30 Images of “The Great Empty”: Ghost towns and deserted cities

These images are haunted and haunting, like stills from movies about plagues and the apocalypse, but in some ways they are hopeful. They also remind us that beauty requires human interaction. Their present emptiness, a public health necessity, can conjure up dystopia, not progress, but, promisingly, it also suggests that, by heeding the experts and …

40 Powerful portraits of the human race

This collection of 40 beautiful and touching photographs capture the ups, downs and sheer diversity of modern day mankind. The emotions they convey are spread across a spectrum of hope, loss and grit, but – most of all – inspiration. These powerful moments convey what most words can not. 1.) 2-year-old offering food to his …

30 Rare and iconic historical photos

This collection of rare and iconic photographs capture some of the significant moments from our recent history. Spanning almost 200 years, they depict seemingly very normal moments whether it’s the meeting of great minds and luminaries, or indeed the start of something that would later go on to reach iconic status. 1.) Queen Elizabeth II …

27 Celebrities and their historical lookalikes

Whether we’re actually all clones or merely descended from former politicians, philosophers or even criminals, some conspiracy theorists will have us believe that we all have a historical doppelganger. While ordinary folk have literally a needle in a haystack chance of tracking down theirs, eagle-eyed historians and researchers have found some shocking resemblances from another …

Making 10 wonders of the world — in ghostly color

From the 1840s right up until the 1940s, we look at 100 years of some of the earth’s finest examples of design, architecture and construction – taken at the every dawn of photographic technology. Using modern digital technology, as the layers of colour build up, the effect is disorientatingly real and the decades and centuries …

22 Otherworldly places that actually exist on earth

Spanning continents across all four corners, forget astronaut school and instead explore these strange new worlds that actually exist here on earth. It’s hard to believe that these alien environments exist right here on our doorstep. 1.) Abraham Lake, Canada 2.) Bromo Volcano – East Java, Indonesia 3.) Dallol, Ethiopia 4.) Dos Ojos – Tulum, …

10 Disney princesses get digital makeovers beside IRL doubles

It’s the dream of every young girl to wake up one morning as fully fledged Disney princess – be she Jasmine, Ariel, Belle or Tiana. You get the idea. Now we can fuel our imagination with thanks to Finish graphic designer and illustrator, Jirka Vinse Jonatan Vaatainen, who has magically and painstakingly transformed 10 Disney …

20 Fantastic places straight from a fairy tale

Are you the nostalgic type or a lover of fairy tales? If so, we’ve compiled the perfect list of real-world locations for you to satisfy your wanderlust and tick off the proverbial bucket list. From castles in clouds to mystical forests carpeted with flowers, jump straight into the pages of a storybook with our list …

20 Most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites

1.) Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area Noted for its more than 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars and peaks across most of the site, many over 200 metres (660 ft) in height, along with many ravines and gorges with attractive streams, pools and waterfalls. 2.) Yosemite National Park, California The US National Park spans eastern portions …

25 Breathtaking abandoned places

From former empires in South East Asia to failed gargantuan hotel projects in North Korea and cities now submerged by the tides, we remove the red tape and invite you to take a peak at this collection of 25 of the most mysterious, beautiful and equally eerie derelict and abandoned places from around the world. …

18 Most terrifying places on earth

From islands almost exclusively populated by snakes, to dramatic maritime sink holes, Nazi war-time hospitals and the very doors to hell themselves, these are a collection of the word’s most eerie places. They’re all but guaranteed to raise hairs on the back of the necks of any intrepid adventurers who dare visit. 1.) The Doorway …

50 Awesome, inspirational travel quotes

If you have a bout of wanderlust or itchy feet already, we apologise immediately; for everyone else, we apologise in advance. Either way, we should all never stop exploring our beautiful world. 1: Adventure is worthwhile. – Aesop 2: For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The …

20 Hotels you need to spend a night in

Have you ever dreamt of spending a luxurious night in a cave, by a lagoon, or even under the northern lights? If you’re seeking a unique experience – not without some comforts – then check-out these one-off hotels that offer so much more than just a roof over your head. In no particular order, these …

20 Face swaps so horrifying they’ll haunt your dreams

With countless face swapping apps available today across the app stores, you no longer need to be a deft hand at Photoshop to perform a masterful face swap. Who would have thought transplanting your face on to a friend, cat, or doll – and vice versa – could be so much fun? And often absolutely …

14 Reality bending images

Berlin-based artist Erik Johansson is a self-taught photographer and retouching guru who likes to capture moments, not ideas. After photographing his various subjects, he layers them into creative, and almost eerily surreal pictures, which he insists they are not animations or indeed complex drawings. Any photo may consist of up to a hundred different images …

World’s 7 most expensive hotel suites

For most of us, saving 10s of thousands of dollars only to blow it all on a single night in a hotel seems like a bad idea. A deposit on a house or savings towards your children’s education are probably better bets. But for a small minority, the other half, it can pay for a …

5 Zombie-fied Disney princesses

From fairytales to the stuff of nightmares, one creative makeup artist with a dark streak has re-imagined some of our iconic Disney princesses had they not been so fortunate. 1.) Ariel Cause of death: vocal cords ripped out by Ursula A photo posted by Shonagh Scott – ShowMe MakeUp (@showmemakeup) on Oct 12, 2015 at …

20 Mind-shattering optical illusions

Our eyes can play tricks on us. Enjoy this collection of mind-bending optical illusions. Don’t get too dizzy, but do feel free to question everything you thought you knew about reality. 1.) Vintage cars take to the streets. Or do they? 2.) Square A & B are the same colour… But how? 3.) Our running …

Meet the world’s Ms. Averages

Inspired by South African photographer Mike Mike’s project The Face of Tomorrow, a team of experimental psychologists at a Scottish university have blended thousands of faces together to reveal what the typical woman’s face looks like in 41 different countries across the globe. While being described as average is generally not considered a compliment, these …

4 Sisters pose for a picture every year for 40 years

In the summer of 1974, photographer Nicholas Nixon asked his wife, Bebe, to pose for a portrait with her three sisters, Heather, Mimi and Laurie. Unhappy with how the first effort turned out, they agreed to try again the following year. Feeling the power of sisterhood and the sense of unspoken stories the first two …