G.P.– Many times when we want to travel is so that we can get away. But study conducted by Facebook just shows that we are not entirely away because people cannot just stay away from their gadgets and hooking up online using Facebook.
Facebook has looked into the habits of users who have been on a holiday within the last 12 months and it has been found that travel is the most dominant theme among their posts and updates. The study involved 3000 regular users. It was found that 42% of their stories on their timelines are about their travel destinations and activities, such as cheap electric guitar gig bags at musicians friend. And most of them include photos while other simply day-dreamed about having a getaway.
It was also said that travel is the top topic to post. It is even way up there “above food, pets, family life, babies and even weddings.”
I am also guilty of such. I also love traveling and since I can’t right now, or at least we have chosen not to, then I also keep on wishing that I was on a beach, sipping margarita, while reading a good book. And Facebook is often the avenue where I express myself. I guess I am not the only then, huh? hehe
The future of traveling. Photo from the internet.
G.P. — How would you want your long haul flights to be lumped in just an hour or two? Wouldn’t that be nice? Instead of dragging it out in airports and in the planes, wouldn’t you want to reach your destination on time and be in the comforts of foam mattresses
Well, it can be possible as the company Lockheed Martin is currently developing engines for SR-72 spy plane.
Can accelerate up to Mach 6, 4,567mph, three times faster than Concorde
The technology could be adapted into a passenger jet, but faces problems
There would be not windows on the plane to reduce drag
A single tear in the outside could mean it disintegrates, and a failure in the air con would cause passengers to cook
However if successful it would mean London to Tokyo in two hours
An aerial view of the Manta Underwater Hotel in Tanzania. Photo from the internet.
How would you want to sleep with the fishes? Well, this newly-opened hotel in Tanzania will give you that opportunity–without you getting wet.
The Manta Resort is actually an underwater room. It sets off at Pemba Island (also known as “the Green Island” in Arabic) and the guests are dropped off at a self-contained hotel room that “literally” drifts at sea. Wow! I think it is simply amazing!
Guests have the option to sunbathe on the top deck of the private island accommodations by day and dine on the water-level lounge deck. At night, you can dive into the sea to access the hotel room. And for an ethereal effect, the suite is built four meters below the surface and is lit by underwater spotlights. This provides a back-lit projection of the Indian Ocean’s tropical sanctuary. Wow! I think it is brilliant!
You may want to swim around it, too. Photo from the internet.
This would be a great experience especially if you have kids and you would like to expose them to the marine life. The problem though is getting them inside the suite because you will have to dive down in order to get in. haha And well, if you have several and they start jumping around inside the room, well, that will really be a challenge to the ears because you can’t open windows! waaaa At least, though, there are no neighbors to disturb. haha
Isn’t this a lovely view? Photo from the internet.
Pemba Island to this day stands in isolation yet its lack of development is a tourist attraction. You can get to the island through chartered flights from Zanzibar. Most of those who visit the place are divers who are enthralled at the unspoiled coral reefs in the area.
The underwater suite was designed by Swedish outfit Genberg Underwater Hotels, a company that specializes in making underwater hotels. You can stay here for a minimum of $750 per person a night. That’s fine because honestly, I don’t think I can stay here for several days. I think I would feel cramped, like in a submarine.