Travelling to any country opens the door to exploring a unique culture and being immersed into a new way of life represented by the people that live there. Just like humans, countries themselves are all different in their own individual way. It is perhaps no surprise therefore that, like humans, countries also have nicknames that reflect their lifestyle and personality. Whether it’s indicative of the shape of the country, a reflection of the characteristics of the people or a nod to past historical events or legends – do you know the nickname of your country?
With the passing of the Isle of Man’s equal marriage law from Tynwald, we have taken a look at exactly how far the legality of same-sex marriage stretches across the globe and followed the spread since the first country passed the law, just after the millennium. So check out exactly how far same sex marriage laws have come and how far they still have to go on the way to marriage equality for all!
Whether it’s bread, cake, pastry, tart or quiche – it’s hard to deny that the art of baking creates some of the most magnificent and mouth-watering food on offer. But what is also interesting is how the results of baking differ across oceans, continents and countries, with different places putting their own unique twists on the process to produce quite incredible results. So why not whet your appetite by checking out the amazing cakes and doughs from around the globe!
Castles offer a fascinating glimpse into medieval life, architectural styles of the time and the evolution of warfare. Their imposing stature is dwarfed only by their cultural significance - which is exactly why we have scoured the globe and buried our heads in the history books to bring you some of the most impressive castle designs from around the world – plus give an insight into their captivating stories. From moats to mottes to murder holes, check out the world’s most incredible castles in our infographic!
The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and dangerous races in motorcycling, if not in all of motorsport. The event, which takes place on public roads, is a must-see for any fan and is hugely popular on the island which is taken over by TT fever every summer. We have embraced the excitement ourselves and delved into the ins, outs, twists and turns of this magnificent and prestigious race!
There is something extraordinary about island life and the distinct eccentricity it tends to nurture. Indeed, such idiosyncrasy is often mimicked in the wildlife that lives on the islands. Inspired by the Manx cat, the tail-less feline that is found only on our very own Isle of Man, we have taken a look at some of the other species from around the world that can only be found on lands surrounded by water in our infographic “Unique Island Animals”.
Do you arrange your travel plans so you’re not travelling on a Friday, or avoid flights on the 13th of the month? Does the sight of a black cat crossing your path leave you turning around and heading back for home? If these situations sound familiar then you are no stranger to travel superstitions. Whilst logic suggests they are just myths, it’s always better to have luck on your side when journeying away from home! Find out the different travel superstitions around the world and the locations with their own legends in this infographic!
There is nothing quite like jumping over logs, swimming through ice cold water and getting covered head to toe in mud to really find out what you’re made of! Mud and obstacle events offering these sorts of challenges have fast become hugely popular with events all over the world. VisitIOM have gathered some of the most fun and exciting events together to create The Tough Events Bucketlist! Check them out and bring a towel, because after these races you’ll need it!
The world can be a fascinating place, but it is also full of mystery. Sometimes events in the natural world are so awe-inspiring they seem to defy reason and can leave us frantically searching for an explanation. That is why at VisitIOM we have travelled land, sea and space to find 30 of the most incredible natural phenomena – along with the reasons behind them (where there is one…!)
Following in the footsteps (or wheel tread!) of Manx cycling legend Mark Cavendish, the Isle of Man is undoubtedly best explored on two wheels. In homage to the wonderful bicycle we have created an infographic chronicling its evolution from humble beginnings to the amazing designs we recognise today and every step in between. Pedal back in time and discover the history of the bicycle!
In little over a month’s time, the annual TT Race comes to the Isle of Man. The 37-mile Mountain Course is one of the most challenging motorcycle races in the world, with competitors reaching speeds of up to 200mph. This got us thinking about the other great race courses the world has to offer; take a look at our new infographic to see which ones made the cut!
Isle of Man Cyclefest is a major new event coming to the Isle of Man in May 2016. The Island has a rich cycling history and we’re pleased to be part of this fantastic event. Cyclefest will play host to the Pearl Izumi Tour Series which will see professional cycling return to the Island for the first time in 13 years. The three-day festival will have events for all types of cyclists young and old, this is going to be one event not to be missed!
With the annual World Tin Bath Championship taking place in Castletown in May, we couldn’t help but wonder what other bizarre competitions the world has to offer. While the Olympics are still a year away, we discovered there are plenty of other weird and wonderful championships taking place this year; from the dangerous to the downright ridiculous, our latest infographic has it all!
Living on the Isle of Man got us thinking – what would it be like to live on your own island? Mann has a population of approximately 86,000 people, but imagine having an entire island to your self. We’ve researched private islands around the world that you can actually buy, and some are available for less than the price of an England home!