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You Won't Believe What Denmark Once Allowed Tourists to Do

Where: Denmark
October 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everyone knows of the red-light districts of De Wallen in Amsterdam and Reeperbahn in Hamburg, but what about the shadier side of Denmark's tourism?

Well, up until recently, bestiality was a legal practice in the Scandinavian country, and, as if that’s not odd enough, it seems certain sects invited tourists to horse around with, well, the horses. According to Danish animal rights groups, Denmark sort of became a center for bestiality-based tourism, and a 2007 report by two journalists from 24timer claim to have obtained access to an animal brothel, which existed so tourists could enjoy the company of a terrier or even a German shepherd.

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The Whales on the Plane Go Splish Splash

October 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ever packed heavy for a trip, only to have the airline check-in agent weigh your bag with a scowl on her face? Overweight/oversize luggage is nothing compared to what FedEx has to deal with.

As you may know, Reddit hosts Q & A sessions called an "AMA" (Ask Me Anything), to essentially allow anyone to ask questions of celebrities, politicians, and those with incredibly unique careers.

We can't believe we missed it but, back in 2012, an AMA was conducted with Dave Lange, Managing Director of the Aircraft Charters Department at FedEx Express. That vague title hides what is perhaps one of the most intriguing job descriptions in the aviation industry. Lange is in charge of shipments which require the use of an entire plane, be it exotic sports cars or satellites and top secret containers or live whales. Yes, whales can fly.

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Volunteer to Help Wild Dogs in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park

Where: Zimbabwe
September 24, 2014 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Right now the safari high season is well underway along the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.

From May to October Mana Pools National Park becomes on of the most popular destinations in the country for viewing elephants, hippos, waterbucks, wild dogs, lions and leopards by canoe, vehicles and walking tours.

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KLM's Newest Employee is the Cutest Airport Helper Ever

September 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do you like doggies?

What about traveling to Europe?

And you appreciate having lost items returned to you, right?

If you've answered a hearty "yes" to the questions above, then the video below was meant for you. It highlights the newest customer service innovation at KLM: an adorable dog named Sherlock with the ability to sniff out items forgotten on planes to reunite them with their rightful owners within the confines of Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport.

That's pretty much all there is to it, since the magic is really in the beautiful film. Enjoy, but do so knowing that was a one-time thing, and Sherlock isn't going to be a permanent member of KLM's team. For your real lost & found queries, there's always KLM's 130 social media agents ready to help.

[Video: KLM]

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Airports May Skip Mowing the Grass to Decrease Bird Strikes

August 15, 2014 at 7:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve heard of plenty of options to reduce the instances of bird strikes at airports across the globe. Not only are things dangerous for the planes and people involved, but we’re pretty sure it’s not a wonderful experience for the birds either.

One airport in Ohio is now testing out something different, and it should even save some money when it comes to the airport landscaping budget. Dayton International Airport is adding some tall prairie grass to around 200 acres in and around the airport, and their goal is to get the new stuff planted where planes take off and land all before the end of the year.

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British Airways' New In-Flight Entertainment Will Be Truly Aww-Inspiring

August 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM | by | Comment (1)

From the airline that brought you a channel dedicated to a 7-hour train trip through Norway now comes a channel devoted to nonstop cuteness. Debuting this September on British Airways' long-haul flights, "Paws and Relax" will initially lead off with the comic series "Simon’s Cat," the documentary "The Secret Life of Cats," and the awwww-inspiring "America’s Cutest Dog."

It's obviously a departure from the usual in-flight fare of almost-new movie releases and TV series from B-list actors, but "Paws and Relax" is based on the very real research that watching cute animals lowers blood pressure and facilitates relaxation. The goal? To "enhance the wellbeing of customers" flying BA.

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Where to Find the World's Smallest (and Therefore Cutest) Bear

Where: Sepilok, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
July 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Time to add another novelty to the list of cool things you can see in the jungles of Borneo: The world's smallest bear, the Sun Bear, is now on display at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

Opened to the public this year, the Conservation Centre attempts to rehabilitate sun bears that have been the victims of deforestation and, believe it or not, those that have been mistreated as pets. Apparently, people have made a habit of poaching them as cubs, keeping them in cages and raising them like a dog while they're little. But ultimately, things go wrong as they grow and suffer from a life of captivity.

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Help 'Great Projects' Protect the Tigers of India

Where: India
June 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Great Projects has put together a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India where volunteers will not only help protect endangered tigers, but they will also stay in the reserve they call home.

The project takes place in the prestigious Kanha National Park, the same location that gave Rudyard Kipling with inspiration to write The Jungle Book.

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When to Go Whale Watching: The Best Cities and Seasons

May 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (4)

Even whales prefer to travel in the summer months, and their mass migrations attract larger crowds of human spectators across the globe. From humpbacks to minkes and grays to sperm whales, there's plenty of variety to these giant mammals and plenty more places to spot them in their natural habitat.

In general, right now is the season most whales are on the move, heading to cooler waters to grab a good feed until the temps start to drop again, at which time they head back to warmer water. In the Northern Hemisphere, we're lucky that whale watching season also corresponds with the start of summer travels, but the Southern Hemisphere's winter season might make for a chilly boat ride out to the say "hi" to the gentle giants.

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Travel Snapshot: This Bridge Only Serves an Island's Eight-Legged Residents

May 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling around the globe to experience new and exciting places is one tried and true reason to hop on a plane. The resulting numb butt and bloodshot eyes are only a small price to pay to see something you couldn't see in your own backyard, and that's why this travel snapshot is so neat.

We came across the above bridge with little understanding of what it could be, but once we figured it out, the cleverness of its design and function were a "duh" shocker. Before we reveal the full details on where and what this is, here are a few clues:

· The country in which this photo was taken has more crustacean residents (43.7 million-ish) than people (2,100).
· The above overpass has a heavy traffic season right around November-December.
· With about 3 flights per week, this destination is not easy to reach but completely worth the trouble.
· Although very tropical, this location is a far departure from cocktails and infinity pools.

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Amtrak Finally Welcomes Furry Friends for a Fee

May 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fido and Fluffy will no longer be sad back at home during your next trip, as Amtrak is now welcoming furry friends on certain trains and some routes. Just yesterday Amtrak started up this new program, so now you can plan your vacation itinerary with some tourist stops that your dog will enjoy as well—world’s largest fire hydrant?

The train transportation giant has a few special cars that will allow pets as part of a trial run that will do its thing for like six months or so. Amtrak's Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains that do their thing between spots in Illinois like Chicago and Quincy are part of the pilot, and if the animals behave things might just become available nationwide on more trains and more routes.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Disneynature's 'Bears'

April 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Disneynature is promising moviegoers will be on cute overload as Bears hit the big screen this last weekend.

The live action movie follows a year in the life of two young cubs as they are "are taught life’s most important lessons."

Disneynature's Bears was filmed in several national parks throughout the Alaska Peninsula. To honor the bears' habitat and celebrate Earth Day, Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation for every ticket sold during the movie's opening week, April 18-24.

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