the high road with their critique of the top travel destinations in the world. Sure, comical Yelp reviews are great, but they're nothing compared to funny travel reviews where people call the Grand Canyon "overrated" and claim that a beach was "too sandy." Peruse this collection of weird TripAdvisor reviews and funny travel complaints from people who are probably better off staying home for their next vacation.


24 Absurdly Bad TripAdvisor Reviews,

Meanwhile, In Scotland

This Just In: Beaches Are Sandy

Sour On The Eiffel Tower

Beware Of Building

No Beetles Either

Museum Of Weiners

What A Ditch

No Redeeming Qualities

Just Poo It

The Taj "Meh" Hal


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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:01:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-tripadvisor-reviews/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[Offensive Hand Gestures from Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/offensive-hand-gestures/jacob-shelton
Call us uncultured, but one of our favorite things to do is learn all of the offensive hand gestures and dirty slang around the world. There’s something inherently funny and powerful about knowing you can offend someone with your hands. We don’t know if we have the gumption to actually travel the world and make rude gestures at everyone, but we’d like to think we’d have a good laugh before being beaten in the street. If you’re doing any overseas traveling in the next few months, you’ll definitely want to study this list of rude hand gestures of the world. It just might save your life.

The difference between offensive hand signs and funny gestures can be infinitesimal. One man’s peace sign is another man’s eff off. And we think it’s important to know about this kind of stuff. Wouldn’t you want to know if you were offending an entire village of pitchfork-wielding Romanians? Or what if you’re speaking to a police officer in Vietnam and suddenly feel the need to cross your fingers for luck? Don’t you want to know why you probably shouldn’t do that? Or maybe you’re just aching to find out how to offend people from other countries. Well this list of obscene international gestures can help with that too.

Study this list of obscene hand gestures from across the world, and make sure you don’t get yourself in trouble by making any of these rude hand signs the next time you travel abroad.
Offensive Hand Gestures from Around the World,

Tacaño
In Mexico, and South America this gesture means "You're stingy." If you want some extra bang for your gesturing buck, just slam your elbow on the table. 
Chin Flick
This gesture is mostly used in Belgium, France, Northern Italy, and Tunisia and it means "Get lost" or even simply "No" depending on just where and how you use it.

The V Sign
Don't go around flashing the peace sign in England, where the V sign is a quick way to tell someone to f*** off. 
Idiota
In Brazil, putting your fist to your forehead is a simple and direct way of asking "Are you an idiot?"
Moutza
In Greece, Africa, and Pakistan, this hand gesture can mean anything from "To hell with you!" to "I'm going to violate your sister!"
Five Fathers
In Arabic countries and the Caribbean, this hand gesture means "You have five fathers." As in, "Your mother's a whore."
Corna
In the Baltics, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, this hand gesture means "Your wife is being unfaithful."
Crossed Arms
Crossing your arms in front of you is considered a huge sign of arrogance in Finland. Standing with this posture in a Finnish bar is likely to get you into a fight.
Write-off
In Greece, this gesture means "I'm ignoring you" and is often accompanied by the odd declaration "I write it on my testicles" though you don't need testicles to do the write-off gesture.

Cutis
In India and Pakistan (as well as fair Verona), to perform the cutis insults someone's entire family. So be careful whom you bite your thumb at.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:05:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/offensive-hand-gestures/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Top Must-See Attractions in Tokyo]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-tokyo/ranker-travel
List of top things to do in Tokyo. This list ranks the top tourist attractions in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. Tokyo is the world's largest populated metropolitan area in the world with the world's largest metropolitan economy. Tokyo is famous for its modern architecture and internationally acclaimed cuisine.

Tokyo is a lively city with many things to see. From the bustling city with modern skyscrapers to the cartoon culture of Harajuku with hip teenagers and fashion trends, Tokyo offers plenty of tourist attractions to see and experience. Though Tokyo is largely known for it's contemporary landscape, the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park offers a glimpse of historic Japanese culture with its extensive art collections.

Many visitors in Tokyo will notice that not many old buildings exist in the cityscape and have been replaced by modern skyscrapers and contemporary buildings. This is because much of Tokyo was left in ruins from an earthquake and then firebombing during World War II. Today, Tokyo is renowned for its architecture, including the Tokyo Skytree, the second tallest building in the world. Though Tokyo is famous for its urban city life, there are also many parks and gardens in Tokyo for visitors to enjoy. Along with Ueno Park, Yoyogi Park is a frequently visited attraction near the popular Meiji Shrine.

What are the top attractions in Tokyo? Vote up the best things to see!

The Top Must-See Attractions in Tokyo,

Asakusa

Harajuku

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Meiji Shrine

Sensō-ji

Shibuya, Tokyo

Shinjuku, Tokyo

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo Tower

Ueno Park


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:56:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-tokyo/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best Vacation Spots in the Solar System]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-places-in-the-solar-system/michaelgraff
The solar system is a vast, amazing place. From our Goldilocks-zone planet of Earth we've been able to observe and learn quite a lot about our solar neighborhood. Most of that knowledge has come from high tech probes and telescopes, letting us peek at the other celestial bodies that make up our solar system.

Getting there in person has proved a considerable challenge for our tenacious drive to explore. The whole solar system is hundreds of millions of kilometers of space, inhabited by objects that make up an infinitesimal fraction of that volume. And even if you could live long enough to make the voyage, these places aren't exactly hospitable, with all manners of intolerable cold, heat or toxicity.

But let's just assume we all had a TARDIS or something. What cool things in the solar system could you visit? What outer space tourist sites would be your favorite destinations in an age of space tourism? Once you've considered this important question, why not rank your favorite Star Wars planets also?

The Best Vacation Spots in the Solar System,

See the Globe-Spanning Volcanic Activity on Io
150 active volcanoes have been directly observed on Jupiter's moon of Io, although astronomers believe there could be as many as 400. Io is the most geologically active body in the solar system, primarily due to the competing gravitational pulls of Jupiter itself and its other moons; they pull poor Io in opposite directions. The resulting friction and tidal heating deforms the planet and releases in the form of volcanic activity. Pretty cool!

Witness the Lava Flows from Maat Mons on Venus
The highest volcano on the planet Venus and second highest mountain range, the lava flows from this volcano extend for hundreds of kilometers around.

Cruise Around the Solar System on Halley's Comet
This spectacular bad boy is visible from Earth only every 75 to 76 years. In its orbit through the solar system, Halley's Comet goes from in between Mercury and Venus's orbits to approximately as far out as Pluto. Sightings of the comet have inspired philosophical, naturalistic and scientific inquiry for millennia. During its 1910 appearance, the relativistic velocity of Halley's Comet was calculated at 70.56 kilometers per second, or 157,838 miles per hour.

Dive Below the Ice Surface of Europa to the Oceans Beneath
Jupiter's moon Europa is a very exciting world! Scientists have found plenty of evidence to suggest that Europa has persistent liquid oceans under its frozen surface, prevented from freezing by heat-releasing tectonic activity, similar to Earth. These conditions could be harboring primitive deep sea life, if we could look closer.

Sail Along Saturn's Rings
One of the most visually distinctive features of any planet in the solar system, the rings extend from approximately 6,630 to 120,700 kilometers outward from Saturn's equator, but on average they are only 20 meters thick. They provide excellent views of Saturn's atmosphere and the surrounding moons.

Walk Along the Base of Valles Marineris on Mars
Valles Marineris is the largest canyon in the solar system at 4,000 kilometers long and 7 kilometers deep. Compare that to the Grand Canyon which is only 446 kilometers long a 1.6 kilometers deep. It lies near the equator of Mars and comprises about a fifth of the planet's total equatorial circumference.

Ski on the Frozen Slopes of Pluto's Norgray Montes
Despite it being classified a dwarf planet now, Pluto is still a worthy destination for interstellar tourists. Although instead of frozen liquid snow, you'll be skiing through nitrogen ice on Norgay Montes. You could get some serious height with Pluto's reduced gravity compared to Earth's.

Sit on the Rim of Olympus Mons on Mars
Olympus Mons is the largest known volcano in the solar system. It's part of a mountain range that extends for approximately 300,000 square kilometers. The summit itself is approximately 60 by 80 kilometers across.

Swim in the Methane Lakes of Titan
Saturn's moon Titan has actual seas and lakes of liquid methane and ethane. It is so abundant and dynamic that there is actually a methane weather cycle similar to the water cycle on Earth.

Watch from the International Space Station as it Orbits Earth in 93 Minutes
The International Space Station, or ISS, is made up of 16 pressurized modules and various other equipment modules, maintaining an altitude of at least 330 kilometers above Earth's surface. It orbits the Earth at an average speed of 27,724 kilometers per hour, completing a full Earth orbit every 93 minutes! Beat that, Magellan!


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Mon, 02 May 2016 09:06:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-places-in-the-solar-system/michaelgraff
<![CDATA[The Most Beautiful Mormon Temples]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-mormon-temples/ranker-travel

The Mormon religion, when compared to many of the other religions in the world, is relatively new. With only a few hundred years of history, the number of Mormon churches in the world is much fewer than other religious institutions. Unlike with Catholic churches, most of the Mormon temples have only been standing for a few decades and therefore don’t have as much significant history behind each building. Although many Mormon temples are housed within the United States, where the religion originally began, there are still many international temples with their own unique personalities.

 

The Mormon temples on this list are among the most beautiful in the world. Many Mormon temples are built with a similar style and design, with a white exterior and multiple spires. That’s what makes the few that are different all the more special. Some of these temples feature unique materials, from lava rocks crushed into concrete to Italian marble.

 

What are the most beautiful Mormon temples? Which temple is your favorite? This list includes some of the best Mormon temples in the whole world.


The Most Beautiful Mormon Temples,

Bountiful Utah Temple
The large Bountiful Utah Temple was designed by Allen Ereckson to have a modern style with a single spire.
Laie Hawaii Temple
The Laie Hawaii Temple features a pool out front with crushed lava rock in the concrete.
Oakland California Temple
The Oakland California Temple sits on top of a hill and is one of the highest points in Oakland.
Portland Oregon Temple
The land for the Portland Oregon Temple was bought in the '60s, but the temple wasn't built until the mid-'80s.
Sacramento California Temple
The white granite of the Sacramento California Temple was sent from Fuzhou, China.
Salt Lake Temple
As one of the major Mormon temples in the world, the Salt Lake Temple is built in the Gothic style.
San Diego California Temple
The San Diego California Temple features two huge towers in white marble.
St. George Utah Temple
St. George Utah Temple is made up of sandstone with a Gothic style.
Washington D.C. Temple
Built in 1968, the design of the Washington, D.C. temple was meant to illustrate that the church is a "light to the world."

Logan Temple
The Logan Utah Temple is made from siliceous limestone and features the castellated style. 

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Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:04:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-mormon-temples/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Top Must-See Attractions in France]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-france-v2/ranker-travel
List of best things to do in France. What are the top attractions in France? From the Eiffel Tower to the French Riviera, there are many famous tourist attractions in France. From wine and cheese to beauty and art, tourists flock to France every year to experience the French way of life where bonjour is heard as you enter a small cafe or boutique, a flower shop or newsstand.

Visiting France for the first time? You're not alone. France is the most visited country in the world with 83 million tourists every year. It might be the beautiful French language that allures most visitors or the je ne sais quoi of the French way of life that people admire. Though most people think of Paris as the top destination in France, the country offers beaches, ski resorts, sea ports, and rural country life. So while many people plan their trip to France to visit Paris, many people also visit the French Riviera located in the southeast of France.

From the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre in Paris to the breathtaking castles in the Loire Valley, taking a trip to France can be the trip of a lifetime full of some of the world's top places to visit in France. Just be sure to grab a baguette and a bottle of wine before you head under the Eiffel Tower to watch the sunset in Paris and fall in love like millions of other visitors have with the region of romance. 

If you're planning a trip to France, use this list as a guide of must-see places in France. Vote up the best French places to see.

The Top Must-See Attractions in France,

Bordeaux
Bordeaux is well known for its famous wine. But also for the historic part of the city which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century.
Bordeaux is the world's major wine industry capital. It is home to the world's main wine fair, Vinexpo, while the wine economy in the metro area takes in 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century.

Château de Chenonceau

Eiffel Tower

French Riviera

The Louvre

Nice

Notre Dame de Paris

Palace of Versailles

Paris

Basilica of the Sacré Cœur


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:53:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-france-v2/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best Spring Break Destinations]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-spring-break-destinations/island-hopper-dan
List of the best Spring Break destinations for college kids, ranked as most awesome and wild. When warm weather hits, the last thing any warm-blooded American 20 year-old wants to do is hang around indoors watching Netflix. Luckily, your school gives you a week off to head to any of the best beaches in the US to let off some steam, get some sun, and do a few crazy things you hopefully won't regret.

This votable list of the best cities for Spring Break includes beaches and towns known for their beautiful weather during the day and best nightlife cities once the sun goes down. It includes some of the best US cities for vacations in coastal states like Florida, Texas, and California as well as cities in Caribbean countries for Spring Break in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. If you are asking, "Where should I go for Spring Break?" also consider all-season favorites like New Orleans, New York, and the wildest party city of them all, good ol' Las Vegas.

Vote up your favorite vacation cities on this list to help create the definitive list of the top college Spring Break spots, and be sure to add any of the best Florida beaches that are missing. If you've spent time at Senor Frog's in a few different cities, please hit "rerank" to make your own version of this list.
The Best Spring Break Destinations,

South Padre Island

Acapulco

Amsterdam

Cabo San Lucas

Cancún

Ibiza Town

Las Vegas

Miami Beach

New Orleans

Puerto Vallarta


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Wed, 03 Apr 2013 07:05:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-spring-break-destinations/island-hopper-dan
<![CDATA[How to Actually Become a Canadian Citizen If Your Presidential Candidate Loses]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/becoming-a-canadian-citizen/kellen-perry

It happens every election year in the US: celebrities and regular folk both threaten to move to Canada if the candidate they don't like gets into office. But how easy is moving to Canada? What does it take to kiss American politics goodbye and become a Canadian citizen?

Before you can become a citizen, you have to earn the Canadian equivalent of a green card, called a permanent resident card. After that, you have to live in Canada for at least 1,460 days during the six years before you apply. But when most people make this threat, they're talking about becoming permanent residents, whether they know it or not. What does that give you?

Being a permanent resident grants you access to free Canadian health care and allows you to work in Canada without a NAFTA work permit. You also, of course, get to live there and apply for citizenship. But getting that coveted permanent resident status isn't easy, and Canada might not be for you after all. If you're still convinced it's an option, here are some things to keep in mind.


How to Actually Become a Canadian Citizen If Your Presidential Candidate Loses,

Get Ready to Wade Through Some Alphabet Soup

If you have to do things the hard way, here are a few options, via attorney Henry Chang, writing for The Huffington Post: you can apply to become a permanent resident in the Federal Skilled Worker Class  (FSW), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) categories. The CEC and FSTC categories require that you have previous Canadian work experience as a visitor and a Canadian-issued certificate of qualification in a skilled trade, respectively, so these aren't for everybody. The FSW is slightly more forgiving. 

Applying for any of  these statuses doesn't require you to have a Canadian family member or an employer sponsor you, so these are great options for disgruntled loner-exiles, as long as they meet the requirements, which include proving your work history, language skills, and that you have adequate funds to support yourself, among other factors. Easy-peasy, right? There’s just one catch…


Decide What You're Even Doing with Your Life

So you’ve made up your mind: you’re moving to Canada, the land of poutine, arguably better Netflix, both of the Property Brothers, socialized medicine, and Win Butler’s hair. But most importantly, it isn’t the land of Candidate X, whose potential election every four years will surely sound the death knell of the American project. Congratulations!

So, what’s the plan? You can’t just pack up the car and cross the border. You’ve got a few options here:

  1. temporary status, meaning you might be able to ride things out until Candidate X rides out of DC on a rail; or
  2. permanent residence, which would allow you access to that sweet socialized medicine and could someday lead to citizenship, meaning you have one more thing in common with Justin Beiber. Let's explore the permanent option.

Try to Get a Job Offer

A job offer from a Canadian company might just be your ticket out of the hellscape you think Candidate X will leave behind: the Canadian government promises that if you have "a valid job offer or provincial/territorial nomination" you "will quickly receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence." Score!

You don't have to have a job offer to bellyflop into the Express Entry pool, but the government calls it "a significant asset." In fact, of the 1200 possible CRS points you can earn, 600 come from having a job offer. That's huge.

 


Consider Studying Abroad

If you don't have a job offer and your chances of scoring high in Express Entry are dismal, you could always seek a study permit and temporarily escape Candidate X's brutal regime at one of Canada's many fine institutions of higher learning. Like the US, most bachelor degree programs in Canada are just as long as a Presidential term, so you could always return when the political tide turns. If it doesn't, take comfort knowing the Canadian government says most graduates "have the qualities to make a successful transition from temporary to permanent residence" and can apply for three-year post-graduation work permits.


What About Refugees?

Sure, Candidate X is probably going to be bad news, but as Dara Lind of Vox notes, fleeing to Canada because you don't like the new administration doesn't count as a refugee act. In other words, your outrage doesn't compare, in the eyes of the Canadian government, to the plight of Syrian refugees. 

In 2016, according to Lind, Canada doubled its number of accepted humanitarian refugees, which, yes, necessarily lowered the number of economic immigrants allowed in. Meanwhile, in 2014-2015 combined, Canada only accepted two US nationals as humanitarian refugees. You won't likely be the next, unless your foreign parents found asylum in Canada and you're trying to join them.


Take a Shot at Express Entry

As of January 1, 2015, applying to become a permanent resident without Canadian family or employer sponsorship means facing a process called Express Entry, which is a scored application measuring your fitness to join the Canadian ranks. So you can't just directly apply under the FSW, CEC, or FSTC categories and hope for the best - you have to score enough Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Even if you score high, you'll only be placed in a pool of potential "economic" immigrants, since the Canadian government sets targets for how many overall immigrants they allow each year (2016, for example, saw a decrease in the number of economic immigrants, thanks to an influx of "refugee and humanitarian" immigrants, particularly from Syria).


Fall in Love With a Canadian

Marrying a Canadian won't automatically make you a Canadian citizen, but your new spouse can sponsor you to become a permanent resident. But there are serious downsides, as Allison Tierney of Vice notes: it takes a couple of years to process your application, meaning you'll toil as an American in a foreign land for six months out of the year while spending the rest in a long-distance relationship (unless you get a study or work permit). You will also have to pay a ton of fees and prove your marriage is real, thanks to a near-epidemic of fraudulent marriages in the country.

Ultimately, unless you're extraordinarily rich, have a Canadian family, or have a Canadian job offer, it could take several years to properly move to Canada, if you can at all. Candidate X's reign may even be over by then. Have you thought about Mexico?

 


Make Sure You're Eligible

Hold your Mountie-bestridden horses: are you even eligible to move to Canada? There are a number of reasons they may not let you in, including your criminal record, ties to organized crime, serious health problems, serious financial problems, or if you are considered a security risk. Your shady family may be a hindrance, too: chances are, if they can’t get into Canada for one of the above reasons, neither can you.

Canada doesn’t play: if you’ve ever done jail time for a DUI, for example, the best case scenario is a $200 CAD processing fee just to visit the country. The worst case? You “will probably be found criminally inadmissible to Canada.” 


Get Rich

If none of the above options sound feasible to you, you could always start practicing poker right now in hopes of someday earning giant trays of cold, hard Canadian cash. That's because being a filthy rich American (or filthy rich anything) makes it pretty easy to immigrate. The Immigrant Investor Capital Pilot Program requires you have a personal net worth of $10 million CAD and invest $2 million CAD in a non-guaranteed Immigrant Investor Capital Fund. If you can do that, you're eligible to become a permanent resident (except in Quebec, which has its own separate rules for all of this).


See If You Have Any Canadian Family Members

Before we go any further, are you sure you don’t have any Canadian family members you don’t know about? Because that would make things so much easier for you. After you track them down, all you have to do is convince them to sponsor your visa, which would then enable you to live, work, eat, and play in the Great White North. This would put you on the easiest path to becoming a permanent resident and future citizen available, short of bursting fully-formed, Athena-style, from Justin Trudeau’s expertly coiffed skull. 



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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:00:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/becoming-a-canadian-citizen/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[The Most Horrifying Rideshare Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rideshare-horror-stories/casey-cavanagh
Ridesharing has become one of the cheapest and easiest ways to travel in a city. Gone are the days of calling a taxi driver, because fun, casual, and comfortable rides is where it's at. Companies like Uber and Lyft are popping up left and right, guaranteeing people affordable and reliable ways of traveling to their destinations – You can even find ridesharing options on Craigslist.

However, to every good, there is a bad. Ridesharing horror stories have begun to sprout up, making people very wary of hopping into an unmarked stranger's car, and understandably so. While these stories range from awkward to horrific, they are enough to make anyone hesitant about hopping into someone else's ride.

 
The Most Horrifying Rideshare Stories,

The Snapper
Olivia Nuzzi of The Daily Beast once had an Uber driver who, upon entering his vehicle, showed her a picture he had snapped of her earlier in the day while walking on the street. While this Uber horror story is enough to stop anyone from using the service again, Nuzzi later encountered another driver who admitted to seeing her Facebook profile picture before and wanted to know whether or not she was single. 

(Source)
The Kidnapper
After a club bouncer called an Uber for an intoxicated 26-year-old woman in LA, the lady woke up in a hotel hours later, and she wasn't alone. Next to her was her Uber driver, Frederick Dencer – shirtless. The driver was later charged with kidnapping.

(Source)
The Five Star
It's human nature to want to be liked, but some people take it too far. This was the case with one Uber driver, who allegedly locked his passenger in his car and demanded that she give him a five-star rating. When they first arrived at her destination, the driver locked the doors, turned around, and asked her to see her phone to see how much the ride had cost. She showed him, but then he tried to grab the phone and said he would not let her leave until she gave him the best rating. Finally, she did, and only then did he let her leave.

(Source)
The Strangler
In September of 2013, Bridgett Todd was choked by her Uber driver. The incident was an apparent racist attack on the woman, though Uber's CEO was outraged that they could be to blame for it.

(Source)
The Belligerent Bro
Not all ridesharing horror stories involve nefarious drivers. Sometimes, it the passengers themselves who cause the problems. Such was the case in Costa Mesa, California in October of 2015, when one wasted, backwards hat-wearing dude assaulted his Uber driver after being asked to get out of the cab.

Uber driver Edward Caban caught the whole violent ordeal on his dashboard cam. He told police that the passenger, 32-year-old Benjamin Golden, was so drunk that he couldn't give accurate directions home and was acting aggressively toward Caban. The driver eventually pulled over in a parking lot and demanded that the drunk idiot get out of his car. But Golden refused, springing on Caban, punching him, pulling his hair, and trying to slam his head into the window. Caban managed to get out his pepper spray and let Golden have it.

Golden, a brand manager for Taco Bell, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge and fired from his job after video of the assault went viral. He was also banned from ever using Uber again. Caban says he will no longer drive for the ridesharing company either, since he's had too many run-ins with belligerent, obnoxious, and apparently dangerous bros like Golden.

The New Year's Eve Surprise
On New Year's Eve 2015, Edmonton, Alberta resident Matthew Lindsay and four friends were leaving a wedding in Mill Woods. They opted for an Uber ride (fact: Uber is currently illegal in Edmonton). Sure, they were notified that surge pricing was in effect, at least for the first stop they made (not the subsequent two), but didn't think it would be THIS bad. The damage? $1,114.75.

After discussion with Uber, which claims they inform all users of all surge pricing via push notifications, the company and Lindsay agreed to a partial refund - Uber offered him $500.

(Source)

The Chicago Rapist
A Washington woman called an Uber after leaving a bar with some friends. The woman claims that when she was in the car, the driver kept making advances towards her, which she ignored. But when she got out of the car, the driver apparently got out as well, grabbed her from behind, knocked her to the ground, and raped her. The driver was charged with first degree sexual assault.

(Source
The Killer
In perhaps one of the most tragic and saddest rideshare horror stories to date, Uber driver Syed Muzaffar was arrested for vehicular manslaughter when he struck and killed a six-year-old girl on New Year's Eve. The event happened in San Francisco, and Uber is now facing a wrongful death suit, as it never researched the reckless driving charges the driver had incurred several years before. 

(Source)
The Kalamazoo Killer
Michigan Uber driver Jason Brian Dalton was charged with six counts of murder for a rideshare-assisted killing spree in February, 2016. Dalton was accused of driving from one target to another, shooting people at random, and picking up and dropping off Uber riders between shootings.

Authorities say he shot a woman in the parking lot of an apartment complex, then shot and killed a father and son outside a car dealership, and finished his spree by shooting five people in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant, killing four and gravely wounding a 14-year-old girl. Remarkably, he continued driving people around, including one person who took an Uber as an alternative to walking while an active shooter was on the loose - only to wind up in Dalton's car. The rider took the ride having no idea he was in the alleged shooter's car, and wasn't harmed.

Dalton was arrested without incident in downtown Kalamazoo, with no apparent motive to the killing spree, or connection to the victims.



The Stalker
So many rideshare horror stories involve unwanted sexual advances. After taking a Lyft, one woman was repeatedly texted by her driver, asking her to hang out. Although she politely declined, this did not stop his persistence. 

(Source)

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:40:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rideshare-horror-stories/casey-cavanagh
<![CDATA[The Best Travel Clothing Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/travel-clothing-brands/ranker-shopping
It's an age-old question: what to pack? Whether you are heading off on a luxurious ocean cruise or planning a backpacking trip through the mountains, you will want to bring packable clothing brands that combine convenience with style. Luckily, there are many travel clothing brands available in today's market. Some of these top travel clothes brands design items that layer with ease. Other good travel clothing companies specialize in garments made from wrinkle-free fabrics that can be worn right out of the suitcase, and fold down small to save valuable packing space.

What companies will you find on this best travel clothes brands list? REI's store brand has a number of apparel options for all types of travelers. It offers warm fleeces for cold weather vacations and breathable cotton items for summer adventures. Eddie Bauer is a one-stop shop for travel clothing that is both stylish and sensible. Other great companies that are featured on this top travel clothes brands list include The North Face, Patagonia, and L.L. Bean.

Your opinion will help determine the best travel clothing brand. Vote your favorite apparel companies up the list, and add any brands that are missing. And don't forget your passport!

The Best Travel Clothing Brands,

Coldwater Creek

Mountain Hardwear

REI

Patagonia

Prana

athleta.com

Chico's

L.L. Bean

Columbia

The North Face


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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:34:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/travel-clothing-brands/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-things-about-flying/lauren-slocum
If you've had the pleasure of traveling by plane, you understand the humor in the first part of this sentence. Traveling by plane is not a pleasurable experience by any means. What are the worst things about flying? We've created a list of some of the most annoying things about airplanes, airports, and the people you're forced to share the experience with.

As airlines continue to evolve into money-hungry, leg-squishing nightmare factories that create a travel experience comparable to transporting livestock, the traveling experience as a whole declines. Air travel was once a privilege and a luxury, but it has become a chore and an exercise in discomfort. Want some pretzels while you read? Too bad! Hoping to stretch your legs at some point during that 20-hour flight to Hong Kong? Think again! If there are two things airlines are particularly good at, it's getting you where you need to go and making you miserable along the way. 

Long lines, grumpy adults, crying babies, and uncomfortable seating arrangements all join forces the minute you step into an airport to test your durability, your character, and your sense of humor. Vote up the worst experiences on this list of the most annoying things about airplanes and airports. Just try not to cringe as you think about your next vacation.

The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel,

The Neighbor That Aggressively Claims the Armrest

That Parent Who Doesn't Stop Their Kid Kicking Your Seat the Entire Flight

The Neighbor Who Should Be Flying First Class Because They Don't Fit in Standard Seating

That Passenger Who Boards the Plane Sick... Then Sneezes and Coughs the Whole Flight

When You Board a Plane Only to Sit on the Runway for Two More Hours... WITH NO AIR CONDITIONING

When ANYONE Near You Has to Use Their Barf Bag

Seats Are Getting Smaller in Width AND Pitch (We're Looking at You, United Airlines)

When There's a Last Minute Gate Change and You Have to Run Through the Airport Like a Maniac

People That Hold up the Security Line Because They Don't Understand the Contraband List

Paying a Crazy Price to Fly and Then Paying an Additional Price for Your Freaking Suitcases


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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:15:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-things-about-flying/lauren-slocum
<![CDATA[All Chinese Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-chinese-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all Chinese Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All Chinese Airlines,

Air China

Chang'an Airlines

China Eastern Airlines

China Flying Dragon Aviation

China United Airlines

China Xinhua Airlines

Shanghai Airlines

Lucky Air

Chengdu Airlines

Huaxia Airlines


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Thu, 06 Oct 2011 04:10:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-chinese-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[The Best Countries for Young People to Visit]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-countries-for-young-people-to-visit/ranker-travel
This is a ranked list of the best countries for young people to visit today as voted on by men and women. These countries include some of the most inexpensive, remote, and beautiful countries such as Napal, Thailand, and Greece. This list answers the question, “what are the best countries for single people to visit?” The best places for young people to travel to are those that older individuals who are settled and have families might not be able to navigate. Young people have the ability and time to travel for extensive periods of time, on limited means, with limited luggage, and in less than ideal circumstances. Also, many countries cater to the active lifestyles that young tourists lead. Many have establishments that are open 24 hours, many are great for active sports like scuba and cliff diving, others are ideal for hiking. These ranked  countries are located in every part of the world and span all tastes, budgets, and desires of young travelers. These include countries in western Europe such as Italy where you can visit historic sites, busy cities, or the countryside, as well as remote countries in other parts of the world such as Bhutan, Costa Rica, and South Africa. In these places, young tourists can learn about vastly differently lifestyles and cultures than their own. As a young person you might ask yourself, “What is the best country a young person can visit?”. Well here we have compiled a list of the very best countries in the world  young people could visit for you to choose from.
The Best Countries for Young People to Visit,

Austria

Canada

Germany

Iceland

Netherlands

Norway

Scotland

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:46:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-countries-for-young-people-to-visit/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best Cities for Rafting]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-rafting/ranker-travel

This is a ranked list of the best cities for rafting as voted on by men and women. These cities and towns include some of the most remote, beautiful, and unexpected places  such as Innisfail, Victoria Falls, and Lofer. This list includes places in countries such as Nepal, New Zealand, Africa and the USA. Some of the best rafting can be found close to home in places like Utah, while some of the most exciting rafting adventures can be sought halfway around the world. This list answers the question, “what are the cities and towns for rafting?” The best places for tourists and adventure-seekers to visit and have an exciting time river rafting. Often these cities and towns are remote and thus have fewer tourists who venture to them. Those seeking the most thrills may want to visit these far reaching places. While others looking for accessible rivers to raft in my stay closer to home in the North America in places like West Virginia, Utah, and Ontario. These ranked cities and towns are located in every part of the world and span all tastes, rafting levels, and budgets. In these places, adventure-seeking travelers can raft on the world’s best rivers and rapids. As traveler looking for the world’s best rafting you might ask yourself, “Where is the world’s best river rafting?”. Well here we have compiled a list of the very best cities and towns for rafting.


The Best Cities for Rafting,

Bend

Bovec

Gauley Bridge

Innisfail

Moab

Nipissing District

Radford

The City and Borough of Yakutat

Futaleufú, Chile

Soča River Slovenia


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:47:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-rafting/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[21 Beautiful and Surprising International Borders Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/international-borders-around-the-world/ashley-reign

When we think of international borders, many of us may picture huge road stops lined with officials waiting to dutifully check the passports of each and every person who dares venture into their homeland. When you really think about it however, not every square inch of the division between two countries can be lined with border crossings or guys in uniform watching over them. Here you'll get a unique look at what borders look like around the world via this series of photographs showing everything from natural land borders to mere roads that divide some countries from their neighbors.

As it turns out, just about anything can mark a border between two countries, whether it be a river that happens to run between the two or a fence that locals on each side sometimes use to play volleyball. So come on in and get a load of international borders around the world in a way you've never seen them before. 

Whether you're looking for a single travel spot that allows you to stand at the intersection of three different countries at once or you're just looking to broaden your horizons a bit, you won't be disappointed!


21 Beautiful and Surprising International Borders Around the World,

Residents of Naco, Arizona and Naco, Mexico Play Volleyball Over the Border Fence

The US-Canada Border Runs Straight Through the Town of Derby Line

This Snowy Path Divides Norway and Sweden

The border trail is over 1,000 miles long. 


The Border Between the Netherlands and Belgium Seems Pretty Low Key

The Wagah Border Between India and Pakistan

This is the only road that crosses between the two countries.


The Border Between Macau and China (Where People Drive on Different Sides of the Road)

Here's the Border Between Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos

This Guy Is in Sweden and Norway at the Same Time

This Zipline Connects Spain and Portugal

The zipline is a half mile long and you gain an hour when you land!


This Beautiful Bridge Connects Sweden and Denmark


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Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:39:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/international-borders-around-the-world/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Grossest Things Ever Found in Hotel Rooms]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-things-found-in-hotel-rooms/ashley-reign
Ever find yourself lying in bed in a low budget hotel room, silently wondering what lurks beneath the sheets and whether it was really worth the price cut? Worse yet, have you ever been confronted with one of those situations in which you feel it’s probably just best to look away from whatever it is you’ve encountered on a motel floor and vow to check-out at the first hint of daylight? If so, then let's see how your experiences measure up to the horror on this list of the most disgusting things found in hotel rooms.

We’ve bravely explored the depths of the Internet in order to find the answer to the age old question, “What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever found in a hotel room?” We’ve gathered a collection of answers from everyone from hotel employees who have confessed their finds online to hotel guests who uploaded photos of their worst experiences for the world to see. As you may imagine, much of the information you’ll find here is not for the weak of heart and these gross things found in hotel rooms might put you off travel for a few years.

The next time your significant other wants to stay at that shady looking “Budget Inn,” bust out this list of gross hotel room experiences and you’ll be headed for the nearest five star resort in no time. Whether it be things that came out of various body parts or the body parts themselves, we’ve got a list of the nastiest, creepiest, and just plain wrong things the world of low budget hotels have to offer. So grab your antibacterial spray and black light… if you dare.

The Grossest Things Ever Found in Hotel Rooms,

An Active Porn Shoot
Another hotel employee confesses that he always knew it was a bad sign when he started getting coffee and wine requests in the wee hours of the night. A few times, he opened the door to find active porn shoots in progress. 

Source: Reddit
A Vast Amount of Naked People
An employee at a luxury hotel says he didn't know what he was in for when a large party checked in one day, only to turn out to be a group of swingers. Not only was there an obvious amount of sex going on, but there were also people running from room to room in the nude to switch partners. 

Source: Reddit
A Goat Dressed Like Abraham Lincoln
Not that we have anything against goats, even ones dressed like Abraham Lincoln or any other historical figure, but we can't help but imagine what a hotel room might look like after one had been left alone in it for several hours. Such was the plight of one hotel employee who discovered the Lincoln loving goat in a hotel room after a bunch of dudes checked out. Perhaps they kept him on as a free lawn mower?

Source: Huffington Post
A Regular Customer's Blow-Up Lover
Another hotel employee confesses that the weirdest thing he ever found in a hotel room came as the result of a little exploration into why a regular customer always requested the same room at least once a week. The staff discovered that he had been hiding a blow-up doll under the mattress, which they ended up throwing away. This stopped the customer from coming in pretty quickly.

Source: Huffington Post
A Half Skinned Deer Carcus
While hosting an Amish family reunion in her hotel, one employee responded to complaints of an offensive odor, only to find a half skinned deer in one family's bathtub as well as fish hung throughout the joint. Luckily, it wasn't deer season, so she was able to call in the Sheriff to deal with the bizarre find.

Source: Reddit
Porn and All the Things Needed to Enjoy It
After becoming suspicious of a guest who would show up every couple of weeks and ask for the same room, the staff of one hotel decided to do a little more thorough of a cleaning in hopes of solving the mystery. Sure enough, they came across a stack of porn, lube, and movies that had obviously been... used. 

Source: Reddit
Missing Body Parts
One hotel employee confesses he'll never ask for a hand again after finding one under a hotel bed, literally. It turned out that a guy had been murdered in a drug deal gone wrong in the Flint, MI hotel room shortly before, and that the clean-up crew had missed a little souvenir left behind.

Source: Reddit
Pillow Toilet Paper
One low budget hotel employee recounts his horror of discovering a pillow covered with human feces after investigating why an angry guest left right after being given the room. How the maids missed that one we shudder to imagine.

Source: Reddit
Booty-Shaped Chocolate Stains
One hotel manager didn't think much of it when a honeymooning couple asked for a chocolate fountain in their room... that is until after they checked out without saying much. When the maid went into their room she found that the chocolate was obviously used in a wild night of lovemaking and had been strewn all over the room. The girl's rear end prints were apparently among the most unfortunate chocolate stains found throughout the room.

Source: Reddit
A Mammoth Dildo
A gentleman who routinely installs flooring in hotels recounts his worst find: a massive purple dildo which was discovered when he moved one of the beds. He and the hotel staff of course did the reasonable thing and chased the manager around while holding it with a pair of tongs before disposing of it.

Source: Reddit

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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:55:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-things-found-in-hotel-rooms/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Best European Cities to Visit]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-european-cities-to-visit/island-hopper-dan
The top cities to visit including all the best places to go in Europe. The best cities to visit in Europe are all on this list. Whether you're looking for the best European cities to visit in the winter or the best European cities to visit in the summer, every city you'd want to see in Europe is on this list. Whether you're planning a tour of Europe's best museums or a making plans to get a tan at Europe's best beaches, all of the best destinations in Europe are on this list of the Best European cities to visit.

Are you looking for the best trip to take with kids or the best honeymoon destinations? Every European city worth visiting is on this list. Think there's a great travel destination not included on this list of places to visit in Europe? Add your own favorite travel destination to the list! If you're wondering whether Paris or Barcelona or Rome is the best city to see in Europe, this is the list to look at.

What are the best cities to visit in Europe? Where are the best places to go on a European vacation? What are the must see cities in Europe? All the places you need to visit in Europe are on this list, ranked by users in order of popularity. Hopefully you'll find what will soon be your best city in Europe on this list of top European cities. Happy travels!


The Best European Cities to Visit,

Amsterdam

Barcelona

Berlin

Edinburgh

London

Munich

Paris

Prague

Rome

Vienna


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Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:46:17 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-european-cities-to-visit/island-hopper-dan
<![CDATA[Amazing Things Found in Abandoned Luggage]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/amazing-things-found-in-abandoned-luggage/michael-gibson
Amazing things found in abandoned luggage are not your typical finds like designer purses and expensive watches, these are rare items like one-of-a-kind movie props, ancient artifacts, and large sums of cash. So forget that iPad you left in the seat back pocket, or that favorite pair of jeans in your luggage that never arrived. These amazing things found in abandoned luggage are the items we could only dream about having, even for a split second before they were swallowed up by air travel.

From the Hoggle movie prop from Labyrinth to 13th century bronze plaques, to an eight-foot remote controlled airplane, the unique items found in lost luggage are about as unpredictable as can be. Antique items like a 1770s violin, a 10-foot Tibetan dung chen and Egyptian artifacts, complete with a shrunken head, are just a few of the old items found in abandoned luggage.

But there's so much more than just old things found in lost luggage. There have been some extremely weird things that have turned up as well, like a Barbie doll stuffed with cash, 300 tortoises, a live rattlesnake, and no less than 50 vacuum-packed frogs. Of course plenty of illegal goods have been found as well, such as the five pounds of cocaine that were discovered stuffed in tennis shoes at JFK Airport in 2011.

These obscure items were all found in lost or abandoned bags at airports around the world, or at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. Bags that go unclaimed after 90 days are sold by airlines and sent to this massive compound in the south where the items within are sorted, cleaned, and resold at prices 30-80% below retail. You may be able to find some gently used clothing, electronics, and of course top luggage at this 40,000 square foot store but don't expect many of these amazing things to be up for sale. The Unclaimed Baggage Center also houses a museum which displays all of these oddities for visitors.

So the next time you take to the friendly skies, remember to put valuables, like a briefcase full of $1 million, a 40.95-carat natural emerald, or a Naval guidance system worth $250,000, in your carry-on baggage for safe keeping and label your checked baggage well. Then again, had these people done that, we never would have seen these amazing items in abandoned luggage.

What are the best things found in abandoned luggage? Take a look here and see for yourself.
Amazing Things Found in Abandoned Luggage,

300 Tortoises
Because it would be insane to put them all in one suitcase, authorities in Malaysia found no less than 300 rare, live tortoises and a bunch of drugs in two suitcases on a flight bound for Madagascar. Like drugs, the tortoises are worth a boat-load of money and are often traded illegally around the world.
Egyptian Artifacts
Because it would be so last season to carry a mummified falcon and some shrunken heads in an off-brand suitcase, these ancient Egyptian artifacts were discovered in a Gucci case sometime in the 1980s. The famous Christie's auction house nabbed these 1500 BC finds and sold them to the highest bidder.
Naval Guidance System
There's definitely a joke to be made when a Navy officer loses a GPS system worth an estimated $250,000 on an airplane. Thankfully the airline that found the really fancy navigation system had no trouble finding the officer to return the gadget.
Barbie Doll Stuffed With Money
You'd never know it by looking at the classic doll but this Barbie doll, found in abandoned luggage, was worth over $500... because someone stashed $500 in cash inside her head.
1770s Violin
The Unclaimed Baggage Center sees various musical instruments come through its doors but few as old and as valuable as a violin made in the 1770s. This find was not sold to an aspiring musical student however, as it remains in the museum of amazing things found in abandoned luggage.
5.8-Karat Diamond
In the "wow, that sucks" category, someone took extra care to carry a 5.8-karat diamond on a plane by stuffing it in a sock so it wouldn't go missing. Too bad that did little to prevent the rock, worth an estimated $46,000, from coming up missing and surfacing in abandoned luggage before it was sold for $23,000 cash.
40.95-Karat Emerald
This precious stone was found in a suitcase, still in its natural, un-cut form, before ending up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center. If it sounds huge, that's because it is, and it's worth about $25,000.
Apostles Spoons
Explaining the phrase "being born with a silver spoon," apostles spoons were first created in the 16th century to give as baptismal presents for godchildren. Each set of 13 features images of Jesus and the 12 apostles carved into the handle.
$1 Million Dollars
You know in the movies when the bad guys carry around suitcases full of money, then something completely predictable happens and they flub up the big drop? That's likel the story that led to someone finding a cool mil in a suitcase in Australia.
13th Century Bronze Plaques
Straight out of 13th century Nigeria, these ancient bronze plaques were originally created by the Benin kingdom to honor the king, Oba, and frequently hung in Oba's Palace. How they ended up misplaced centuries later is just as unknown as why people are still falling for Nigerian email scammers in the 21st century.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:53:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/amazing-things-found-in-abandoned-luggage/michael-gibson
<![CDATA[The Most Pointlessly Large Roadside Attractions in the U.S.]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/largest-roadside-attractions/jacob-shelton
Before you fill up your tank and head out on Route 66, read this list of the most pointlessly large roadside attractions in the United States. A few years ago, it might have been fun to visit one of the weird roadside attractions. That was back when we didn’t mind wasting time on the world’s largest cedar bucket. Now we’re busy adults and stopping to look at a birdcage (or whatever) that’s proportionately larger than every other birdcage in the world just seems like a waste of time. Maybe even the World’s Biggest Waste of Time!

But everyone isn’t like us, and some communities make pretty good bank off their giant tourist attractions. Apparently people will drive to see the world’s largest bowling pin. Who knew?

Maybe we’re looking at this unnecessarily big roadside attractions all wrong, and there is some inherent wow factor in seeing a big pecan. Some hold world records, after all. If you’re screaming at your computer right now and saying, “YES! YES THERE IS, YOU DUMMY!” then you are going to absolutely love this list. You’ll want to study it and plan a road trip around it. If that’s the case, get your notebook out and start digging into this list of pointlessly large roadside attractions in America.

Vote up the most pointless of all the pointlessly large roadside attractions. And if you’ve been to any of these giant tourist traps, tell us about your experience in the comments. We’re especially curious about that gavel.
The Most Pointlessly Large Roadside Attractions in the U.S.,

World's Largest Running Chain Saw
We don't want to say anything too snarky about Ishpeming, Michigan's giant chainsaw because we don't want to meet the lumberjack who actually knows how to use it. 
World's Largest King Kong
We don't know what to think about this giant King Kong in Beaver, Arkansas. Is it pointless? Yes. Do we really wish we could live in an apartment inside King Kong's head? Of course. 
World's Largest Roller Skate
Skip the trip to Washington DC. That place is a bucket of dishwater compared to Warrenton, Virginia, home of the world's largest roller skate. Yes, roller skate. There's only the one.

World's Largest Thermometer
At the gateway to Death Valley in Baker, California, you'll find the world's tallest thermometer, which is cool if you've never seen anything else ever in your life. 
World's Largest Rocking Chair
Does this giant rocking chair in Fanning, Missouri come with the world's largest porch? Is Missouri technically America's Porch?
World's Largest Santa Claus
"Ho Ho Ho! Welcome to North Pole, Alaska! I'll see you in your nightmares, kids!"
World's Largest Hamster Wheel
There's nothing like being reminded of the endless cycle of life and death with a giant hamster wheel. Thanks Point Loma, California!
World's Largest Kaleidoscope
In Mount Tremper, New York, the world's largest kaleidoscope is housed in a grain silo. We'd prefer to have the grain. 
World's Largest Wind Chime
Casey, Illinois is the home of the world's largest wind chime. No word yet on whether or not it's hanging on the patio of the world's largest grandma.
World's Largest Fire Hydrant
Would someone from Columbia, South Carolina mind explaining to us why the world's largest fire hydrant looks like a neo-futurist rocket ship? And why didn't you guys just build a neo-futurist rocket ship instead?

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:42:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/largest-roadside-attractions/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Day Trips from Chicago]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-day-trips-from-chicago/ranker-travel
List of the best day trips from Chicago. You’ve seen the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), eaten a burger at P.J. Clarke’s and ridden the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier. Now it’s time to explore the best day trip locations around Chicago. From Chicagoland to Wisconsin to Michigan, you can shop, eat, play or get close to nature with these top Chicago day trips.

Although Chicago is a major metropolitan area, did you know that you can find natural beauty just outside the city? The greater Chicagoland area contains thousands of acres of protected forest area, but for a real treat, a day trip to Starved Rock State Park might be in order. Hiking trails of all difficulties take visitors to canyons, picturesque vistas, waterfalls and more, but a range of activities are available nearby, including horseback riding, kayaking, cross-country skiing and camping.

And if exploring nature isn’t exciting enough, there’s always a Chicago day trip to Six Flags Great America. Located in Gurnee, not too far from the mega Gurnee Mills mall, the theme park is a destination for Chicagoans and tourists thanks to its thrill rides, entertainment and water park. The adventurous might take a ride on Goliath, which hits speeds of 72 miles per hour.

Read this list to find the greatest day trips from Chicago, including those in the state of Illinois and in neighboring states. With so many good, easy, and cheap Chicago trips to choose from, the most difficult part will be choosing just one.

The Best Day Trips from Chicago,

Evanston

Chicago Botanic Garden

Galena

Indiana Dunes State Park

Madison

Milwaukee

South Bend

Starved Rock State Park

Warren Dunes State Park

Wisconsin Dells


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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 03:41:41 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-day-trips-from-chicago/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best American Rivers for Rafting]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-american-rivers-for-rafting/ranker-travel

This is a ranked list of the US rivers for rafting as voted on by men and women. These rivers include some beautiful yet adventurous bodies of water in America. such as Deschutes River, Dead River, Gauley River, and American River are some of the top rivers for rafting in the US. All rivers fit a different class of white water which denotes how dangerous the river can be. The higher the class, the more dangerous the river is.  Class 4 and up rapids should be sought with caution and experience, rather than by novice rafters. This list answers the question, “what are the best US rivers for rafting?” The best rivers for tourists and adventure-seekers to visit and have an exciting time river rafting.Those seeking extensive thrills on a class 4 or 5 river, or first-time rafters alike can utilize the list to help them find the best US river for their rafting experience. These ranked rivers in every part of the country and provide and accessible rafting experience no matter where you live. As traveler looking for the US’ best rafting you might ask yourself, “Where are the US’ best rivers for rafting?”. Well here we have compiled a list of the very rivers for rafting.


The Best American Rivers for Rafting,

Alsek River

Arkansas River

Gauley River

Kern River

Middle Fork River

Nantahala River

New River

Toccoa/Ocoee River

Colorado River

Green River


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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 04:37:40 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-american-rivers-for-rafting/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[All Australian Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-australian-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of the Best Australian Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come. These are the top airlines in Australia.
All Australian Airlines,

Aeropelican Air Services

Aircruising Australia

Eastern Australia Airlines

OzJet

Qantas

QantasLink

Regional Express Airlines

SkyWest Airlines

Tasair

Virgin Australia


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Fri, 21 Oct 2011 09:47:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-australian-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[All Japanese Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-japanese-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all Japanese Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All Japanese Airlines,

airtransse

Amakusa Airlines

Ibex Airlines

Japan Airlines

Kyokushin Air

New Central Airservice

Solaseed Air

StarFlyer

Fuji Dream Airlines

Air Do - Hokkaido International Airlines


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Thu, 13 Oct 2011 08:52:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-japanese-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[The Best Beaches in the US]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beaches-in-the-us/island-hopper-dan
What are the best beaches in the U.S.? This list includes many of the greatest beaches and beach towns in the United States. If you're planning a beach vacation, these are just a few of the spots you might want to consider. Some of the most beautiful coastal areas in America are, of course, in Florida, Hawaii and California - but these states aren't the only ones with outstanding beach locales. Vote for your favorite beaches in the U.S. and please, add any that are missing. You can also rerank this beach list any way you want!

Finding a great beach can make a vacation extra special. Of course, everyone has their own idea of the most important things to consider in a vacation destination, but wonderful clean beaches, fresh, salty air and a relaxed atmosphere are certainly among them.

Many of the best beaches in America are, not surprisingly, located in some of the best U.S. cities for vacations. These beaches are without a doubt among the best beach cities in the world. They're the perfect place for fun in the sun and the sand, offering visitors and residents the best of a laid-back, beachy lifestyle.

What are the most important factors to consider when determining whether a beach is truly the best? Certainly, the actual quality of the beach is key -- it should be scenic, of course, and preferably not too crowded (yeah, right). A great beach also has an excellent surrounding town or island, giving visitors options for dining and entertainment. Some beaches are situated in small, quaint beach towns (Seaside, Florida, comes to mind), while others are smack in the middle of some of the most bustling cities in the world (Miami Beach and San Diego are good examples).

Enjoy voting for your favorite U.S. beaches and don't forget to add any that might be missing.
The Best Beaches in the US,

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Honolulu

Laguna Beach

Malibu

Pebble Beach

Santa Barbara

Santa Monica

San Clemente

San Diego

Oahu


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Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:00:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beaches-in-the-us/island-hopper-dan
<![CDATA[The Best Walking Sandal Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/walking-sandal-brands/ranker-shopping
If you do a lot of walking, you'll want shoes that are comfortable and durable as well as fashionable. The best walking sandal brands design their shoes with those needs in mind. Some top comfort sandals specialize in trendy styles while others are designed to withstand rigorous activities like hiking. And a few of the greatest walking sandals brands are even easy to clean – simply toss them in the washing machine.

What companies will you find on this list of the best walking sandals brands? Keen is one of the top sandals brands when it comes to outdoor activities. Many of its styles are waterproof, allowing you to go from the hiking trail to a kayaking expedition without changing your footwear. Birkenstock has been popular with shoppers for decades thanks to its durable sole and comfortable cushion. The fashion set is divided on Crocs, but fans swear by their lightweight foam construction. Other good companies featured on this top walking sandals brands list include Teva, Adidas, and Reef.

It's your turn to weigh in on the best type of walking sandals. Vote your favorite footwear brands up to the top of the list and add any makers that are missing.

The Best Walking Sandal Brands,

Adidas

Birkenstock

Keen

Merrell

Skechers

Reef

Teva

Clarks Women's Wave.Whisk Sandal

Sanuk

Ecco Sport


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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:35:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/walking-sandal-brands/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[Real Mythological Places You Can Visit]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-mythological-places/edira-putri

While many regarded mythology as fake, some real mythological places are alive and well along with the legend itself. These are indeed locations that can be visited, inspiring guests to wonder if the tales they heard about them are true. These real places from mythology will give you a glimpse into the world of gods, heroes, and monsters. 

Besides their fantastical associations with mythology, the places listed here are also worth visiting for either their natural beauty, cultural value, or distinctive features that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet. Vote up the places you need to visit, like, now.


Real Mythological Places You Can Visit,

Acropolis of Athens

The Parthenon, also known as the Acropolis of Athens, is cherished for its association with Greek mythology. In fact, the temple was dedicated to the city’s patron, the goddess Athena. For thousands of years, the structure has held countless religious festivals, cult gatherings, and even political protests.

The 228-foot-long building is surrounded by 46 columns of brilliant white marble, supporting the grand structure on a hill where it can be seen from anywhere in the city. Unfortunately, a significant part of the temple was destroyed by the Persians in 480 BCE and again by the Venetians in 1687.


Valley of the Kings

While the Pharaohs laid to rest in this ancient burial ground are indeed real, the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, Egypt, has its share of mythological connections. Most of the 63 royal tombs and chambers discovered in this area are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology, portraying the ancient practices, ritual, and worship to the gods.

The valley has gained much more popularity since the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun, which inspired rumors of the curse of the pharaohs. Apparently, the curse says that anyone who disturbs the mummy of an ancient Egyptian will be doomed.


Alepotrypa Cave, Gate to the Underworld

At first glance, the beauty of the Alepotrypa cave isn’t how one might imagine the gate to hell. It’s a place that mythological Greek gods descended upon to visit Hades, the god of the underworld. The cave is located in Diros Bay, Mani, in southern Greece, an area dense with mythological sites.

The huge cave features the remains of an old village, burials, artifacts connected to Hades, and a chamber that held blazing rituals more than 5,000 years ago. The cave, which had been hidden for centuries, was discovered in 2012 and is now open for tours.


Troy, Site of the Great Trojan War

In the war against Troy, the Greek warriors hid in a giant wooden horse and left it at the gates of Troy. The Trojans assumed the Greeks had fled and the horse was a gift of surrender. When the people of Troy took the wooden statue inside the city to celebrate victory, the Greek soldiers emerged from it by surprise and destroyed the city.

Now, archeologists believe an area near Turkey’s Northeast coast is where the deadly 10-year-long war occurred. The 4,000-year-old temples and ruins in the archeological site, including a reconstruction of the Trojan horse, is regarded as an UNESCO World Heritage site.


Bran Castle, Dracula's Domain

Bran Castle, on the border of Transylvania and Wallachia in Romania, is one of the most famous real-world places associated with Dracula. It's believed the castle inspired the setting for Bram Stoker's novel about the fictional blood sucker.

While the towering enclave doesn't house any actual vampires today, it serves as a museum where visitors can explore the impressive interior of the 2,500-foot-tall building tucked away in the lush greenery of the surrounding mountains.


Mount Olympus, Home of the Mighty Greek Gods

Mount Olympus, widely known as the home of the 12 Greek gods and goddesses, won't disappoint mortals visiting for either a glimpse of mythology or a nature retreat. It's easy to imagine Zeus stepping out onto the rocks of the mighty structure in ancient times and hurling his powerful thunderbolts.

A part of the mountain serves as the Mount Olympus National Park, showcasing rich flora and fauna. In fact, the park is one of the most important bird areas of Europe. The 9,573-foot-tall mountain is hikeable, but serious endurance is required to reach the peak.


Matsue, Closed Entrance to the Underworld

According to Japanese mythology, Izanagi and Izanami were the first male and female gods. After the death of his wife, Izanagi’s grief caused him to visit his wife in the underworld known as Yomi-no-kuni. He descended to the underworld, where Izanami asked him to wait while she asked the lord’s permission to return with her husband. 

However, Izanagi grew impatient and entered the underworld, anyway. That made his wife furious and she ordered evil hags to chase him. He managed to escape and closed the gate to the underworld with a boulder. The entrance to the underworld closed by Izanagi is still standing and can be visited in the city of Matsue.


Old New Synagogue, Home to the Golem of Prauge

A golem is a mythical human-like creature with magical powers in Jewish folklore. One tale took place in Prague, where a golem was summoned to protect the Jewish people who lived there. However, with its increasing power, the golem grew evil and began terrorizing the city.

Eventually, a Rabbi managed to kill the golem and stored the remains in the attic of Prague’s Old New Synagogue. Now a tourist attraction, the synagogue has an impressive Gothic style and was one of the very few Jewish relics spared by the Nazis during World War II.


Cyclops Riviera, Odysseus's Epic Journey

Featured in Homer's epic Odyssey, the Cyclops Riviera stretches along nearly eight miles of Sicily's beautiful eastern coast. The area features seaside towns, orchards, mountains, and other sites where Odysseus stopped on his voyage home after the Trojan War.

The Cyclops Riviera was named after the savage one-eyed giant who trapped and killed several of Odysseus's companions. For visitors, the site can serve as a base to travel around Sicily or simply a place to soak up the sun on the lava beaches and piers along the sea.


Shangri-La, a Himalayan Utopia

British novelist James Hilton first mentioned “Shangri-La” in his novel The Lost Horizon as a mythical utopia in the Himalayas, where humans live a long, healthy life. Since the novel was published in 1933, several communities in the Himalayas have claimed to be the novel’s inspiration.  One city renamed themselves in 2001 after the fictional place.

While no one knows if the city is indeed the earthly paradise depicted in the novel, the town formerly known as Zhongdian in Yunnan Province, China remains a fascinating place to visit. The high-altitude haven is home to the Pudacuo National Park. The Songzanlin Monastery, a historical temple with remarkable views and artwork, is also a big tourist attraction



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Tue, 12 Jul 2016 02:54:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/real-mythological-places/edira-putri
<![CDATA[The Most Exciting Luxury Hotel Perks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-exciting-luxury-hotel-perks/ranker-travel
List of most exciting luxury hotel perks. What are the best luxury hotel perks? This list ranks the top luxury hotel perks, from pet services to silk robes and personal butlers. While staying at a luxury hotel is already a treat by itself, there are many perks and exciting amenities that come with those high-ticket and often exclusive hotels that range from the outrageous to the glamorous. 

Have a fluffy loved one? Most hotels don't even allow pets but many luxury hotels include pet service as perk of booking at a more expensive hotel. While you're waiting for Fido to get groomed, drop by the reading room for afternoon tea service and catch up on some reading and relaxation at designated areas with complimentary books and entertainment. If the reading room doesn't suit you, go back to your room where now many luxury hotels offer iPads, e-Readers and state-of-the-art technology for free use. Though these are basic luxury hotel perks, what are the most exciting amenities when booking at a luxury hotel?

Luxury car service is now among one of the top amenities at the world's top luxury hotels, where you can summon a driver or borrow a Rolls Royce for an afternoon appointment. At night, enjoy an evening at the hotel's fine-dining restaurant and have a celebrity chef cook your dinner. 

What are the best things about booking at a luxury hotel? Rank up the most luxurious hotel amenity. If your favorite posh hotel perks aren't on the list of luxury hotel amenities, make sure to add them.
The Most Exciting Luxury Hotel Perks,

Gourmet Foods

Late Check-Out

Free Minibar Snacks

All-Inclusive Excursions

Complimentary Treats

Poolside Service

Rain Shower

Complimentary Room Service

Customized Check-In/Check-Out Times

Private Cabanas


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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:24:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-exciting-luxury-hotel-perks/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[What First Class Looks Like on Different Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-of-first-class-on-different-airlines/steve-wright

Not all first class airline cabins are made the same. There are many cool first class cabins out there, but the airlines with the best first class features and benefits are always trying to up their games. When it comes to luxury travel, airlines can't afford to sleep on the newest, most innovative features. After all, first-class customers can easily patronize a different airline with better amenities.

The best first class cabins on airlines offer a range of services. You need a cabin that offers a seat, or suite, that will allow you to either relax or be productive depending on your needs at any given time. With that in mind, a seat that lays fully horizontal, or nearly horizontal, is almost a necessity for long haul flights. It is also important to have a wide variety of entertainment options and the ability to plug in and work as if you were in an office as opposed to being in the sky.

The other big sell here is the food that these high-end airlines offer. The days of the standard (and awful) airline meal are gone forever in the first class cabins at least. Most airlines worth your time have specially crafted menus and you will often find that pictures of first class on different airlines focus on the food as much as the seating.

With so many options of which airline to fly with, it is important to know some of the cooler features out there. So if you want to know what first class looks like on different airlines, keep reading and vote up the first class cabins you'd most want to travel in.


What First Class Looks Like on Different Airlines,

All Nippon Airways

Cool Features:

  • Large, private suite with fold out dining table.
  • ANA original Samsonite brand amenity kit is one of the best in the industry.
  • Japanese or Italian inspired menus from world class chefs.

Asiana Airlines

Cool Features:

  • 32-inch personal TV screen.
  • A personal mini-bar stocked with your favorite beverages.
  • A chauffeur will pick you up at Incheon International airport and take you to your destination.

Cathay Pacific

Cool Features:

  • First class catering with Krug Champagne and caviar.
  • Cathy Pacific beds are some of the widest and most comfortable in the sky.
  • Long haul first class cabins have only six seats, so attentive personal service is guaranteed.

Emirates

Cool Features: 

  • Onboard shower.
  • Exclusive bar and lounge.
  • Amenity kits from Bvlgari.

Etihad Airways

Cool Features:

  • First class private apartments are big enough to stand and walk around in.
  • Onboard chef provides meals as requested from his pantry of ingredients.
  • Lounge area between first and business class to kick back and relax
  • Onboard shower to get refreshed before landing.

Japan Airlines

Cool Features:

  •  23-inch personal monitors.
  •  Choice of soft or hard mattress for overnight flights.
  •  Top-quality menus from the finest chefs in Japan. 

Lufthansa

Cool Features:

  • Only eight first class pods on the A380 upper deck so it feels like a private jet.
  • The bed is made up with fine linens and a temperature regulated duvet.
  • Food is crafted by a rotation of the top chefs in Germany.

Singapore Airlines

Cool Features:

  • Home of the double bed in the sky.
  • The food is some of the best in the sky featuring caviar, lobster thermidor, and more.
  • Enclosed private cabins designed by a French yacht designer.

Swiss International Air Lines

Cool Features: 

  • Seats convert into a private suite with personal wardrobe.
  • A 32-inch personal monitor.
  • A new menu every three months from a different region of Switzerland.

United Airlines

Cool Features: 

  • Seats that lie flat into 6'6" beds.
  • 15.4-inch wide flat panel monitors with 150 hours of TV and movie content.
  • Meals include signature ice cream sundaes.


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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:00:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-of-first-class-on-different-airlines/steve-wright
<![CDATA[The Most Beautiful Cities in South America]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-cities-in-south-america/ranker-travel

List of the most beautiful cities in South America, as ranked by South American natives and world travelers. For travelers who have always wished to visit the wonder of South America, choosing the right city to inhabit for a few weeks of vacation can be difficult. Many of the South American countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, and Chile, have cities that feature the best that the continent has to offer. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a thrilling adventure among the native wildlife or to enjoy a cultural festival any time of the year, there is sure to be a city in South America that has everything you need.

 

Cities like Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Salvador offer the sights of the best big cities, including incredible skylines and strong art culture. Beach front cities, such as Buzios, are go-to locations for those who want to lie out in the sun and watch the clear blue waves. Many of the cities in South America are home to ancient ruins and architectural wonders that are unlike anywhere else in the world.

 

What are the most beautiful cities in South America? This list features the top cities for new tourists and professional travelers alike. 


The Most Beautiful Cities in South America,

Bogota
Bogota is one of the most populated cities in the world, with historical sites like the Plaza del Chorro Del Quevedo. 
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is the quintessential big city of South America, with a blend of historical buildings and metropolitan life.
Cartagena
Cartagena is a fishing village that is filled with architectural wonders and historical sites. 
Lima
Lima has a little bit of everything, from beaches  to Incan archaeological locations. 
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro's skyline is famous for the view of one of the largest statues in the world, Christ the Redeemer, as well as the Corcovado Mountain.
Salvador
Salvador is best known for the many colorful festivals that pop up over the year.
Santiago
Santiago has an art culture that spills out of the galleries and museums onto the streets with the colorful buildings and one-of-a-kind architecture. 
San Carlos de Bariloche
Since San Carlos de Bariloche is home to mountains and bodies of water, it's a popular spot for thrill seekers from all over the globe. 
San Martín de los Andes
The mountains in San Martin de Los Andes lures in hundreds of snow sport lovers and hiking enthusiasts daily.
Buzios
Buzios is overflowing with beaches, each with their own varied beach culture.

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Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:03:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-cities-in-south-america/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[17 Horrifying AirBNB Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/airbnb-horror-stories/casey-cavanagh
For most of us, the thought of letting complete strangers stay in our homes is uncomfortable at best and terrifying at worst. But for some of these people with AirBNB horror stories, the thought of doing so will probably never cross their minds again.

Created over six years ago, AirBNB is a rental-sharing website where people can find places to stay while traveling in over 190 countries. Used by over 17 million people throughout the world, AirBNB aims to create a safe and affordable means for housing travelers, and now has a "Trust and Safety Team" who helps users screen guests before letting them into their homes. 

However, even with these safety procedures and precautions in place, there have been a number of bad AirBNB experiences people have had to deal with. Below are just a few. Which do you think are the most terrifying?
 

 
17 Horrifying AirBNB Stories,

The Brothel
When people rent their homes to guests on AirBNB, most assume they are there to enjoy a nice vacation. However, two Sweden homeowners returned home only to find out from the Stockholm County Police that their guests had actually decided to use their home as a temporary brothel. While the homeowners were gone, the police had raided the home and found the two female renters (prostitutes) performing sexual acts on their clients, which is almost as disturbing as what the homeowners had to find for themselves: pubic hair and a plastic bag of condoms.

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The Stabbing
Having prostitutes rent your home is bad enough. But what better way to make this terrible AirBNB experience even worse than by having one of those prostitutes stabbed in your apartment? This was the case for Jessica Penzari when she rented her West 43rd Street apartment turned-brothel to a woman who told her that she was in the Army and needed a place to stay before deployment. While she was gone, a hooker was stabbed by a client, and Penzari returned home to find baby wipes and condoms left behind.

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The Sneaky Porn Director
An Airbnb owner in Ojai, California sued the company in 2015, alleging that renters had used her mansion to film an unauthorized gay porn movie. Kristina Knapic claimed she thought she was renting her property to a group of friends, but when she found enema kits, various sexual devices, and brown stains on the linens and carpets, she knew something was up.

Knapic used a business card she discovered among the wreckage to track down the director, Michael Lucas (real name Andrei Treivas)
, who had even posted on Facebook that he was shooting "on location" at the home. Knapic's suit asked for compensation for property damage, emotional damages, and breach of contract

The Corpse in the Garden
A group of friends rented an AirBNB in the countryside south of Paris for a party. What they got, instead, was a dead woman in the garden. Police described the decomposing body as "hunched in a dug-out area, her head against the ground, covered in branches and surrounded by wood stumps." She was dressed, but had no shoes - and a large diamond ring on. The investigation into her identity is ongoing.

The Shining
Not all AirBNB horror stories stop at people taking things. In Troy Dayton's case, although his birth certificate and computer were stolen, there were also a number of small gifts his house guests had left behind for him: such as several meth pipes strewn about and the seeming reenactment of The Shining scene in which Jack Nicholson's character goes HAM on the bathroom door – only these ax marks were left on Troy's closet door.

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The Orgy
No one wants to learn that their home was rented and used primarily for conducting sexual acts. Hearing about it after the fact is gross enough, but having to walk in on it WHILE it is taking place is downright disturbing. Just ask Ari Teman of NYC who walked into his apartment to learn that his guest was using his apartment to host a "panty raid orgy" with plus size women and stuffed animals. Yikes.

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The Ransacker
In 2011, EJ thought she was doing a good thing by renting her apartment out to strangers for a week-long vacation. However, when she came back home to see a hole smashed into a closet door that had been locked, she knew she had made a huge mistake. Not only had her house guests stolen her passport, credit cards, cash, and jewelry, but they had even gone so far as to take all her digital devices – laptop, camera, iPod – and as well as a hard drive that contained personal photos and journals. As nasty icing on the cake to the tragedy, the guests also left a yellow, smelly, and crusty substance smeared all over the bathroom sink. 

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The Unhappy Ending
Imagine this scenario: it's late, it's dark, you've just gotten home from a cross-country fight after being away for months. All you want is to take a hot shower and slip into your own comfortable bed. You open the door, drop your bags, and turn on the light to find a young couple sleeping in your bed. That's exactly what happened to one part-time Californian after her returned home from Chicago.

Condo owner Robert Corwin thought it was strange that there was a new hookah on his coffee table and no booze in his cupboards, but the real surprise came when he found a man and a woman sleeping in his bed! Turns out, his roommate had been renting out his bedroom while he was gone without telling him. Corwin got rid of the roommate (obviously) and demanded that Airbnb give him some sort of recompense. For their part, the company told CBS Chicago: “This property is no longer listed on Airbnb, and we are reviewing this matter fully."

Source: Gawker


The Nosey Neighbor
And you thought your neighbors were uptight. Musician STEFisDOPE and his friends got quite a surprise after settling in to their Decatur, GA Airbnb rental. STEFisDOPE, along with musicians Xali, Willie Howard, and two other men were greeted by police officers after a nosey neighbor spotted them and thought they were robbing the place. According to Xali, cops showed up, "guns out," to confront the perfectly legal renters. They eventually left them alone when they realized the mistake. The neighbor, however, wasn't as accommodating. He apparently came over to the house later and opened the door without knocking.

Source: CBC


The Housesitter from Hell
A San Francisco couple came home from Burning Man (but don't hold that against them) and noticed a few changes in their house. Blankets had been moved, a laptop charger was missing, and their cardboard cutout of One Direction's Niall (ugh) was in the garage. Was it the work of a nefarious One Direction/blanket hater? No-- just an opportunistic housesitter who decided to rent out his clients' place on AIrbnb while they were away.

Burners John and Ed said they found the housesitter on a website called TrustedHousesitters.com (oh the irony!) and had already used him twice before with no incident. But this time, the temptation to make a few bucks off the empty apartment was too much. He would have gotten away with it too, if the people who rented the apartment hadn't happened to be friends of John and Ed. When they called to the thank the couple for letting them rent their house, things started to make sense. The listing has since been deleted.

Source: Gawker


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<![CDATA[America's Most Underrated Cities]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/america_s-most-underrated-cities/places-to-go
When you think of the coolest American cities, you probably imagine places like Los Angeles and New York. But there is so much more to this great nation than those giant hubs of travel and culture. In fact, some of the USA's most underrated cities have just as much to offer, without the hassle of millions of people and tons of traffic. For travelers who want to experience some of the best towns America has to offer, there's no better place than these oft-neglected gems. 

The more up and coming cities in the US may get overlooked at first, but dive deeper and you'll see that they are definitely worth your time. So which are the most underrated cities in America? Baltimore, Maryland, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Houston, Texas are a few that deserve some love. They may not be quite as big as LA or NYC, but they've got just as much architectural beauty, awesome nightlife, and interesting people as any major metropolitan area.

From Portland, Oregon in the west to Providence, Rhode Island in the east, make sure to put these great, underrated cities on your must-visit list.

America's Most Underrated Cities,

Asheville

Charleston

Kansas City

Milwaukee

Minneapolis

Nashville

Pittsburgh

Portland

Savannah

Seattle


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<![CDATA[The Best Cities for Young Professionals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cities-for-young-professionals/ranker-travel

List of the best cities for young professionals, as ranked by young men and women. Once you become an adult and find a successful career path that you love, the whole world is wide open to you in a way that it never was when you were a kid. You can finally decide who you want to hang out with, how you want to spend your money, and, most importantly, where you want to live.Part of taking responsibility for yourself is branching out on your own.Choosing a city to live is one of those vital decisions that will affect the path of the rest of your life. If you’ve been asking yourself the question, “What cities are best for an up and coming young professional?” this list is right for you.
 

Big cities like Minneapolis and New York City are filled with employment opportunities no matter what career path you follow. These metropolitan cities also have affordable housing, cheap and lively nightlife,and plenty of chances to meet other young professionals like yourself.
 

This list is filled with the best cities for young people just starting out in their hopeful career. Whether you are a young women or man, there are many career prospects, opportunities to explore old and new hobbies, and get to know like minded young professionals.  


The Best Cities for Young Professionals,

Boston

Denver

Kansas City

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

New York City

Portland

San Diego

San Francisco

Seattle


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<![CDATA[All Egyptian Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-egyptian-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all Egyptian Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All Egyptian Airlines,

Air Cairo

Air Memphis

Air Sinai

Alexandria Airlines

AMC Airlines

Cairo Aviation

EgyptAir

EgyptAir Express

KoralBlue Airlines

Nile Air


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Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:51:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-egyptian-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[The Tallest Buildings in America]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tallest-buildings-in-the-us/ranker-travel

This is a ranked list of the tallest buildings in the the US. These buildings include some of the newest and most beautiful beautiful building as well as some iconic long-standing skyscrapers. This list answers the question, “What is the tallest building in the United States?” These tallest buildings in the America can be found everywhere from New York, to Texas, to Illinois. Skyscrapers have long been one of mankind’s most prolific achievements. Since the dawning of the industrial era in America people have sought to build the biggest and tallest buildings in the world. As technology progressed America and other nations now all look to make their mark on architecture, countries around the world are building buildings, each one taller than the next. However some of the first and tallest remain in the United States.

These skyscrapers are often built by wealthy individuals or hugely successful multinational conglomerates. These tallest skyscrapers can be found all around the U.S. in commercial centers in places like Chicago, New York, and Seattle. These buildings offer some of the best views in the US.  These tallest buildings in the US include both business and commercial centers as well as residential buildings. If you are interested in architecture and buildings are are wondering “where is the tallest building in America?,” you can find it on this list.


The Tallest Buildings in America,

Aon Center
Located in Chicago, this 1,136 ft building was built in 1973 and has 83 floors.
Bank of America Tower
Located in New York this 1,200 ft building  was built in 2009 and has 54 floors.
Chrysler Building
Located in New York, this 1,046 ft building was built in 1930 and has 77 floors. 
Empire State Building
Located in New York, this 1,250 ft builfing was built in 1931 and has 102 floors. 
One World Trade Center
Located in New York, this 1,776ft building was built in 2013 and has a 105 floors.

John Hancock Center
Located in Chicago, this 1,127 ft building was built in 1969 and has 100 floors. 
Willis Tower
Located in Chicago this 1,776 ft building was built in 1974 and has 110 floors

U.S. Bank Tower
Located in Los Angeles, this 1,018 ft building was built in 1989 and has 73 floors
Bank of America Plaza
Located in Atlanta, this 1,023 buildin was built in 1992 and has 55 floors.
New York Times Building
Located in New York, this 1,046 building was built in 2007 and has 53 floors. 

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<![CDATA[American Celebrities Who Grew Up Abroad]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-celebrities-who-grew-up-abroad/celebrity-lists
Some of the biggest stars in America have international roots that may surprise you. Celebrities here in the United States hail from all over the world, and even many famous people who weren't born abroad spent much of their childhoods outside of the country.

This list contains information about celebrities who grew up abroad, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Some of these famous folks grew-up in one country, while others moved around a lot. Many of the celebrities who grew up overseas come from military families.

Natalie Portman is just one example of a celeb you may not have known was born outside of the U.S. The Oscar-winning actress was born in Jerusalem and her family moved to the United States when she was three years old. Mila Kunis was born and raised in the Ukraine until she was in elementary school and her family moved to Los Angeles. Sandra Bullock, meanwhile, was raised in Nuremberg, Germany for 12 years.

Several famous men also grew up abroad. Bruce Willis spent the first two years of his life in West Germany, where his father was stationed in the military. Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut and he spent time in Australia, Toronto, and New York. Other famous actors who grew up abroad include both Martin Lawrence and Joaquin Phoenix.

Are you surprised that so many celebrities grew up abroad? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
American Celebrities Who Grew Up Abroad,

Amy Adams
Amy Adams was born in Italy and moved around a lot, as her father was in the U.S. Army. The family moved to Colorado when she was eight years old.
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis spent the first two years of his life in West Germany, where his father was stationed in the military.
Dave Matthews
The Dave Matthews Band frontman, who also spent a year of his childhood in England, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he spent the first two years of his life.

Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix was born in Puerto Rico and his family traveled with the Children of God religious group in South America for several years.
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Growing up, he also spent time in Australia, Toronto, and New York.
Kobe Bryant
Beginning when he was six years old, Kobe Bryant spent much of his childhood in Italy, where his father played professional basketball.
Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis was born and raised in Chernivtsi, Ukraine until she was in elementary school and her family moved to Los Angeles.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Her family moved to the United States when she was three years old.
Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock was raised in Nuremberg, Germany for 12 years.
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, where she was raised by her grandmother until she was five years old, when her mother moved her to Queens, New York.


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<![CDATA[All American Airlines]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-american-airlines/list-of-airlines
A list of all American Airlines. This list focuses on passenger airlines including international, intercontinental, intra-continental, domestic, and regional services. While the TSA and the airports themselves have taken most of the headlines recently, airline companies have continued to struggle over the past two decades, especially since 9/11. (And yet, the airlines survive.) While air travel was once seen as a symbol of luxury and wealth, today it is the preferred way to travel great distances by nearly everyone. Airplanes are also the safest way to travel, as one is more likely to be in an accident in their car than in a commercial jet airliner. While commercial space flight is currently in the works, the plane will continue to be the method-of-travel of choice for many decades to come.
All American Airlines,

AirTran Airways

Air East

Air Sunshine

Air Wisconsin

Alaska Central Express

Allegiant Air

AmericanConnection

Bighorn Airways

Big Island Air

ExpressJet


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Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:50:49 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/all-american-airlines/list-of-airlines
<![CDATA[The Best Luggage Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-luggage-brands
Whether you travel a little for pleasure or a lot for business, almost everyone uses luggage, and everyone has their own personal favorite companies. So what are the best luggage brands? What's the one luggage brand you will buy something from no matter what? Some will choose the stylish and expensive pieces from Louis Vuitton while others will stick to the durable and functional pieces from Tumi, Samsonite, Travelpro, Delsey and Tourbach– all good choices. Which luggage is best? You tell us travelers by making a list and voting for your favorite brands below!

Just like the best jean brands and the best boots, luggage is something that can be chosen either for looks or for functionality. Celebrities are often photographed by paparazzi at airports and accordingly choose their luggage based on the latest styles. Most luggage manufacturers take both form and function into account. Business people and the rest of us non-celebrity travelers will opt for what fits our needs best, from a small carry-on bag to save on the checked-bag fees to that giant suitcase for longer trips.

Whichever we choose, it's likely that we have a suitcase laying around here somewhere, hopefully from a manufacturer we respect. Tell us what brand of luggage is in your closet and why you love it by creating a list below, or just vote for what the top brand or brands of luggage are in your (humble) opinion.
The Best Luggage Brands,

Delsey

High Sierra Sport

Samsonite

Tumi Inc.

Victorinox

Briggs & Riley

Eagle Creek, Inc.

American Tourister

Bric's

Travelpro


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Mon, 26 Sep 2011 02:15:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-luggage-brands
<![CDATA[The Top Must-See Attractions in Athens]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-athens/ranker-travel
List of best things to do in Athens. This list ranks the top attractions in Athens, Greece, one of the world's oldest cities. Athens is well-known for its ancient history, renowned monuments and intriguing archeological sites, including the Parthenon and Acropolis. There are many major attractions and interesting places to visit in Athens as well as it being a gateway to the best islands in Greece
 
Athens is famous for its ancient Greek philosophers, notably Plato and Aristotle, and as the site for the first modern Olympic Games in the 19th century. Athens is credited as the birthplace modern Western civilization and democracy, and each year tourists flock to Athens to view the landmarks of the modern era. Some of Athens' most fascinating sites include the famous ruins of classical architecture such as the Ancient Agora, a marketplace that was the center of all public and political life in ancient Athens. The famed Pathenon is also a major attraction in Athens, drawing millions of tourists each year to visit the massive temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. The Parthenon is not only a symbol of Ancient Greece and the Athenian Empire, it's also an everlasting symbol of western civilization, power and democracy. 

Modern Athens was host to the 2004 Olympic Games and has always been a place of destination for travelers. Today, Athens holds the largest archaeological museum in Greece and several other important museums for Byzantine and Cycladic art. Athens is also home to the most theatrical stages than any other city in the world, and remains as a city devoted to entertainment and performing arts as was the ancient city.

What are the top tourist attractions in Athens? Rank up the best things to do in Athens. If you don't see your favorite tourist attraction in Athens in this list of must see attractions in Athens, make sure to add them.
The Top Must-See Attractions in Athens,

Acropolis of Athens

Ancient Agora of Athens

Monastiraki

National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Panathenaic Stadium

Parthenon

Stoa of Attalos

Temple of Hephaestus

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:59:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-athens/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Most Beautiful Catholic Churches]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-beautiful-catholic-churches/ranker-travel

List of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the world,as ranked by admirers of amazing architecture. Regardless of your religious beliefs and affiliation, anyone can appreciate Catholic churches for their accomplishments in architecture. Every continent in the world is overflowing with some of the most elegant, visually stunning churches in existence. Some of these churches have been standing, in some form or another, for thousands of years, while others are modern additions to the Catholic world. While many of these churches are built with a traditional gothic style, some of the most unique churches on this list are original feats in architecture.

Whether or not you’re a member of the Catholic faith, the Catholic Churches of the world are definitely worth visiting. Sometimes the location of the cathedral or parish makes it all the more amazing, like Arizona’s Church in the Rock and Colombia’s Las Lajas Cathedral which is built over a cliff. St.Basil’s Cathedral is one of the oldest and most recognizable churches, famousfor its colorful domes. Modern structures like Cathedral of Maringa and Cadet Chapel are known for their memorable appearances.

What are the most beautiful Catholic cathedrals in the world? From churches in the U.S. to Ethiopia, the structures on this list are the most striking Catholic institutions in the world.


The Most Beautiful Catholic Churches,

Chartres Cathedral

Cathedral of Saint Paul
The original church on the site of Cathedral of Saint Paul was built in 604 AD.
Reims Cathedral

Notre Dame de Paris
Construction on Notre Dame de Paris began in 1160, with gargoyles built into the rainwater gutter system. 
Rouen Cathedral

St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica is located in Vatican City and is the location of Saint Peter's tomb.
Notre Dame De La Garde Marseille
Notre Dame de la Garde Marseille is often known as la bonne mere or the good mother.
St. Mark's Basilica of Venice
St. Mark's Basilica is one of the oldest churches in the world, with year 828 AD as the original building time.
Las Lajas Sanctuary
Las Lajas Sanctuary is located within a canyon of the Guaitara River in Colombia.
Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar Zaragoza
The original Basilica of Our Lady of the Pilar Zaragoza was built in the early 2nd century in Spain, but the current structure was built on the same spot in 1681.

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<![CDATA[The Best American Rivers for Kayaking]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-american-rivers-for-kayaking/ranker-travel
This is a ranked list of the US rivers for kayaking as voted on by men and women. These rivers include some beautiful yet adventurous bodies of water in America, such as Clackamas River,Yellowstone River, and Kenai River are some of the top rivers for kayaking in the US. All rivers fit a different class of white water which denotes how dangerous the river can be. The higher the class, the more dangerous the river is.  Class 4 and up rapids should be sought with caution and experience, rather than by novice kayakers. This list answers the question, “what are the best US rivers for kayaking?” The best rivers for tourists and adventure-seekers to visit and have an exciting time kayaking.Those seeking extensive thrills on a class 4 or 5 river, or first-time rafters alike can utilize the list to help them find the best US river for their rafting experience. These ranked rivers in every part of the country and provide and accessible kayaking experience no matter where you live. As traveler looking for the US’ best kayaking you might ask yourself, “Where are the US best rivers for kayaking?”. Well here we have compiled a list of the very rivers for kayaking.
The Best American Rivers for Kayaking,

American River

Clackamas River

Colorado River

Kenai River

Missouri River

Peshtigo River

San Joaquin River

Upper Iowa River

Yellowstone River

Green River


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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 04:38:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-american-rivers-for-kayaking/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Top Must-See Attractions in India]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-india/ranker-travel
List of top things to do in India. What are the best things to see in India? This list ranks the most popular tourist attractions in India, from the Taj Mahal to the tropical beaches. There are plenty of things to see and do in India with its rich history and geographical diversity. 

Millions of tourists visit the Taj Mahal every year, one of India's top destinations. The Taj Mahal is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, and is widely recognized as an icon of Muslim art and one of India's most admired masterpieces. India is the origin of four world religions, including Buddhism and Hinduism, so many tourists visit the country for spiritual travel each year and visit many of the sacred temples or the sacred Granges River. The Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage that attracts many visitors each year to the river. It is known as the largest peaceful gathering in the world. 

India also offers exotic landscapes with a vast geographic variety including beautiful beaches, snow-covered mountains and dense forests that make the country a popular destination for outdoor adventures.

What are the top things to do in India? Use this list to rank the best attractions in India. If your favorite tourist destinations in India aren't on this list of attractions in India, make sure to add them.
The Top Must-See Attractions in India,

Agra Fort

Ajanta Caves

The Red Fort

Ganges

Gir Forest National Park

Golkonda

India Gate

Jagannath Temple, Puri

Taj Mahal

Konark Sun Temple


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Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:20:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-must-see-attractions-in-india/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/shows-to-marathon-on-a-plane/loganrapp
So, you've got a long plane ride, or multiple plane rides. Or maybe you're not on a plane at all, and you're taking an Amtrak across the country. No matter the transportation method, you've got a lot of downtime while you're in transit. And since we're living in the golden age of television, there are plenty of great series out there that you probably haven't watched yet! So when you ask yourself, "What should I watch on a plane?", this list has all the answers you could ever need! These are the best shows to watch on an airplane. 

This list is full of series that are high quality, great for binge watching, and, most importantly, TV shows you can watch in public. Obviously, the graphic violence of The Walking Dead or the frequent sexposition of Game of Thrones wouldn't fly here, but you've probably seen those shows, anyway. Also, the last thing you want to do is become an emotional wreck, so shows make you cry should be left off the list as well. Even with these stipulations, there is still an incredible number of shows that you can watch on airplane. Imagine it! Catching up on television while sitting in a chair in the sky! What a world! 

So when you're looking for television for when you're on a plane, this list will take care of it. Whether you're flying cross country or international, these shows are sure to make the time fly. Which shows have you binge watched on a plane? Add them here if they aren't already listed.

The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane,

Arrested Development
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Battlestar Galactica

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Friends

Lost

Seinfeld

Supernatural

The Office

Parks and Recreation

Sherlock


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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:42:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/shows-to-marathon-on-a-plane/loganrapp
<![CDATA[The Best American Rivers for Canoeing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-american-rivers-for-canoeing/ranker-travel

This is a ranked list of the best US rivers for canoeing as voted on by men and women. These rivers include some beautiful yet adventurous bodies of water in America, such as St. Croix, Colorado river, and Big Piney River are some of the top rivers for canoeing in the US. All rivers fit a different class of white water which denotes how dangerous the river can be. The higher the class, the more dangerous the river is.  Class 4 and up rapids should be sought with caution and experience, rather than by novice canoers. This list answers the question, “what are the best US rivers for canoeing?” The best rivers for tourists and adventure-seekers to visit and have an exciting time canoeing.Those seeking extensive thrills on a class 4 or 5 river, or first-time rafters alike can utilize the list to help them find the best US river for their rafting experience. These ranked rivers in every part of the country and provide and accessible canoeing experience no matter where you live. As traveler looking for the US’ best canoeing you might ask yourself, “Where are the US best rivers for canoeing?”. Well here we have compiled a list of the very rivers for canoeing.


The Best American Rivers for Canoeing,

Bois Brule River

Buffalo National River

Current River

Kenai River

Missouri River

St. Croix River

St. Regis River

Wisconsin River

Green River

Crystal River


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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 04:39:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-american-rivers-for-canoeing/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best Rooftop Pools in New York]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-rooftop-pools-in-new-york/ranker-travel
Relaxing by a cool rooftop pool in New York City is a popular, swanky activity in the Big Apple, and this list of the coolest rooftop pools in New York has the best there is to offer. These rooftop pools include some of the newest and most beautiful around, all with gorgeous views of the city. What is the coolest rooftop pool in NYC? Read the list below to find out.

These fancy schmancy pools can be found everywhere, from downtown to Brooklyn and all throughout New York City. Many of them are a part of hotels, exclusive clubs, spas, or even private residences. One thing's for sure: they all offer breathtaking panoramas of the New York City skyline.

They're often equipped with bars and other luxurious amenities. Some can be accessed by the public, while others are only for special guests of a hotel or club. These ritzy New York poolsides can play host to boisterous party scenes or tranquil environments, offering some of the best and most luxurious swimming and poolside experiences in the world.

Vote up the best rooftop pools in New York City below, or add an awesome rooftop pool located in the Big Apple if it isn't already on the list.

The Best Rooftop Pools in New York,

Sheraton Brooklyn

The Bentley Hotel

Hotel Gansevoort Park Avenue

Spa Castle

The Skyline Hotel

Thompson LES

Hotel Americano

Manhattan Plaza Health Club

Dream Downtown

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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:27:50 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-rooftop-pools-in-new-york/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[The Best Wineries in Spain]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wineries-in-spain/ranker-travel
List of the top wineries in Spain. What are the best wineries to visit in Spain? This list ranks some of the most famous wineries and vineyards in Spain, the world's third largest producer of wine. Spain is known for providing top quality and affordable wines. Spain is also most notable for producing sherry and cava wines. 

There are two major wine regions in Spain, the Ribera del Duero and Rioja. Though Spain is home to over 600 grape varieties, there are a few major types of wine that are most noted for originating in Spain. Writer Ernest Hemingway was a popular drinker of Tempranillo, a red wine from a black grape variety that has a fruity flavor profile, through neutral in smell. Sherry wine is also a popular Spanish wine that is produced in the southern region of Spain. Sherry is a fortified wine that contains between 15 to 20% alcohol, ranging in taste from light and delicate to rich and sweet. Cava is a Spanish sparking wine popularized by the world-famous Cordorniu Winery. 

What are the must-see wineries in Spain? From Barcelona and beyond, rank up the major wineries in Spain. 

The Best Wineries in Spain,

Codorníu Winery

Freixenet

Abadia Retuerta

Vega Sicilia

Bodegas Riojanas

Lopez De Haro

Pago De Los Capellanes

Cordorniu

Gramona

Marfil Alella


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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:26:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wineries-in-spain/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[Must-See Attractions in Italy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/must-see-attractions-in-italy/ranker-travel
This is a list that discusses the top must-see attractions in Italy. Have you wondered what the best things to do on an Italian vacation are? There are a vast array of popular tourist attractions in Italy, including Rome, Vatican City, Positano, Venice and Florence. If you’re planning a vacation in Italy here are some of the top Italian destinations!Italy is best known for its tourist attractions, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Florence Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel and the Statue of David. With its historical sites and beautiful landscapes tourists have flooded Italy for years. Imagine a country where you can sit at a beachside restaurant sipping a lemoncello in relaxing Positano, then head off to some of history’s most amazing landmarks – all in the same day! With a rich love of hospitality, the Italian culture is known for welcoming newcomers in search of the beauty that only it has to offer. Visitors of Italy will experience the warmth of a community who knows how to live in an extremely mellow region of Europe. The Italian culture thrives on relaxation, not taking life too seriously, enjoying the comforts of food and family every single day and a love for the arts and beauty. Any tourist will find that no matter how much time they spend in friendly Italy, it will never be too long before they want to come back!
Must-See Attractions in Italy,

Colosseum

Florence

Pompeii

Rome

Florence Cathedral

Siena

Sistine Chapel

St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican Museums

Venice


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:46:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/must-see-attractions-in-italy/ranker-travel
<![CDATA[27 Amazingly Epic Airport Pickup Signs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-airport-pickup-signs/nathandavidson

Every time you pick someone up at the airport is another opportunity to embarrass them with a funny airport pickup sign, and this gallery is here to provide you the needed inspiration. I mean, they made you pick them up at the airport. The least you could do to return the punishment favor is humiliate them in front of total strangers. Below are the most embarrassing airport signs and funny airport signs known to all Internet mankind.

These airport welcome signs are basically the airport equivalent of funny homeless signs or funny signs from political rallies, except they were used to embarrass someone at the airport. We're on the same mental flight path right now, right?


27 Amazingly Epic Airport Pickup Signs,

Weathering The Storm

Ladies First

Call Of Booty

True Airport Pickup Love

Dad Airport Pickup Jokes

Ooh Baby, Baby!

Bare Metal

Sorry About Your Mom, Bro

Pick Me Up, Baby!

Cereal Killer


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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:16:17 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-airport-pickup-signs/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[The Prettiest Banknotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/prettiest-currency-notes/jona000f
Vote for the prettiest :)
The Prettiest Banknotes,

20 Cook Island Dollar

10 Aruban Florin

1 Antarctican Dollar

5 Canadian Dollar

10 Hong Kong Dollar

2 Venezuelan Bolivares Fuerte

10000 French Pacific Territories Franc

50 Maldives Rufiyaa

20 Samoan Tala

2 Bermudan Dollar


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Thu, 17 Jan 2013 02:13:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/prettiest-currency-notes/jona000f
<![CDATA[The Best Beaches in Thailand]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beaches-in-thailand/ranker-travel
List of popular beaches in Thailand. What are the top beaches in Thailand? This list ranks the best Thailand beaches, one of the countries with the best beaches in the world, from secluded getaway beaches on Thailand's uninhabited islands to the all-night party beaches in Phuket. Thailand's islands hold some of the most pristine beaches in the world with untouched white sands and crystal clear waters. Whether you charter a boat or spend the day snorkeling, there are many popular destinations for an island hopping beach adventure in Thailand. 

Thailand enjoys a humid tropical climate all year long with dry, wet and rainy seasons. The best time to visit the islands is during the dry season between November and March when there is not a lot of rainfall and humidity. It's also not as hot during the dry season, and the sea is clear and calm for marine adventures including snorkeling, canoeing and more. During the wet season, boat trips can be canceled by monsoons and the sea is full of silt, making it less than ideal for snorkelers and marine enthusiasts. 

The Andaman Sea is one of the world's top diving sitesScuba diving in Thailand is a popular recreational activity for tourists and is one of the cheapest regions to get certified. Thailand is one of the most affordable destinations, with beachside bungalows, luxury resorts and a plethora of recreational activities that won't break the bank.

What are the best beaches in Thailand? Rank up Thailand's top beaches using this list. If your favorite beach in Thailand isn't on the list of greatest beaches in Thailand, make sure to add it.  

The Best Beaches in Thailand,

Hua Hin District

Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Phi Phi Don

Ko Samet

Ko Samui

Krabi

Patong

Pattaya

Maya Bay

Phra Nang Beach


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Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:20:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beaches-in-thailand/ranker-travel