5 Travel Stories From This Week

Happy Sunday from Travelist. Here are 5 of the best Travel Stories from this week. Enjoy.

WORLD’S WORST TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ANNOUNCED

Easyjet’s survey of 2000 British travelers has concluded that Da Vinci’s masterpiece The Mona Lisa is their most disappointing tourist attraction. The list includes Moulin Rouge and the Eiffel Tower. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, the Northern Lights were the most impressive. Here is the list:

Most disappointing:

  • Mona Lisa, Paris
  • Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
  • Manneken Pis, Brusels
  • Moulin Rouge nightclub, Paris
  • The Little Mermaid statue, Copenhagen
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Spanish Steps, Rome
  • Trevi Fountain, Rome
  • Louvre, Paris
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Most desirable:

  • Northern Lights, Iceland
  • Lake Como, Italy
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Alps, Switzerland
  • Pink sand Elafonissi beach, Greece
  • Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Acropolis and Parthenon, Athens
  • Coliseum, Rome
  • Tulip fields, Netherlands
  • Benagil sea cave, Portugal

NEW ZEALAND PUSHES CHINESE TOURISM WITH TENCENT PARTNERSHIP

In a bid to boost tourism numbers from Mainland China, New Zealand’s Tourism Board has struck a deal with Chinese content creator and distributor Tencent. The ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ intends to support growth of Chinese tourists and provide them with “fresh, unique travel experiences”, reports Business Wire.

AUSSIE INFLUENCER FAKES GOING TO COACHELLA. WHY? WE DON’T KNOW.

Rather than making the journey and paying the entrance fee to one of the world’s (and especially Instagram’s) most popular music festivals, one Aussie “influencer” decided to fake the entire thing, taking photos in her garden and at a small local festy, to make the point that you shouldn’t trust social media, NYPost reports. Yes, we know photoshop exists, well done.

WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE RESORT NOW OPEN

Source: Banwa Private Island

The world definitely needs even more expensive and over-the-top luxury resorts. So thank goodness Banwa Private Island has opened up in the Philippines. Coming in at a bargain $100 USD a night or six times the average yearly salary of a Philippino, the island can accommodate 48 people and includes an organic farm (a holiday essential), celebrity chef and helicopter transfers, amongst other ludicriously unnecessary things. Ah – you have to book three nights by the way. Well, might as well make it a week then.

DRONE CAPTURES INCREDIBLE IMAGES OF ICELAND GLACIER

Italian photographer Stefano Tiozzo has captured a pretty incredible drone video of Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull in Iceland. It’s over 1000m thick in parts and sits on top of volcanoes. Well worth three minutes of your time.

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