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Dangerous Delicacies From Around the World As a severe allergy sufferer, the idea that people would intentionally risk their life for the sake of a meal is a somewhat perplexing pastime to me. But who am I to ruin the fun? For those decidedly more adventurous than me, here are 12 gruesome and grisly treats that you’ll have to risk your life to try. Fruits laced with cyanide, octopus tentacles that perform internal strangulation, coma-inducing seafood and a maggot-infested alternative to Philadelphia are all on the menu. I dare you to try them all! Ackee, Jamaica A red, pear-like fruit, the Ackee looks harmless enough and one would assume that, being the national fruit of Jamaica, it would at the very least be edible. Should you eat the forbidden parts of the fruit, expect a potentially fatal dose of toxins to be released into your body, suppressing your body’s glucose production and causing dangerously low blood sugar levels, a condition defined as ‘Jamaican vomiting sickness’. >> Read about what to expect on a vacation to Jamaica

30 Epic Places You Must Go Before 30 Traveling young is important because it shapes your worldview. When you travel young, you realize who you are and what you believe in before it’s time to make the big-kid decisions (career, marriage, and all that scary stuff) that will impact the rest of your life. If you were to visit each of these places before turning 30, you would be pretty darn well in touch with yourself and pretty equipped to take on real, adult existence. Check out -- and check off! -- our ultimate soul-searching bucket list. 30. 29. 28. 27. 26. 25. 24. 23. 22. 21. 20. 19. 18. 17. 16. 15. 14. 13. 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that the Berlin Wall was built by Nazi Germany. Also on HuffPost:

Crystal River Cano Cristales - Crystal River. River of five colors, as the locals call it, originates in the south of the mountain chain Macarena, Colombia, and flows eastward to its confluence with the Guayabero river. In the Cano Cristales found five colors: yellow, blue, green, black and red. All of them are waste product of many algae and, depending on time of year, color saturation, or weakened or strengthened. Share on Tumblr The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You're Broke By Matthew Kepnes Think you don’t have enough money to travel? Think again. I recently asked subscribers of my newsletter about the number one thing that holds them back from traveling. Money This is something I hear from everyone I talk to. “Matt, I simply don’t have enough money to travel.” This problem and how to overcome it probably my most asked question. I answer this question in a plethora of posts, e-mails, tweets, and Facebook posts. Since this question comes up so often, I like to constantly remind people of this fact: You do not need to be rich to travel. Let’s repeat that. You do not need to be rich to travel. I sure wasn’t. Yet I managed to save enough to travel the world. What is your savings priority? A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of writing out your expenses and then cutting them to save money for your trip. Work Overseas – Not making enough money at your job? Working overseas often gets discounted as an option because it seems hard to do. A Real World Example

Heaven On Earth For more fun facts, click HERE. Dangers of traveling while female When I was younger, I wanted to travel like Patrick Leigh Fermor, who famously spent 1934 walking from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul. I envisioned myself sporting leather satchels and lace-up boots, doffing Panama hats, spouting demotic Greek. I fantasized about riding horses through the Caucasus and letting falcons loose upon the Black Sea, about “living up in the mountains, dressed as a shepherd,” as Fermor had done. It was a fantasy cobbled together from all the books of all the travel writers I loved — the great writer-scholars of a certain generation, who saw the whole world as raw material: shifting, uncertain geography for them to shape and create anew in their words. Then I turned 15, and traveled alone for the first time to Paris, a city I had once lived in, and which I knew well. I never had an adventure. Even today, my male friends look at me with confusion when I try to explain how powerful, how completely prevalent is don’t-get-yourself-raped in my everyday life.

Wanderfly 100 little things that travel has taught me Travel has been one of my most valuable teachers. Rather than sit in a classroom and learn about the world through a someone else’s eyes, I did it through adventures and misadventures, tears and laughter. I know I still have so much to discover, but here are some lessons that sometimes I had to learn the hard way. Some of them I already kinda knew, some I are silly, some are serious, some are obvious, and some are embarrassing. Maybe this collection will help open up new doors in your own life and own travels, and although we will all learn our own lessons, I hope maybe I will help someone avoid some of my mistakes (example: #14). Happy travels! 1. 21. 28. 43. 60. 80. 95. What are some lessons you have learned from travel? photo credits: katja hentschel: polaroid, laptop, insects, waterfall girl; mrsdkrebs: tattoo map, littlelakes: coconut, fmgbains: flowers, all others: author’s own * post written by Kyra Bramble.

10 Under The Radar Islands If you love Capri, Ischia has similar natural beauty plus a thermal spa scene. Mafia Island, which has miles of white, deserted beaches is visited by less than a thousand tourists a year. Get to Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean by taking a direct flight from Paris. Koh Surin Nua is reachable only by a boat from Phuket, virtually guaranteeing you'll be one of the only visitors. Pátmos is the northernmost island of Greece's Dodecanese chain. Isla Robinson Crusoe is a pirate enclave turned national park and world biosphere reserve. Cyprus emerged as a music destination about a decade ago. Bring an entourage to Makepeace Island. If you love Bali and its romantic resorts instead try Sumba to avoid the surf-and-party crowd. The lack of development in Montserrat gives it a remote feeling, despite being easily accessible from neighboring Antigua. Ischia, Italy Mafia Island, Tanzania Réunion Island, France Koh Surin Nua, Thailand Pátmos, Greece Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile Cyprus Makepeace Island, Australia

17 Breathtakingly Beautiful Places In India You Must Visit Before You Die 1. Yumthang Valley - Sikkim Yumthang Valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in North Sikkim. At a height of 3,564 metres above sea level, it's popularly known as the 'Valley of Flowers'. 2. Munnar is a town that's situated in the southwestern region of Kerala. 3. At 11, 845 feet, Stok Kangri in Stok Range has is a popular mountain among climbers and mountaineers. 4. Nubra is a high altitude cold desert with rare precipitation and scant vegetation. 5. Located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on earth, Nohkalikai Falls is one of the tallest plunge waterfalls in India. 6. It's the second highest mountain in India. 7. Mizoram is a land of rolling hills, valleys, rivers and lakes. 8. The Lonar Lake is a saline soda lake located at Lonar in Buldana district, Maharashtra, India which was created by a meteor impact. 9. The smallest hill station in India, Matheran which is only 90 km from Mumbai, provides a pretty dramatic view of the sunset and the sunrise.

Worlds Best Street Parties/Carnivals New Orleans Mardi Gras. Spend Mardi Gras in the city that spawned jazz and party to one of the world's best festival soundtracks. Photo: Reuters From Venice and Rio to Bolivia's Oruro, some cities really know how to kick up their heels. Natalie Paris chooses the best Witness a street festival or carnival and you are guaranteed a holiday to remember, be it a pre-Lenten celebration of hedonism and repentance, or something altogether more unusual. Here is a selection of 10 of the world's best: Venice. Venice Carnival Advertisement Venice, Italy, Feb 19-20 and Feb 26-March 8; Italy's most exquisite carnival conjures up images of mystery and intrigue: revellers in baroque costumes running along canals; street performers at every corner. Rio Carnival Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 5-8 The samba parade is the climax of this riotous display of Brazilian bacchanal. Cologne Carnival Cologne, Germany, March 3-9; Nice Carnival