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22 People Share Their Funniest “Quarantine Travel” Pics

It looks like the quarantine won’t be lifted anytime soon and it will probably take months until we’ll be able to travel like before. However, the quarantine doesn’t seem to stop some travel-hungry people from coming up with creative ways of traveling from the comfort of their homes.

Just recently, Lithuanian journalist Liudas Dapkus and his colleague Gabrielė Štaraitė came up with a funny “quarantine travel” challenge. They encouraged people to recreate their travel photos using the things they found in their homes and received some hilarious results – check them out in the gallery below!

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On the left, you can see Liudas holding a koala in Queensland back in 2018. On the right, you can see him holding his cat, Česlovas

Image credits: Liudas Dapkus

In an interview with Bored Panda, Liudas said that the quarantine messed up his 2020 travel plans and he even had to cancel his family trip to Turkey. “I’m not sure if we’ll be going to Portugal for Midsummer’s Day where they have a peculiar tradition to celebrate the day by hitting people on the head with inflatable hammers in the streets,” joked the journalist. “Our trips to Canada, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama won’t happen, either. We also planned to visit Mauritius and Reunion Island in November. Other than that, not much else has changed.”


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Like most of us, Liudas is trying to keep himself occupied during the quarantine. He says he’s giving out interviews, going on TV shows and is even currently working on a new project which he says will be “important for Lithuania after this entire story is over and done with.” The journalist is also planning to release a new book this year and says he has already figured out the plot and even has time to put words on paper.


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Liudas is an avid traveler and has visited over 70 countries around the world. Earlier this year, the man published a book about his adventures titled Žuvis, kuri supainiojo duris (The Fish That Fooled The Door).

“When we go on a trip, we’re determined to suffer so that we can become enlightened,” said Liudas. “We wander about to find some sort of meaning in our daily lives.”


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Image source: Gabrielė Štaraitė


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One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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Repurposed cargotecture dwellings keep naturally cool in Costa Rica

An environmentally conscious family tapped DAO and Re Arquitectura to design a home expansion project with a low environmental footprint. In response, the architecture firms created the Franceschi Container Houses, a series of cargotecture apartments to independently house the family’s three sons. Located in Santa Ana west of Costa Rica’s capital, the repurposed shipping container dwellings make use of passive climate control, solar water heaters, and recycled materials to minimize waste and energy demands.


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Set next to the Uruca River canyon, the Franceschi Container Houses were built on the same property as the main family house where the clients have been living for around 20 years. The project comprises three independent units raised off the ground for minimal landscape impact. The dwellings were built from repurposed 40-foot-tall cargo containers and feature identical floor plans.

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Related: Qatar unveils first-ever FIFA World Cup stadium to be built from shipping containers

The architects carefully placed the dwellings to maximize passive climate control conditions and to optimize natural lighting. The social areas and a deep covered porch are located on the ground floor while the private areas are placed on the upper level. Waste was minimized through recycling and leftover materials like wood and metal were reused for miscellaneous objects like handrails, door handles, planters, and hangers.

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Containers of Hope: Cool Costa Rican Shipping Container House Only Costs $40,000


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You might remember Saxe as the architect who built his mother this gorgeous bamboo retreat with a moon skylight. Although based in London, Saxe spends a lot of time in Central America and he helped design this spectacularly simple, yet luxurious container home for their property outside of San Jose. Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta wanted to live on their property, spend time with their horses and enjoy the natural landscape, but not go into debt building the home of their dreams. By utilizing recycled shipping containers and doing some of the work themselves, they were able to keep the ultimate cost of the home down to $40,000, which is inexpensive for many parts of the world.

Two 40′ containers were trucked in and installed on pier foundations slightly set apart to create a wider cross section. The containers were pulled apart to create larger window sections and great views of both the east and the west. Large holes were cut from the sides to install glass and aluminum framed windows. Scraps taken from the sides of the container were used as roofing on the raised center and the walls were insulated with industrial grade insulation. New wood floors were installed over the containers and the newly created middle section. The raised center provides natural daylighting and a wind tower effect encouraging natural ventilation, which works so well that they never have to turn on their AC.

As Saxe wrote to us, “I believe that the power of design comes from inspiring others with our work to look at alternate and creative  solutions for dwellings in order to provide and gift them with a greater financial freedom.” The project is already gaining attention for its use of recycled materials, simple, yet clear and efficient design as well as its affordability.

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This back-to-nature hotel in the Costa Rican rainforest welcomes adults only, so it’s perfect for a romantic escape. Enjoy sustainable luxury at its finest at Nayara Springs, and take advantage of some of the many complimentary services that come with your hotel booking, including bird watching, daily yoga, and an outdoor spa.



For a cozily bohemian hotel experience, look no further than the chic, warm Bowery Hotel in downtown Manhattan. Enjoy drinks in the beloved lobby bar and lounge, or check in to one of their beautifully appointed rooms to get away from it all with your honey.



Aia Mattonata Relais, located outside of the beautiful Italian city of Siena, is paradise for lovebirds. Walk the grounds and relax in the infinity pool (with views of the undeniably romantic Tuscan countryside) or go into town to experience Siena’s famed art, architecture, and culture.



This quaint and serene refurbished Georgian home is tucked away in the town of Chester, in the UK. You might not get the full benefit of a glorious English spring around Valentine’s Day, but never fret — Edgar House has a charming winter garden where romance will certainly be in full bloom.




Technically, Lani’s Suites de Luxe is in Spain, but you won’t find it on the Iberian Peninsula. It’s located in Puerto del Carmen in the Canary Islands, just off the coast of Morocco, and offers sun, surf, and total relaxation. The resort also has special packages for celebrating anniversaries, honeymoons, and other occasions with your beloved.



If you’re seeking privacy this Valentine’s Day, look no further than the Place Luxury Boutique Villas, on the coast of Thailand. Guests have the seclusion of their own villas, and vacationing couples even have the option of the ultra-romantic honeymoon villa. No matter which option you select, each villa has a private infinity pool and an ocean view.



For a scenic and unexpected getaway, the Kentucky Grand Hotel & Spa might be just the ticket. The beautiful boutique hotel located in downtown Bowling Green comes complete with luxurious hotel suites perfect for a romantic getaway, not to mention a spa for those all-important couples’ massages. The region is also home to an extensive network of caves to explore, for a Valentine’s activity that’s anything but conventional.



Enjoy a peaceful escape to paradise at the Coco Plum Island Resort in Belize. This adults-only resort is perfect for celebrating a new romance, or renewing a longstanding love, especially if you and your partner enjoy adventure — the resort specializes in tours that take guests snorkeling, zip-lining, or into local Mayan ruins.



Located in Perrysburg, Ohio, the Belamere Suites Hotel specializes in peaceful, romantic seclusion. Each suite comes with its own private entrance and parking, and rooms are fitted with fireplaces and hot tubs — ideal for cozying up over a cold February weekend.



This boutique hotel is located right in the heart of the famously romantic French city of Aix-en-Provence. La Maison d’Aix is known for its exceptional customer service and attention to detail. This is the perfect getaway for feeling pampered, from the Hermès toiletries to the scenic Provençal countryside.



Bulgari, a brand most commonly associated with ultra-fabulous jewels, also has a line of similarly splendid hotels. If you ask us, an ideal Valentine’s Day features both! Check into the Bulgari Resort Bali to enjoy world-class luxury, spectacular scenery, and Valentine’s-ready bookings like their secluded cliff-side villas.



The high-rise hotel has picture windows with stunning views of St. Patrick’s gothic spires across the street, and inside, boasts thick carpets, mahogany bookshelves, and opulent crystal. Perhaps the most indulgent parts of the Palace – especially for space-starved New Yorkers — are the opulent, marble bathrooms in each suite, featuring soaking tubs (perhaps big enough for two?) and Molten Brownaccessories. The views aren’t half bad either.




The distinctive Baudon de Mauny hotel is a city chateau that has remained in the owner’s family for seven generations. Adding to the feeling of privilege and privacy, there are just five guest rooms — each named for its Cole and Son’s wallpaper pattern — along with a single pied-a-terre apartment with two bedrooms. In other words, you and your special someone will have plenty of space to yourselves. The owner’s wife, interior designer Nathalie Duroyon, enlivens the spacious rooms with a chic mix of modern furniture by the likes of Rietveld and Bertoia.



More than two hours into the tropical terrain beyond Guadalajara, the secluded Hacienda de San Antonio has been ingeniously reconstructed on ancient foundations. Large guest rooms conceived by New York-based designer Robert Couturier open to shaded courtyards brimming with leafy plants and exquisite folk art. Guests partake in fresh-caught seafood from the Pacific and an encyclopedic selection of exquisite artisanal tequilas. The hotel also specializes in excursion for two, like picnics in the country and side-by-side horseback riding.



Samuel Goldwyn advised his starlets that the Chateau Marmont was the place to look for love. And no wonder: from the outside, the hotel looks like a castle improbably planted on a steep slope above Sunset Boulevard. Inside, owner Andre Balazs has furnished the glamorous lobby and rooms with flattering lighting and sumptuous seating for snuggling up with your beau – not to mention sweeping views of Los Angeles from the private balconies.



Designer Jacques Garcia‘s lavish reimagining of La Momounia‘s 1920’s architecture is unabashedly sensual, featuring Arabesque keyhole doorways, traditional Moorish tilework, and Victorian velvets. The new spa riffs on the pleasures of a traditional North African hammam and the on-site perfumery, stocked with scents from French perfumer Serge Lutens, serves as another source of sensory pleasure — and a perfect Valentine’s gift!



When Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, returns to the island paradise where she rediscovered romance, she stays at The Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. Dozens of thatched-roof villas in the style of traditional Balinese homes climb an oceanside hill opposite the most sacred mountain in Bali. Each villa offers ikat bed linens, an infinity-edge plunge pool, and its own cozy dining pavilion where the gracious local staff serves Balinese breakfast coffee and trays of tempting tropical fruit.



Not far from London’s Victoria and Albert design museum in South Kensington, Blakes is a veritable cabinet of curiosities in its own right thanks to designer Anouska Hempel. Luxury suites include the Venetian, with its Murano glass-jeweled bed swathed in rich fabrics, the Dorian Grey chambers, fitted in soothing dove and taupe tones, and the Biedermeier Suite, which stars period antiques and a four-post bed. The Chinese Room and Blakes bar are equally lush, with deep hues and candle lit ambiance perfect for Valentine’s Day.



Like a pinch of London wedged onto a quiet cobbled New York lane, the Crosby Street Hotelfeatures a courteous staff and traditional English teatime in the hotel drawing room, for a refined romantic experience. London-based owners Tim and Kit Kemp built the place from the ground up, with light-filled guest rooms featuring oversized steel-framed factory windows. The interiors are an eclectic mix of vintage-inspired furnishings and wing chairs covered in cheerful fabric from Galbraith and Paul. The bathrooms themselves are handsomely outfitted in oak, and stock aromatic handmade soaps by London’s Miller Harris.



The House Hotel‘s nearly all-white residence boasts panoramas of nearby Istanbul from its many balconies and terraces. The marble stairway and original plaster moldings inside were carefully preserved, while the De la Espada furnishings are sleek and custom-designed using natural walnut and neutral fabrics, all in deference to the spectacular setting. In the penthouse suite, the milk-white marble bathroom boasts a rainforest shower, a deep, oversized soaking tub, and lotions and potions from L’Occitane en Provence.


The Montage‘s interiors take cues from Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean styles, brining a worldly feel to a hotel with decidedly Beverly Hills-worthy amenities such as a beauty bar and children’s club. Suites are spacious but enveloping, thanks to sumptuous fabrics and an elegant color palette — not to mention the ease of adjusting the lights, drapes, and temperature from one device. As an added bonus, there are various getaways within the property. Both the Beverly Canon gardens and £10 bar make for picture-perfect backdrops for romantic evenings.

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These Are the Most Fabulously Unexpected Hotel Amenities

As avid travelers, we come to expect certain amenities in every hotel: coffee and water readily available in the lobby, turndown service nightly, complimentary bath products. So when a hotel goes above and beyond the normal provisions, we take notice. Here are eight hotels that are changing the hospitality game.

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Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Bermuda

Decoding the key to transit on an island that forbids car rentals is not the way to start off a relaxing trip. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club eases the pain by providing their guests with electric Renault Twizy vehicles.

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&Beyond Bateleur Camp, Kenya

Getting up to work out while home is hard enough; having to roll out of bed on vacation and head to the hotel gym is even harder. &Beyond Bateleur Camp makes it easy for their guests to squeeze in a workout by providing a “gym-in-a-basket” in each guestroom.

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Nantucket Island Resorts, Massachusetts

It’s always the little things forgotten when we travel: a toothbrush, face cream, or, worst of all, headphones. Nantucket Island Resorts knows the packing struggle is all too real, which is why they teamed up with Bowers & Wilkins to offer guests headphones and speakers to borrow during their stay.

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Claridge’s, London

Forget your pajamas? Claridge’s Hotel has you covered. Suite guests are treated to complimentary silk pajamas designed by Olivia von Halle, featuring a black-and-white striped design inspired by the hotel’s lobby. Every night you slip into this decadent sleepwear helps ensure a lasting memory of your stay.

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Muse St. Tropez

Feeling the burn? Summon one of the Muse’s sunscreen butlers to lend a hand in protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. You’ll never have those random spots of sunburn again.

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Nayara Springs, Costa Rica

Missing your pets while away on vacation? Nayara Springs has an up-close-and-personal on-site sloth sanctuary on the grounds to hold you over until you get back home to your furry friends.

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Planters Inn, Charleston, South Carolina

A weary traveler’s late-night sweet tooth may not be satisfied by the typical square of chocolate left on the pillow with turndown service. Planters Inn in Charleston shows off one of the town’s specialties by leaving macarons on the bedside.

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The Berkeley, London

The Berkeley knows that all good music sounds better on vinyl, especially British artists like The Beatles and Pink Floyd. That’s why they provide all their suite guests with a record player and a curated selection of vinyl by Britain’s finest.

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