There’s nothing more relaxing in this world than lounging in a deckchair on a sandy beach, with your head down, being sucked into a compelling book. One of the most addictive novel genres is travel – giving you the exciting and freeing feeling that transports you across the world just by reading a few words on a page. Here are some of what we think are the best travel books which are sure to give you itchy feet.
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Written in 1967, On The Road is one of the most timeless travel novels around, following Sal as he leaves his New York apartment and travels across US roads in seek of a better life. It’s a real eye-opener and a fun time along the way. A must read!
The Beach – Alex Garland
You may have already heard of this one, as the novel was adapted into a hit film in 2000 starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Although the film was well received, the novel is even better. The story follows a young traveler’s integration into a community of backpackers who have escaped the world through an idyllic and isolated beach. What seems like paradise at first turns into a dark and twisted thrill ride.
The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux
First published in 1975, the story is a travelogue account of Theroux’s cultural journey across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It features beautiful scenic descriptions and discussions of what Theroux found most eye-opening along the way of his travels – poverty, colonialism, and American imperialism. This is one for those wanting a profound and historically enlightening read.
Love, With A Chance Of Drowning – Torre DeRoche
This one is for those who love a good love story too. The story follows a woman who overcomes her fear of the ocean by sailing across the Pacific with her loving boyfriend. Critics and readers alike praised the book, calling it addictive, powerful and vividly moving.
If you’re looking for a new book to take on your travels, or if you want to have a good read to inspire you to travel, have a go at these amazing travel books. You won’t be disappointed. Just make sure your passport is valid before you start reading because you’ll surely catch the travel bug.
25 Moments That Are So Awkward It’s Hard To Believe They’re Real
Some photos are so perfectly imperfect, it’s hard to believe they weren’t planned out. Let us reassure you, none of these photos were planned, and they make for the most awkward fails the internet has seen in a while…
What a Vision
The only thing that is worrisome about this is that this climber has really bad eyesight and that he had trouble finishing his climb. We’re sure that when he got to the top of this mountain, the view was a sight for sore eyes.
Cat’s Out of The Bag
The most amazing part of this photo is the fact that this furry friend managed to make his way onto this shelf without knocking any of its contents over. The only problem now is getting off of the shelf without breaking anything! It seems like the owner is concerned about the cat tipping these bottles over, and we can’t blame her. This poor kitty looks frustrated. He wants someone to let him down!
About as Exotic as it Gets
Close your eyes and imagine an exotic salad, one thats full of colorful vegetables, ones that are hard to find. Sounds pretty delicious. Now open your eyes – this is Checkers’ idea of an “exotic salad.” We kid you not, baby carrots and peas. We’re not going to lie, the only thing that seems exotic about this salad is that it was made at sea point – whatever that means.
Call Me Maybe
We’ve all lost our phones in one place or another. When we do, it’s usually a considerate stranger thats the one to return it. Never have we ever heard of anyone that dropped their phone and had a crocodile return it. There’s a first for everything. It’s a good thing that whoever dropped this phone had a good phone protector because we’re pretty sure if they didn’t, this would be the end of their phone.
Playing sports is a great way to bond with your children. Baseball is a favorite in almost all families. Getting them outside, cheering them on, watching them run from first to second base – it all brings a sense of pride to almost every parent. Every parent except for this one. Apart from the broken camera lens that was a result of this, there was probably also a black eye involved. In any case, this kid has got a future. We know an MVP when we see one.
Grin and Bear It
Picture this – you’re on a hike. The best part of this hike is the tunnel at the end, a tunnel that leads you to a gorgeous sunset. Now, imagine climbing into this tunnel when midway, a bear greets you. There isn’t anywhere to run, what do you do? We’re guessing that the people that took this photo were trying to figure exactly what to do when this photo was snapped. At least they got the full caveman experience?
How one gets themselves into a situation like this is beyond us. It looks logistically impossible, and yet, it happened. It looks like the two guys on the deck are trying to figure out how such a tragedy happened, and more importantly, what comes next. We’re wondering which poor crew member got fired for whatever led to this mistake. Who do you think is to blame? Yellow shirt guy or blue shirt guy?
We call this one, murphy’s law. Not only is this guy the only one that got soaked by the sprinkler – he is sitting behind the only sprinkler that’s functioning. How on earth did this kid manage to sit directly behind the ONLY sprinkler that’s working on this whole field? What’s even more incredible is the fact that no one noticed what is going down. Everyone is so concentrated on what their instructor is saying – they’re missing the masterpiece that is happening right in front of their eyes.
Now, this is what we call making an impression. This is how we imagine it went down: Danny saw that the sun was finally shining after a long winter – ecstatic, he asked his mom if he could finally ride the scooter he got for Christmas. She said yes, but only if he promised to ride on the sidewalk. Being the good kid that he is, he said, “of course,” grabbed his helmet and ran outside. Then, this happened. That was the first, and last time Danny rode his scooter.
A Real Tip
Servers often think that flirting with customers is a sure way to make a higher tip. This woman proved that the opposite is true sometimes. Whoever served this table got served themselves when they realized that they would not be receiving a tip from their customers – and for a good reason too. The woman added a little smiley at the end of her message, which is a pretty savage move if we do say so ourselves.
This fail looks like something out of the future. It looks like clones overthrowing their creator as they throw him into a lake. The way this photo was perfectly timed a second before he hits the water makes for the perfect fail photo. Maybe it’s a bachelor party that got a little too out of hand? There are so many backstories one could give this photo, and we want to know the truth behind it. Is that too much to ask?
Bai Chay Bridge is Falling Down
Since seeing this photo, we can’t stop singing, “Bai Chay Bridge is falling down.” This is a fail if we’ve ever seen one. By the looks of it, this cargo ship was deep at sea when these containers fell to their fate. We hope that whatever was in these containers wasn’t too valuable. We have a feeling that if a sequel to Titanic is ever made, this photo will be the inspiration for it.
Life is a Wave
You know you’re in an awkward situation when you’re the only one walking towards something everyone around you is running away from. We’re not sure how this individual missed the huge wave that’s coming straight at them, but they seem totally unbothered by what’s about to happen. Whoever this brave person is, we admire your apathy and hope that you had a towel handy – there is no way this ended well.
Like Riding a Bike
At first glance, this looks like a normal photo. Then, you noticed the unhinged wheel. This kid looks so focused on what he’s doing it’s a shame that a second after this photo was taken, he probably flew headfirst on the cement. There is almost always a fail waiting to happen, and you never know when it’ll be caught on camera. There isn’t much to add to this fail – other than the fact that we recommend you always wear a helmet. Safety first.
This is what we call a sticky situation. As our parents grow older, they make silly mistakes. Some of them are forgivable and some, well some are as ridiculous as this one. Imagine taking milk out of the refrigerator, pouring it into your morning coffee and realizing it was glue! We can’t blame this guy’s mom – after all this huge tub of glue looks exactly like milk. Just one question – didn’t the fact that the milk wasn’t in the fridge at the store raise any red flags?
Winter is Coming
We’re guessing that when this guy cracked his window open for fresh air, he wasn’t expecting to come back to this. We’re cold just by looking at this photo! In all honesty, it’s a beautiful photo. It’s just hard to look at without thinking about this poor car owner. It’s also hard not to wonder how long it took them to defrost their car – and how they managed to do so.
Cellphones have made our lives significantly easier. Everything is at the tip of our fingers. Our schedules are synced to calendar apps, we use navigation apps instead of maps, and pretty much everyone we love and care about is a text message away. Diego has people that care about him, the synced schedule, on the other hand, is debatable. Poor Diego spent hours studying for this final only to realize that he slept in on the day of the exam. Wherever you are, Diego, we hope that you got a chance to take your final – and that you passed it!
It’s All Downhill From Here
By the looks of it, this limo is about to break in half. We’re unsure how a situation like this comes to be – gravity, physics, a stubborn driver? We now know that if we’re ever riding in a limousine, we should tell the driver to stay clear of hills. We don’t know where the people riding in this limo were on their way to, but we’re willing to bet that a moment after this photo was taken, they got out and decided it’d take less time to walk there.
Being persistent works – sometimes. Sometimes it gets you into situations like this. By the looks of it, this U-Haul driver thought he could make it through this tunnel without a problem. He almost made it but got stuck at the very end of the tunnel. The most awkward part about this is the fact that there is a huge sign that says no trucks. The truck on the sign looks exactly like the one stuck in the photo, ironic.
You’ve heard of fried green tomatoes. Well, what about fried apples? Feeling comfortable in your workplace is key, but getting too comfortable may turn into a fire hazard. As you can tell by the photo, lighting a candle to set the mood while at work might have been the brightest idea (pun intended). On the bright side (pun intended yet again), if you look close enough, it kind of looks like there are two apples on this Mac.
Let it…Oh No
It’s amazing how one minute, you’re walking around the snow, minding your own business. Then, the next minute, a big ball of snow has been shoved in your face. You have no idea where it came from. Who would have had the audacity to throw all of that snow at your face without any notice? Then you turn around and finally, you have identified the culprit of this disgraceful crime. Ladies and gentlemen – it was his mom.
Putting the Rage in Garage
Some people have the luxury of having a garage that lifts up from under the ground. It’s pretty awesome, but there is no denying that you probably need to have a lot of money to have a home with this sort of amenity. It’s certainly a useful form of space efficiency. However, if you have more than one car, it’s a good idea to move the one that is standing over your raisable garage when you are trying to get the other one out…
What Goes Up…
Why is it that we enjoy watching someone doing cool stunts on a bicycle? Only the most sadistic individuals would enjoy it if, God forbid, the stunt performer in question didn’t successfully land with his bike. Take this guy, for example. It looks pretty clear that after this photo was taken, he must’ve landed pretty awkwardly. First and foremost – we hope he survived. And secondly, we hope he didn’t break any bones. However, his chances were pretty slim.
I Swear it’s Not Me
Have you ever stood next to a poster and realized that you look exactly like the person in the poster? OK, so this guy is exactly the spitting image of the “criminal” who is being arrested. But the long hair and beard is certainly enough to draw a striking comparison. It’s pretty crazy that this guy ended up standing right next to this poster at a bus stop. Sometimes, a Kodak moment can come from the most unexpected places.
No Time to Dodge
When you’re playing dodgeball, it is probably a good idea not to stand still and pose for the camera midway through the game. That’s what happened to this young woman, who we assume got really bored. Either that or someone distracted her by offering to take a photo of her. Or, maybe it was a double act prank, with the photographer distracting her so that someone else could smack her in the face with the ball. It checks out!
Bye Bye Groceries
Have you ever been walking down the street on the way home from the store and all of a sudden, you realize that all of your groceries are gradually falling out from the bottom? We’re not sure what’s worse – if this happens on the sidewalk or if it happens while you are walking up the stairs on the way to your apartment. Word of advice for next time: put the bag of groceries into another bag. It usually prevents this sort of thing from happening.
Swing When You’re Not Winning
There are some habits you just can’t get out of your system. When a kid uses a swing, they are usually assisted by an adult until they are trustworthy enough to use the darn thing in a safe way. Make no mistake about it though – some kids will never learn and better yet, some adults will never learn. Take this young woman, for example. She thought she could swing really high until she fell off.
Is This a Mirror?
It’s never nice to have the exact same matching clothes as someone else. Whether it is the same as someone you work with or someone sitting opposite you on the other side of the train, it’s always very awkward. However, this guy saw the funny side of the situation and decided to take a photo of both his legs and the person sitting away from him. He shared it with the world, and shortly after, the other person did the exact same thing.
U.F.O. – “Umbrella Flew Off” the Stick
While someone was walking in the rain, they noticed something flying in the sky that looked like a UFO he had seen in a movie. At first, he actually believed that aliens had arrived to conquer our planet. Then, as raindrops started to fall on his head, he realized something: he was holding an umbrella. Now, he is simply holding the stick and the actual umbrella flew off and is now being carried by ferocious winds.
The Longest Line Ever
Shopping is always fun, it’s waiting in line to purchase the items that we want to buy that’s a drag, so whenever we see a short line, we’re quick to jump in. When there are only two people ahead of you, you know you’ve hit the jackpot. What happens when those people aren’t real? We wonder how long it took this woman to realize she was standing in line with mannequins. She looks quite aggravated, so we’re guessing it was a while…
A Dedicated Son
Showing our parents how much they mean to us is something we all strive towards. Some people send their mothers flowers while others take their mom out for a fancy dinner. Then there are the ones that go above and beyond to prove their love and gratitude – they get a tattoo. We know this guy’s intentions were pure, but he made the mistake of this life with this one. We feel as though if there was one typo, this could have been salvageable – but two?! Maybe he should be asking his mom for spelling lessons?
Not Who I Thought You Were
We’ve all made out with people we randomly met at parties, right? We can picture this guy trying to describe the perfect girl he just met to his friends, “she was pale white, and her skin was so soft it almost didn’t feel real – um, come to think of it, she may not have been real?!” By the looks of this girl’s friend’s face, they were all getting a kick out of this situation – who knows, maybe he met the love of his life?
If you’ve ever played any sort of competitive sport, you know that when you’re in the middle of a game, nothing except the ball matters. You keep your eye on the prize – disregarding anything that might get in the way. It looks like that’s what happened for these two players, they were so determined to get the ball – they ran into each other. These two athletes couldn’t be closer than they are in this photo and we can’t help but wonder what happened the second after this photo was snapped!
Well, this is awkward for many, many reasons. For starters, what’s going on with this woman’s hair? In some weird world, it may make sense that someone may think capturing a photo of a friend sleeping with potato chips all over their face is funny. But why on earth would you take a picture of yourself pretending to sleep covered in chips? This poor woman got caught in the act – can you spot the culprit?
First Date Fail?
Let’s face it – sitting at the bar isn’t comfortable. You don’t have a rest on your stool for back support, the people sitting next to you are way too close, and if you’re a little above the average height – you’re doomed. This guy is the perfect example of the three things we just mentioned – the poor guy can’t catch a break. He’s so tall he had to decide which leg would stand guard while the other leg squished in between the two women from both his sides. We’re hoping this guy wasn’t on a first date!
Who’s Gonna Tell Her?
There’s nothing worse than the fear of going to the bathroom and stepping out with toilet paper on your shoe. Truth be told, we’d be lying if we were to say that it’s never happened to us. It’s always nice when a stranger comes around and points down, hinting at the embarrassing scenario, without saying a word. We consider these people angels. What happens when toilet paper gets stuck to your pants?! Would you want someone to tell you? We’re on the fence about this one – maybe the less we know the better, is the best way to go here?!
Savage level – 100. We don’t think we’ve ever seen such a genius move when it comes to finding parking in a full parking lot before. Instead of driving around for hours looking for a place to park – they left their car in the shopping cart receptacles. It’s awkward to think that someone was so set on parking in this parking spot they risked damaging their car while pulling in. Our only question is, how did whoever this car belongs to manage to step out of their car?
You Had One Job
So we get that cheerleaders may spend most of their time cheering and less time in the classroom – but “spirit” is a basic word. This is simply painful for us to look at. We’re wondering how many people worked on this awkward sign and why no one noticed that the word was misspelled. We’re hoping their teachers weren’t in the crowd witnessing this embarrassment. We got spirit..and the understanding that someone’s going to have to go back to elementary school.
If this guy was so insecure about his height, why did he invite a girl that was much taller than him to prom? What happened when he got off of this stool and actually had to go to prom? Did she change her shoes into flats? Did he spend the whole night dancing with other women? Whatever the case may be – we hope he knows that being shorter than your girl isn’t anything to be ashamed of and that he should walk with pride wherever he goes.
The Hard Truth
Do you know when you’re waiting in a very long line, and by the time you get to the teller, you forget what you were doing there in the first place? Yea, us too! While you’re waiting in line, you can’t help but wonder what the hold up is, right? The secret’s out…while you spent your lunch break in line, this woman was playing solitaire – turns out you could have been in and out of there in 20 minutes.
Looking at this photo, it may seem to you like the dog is imitating his owner, but then you realize there is a little surprise to this photo. Yup, it’s exactly what you’re thinking. Maybe the pup was upset that his owner spent more time practicing karate rather than take him for a walk, or maybe she was standing so still he mistook her for a tree? We’ll never know the answer, but what we do know is that this makes for an awkward and equally hilarious photo.
All Grown Up
At first glance, this photo may seem a little scarier than it is awkward, but let us reassure you – this is about as awkward as it gets. This guy’s friends had a Halloween party, and he came fully dressed as The Babadook, turns out – his friends were going for more of a “wine and cheese” kind of celebration, so he sat there in full makeup. We’re going to blame the friends for this one – who has a wine and cheese party on Halloween?!
Whoever landed this plane, did a perfect job. Not! This photo is probably the reason so many people have a fear of flights. We’re not going to lie, they did do a perfect job landing, it’s just they managed to land the plane upside down. We hope that whoever was flying this plane got out safe – we also hope that they got their pilot’s license taken away from them.
Getting featured on the kiss cam is can be awkward if you have no one to kiss – or if the person sitting next to you isn’t down to kiss. If you had to choose one of these situations, which would it be? The photo on top screams all kinds of awkward, who wants to be publicly friend-zoned like that? And yet, our heart couldn’t break anymore when we look at the bottom photo – we don’t even need an explanation, his face says it all.
We’re guessing the construction workers that were in charge of this asked whoever’s car this is to move it numerous times before gating it in. We’re also guessing that every time they politely warned them that they were going to take action, the car owner rolled their eyes and said, “yea, yea, I’ll take care of it,” and never did. We don’t necessarily think that the car owner deserves it per se, but we understand why this happened.
Caught in the Act
We would give anything to be a fly on the wall in this situation. We can only imagine what this guy is looking at, or who he’s talking to have his wife spying on him like this. It almost looks like their dog is trying to hint at him to look behind him – but he’s so into his screen he doesn’t seem to notice. We can only help but wonder what happened after this photo was taken, did she confront him?
Netflix & Not So Chill
Getting cheated on is a hard thing to deal with, so we admire this guy’s courage to come out to the world and share his story. We also admire his detective’s eye, spotting a reflection in a computer screen isn’t an easy thing to do. This whole story is pretty embarrassing for his ex-girlfriend, who we’re guessing saw this guy’s story along with the rest of the world. We hope he got a happy ending, and that she learned from her mistakes!
Front Row Action
Sitting in the front row of a game is a great way to feel like a part of the action thats happening on the court. We’re guessing this isn’t the kind of action these fans were looking for when they bought their tickets. These three team-supporters unexpectedly recieved a mouthful of excitement (and pain) at this match. We’re sure that the next time they buy basketball game tickets, they’ll think twice before purchasing front row seats.
Having a Splashing Time
Getting wet on purpose is one thing. But when you are walking around and all of a sudden, you are completely drenched from head to toe, it’s not a nice thing to experience, by any means. One minute, you’re posing in front of a beautiful body of water. The next, a huge wave comes from nowhere and the collision causes a massive splash of water that covers your entire body. This young woman didn’t see it coming, at all.
Falling for You
There is so much going on in this photo we don’t know where to begin. This looks like a situation he is very happy to be in, his girlfriend on the other hand, well, that’s a different story. It’s hard to tell if she is upset because her boyfriend is kissing another woman or because he’s about to drop her. Considering everyone at the party is wearing the same shirt, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that they’re also hooking up with each other.
Caution! Friend Zone
There seems to be a street sign for everything on this wall, maybe they should add “Caution! Friend Zone Ahead.” It doesn’t get any more awkward than this guy’s face. He’s lifting this girl up to kiss a guy that’s dressed exactly like him, only he looks tall enough to be a professional basketball player. Wherever you are, bud, the right girl is out there for you, probably waiting to be lifted by her best guy friend to kiss you!