Do You Believe These 11 Superstitions About Water?

Watch out for the wild washing of clothes in Wales if you don’t want a drunk husband.

Superstitions are culturally transmitted beliefs that run deep and sometimes stay part of the zeitgeist for centuries. For instance, knocking on wood to avoid jinxing yourself dates back to medieval times when churchgoers touched wood that was believed to be from the cross and thus divine. These fascinating theories often have little to no evidence to support them, instead revealing plenty about our collective hopes, desires, and fears. In Nigeria, it is believed that heavy rains will besiege your wedding day if you eat food in the cooking pot. An English old wives’ tale states that throwing water out of your house at night weakens your protection from demons. Water is life-giving, essential for wellbeing, and abundant, and it plays a prominent role in many myths and legends. Here are 11 water-based superstitions for fun facts fanatics to look out for during your travels around the world.

13 Strange Facts About Beaches That Will Definitely Surprise You

Slather on the sunscreen and soak in these beachy snippets of wisdom.

From coastal and rocky to glassy and green, we now know beaches as fun-filled places to catch waves and rays, and have leisurely laid-back days. But it wasn’t always this way. These havens of respite have previously been viewed as threatening wildlands where pirates ran rampant, natural disasters claimed lives, and terrifying monsters lurked beneath the surface. The world’s beaches are home to fascinating history, enthralling trivia, and even swimming pigs. Here are 13 fun facts about beaches that might blow you out of the water.

The Mediterranean’s 11 Most Beautiful Places to Go Swimming

The Caribbean has nothing on the Mediterranean, and these 11 places prove it.

Too often, when travelers think of Europe, they think about its history, cities, and visiting the places they’ve read about in books or seen splashed across silver screens. But beyond the historic cathedrals and towering castles, Europe also has beaches—beautiful, sunny, picturesque beaches along its Mediterranean coast. There, you’ll find landscapes and views that promise to rival anything you’ll see in the Caribbean. It can be hard to know where to find these beaches, though, especially if you’re looking to get a bit off the beaten track. Here’s our guide to 11 of the most gorgeous places to take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.

11 Under-the-Radar Things to Do in Curaao

An ABC Island made easy as 123.

On the surface, each Caribbean Island seemingly blends together with its sugary white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and turquoise blue waters. But to see the Caribbean islands as interchangeable is a mistake. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover that the islands vary greatly in culture, cuisine, architecture, and offerings. Curaçao is one such country, a Dutch Caribbean Island whose capital city of Willemstad looks as though Copenhagen got up and took a tropical vacation. From street art splashed walls to an innovative culinary scene, medicinal gardens to women-empowering art initiatives—there are many reasons to travel to Curaçao. Known as the “C” in the ABC islands (comprised of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao), this island is defined by its storied past and the pastel-colored homes that dot its capital. This is an island whose solid infrastructure makes it a Caribbean breeze to travel through and whose tap water is not only safe to drink but considered the finest quality. Between its thriving culture and stunning beaches, there are many reasons to up and travel to Curaçao.    

The 13 Best Spots for a Classic American River Float

Grab the pool noodles, the floaties, a cooler, and some friends.

There’s nothing that says “summer” quite like grabbing a few inner tubes, a cooler (or two!), and some friends and family for a sunny and relaxing afternoon trip down the river. Across the U.S., there are seemingly countless spots to enjoy time spent on the water encountering some special sights that could otherwise not be spied from ashore. But here are 13 of the best spots for a classic American River float (with no need for a boat!).