It’s Time To Rethink Imperialist Tourism

Immersion in foreign places boosts creativity, and having more diverse experiences makes people’s minds more flexible.

As Mark Twain once said, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." Photo by Jake Simonds-Malamud, CC BY-SA.

When I overcame a flying phobia, I resolved to make up for lost time by visiting as much of the world as I could.

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Using Google Maps And A Drone, This Artist Offers A Surreal Look At American Landscapes

His bleeding-edge methods are nothing short of revolutionary

The notion of a landscape photograph might conjure up the most exciting emotions in people. Sure, the photographs may be striking and beautiful, but the works often rely on familiar techniques that have been around for years. Or decades. Or millennia.

However, having an eye in the sky not only allows an artist the opportunity to scout locations in a new way, but also to create shots that turn the convention of landscapes and nature photography on its head. To that end, Turkish artist Aydın Büyüktaş armed himself with two powerful weapons afforded by modern technology: Google Maps and drones. Using a broad foundation of experiences in visual effects, 3-D animation, and video, he sought to capture America in a way no one has seen before.

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A Bride And Groom Were Kicked Off A United Flight After Asking For An Upgrade

“We thought not a big deal, it’s not like we are trying to jump up into a first-class seat”

United may have instituted a new rule claiming that they wouldn’t displace passengers who had already been seated on the plane, but it would seem that just before the rule went into effect, they were going to get in one more high-profile “recommendation” to fan the flames of controversy surrounding the airline.

Michael Hohl and Amber Maxwell were en route to Costa Rica for their wedding on a flight from Salt Lake City with a stopover in Houston. Among the last to board the flight in Houston, they found a man laying down across the row that contained both of their seats. Seeing as how the flight wasn’t full, the two, rather than confront the man, seated themselves in a nearby vacant row.

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An Annoyed Elephant Literally Ran Invasive Tourists Right Out Of Town

These tourists didn’t realize they made a powerful enemy until it was already heading their way

If you need a reminder that animals are wild, unpredictable creatures, even when viewed on safari, look no further than this video of an agitated pachyderm showing tourists the metaphorical door.

In Kruger National Park in South Africa, a carful of tourists got their very own interactive experience when an elephant, tired of their presence, gave chase to the vehicle for miles. When the giant animal felt it had urged the group far enough (or when it just ran out of steam), the high-speed chase turned into a low-speed one, with the elephant eventually abandoning the effort and returning home.

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Super Honest Car Ad Goes Viral

“This car will last you at least ALL SPRING ‘17.”

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In a world that’s been overtaken by fake news and talking heads spewing “alternative facts,” people are falling in love with a used car salesman for his brutal honesty. Shelmar Roseman works at Journee Autos in Florida which uses Craigslist and Facebook to advertise their cars. When faced with getting rid of a beat-down 2002 Oldsmobile Alero, Roseman created the most honest used car ad ever written. And it’s been shared over 31,000 times on Facebook and retweeted nearly 75,000 times on Twitter.

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Icelandic Post Office Delivers A Letter With A Map Instead Of An Address

Iceland’s post office totally delivered on this one.

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It’s 2016 and there are still a few places on Earth that you can’t find on Google Maps. After visiting the The Hólar farm in Búðardalur, Iceland last March, a group of tourists wanted to send a letter to its owner, Rebecca Cathrine Kaadu Ostenfeld. But when they searched for the address listed on the farm’s Facebook page, it pointed to a place smack dab in the middle of a lake.

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