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The most extreme 24-hour travel records

For some people, the destination in itself is not satisfying enough. It’s the journey itself and finding resolve-testing ways to stretch what is humanly and technically possible. The best thing about these records is that they showcase an incredible array of skills: from physical prowess to a stupefying mastery of all things logistics. So there’s something […]

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11 reasons why you have to visit Porto

Ah, Porto. Underrated. Beautiful. Laid-back. I fell in love with this enchanting port town back in November. Here are 11 reasons why you will too. 1. It’s cheap to get there within Europe 3 hours from Berlin or London may be stretching it on a budget flight, but Ryanair is helping to rescue the city’s […]

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5 things you should never wear to the beach (if you want to look fashionable)

Now, we’re not one for shaming. But there’s a definite line between chicly “strutting your stuff” and looking downright ridiculous (or offensive to the eyes). These 5 beach fashion faux pas prove that sometimes “innovation” is a step backward. Feeling ready for a fashionable appearance? Keep reading for our list of the 5 most stylish beach […]

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The 5 Islands You Can’t Miss This Summer

We’ve all daydreamed about escaping to a desert island; a secluded spot worlds away from email, work and the daily grind. But what are the options? Where can you go? Here’s  a few handy tips to help you decide. Take a look at some of the world’s most beautiful islands,from Korčula to Saint John, Hydra […]

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The most extreme 24-hour travel records

For some people, the destination in itself is not satisfying enough. It’s the journey itself and finding resolve-testing ways to stretch what is humanly and technically possible. The best thing about these records is that they showcase an incredible array of skills: from physical prowess to a stupefying mastery of all things logistics. So there’s something for everyone. Let’s go!

The most people to climb Everest on a single day

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Mário Simoes @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Go teamwork! 234 climbers smashed the previous record of 170 on May 19, 2012. This is definitely a great case of the more the merrier. Imagine sharing such a personal experience with so many others and the dizzying logistics required to organize such a large-scale expedition.

Most countries visited in 24 hours

Three friends from Norway, Gunnar Garfors, Tay-young Pak, and Oyestin Djupvik, traveled to 19 countries in just 24 hours. The previous record was 17. The trio started in Greece at midnight on September 22, 2014 and passed through 18 further European countries – crossing into Liechtenstein minutes before the 24-period was over. They utilized an impressive combination of rental cars and commercial flights. Incredibly, it was their second try, having matched the record in 2012. How’s that for perseverance?

Most countries visited using scheduled transportation

Image by Adam Leyton

Image by Adam Leyton

Readers, meet your everyday hero: Adam Leyton hopped on planes, chugged along on trains, rode buses, and even ran a final two-and-a-half miles to set foot in 12 countries within 24 hours all while raising money for charity. What a stand up guy!

London tube challenge

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London Attractions Guide @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Want to get the most out of your one-day travel card? Andy James and Steve Wilson visited every stop on the London Underground in 2016 in 15 hours, 45 minutes, and 38 seconds on May 21, 2015. The challenge is regularly done, with 18 record holders since 1959. Mind the gap!

74 roller coasters in 24 hours 

I think I’m going to be sick: in 2001 a quartet of Americans set the record, riding 74 coasters in 10 amusement parks across 4 U.S. states. Even more thrilling: they rode helicopters to travel between each park and raised $40,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

735 miles on a scooter?

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Sid Mosdell @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Two siblings accomplished the feat together on PGO X-Hot 125cc’s in less than 24 hours, traversing most of South Africa from Johannesburg to Matjiesfonstein. I can only imagine the ire of other drivers stuck behind the two scooters puttering along at less than 50 miles per hour. They even had to stop and change both scooter’s drive belts!

Choo choo, the farthest distance by train in 24 hours:

An incredible 3,783.91 kilometers. John Daffurn from the UK traveled from Guangzhou South Station in China to Longyang Road Metro Station in Shanghai. That’s some seriously high-speed rail!

And finally, stretching time and space for the longest birthday ever of 46 hours:

Happy birthday to Sven Hagemeier! Ok, so this isn’t 24 hours, but it was over one calendar day. The intrepid German began the celebrations in Auckland travelling back 2 hours in time to Brisbane. He then hopped on a flight to Honolulu, which is 20 hours behind Australia. He even managed a whirlwind 90 minute tour of Auckland by taxi. “You will get help, wherever you are in this world,” Sven remarked.

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11 reasons why you have to visit Porto

Ah, Porto. Underrated. Beautiful. Laid-back. I fell in love with this enchanting port town back in November. Here are 11 reasons why you will too.

1. It’s cheap to get there within Europe

3 hours from Berlin or London may be stretching it on a budget flight, but Ryanair is helping to rescue the city’s economy. Porto’s airport is also central and accessible. As one local told me: “we all have them to thank for our jobs.” Porto is booming. So snatch up some affordable airfare for a long weekend.

2. Weather

Feel the breeze

Feel the breeze

It rains some 130 days in Porto a year. But now is the perfect time! Porto’s rainy season is mainly during the winter and fall. Its coastal location also protects it from the harshest summer weather. That sounds juuuust right.

3. Contrast

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Porto viewed from the Gaia side

Porto is colorful. Not as colorful as Lisbon, but that lends itself to more glaring contrast. The buildings are mostly granite, giving them a darker, more Gothic foundation. When Porto became a big shipping town, the sailors found this drab so they painted the small wooden houses on the river in marvelous colors to greet them when they returned. The effect lends itself to little vignettes wherever you turn your head. My favorites were the little shops and kiosks, buried in between buildings, offering little glimpses of workers in uniforms and families out in their Sunday’s best.

4. English Connection

Throughout history, the British have used Porto as, well, a port. Portugal was often the little side story throughout history, making it attractive to orient itself to their (also) rainy neighbors to the north for protection from the French or Spanish. The city is littered with remnants of this relationship, from the phone booths to the letter boxes. People also speak great English for a city with a relatively young tourist culture.

5. Harry Potter

Majestic Cafe, where J.K. Rowling first started writing Harry Potter.

Majestic Cafe, where J.K. Rowling first started writing Harry Potter.

J.K. Rowling first scribbled some notes on a napkin for what would become Harry Potter in a restaurant called the Majestic Cafe. The rest is history. Exploring Porto feels like you are in a magical world, where sticking your head into the right alley will unlock something spectacular. The college students, with their academic garb, gave the inspiration for the Hogwarts uniforms and other locations might be recognizable to the trained Harry Potter fan eye.

6. Dramatic Hills

One of Porto's sloping, riverside Medieval neighborhoods

One of Porto’s sloping, riverside Medieval neighborhoods

It’s a ride. The city is a roller coaster so getting home after some Port wine tasting will be a serious challenge. It’s fascinating to watch everyday life unfold and watch how it has adapted to the geography of the city. It’s hectic, but the normalcy of it all is very entertaining. Cross the street at your own risk!

7. The incredible food

A Francesinha

A Francesinha

Oh my gosh, prepare your heart. Porto draws inspiration from various places. As a port town with British connections, fried fish (cod) and octopus are staples here. In contrast to Lisbon where, as a local put it, “they eat salads,” the food is filling and hearty. Any foodie will feel right at home and after conquering a mountainous hill just to get dinner, you’ll understand. For the daring, try the Francesinha, (which means little French girl). It’s a three-story “sandwich” monstrosity that will challenge your resolve – and digestive system.

8. Port wine

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Port Wine

You’ve heard of this: port wine. A variety of wine, so good, it has its own name. It’s actually grown and produced in the Duoro Valley, some 100 kilometers inland, but the entire country’s product is stored across the river in Gaya, making it the area with the largest concentration of wine in the world. The drink is sweet and locals sip it as a digestive after dinner. Depending on how it is stored or allowed to age, it takes on wildly different characteristics that you can learn about on one of the many available wine-tasting tours. Secret tip: try the new “pink” port, it was just invented 8 years ago.

9. Its growing tourism industry

Colorful vignettes aplenty

Colorful vignettes aplenty

Has just started here, meaning: cheap, authentic, rewarding, welcoming experiences are almost impossible to avoid if you just ask or stick your head around. It’s enchanting, as one can continually be blown away by what comes next. The city feels alive and lived in, something lacking in larger European tourist hubs.

10. Its craft roots

A belt maker at Mercado do Bolhão Market

A belt maker at Mercado do Bolhão Market

Porto is a mercantile town, so they know how to make things. And thanks to competition, goods are cheap. Leather boots can be found for less than 20 euros, as well as a plethora of colorful, creative household goods, clothes, and so on. The challenge is cramming it all into your Ryanair-sized carryon. Mercado do Bolhão offers cheap, authentic Portuguese goods and is fun to browse in among the locals.

11. Its party life

Cheap, fun, open. The handiwork feel of Porto fills the clubs and bars with rustic old-school charm. The ambiance is classy, subdued, yet rambunctious thanks to the students who pile out into the streets on balmy Summer nights.

12. The wonder

The dusty solitude of Porto

The dusty solitude of Porto

Will stay with you long after you leave. And you may find yourself returning some day for another Francesinha. So that’s why I fibbed a bit, there are 12 reasons. The last is that tingling feeling you’ll get when reminiscing.

Have you ever been to Porto? Thinking of going? Find some great activities to do here on GetYourGuide!

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5 things you should never wear to the beach (if you want to look fashionable)

Now, we’re not one for shaming. But there’s a definite line between chicly “strutting your stuff” and looking downright ridiculous (or offensive to the eyes). These 5 beach fashion faux pas prove that sometimes “innovation” is a step backward.

Feeling ready for a fashionable appearance? Keep reading for our list of the 5 most stylish beach destinations in the world down below.

Socks and Sandals

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Wapster @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

This crime against footwear everywhere will instantly put you on the universal fashion offenders list. Socks were invented for shoes. Besides producing an awful tan line, your socks might fill up with sand which will bug you for the rest of the day. Let those toes see some sun!

The Mankini

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Jim Carrey

What started out as a joke outfit should stay that way.. This “textile construction” doesn’t even make sense! It’s most parts stretched out speedo and all things inappropriate when functioning properly. It’s never okay – unless you can pull it off tastefully like Jim Carrey above.

A streaky fake tan

This one is for females – be proud of your natural skin! You don’t need to cover yourself in nasty chemicals. And imagine the horror of emerging from the ocean leaving an orangey chemical vortex behind you like the creature from Swamp Thing? Go au naturel!

A court-ordered location tracker

Court Ordered Location Tracker

Court Ordered Location Tracker

Sure, it screams, “I like to party!” but maybe this is one party you should skip? On the other hand, if you’ll definitely be rescued if you wash out to sea.

The micro-bikini

The female equivalent of the mankini, the micro-bikini is really just strategic string preventing full nudity (which might actually be preferable). There’s just something really unfortunate about an outfit that causes more discomfort than actual usefulness. It also tugs in all the wrong places!

Piles of Jewelry

What’s the best way to really annoy everyone around you while also hurting yourself? Sun-absorbing and reflecting jewelry! Not only will you blind everyone around you with just the flick of your wrist, but you’ll also be suffering under the searing rays of the sun. A nice stylish sun hat is a much better accessory.

The top 5 most stylish beach destinations in the world

Sometimes going to the beach is just as much about “getting away” as being seen. These are 5 of the most glamorous resort destinations in the world, where style and luxury are one and the same.

5. Saint Tropez

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Matthew Riley @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

We may have mentioned Saint Tropez a couple weeks ago, but no list of glamorous getaways would be complete without it. There may not be so much secluded beach, but the 5-kilometer long stretch of Pampelonne Beach is a mecca for sunbathers and hedonists alike. Think delicious late lunches that languish late into the evening followed by gaudy fashion parades and wild nights. This is the spot for fashion and fun.

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4. Hvar

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Min Zhou @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Here’s an up-and-comer! Hvar’s lovely Mediterranean climate and its breathtaking natural beauty make it the perfect destination for luxury seekers. Heavy hitters like Bill Gates and Steven Spielberg are frequent guests, taking advantage of its buzzing nightlife, quiet vineyards, and pristine beaches. No wonder it’s known as the jewel of the Adriatic.

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3. The Maldives

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Elena N @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

The Maldives is one of the unique destinations in the world.  Imagine a tourist resort on its own island, each equipped with incredible floating houses jutting out into the Indian ocean. Most socialites relax in their own beachside villas with their own pool and butler. Here it’d be hard to offend anyone! But that comes with a price, of course.

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2. Ibiza

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Jose A. @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

This nightlife paradise is perfect for anyone looking to blow some steam off by partying long into the night. The island is perfectly equipped for even the most demanding of pleasure seekers, with over 50 stunning beaches and some of the most luxurious nightclubs on the planet. It’s also heaven for scuba divers and adventure seekers.

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1. Dubai

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Sarah_Ackerman @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Long, private beaches and adventure playgrounds: Dubai is where the most stylish of the rich and the famous strut their stuff. Dubai has just about all experiences down to a science: from a huge array of action activities like jet-skiing and paragliding to sun-kissed isolated day beds for lounging and dining. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more luxurious spot to show off your style!

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The 5 Islands You Can’t Miss This Summer

We’ve all daydreamed about escaping to a desert island; a secluded spot worlds away from email, work and the daily grind.

But what are the options? Where can you go? Here’s  a few handy tips to help you decide. Take a look at some of the world’s most beautiful islands,from Korčula to Saint John, Hydra to Burano.   

Korčula / Croatia

Korčula

Korčula

Have you ever seen Croatia on a map? Its jagged coastline cuts deep into the Adriatic Sea, threatening the boot of Italy.  But that’s not just coast, it’s more than 1,000 islands!

On Korčula Island, you’ll spend your holiday surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, away from the hordes of sun worshippers and party goers. And while you’re there why not explore the picturesque old town and see the beautiful churches. You’ll find some of Croatia’s best wines – and you can even try your hand at some traditional folk dancing!  

Saint John / Virgin Islands

Saint John

Saint John

It may be small, but don’t underestimate this dream destination. If you want to escape the crowds, Saint John is the place. The national park makes up 60% of the island’s land area. The rest boasts pristine beaches and ancient historic sites. You’ll find plenty of space to relax. Or if you’re looking for something more adventurous, try hiking, biking, snorkeling or even horseback riding.

It’s the epitome of relaxation; in the evening, listen to jazz or calypso music by the beach, or devour mouth-watering Caribbean cuisine. A fan of BBQ, jerk dishes and seafood? Start booking!

Hydra / Greece

Hydra

Hydra

From Athens, it’s a hop, skip and a jump to paradise. You won’t hear the sounds of a car engine on this Greek Island. Yes, really – if you want to travel around Hydra, its taxi-boats, horseback or on foot. In the summer, stroll around town along the cobbled streets, soak up the sun and take in the impressive architecture.

If you struggle to sit still and you can stand the heat (and exercise), head off on a hike. If walking is not your thing – we don’t blame you – take a cruise around the neighboring Saronic Islands.

Burano / Italy  

Burano

Burano

The pictures say it all. Burano is beautiful. Just 40 minutes from Venice by boat, it’s easy to get to – and worth the trip.

From the leaning tower to the lace museum, multicolored houses to picturesque canals, you won’t know where to look or what to do first. We suggest eating; the food here is not to be missed!

The main street is lined with fresh-fish restaurants and pastry shops, where you should try anything and everything, from a “Bussolà” to an “Esse.” Grab something tasty and set off exploring the colorful island.

Gili Islands / Indonesia

Gili Islands

Gili Islands

Okay so they’re slightly further away, but we can’t provide a list of islands without mentioning the Gili Islands. Just look at them. These three tiny, beach-lined islands are the definition of bliss.

Do you dream of lazing in a hammock reading a book? Or dining on freshly-grilled fish? If you’re looking for serenity, nature and calm, add Gili Meno to your “must-visit” list. Talk about escaping from the hustle and bustle of city life – Gili Meno is two kilometers long, only a kilometer wide, and you can walk the whole island in less than two hours.