There is a popular resort town in China that is a near-replica of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, complete with its own Teton Village and Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The town’s Chinese name translates literally to “Hometown, USA”.
In 2010 a man was rescued while attempting to sail around the United Kingdom. Using only a road map for navigation the ‘sailor’ had been keeping the coast to his right and in error ended up sailing in circles around the Isle of Sheppey until he ran out fuel.
Le Palais Ideal, a castle of stones, was built single handedly over 33 years by postman Ferdinand Cheval. He had no architectural training, but after tripping over an interestingly shaped rock on his mail route he was reminded of a dream he once had of such a palace and made it his life’s work.
There is a town in Japan that is filled with scarecrows. Basically the entire town has left or died and this woman has filled this tiny town with handmade scarecrows.
In 1987, Steve Rothstein purchased an AAirpass ticket for $233,509. During the 10 years Rothstein owned the pass, he flew more than 10 million miles, earned over 40 million frequent flier miles (all of which he gave away) and made more than 500 trips to England, costing the company $21 million. It was only revoked because he was approaching other random people at the airport and offering them his companion flight (which he paid $150,000 for).
Any U.S citizen travelling in Austria who find themselves in distress can enter any McDonald’s in the country and the staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services.
In 1903 two men and a dog used 800 gallons of gas and spent/lost $8000 over 63 days to travel from San Francisco to New York in a car with no roof or windshield to win a $50 bet that they never collected. That was the first transcontinental trip across the United States in an automobile.
“Begpackers” are mainly white young travelers who beg or sell cheap trinkets on Asian streets to live on.
There is a German settlement in the jungles of Peru called Pozuzo that was established in 1859 by around 150 German/Austrian settlers. They were completely cut off from both their Homeland and the rest of Peru for 120 years. They were able to do this by being completely self sufficient. This is how Pozuzo looks like today.