Upon a cursory glance on a world map one can fail even to notice some states let alone if their names aren’t household words. But OUTLOOK believes that there is no such thing as unexciting place in this world… This is why today we came up with a feature for you about ‘how and what’ makes tick those states that you probably haven’t even heard of.
This is the state of fifty thousand citizens within the Kingdom of Denmark but it is far from Denamrk not only geographically but also politically. In fact for over a century Faroe officials decide all the issues but military ones themselves. And although islanders are believed to be as nearly as Scandinavians, having visited the place you realize that it is as authentic and environment-friendly version of, again, Denmark or Norway as possible. 17 out of 18 islands that the country is situated on are inhabited and make for best representation of pristine northern fauna. Therefore on the Faroes they live the same life as some five centuries ago – adverse factors of civilization with its factories and plants have hardly made it to there. The economy’s main sectors are pastoral industry and fishery. However, you need to understand that on the islands they make use of technology benefits and comfort: significant GDP per capita – about 50 thousand dollars annually – allows northerners live as good as their continental brothers do. To speak shortly of reason to go there, principal one is to feel that you are on the end of the Earth. Or may be it is already a different planet – fresh, with unearthly landscapes yet very much fit for full life. Let us add that people there are special, too – welcoming, open and they do not lock their homes at all. Well, enough said is merely with the fact that less than 10 persons do prison time in the whole state…Photo blog.atakdomain.com
These are islands, too, but on the other side of the globe in the Pacific Polynesia. After it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1978, it remained being officially governed by Queen Elizabeth II. Eleven thousand people live there; they mostly make money from agriculture and… from use of the domain “tv”. The thing is, various television companies like using .tv domain for the sake of simplicity but in the process of distribution Tuvalu got it, courtesy of the state’s name. However when in 2000s ‘world wide web’ was winning the world, enterprising citizens of the island decided to rent the address for money. Nowadays amounts of money received for such leasing surmounts 2 million dollars a year which constitutes one tenth on the tiny state’s budget. Curiously, back in 1980s – 1990s when large-scale Internet usage was pretty distant and people had fun otherwise, Tuvaluans – for money, of course – allowed using their code +688 to companies specializing in ‘phone sex’. This is how amusing these guys are – despite the fact that given almost perfect weather conditions, tourist business is poorly developed, they know how to make money on other things. Tuvalu is also interesting because you won’t find a single railroad kilometer there, at that highways stretch for as much as 8 km. Well, islanders have respect for other kind of connection, modern one, where one can become rich on a simple letter coincidence.Photo tourismobserver.blogspot.com
Another British Overseas Territory established as a strategically significant state with the territory of merely 6 square kilometers. About 30 thousand people live there, and their lives in this or that way are connected to the namesake strait that Englishmen, Frenchmen and Spaniards shed quite some blood for. As of today there is no conflict as such however there are so-called ‘disputable areas’. Economy of Gibraltar is almost entirely tied to maintenance of the British military base and vessels repairing. As to major landmarks there is highway airport (the road is shut for cars when planes take off and land) and monkeys. Primates are believed to be national heritage of Gibraltarians because there is no country in the world where they live in the wild. By the way, legend has it that the state shall exists as long as the last monkey remains alive there. Currently there are about 240 of them and it was Winston Churchill himself who ordered to take care of the animals in his decrees. He must have believed in the legend, too.Photo matadornetwork.com
The world’s only state without a capital. It is probably sad because a single coordination centre is a key to stability of some kind. And this is something Nauru lacks – some thirty years ago the country used to rank among the world’s richest due to phosphorites deposits. But unreasonable use of resources exhausted the islands in merely a couple of decades and there are almost no minerals there now. It resulted in the sate’s transfer from first world states list to the one of fourth world states. Today unemployment and economic crisis make people abandon their native territory and head for Australia or other Oceania countries in pursuit of better life. Nowadays only 10 thousand citizens remain there and given heavenly environmental conditions they have difficulties engaging in anything else but agriculture. Nauru isn’t the most pleasant place for tourists so far, because there is nearly no infrastructure for leisure; also, remains of serious industrial activities aren’t the best background for holiday pictures. Nevertheless, natives, who still remember “money-rich” times keep good hearts and believe they are going to get lucky again some time.Photo globustur.spb.ru
Even in our exotic selection Principality of Sealand stands alone – its basis is abandoned British platform Roughs Tower in the North Sea. It was built for military purposes but it wasn’t used in any way after World War II and was standing intact until September, 2, 1967 when retired British major Paddy Roy Bates seized it to proclaim himself a monarch and his family a reigning dynasty. A year later official authorities of the state decided to take back the platform and sent several patrol boats to Sealand however Bates who had military experience put a bold face on and scared away uninvited guests with several cautionary blasts. All in all, since then the virtual state takes pains to become a real one: its nationals issue their own currency, adopted constitution and even took several coup attempts. More to that, some states, among them Belgium and Federal Republic of Germany, partly recognized the principality.Photo globetourism.ru
London is a city that cannot but impress. Its every guest is bound to admire something, some – architecture, others – crazy pace of life, and some – Victorian spirit and aristocratic atmosphere in our 21st century. Its streets are a treasure trove for own explorations and one should start with the legendary Piccadilly because upon walking it alone, one immediately understands what London is all about.
We write a lot about travel and non-standard kinds of tourism, we tell you where to go for exotics, and how to usefully spend $10 in different cities of the world, but we rarely think about the fact that tourism has a downside. This time we decided to look at the crowds of tourists through the eyes of local residents and talk about the problems faced by the most visited cities on the planet.
We publish personal impressions of trips under the heading “We Were There”. Today we are posting article from e social networks of our chief editor Daria Kariakina, where she shares her impressions of a 5-day vacation in Georgian city of Batumi. Do not hesitate to read it if you also want to get your emotions from visiting this city!
We know Estonia as a homeland of Skype, an owner of unusual dishes like milk soup with vegetables and we are surprised of the absence of future tense in the national language. And today we would like to have another precise look at the tiny country and drop into the "aspen grove" - the calm and friendly small town of Haapsalu, the administrative centre of Lääne County.
Croatia is dubbed the pearl of the Adriatic coast. This country in the south of Central Europe recently became a member of the European Union. Now its beauty sites are much visited: every year more than 10 million tourists come to enjoy it, that is even more than population of the country. Let’s find out what attracts travellers so much.
Fifty-degree Sahara is one of the most famous places on the planet, the biggest part of which is not absolutely suitable for life. However, today we would like to arrive in the sands to see the incredible city Gadames. During the thousands years its citizens have been living out in the environment of the heat, but this place has given the desirable accommodation for everyone in need.
Each state has its own official symbols: flag, coat of arms and anthem. But in addition to the traditional "identification mark" there are symbols chosen by people, for instance, a favourite bird. It is about them OUTLOOK expands below. To register the people's love by document, in 1960 in Tokyo at the International Conference on the Protection of Birds was created the concept of "national bird".
To visit three countries over one day – it is possible if you are in Aachen. Situated amid Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, small student town took in features of medieval culture that reflected in its astonishing architecture. Yelena Buravtsova visited the town for it to win her heart with its off-beat monuments, streets paved with stone blocks, cozy cafés, one of a kind printed spice cake, museums and spectacular races.
Green slopes covered with heather moorland, deserted suburban roads, narrow streets with small cottages and gardens emitting heady fragrance - it seems that British villages are unchangeable through the passage of time. Like stilled scenery for heroic fantasy fiction, each of them has its own story about great battles, brave warriors and legendary artefacts.
Germans have other pets besides German Shepherds and in Boston not just Boston Terriers can be seen. People choose dogs relying on own preferences. But sometimes locals are too prone to having a certain breed so it becomes a distinctive of a location. Natural conditions, fashion and even set of mind contribute to it.
Having taken the passport and good mood, go on May holidays to the so-called "Near Abroad" - Bulgaria - the country where ancient architecture is successfully combined with a relaxing sea breeze. Do not you believe? But OUTLOOK is sure that Pavel Khomenskyi through his photos will be able to convince you! Bright and in its own way majestic Sofia - this is a must see on these holidays! Let's go with us!
Tourists with their eyes full of tears because statuettes, shells and other stuff bought “as a souvenir” are being shaken out of their bags – is a continual occurrence at customs. For you not to become one of those tourists, OUTLOK suggests you check out a selection of (sometimes weird) objects forbidden to be exported from different countries.
Local citizens must have known what they were doing when they decided to suffuse hectares of their land with weird-colored and odd-smelling water. Today Hajdúszoboszló bathes millions of tourists in “boiling gold” thus earning real one.
Young Ukrainian writer Pavel Khomenskyi visited Batumi, the city smothered in greenery and shining bright, the one that local citizens call the city of love. Palm trees, cypresses, magnolias, oleanders, bamboos, laurels, orange trees, thujas and box trees exhale fragrances on every step there; they tempt you to go watch a romantic picture of ships sailing off harbors. And today the author shares with you his postcards from this amazing city, penetrated with murmur of the sea and taste of fragrant wine.
Strange nicknames for items known for everybody; quite famous usage of ’ain’t’ form instead of ‘am not’ as well as disappearing letter h in several words are the features of British dialect cockney considered as picturesque language that amazes Englishmen with its sarcastic nature and provocation.
Context manager Bohdan Yanchev undertook a long-term journey to the United States. He spend six months there and not just visited large cities like Miami, New York and Washington but also worked in different positions, made numerous acquaintances with locals and visited places that ordinary tourists know nothing about. Upon his return he told us about his brightest impressions.
Today our story is about one of the most amazing combinations one can imagine, that is Italians and Englishmen, so we expand number of our articles dedicated to the ethnic ghettos of the world. Get ready to follow us to the cold and rainy Bedford, where we will plunge into the warm Mediterranean atmosphere.
Nature and heritage are above and beyond temporary drawbacks in infrastructure and services of Kyrgyzstan, which in terms of tourism is approaching to Georgia and Armenia. Let's consider this through the example of the cosy city of Karakol.
For many tourists France is mainly Paris with long queues to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, as well as neighbouring sights with royal chic, or Mediterranean resorts. But OUTLOOK author while travelling through the country decided to go to the north, to Normandy! Our readers are welcome to read series of travel essays about a journey to the Atlantic Ocean by Kornei Gritsyuk, and the story begins with his impressions from the town of Deauville!
Travelling around the globe lure increasingly every other year and it is so upsetting when all kinds of obstacles arise on the way of undertaking trips. Outlook offers you not to get desperate if you cant set on a journey. Today we suggest you get inspired with movies in which one city or another plays equal part to actors ones. Well tell you about five films that, alongside having artistic merits, educate as good as habitual tour guides do.