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Ireland Is Using This Popular Video Game To Illustrate Its Stunning Landscapes

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Ireland is using scenes from popular video game Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla in a tourism campaign to lure visitors to the picturesque destination.

The game’s first expansion, Wrath of the Druids, brings main character Viking Eivor to Ireland, featuring some of the country’s famous landmarks, including Dublin, Benbulben, and the Giant’s Causeway.

Ubisoft, the creator of the video game, teamed up with Tourism Ireland to highlight both Ireland’s gorgeous scenery as well as its notable sights and sounds.

“Ubisoft has done an incredible job in bringing aspects of Celtic Ireland to life in amazing detail,” said Mark Henry, Central Marketing Director at Tourism Ireland, as per Games Radar.

“The campaign is a fun and innovative way to bring Ireland to the attention of a new audience of gamers. We want to spike players’ curiosity about the featured locations and inspire them to come and explore them in the real world,” he explained.

Take a peek at the game’s stunning backdrops of Viking Ireland in the trailer below.

[via Games Radar, cover image via Tourism Ireland] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414400/Ireland-Is-Using-This-Popular-Video-Game-To-Illustrate-Its-Stunning-Landscapes/

Assemble Your Own Vacation Retreat Plus A Sauna With This Flat-Pack DIY Cabin


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If you’ve struggled to set up camp with a flimsy tent, you’ll know the pain of being outdoors without proper shelter.

Now, cabin design studio Den has launched a range of flat-packed DIY kits, so you can assemble your own A-frame cabin in as few as three days.

According to Yanko Design, the cabins average about 115-square-feet, with models that are smaller or larger depending on how many people you’re housing.

The minimalist design of the cabin is a sight for sore eyes, especially if you’re planning to turn it into a cozy retreat from life’s stresses.

The prefab pieces for the cabin come with pre-drilled holes, requiring no special tools for easy and fast bolting. Everything, down to the cabin’s door hardware, is also included in the kit.

The cabin is also perfect for any weather, with four seasons-compatible thermally insulated floors and walls, so you’ll never be freezing in your sleep.

The Den A-frame kit costs US$27,000 in total, with an upfront deposit of US$2,000. If you fancy adding a sauna or washroom to your cabin, Den also sells the plans for those builds separately.

For more information, check out the site here.


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[via Yanko Design, images via Den] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414370/Assemble-Your-Own-Vacation-Retreat-Plus-A-Sauna-With-This-Flat-Pack-DIY-Cabin/

Here Are The World’s ‘Most Liveable’ Cities Of 2021, How’s Yours Holding Up?


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This year’s most liveable city rankings by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) saw a shakeup due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asian-Pacific cities dominated most of the top 10 list, with Auckland snagging the top spot of the world’s most liveable city.

New Zealand’s stellar ranking was boosted by the country’s successful handling of the pandemic, which saw schools, cinemas, restaurants, and other cultural attractions remaining open during the survey period of February 22 to March 21 this year.

Following Auckland’s lead are Osaka, Adelaide, Wellington, Tokyo, Perth, Zurich, Geneva, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

According to CNBC, cities are ranked based on over 30 criteria, including broad categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

The COVID-19 pandemic added more emphasis on the health care sector, as well as how well each city dealt with restrictions around local events, cinemas, concerts, and dining.

Cities that were in lockdown during the survey period saw their scores significantly reduced based on these criteria, causing many European cities to fall down the list.

To see the full list of the world’s most liveable cities, view the report here.

1. Auckland, New Zealand

2. Osaka, Japan

3. Adelaide, Australia

4. Wellington, New Zealand

5. Tokyo, Japan

6. Perth, Australia

7. Zurich, Switzerland

8. Geneva, Switzerland

9. Melbourne, Australia

10. Brisbane, Australia

[via CNBC, cover image via Sorang / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414288/Here-Are-The-World-s-Most-Liveable-Cities-Of-2021-How-s-Yours-Holding-Up/

National Geographic Officially Recognizes A New Ocean For The World Map


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Most would be familiar with the world’s oceans: the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean. After all, it’s one of the first lessons taught in geography class.

Now, National Geographic’s mapmakers have officially recognized a brand-new ocean: the Southern Ocean.

Why now? It seems the specialist team has found that the water in that area is distinct enough to warrant its own ecological classification, as per CNET.

The Southern Ocean is surrounded by a fast-moving current – known as the Antarctic Circumpolar Current – which separates its waters from its northern counterparts. The waters of the Southern Ocean are less salty and colder, too.

“Anyone who has been there will struggle to explain what’s so mesmerizing about it, but they’ll all agree that the glaciers are bluer, the air colder, the mountains more intimidating, and the landscapes more captivating than anywhere else you go,” Seth Sykora-Bodie, a marine scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explained to National Geographic.

Get this fact handy for your next party small talk, and remember there are now five, not four, oceans on Earth.

Four oceans or five? It's #WorldOceansDay🌊 and National Geographic is making a change to recognize the Southern Ocean as a fifth official ocean in our atlases and maps! https://t.co/HSHRUAyWuE

— National Geographic (@NatGeo) June 8, 2021

[via CNET, cover image via Mykolastock / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414289/National-Geographic-Officially-Recognizes-A-New-Ocean-For-The-World-Map/

Take A Sneak Peek Inside The World’s Largest Airship


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British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has released new images of its upcoming airship, the Airlander 10, which will join the ranks of the largest aircrafts in the world.

The Airlander 10 measures 299-feet-long and 112-feet-wide, and can hold up to 100 passengers. Although its exterior is rather blimp-like, the new images show a stunning interior that’s spacious and stylish.

With floor-to-ceiling windows for incredible views, passengers will have lots of legroom that commercial aircraft can usually only afford to first-class customers. There is even a concept bar that could see you knocking back a few tipples on your trip.

Setting it apart from other aircraft is the fact that the Airlander 10 is eco-friendly. Expected to fly by 2025, the new aircraft will pose a challenge to conventional planes on short-haul routes, as it’ll be providing a more comfortable experience with over 90% less emissions.

“The number-one benefit is reducing your carbon footprint on a journey by a factor of 10,” Mike Durham, CTO of Hybrid Air Vehicles, told Live Science.

“But also, while you’re going to be in the air a little bit longer than you would if you were on an airplane, the quality of the journey will be so much better.”

The initial iteration of the Airlander 10 will see two of its propellers use kerosene-burning engines to move the aircraft forward, though the firm expects to create a fully electric version by 2030, which will further reduce its carbon emissions. Its motors will be powered by liquid hydrogen fuel cells, which are able to store more energy than regular batteries.

However, it seems the Airlander 10 will only be an option for short-haul travel. Its top speed of about 80mph is a lot slower than that of a commercial aircraft, which cruises at 450mph. The crucial differentiator is the carbon emissions one could save by opting for the former.

Take a look at the Airlander 10 and its wonderfully designed interior below.


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[via Live Science, images via HAV] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414280/Take-A-Sneak-Peek-Inside-The-World-s-Largest-Airship/

Looking For A Fresh Start? You Can Own A House In Japan For Just $450


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Kicking yourself for missing out on Italy’s €1 homes? Now, Japan could be your answer for an inexpensive fresh start.

Situated in the picturesque countryside, you could own a bargain home in the city of Nagano for as little as 50,000 yen (US$453).

According to VICE, local governments in the area have begun offering these spacious houses for low fees, looking to fill the empty buildings as the population dwindles.

As part of efforts to attract new homeowners, local authorities have sponsored millions of yen worth of renovation grants, and have even given away some old homes for free.

As per a census from 2018’s Japan Housing and Land Survey, there are currently over 8 million akiyas (abandoned homes) across Japan, a 2.3% increase from 2013.

Japan, facing an aging population, has seen an increase of these akiyas after their owners have passed away, or when the younger generation move into the city.

To help promote the catalog of akiyas available, the city government of Nagano has created an “akiya bank” website to aid its cause. Launched over five years ago, it lists the available akiyas and financial support programs offered by the local authorities – including grants of up to 1 million yen (US$9,075) to renovate a home in the rural suburbs.

A 50,000 yen (US$453) home (featured in the pictures below) comes with seven spacious rooms, and even its own garden to boot.

Located near the rice fields, its new owner will be able to enjoy views of the paddy fields from its sunny southern-facing rooms, taking in the fresh air the countryside has to offer.

Looking for your dream home? Look through the catalog here.


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Image via Nagano City Akiya Bank

[via VICE, images via Nagano City Akiya Bank] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414225/Looking-For-A-Fresh-Start-You-Can-Own-A-House-In-Japan-For-Just-450/

London Eye Opens ‘Pub Pod’ So You Can Enjoy A Drink 443 Feet In The Sky


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Following a long pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the iconic London Eye has finally reopened—with a cocktail of an idea.

Starting Friday, June 4, the travel highlight will be debuting an all-new pub situated 443 feet up in the air, so you can enjoy the London skyline with your tipple.

Step into the rotating pub and you’ll be greeted with dark wood accents, green foliage, and even a dartboard for you to test out your bullseye skills.

Created in partnership with Beefeater Gin, the pub will offer Beefeater’s new peach and raspberry gin, along with beer and wine too.

Each trip includes a 30-minute rotation on the ferris wheel and two complimentary drinks per guest. You’ll also get an exclusive enamel Beefeater cup to keep as a souvenir at the end of your ride.

Guests can also enjoy a fast-track boarding experience through the pub’s own dedicated entrance. Plus, enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the city’s iconic skyline, including landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

This one-of-a-kind pub experience will set you back US$78 per person, with pre-bookings mandatory.

“The Pub Pod serves up a unique experience like no other – moving across the capital’s most iconic views whilst in the comfort of a British pub,” said Sunny Jouhal, General Manager of the London Eye.


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[via Luxury Launches, images via London Eye] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414194/London-Eye-Opens-Pub-Pod-So-You-Can-Enjoy-A-Drink-443-Feet-In-The-Sky/

Japan Is Saving Studio Ghibli Museum From Succumbing To COVID Dry Spell


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It is with great hope that Totoro will keep his job as a receptionist at the Ghibli Museum. With the COVID-19 situation still unfolding, the famed yet elusive museum hasn’t been receiving as many visitors.

Thankfully, that’s potentially about to change, as the Japanese city of Mitaka intends to offer financial support to the quaint travel highlight. According to a report by Dazed, the Mitaka city council is hoping to raise ¥10 million (US$91,000) to help renovate and repair the Studio Ghibli-focused Museum.

Having previously been shut down due to the pandemic, the museum’s finances have taken a considerable hit—and it’s especially damaging for a closed-door establishment that bans photography, with few pictures to lure the public.

Mitaka will utilize the Japanese government’s Hometown Tax system, which lets citizens obtain goods native to any region in the country by donating to that area. In return for donations, the city will deliver exclusive merchandise featuring a character named Poki—conceptualized by Hayao Miyazaki for the city during the museum’s opening—to people who have made financial contributions by the end of June.

Even though the museum has remained relatively obscure to the public, it made an exception during the lockdown. To lift people’s moods, Ghibli Museum shared a rare virtual tour of its grounds for all to enjoy.

Poki, a boots-wearing bird designed by Hayao Miyazaki, is the mascot for Mitaka, Tokyo (home of the Ghibli Museum). pic.twitter.com/2SSf5eqtLn

— Mondo Mascots (@mondomascots) August 3, 2020

[via Dazed, cover image via astarik / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414187/Japan-Is-Saving-Studio-Ghibli-Museum-From-Succumbing-To-COVID-Dry-Spell/

Maldives Hosts Its First Private Island Auction, And It’s Not Highest Bid Wins


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Ever thought of retiring to your own private island, à la Richard Branson?

Well, now you may have the chance. The Maldives government is putting 16 islands up for auction, and you can lease one for 50 years.

However, you can’t do anything you’d like. Successful bidders are expected to start construction of a resort of some kind within 36 months.

If you spend at least US$250,000 investing in an island, you’ll be eligible for a five-year resident visa, so you can live on your slice of paradise in the ocean.

Unlike other auctions, this one isn’t highest bidder wins. The government will also be considering other aspects of each proposal, including the gender parity of staff, and carbon impact of the development.

Owners who will also have to build their resort in adherence with the Maldives’ special standards.

“No buildings can be built above tree height, and the built up area [on any atoll] is capped at 30%,” Ali Shinan, Director of the Planning Section of the Ministry of Tourism, told Robb Report.

Each island up for auction will come with a “minimum number” – the minimum occupancy required that the aforementioned resort owners will have to accommodate. On some islands, land reclamation to recover extra land will be possible, too.

Keen to place a bid? You’d better hurry, as the submission deadline for relevant documents is June 6. International bidders will also be required to pay a non-refundable fee of US$3,250 to apply.

There isn’t a minimum bid, so maybe it’s time to try your luck – you could end up with a private resort island!

[via Robb Report, cover image via CreativeVideo / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414149/Maldives-Hosts-Its-First-Private-Island-Auction-And-It-s-Not-Highest-Bid-Wins/

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Home to Phoenix and the Tower Coaster, Zip World Tower is the 4th Zip World site to open, and is the 1st to be situated in south Wales. Nestled in the Rhigos mountain range, and boasting stunning panoramic views, this adventure hub is situated at the old Tower Colliery coal mining site, and had created a new lease of life for this historic and widely-loved base , so is an ideal day out in Cardiff or South Wales for people, families or adventurers seeking thrills and adventure and other great Things to do in Wales, South Wales or Cardiff.

Phoenix is the world’s fastest seated zip line, with 4 parallel lines in 2 separate zip zones. This zip line will see you flying across the Welsh countryside. The Tower Coaster is the only of its kind in Europe, boasting a side-by-side kart, making it possible for two people to ride at once. It must be considered as one of the top Things to do in Wales, Things to do in South Wales or Things to do in Cardiff, especially for adventures and families looking for an action packed day out or holiday.

Enjoy the beautiful facilities and refreshments at Tower’s Adventure Terminal, where you can check-in, kit-up, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the wonderfully restored Colliery site, where old meets new.

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TUI cancels holidays to Spain until 9th August

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Business takes off as travel restrictions come down – SME Magazine

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