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Ryugyong Hotel: North Korea’s Failed Attempt At Luxury

Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea

Nothing epitomizes the conundrum that is North Korea better than the Ryugyong Hotel in the capital city of Pyongyang. It would have been the world’s tallest hotel, had it been completed on time. Instead it has merely become yet another symbol of North Korea’s lofty ambitions and subsequent failure achieve them.   Ryugyong Hotel History … Read More

25 Lessons I’ve Learned From Traveling

Travel off the beaten path with the HoliDaze

Having the opportunity, freedom and desire to travel has created endless opportunities for me to visit countries outside of my own, explore different cultures and meet a variety of diverse and interesting characters. Over the years I’ve lost count of the all the profound, inspirational and sometimes most basic of lessons learned from traveling, but … Read More

Japanese Lodging: Try Something Different

Tokyo I love you!

Every country has hotels and hostels…what does Japan do differently? Just because Japan is constantly looking towards the future does not mean they have forgotten about the past. From traditional ryokan to modern capsule hotels and love hotels, Japanese lodging comes in several unique forms that I could not help but test out. The best … Read More

Water Wars: Growing Tension Between Bangladesh & India

Have you ever heard of Bangladesh? It’s okay to say no, you won’t be the first one…and I’m sure you won’t be the last. It’s a small country, originally part of Bengal until 1947 when India gained its independence and Bengal was divided along religious lines into East and West sections. West Bengal merged with … Read More

Random Travel Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

The view from an airplane window is quite nice. Nothing beats air travel.

Ugghh, another boring day, right? I know that feeling well, when you’d rather just crawl right back in bed and let the day pass by. But where would that get us? We’ve got to live every day as if it were your last, especially with a world as big and with as much to see … Read More

The 7-Colored Sands Of Chamarel, Mauritius

7-Colored Sands of Chamarel, Mauritius

Ever visited the African country of Mauritius? It is an island nation east of Madagascar in the southwest corner of the Indian Ocean. It was the only known habitat of the now-extinct Dodo bird. And much like that ill-fated avian species, the colored sands of Chamarel are also unique to Mauritius. Nowhere else on earth … Read More

Perla del Pacifico: Mansion Turned Pirate Hostel + Private Art Collection in Costa Rica

Perla del Pacifico, Costa Rica

Located on a four-mile long sand peninsula, Puntarenas is a relatively small coastal fishing town that also supports a lot of tourism. While there we happened to stumble upon this magnificent mansion turned hostel on the northern shore, the Perla del Pacifico (which as you may have guessed translates as “Pearl of the Pacific”), the … Read More