This Week in Travel: Say Hello to Japan’s Hot Tub Theme Park

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it” — Robert Orben

#1 Japan’s Hot Tub Theme Park is Real!

Who: The curious.

Where: Beppu in Ōita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.

What: Wohoo? The theme park you never knew the world needed is here, just eight months after plans were first announced. Highlighting the park is a hot tub roller coaster that sounds like a hotbed of bacteria tbh, and there’s also a merry-go-round with small bathtubs, and a carriage where guests have to pedal themselves. For reasons unclear, some employees at the theme park dress up like zombies and parade around. We’ll stick to onsens, thank you.

#2 Taipei’s Subway is Getting Sporty

Who: Commuters.

Where: Taipei, Taiwan.

What: In honour of the Universiade games taking place this month, the MRT Songshan-Xindian Line has been sporting a new look (points for that pun, please) with 3D art like a track field, football stadium and a swimming pool. “Many people are still unfamiliar with — and have never stepped inside — some of the sports venues; by choosing to revamp a train — an everyday means of commuting, the public will have the opportunity to participate,” a spokesperson from Taipei’s Department of Information and Tourism said in an interview with CNN.

#3 This Really Horrific Thing Happened…

Landing Toronto-Pearson

Who: Frantic passengers.

Where: From inside an Air Transat flight in Canada.

What: The flight was meant to land in Montreal, but diverted to Ottawa due to reported weather conditions. And then things really took a turn when passengers were kept in the aircraft for six hours, during which the flight lost power and failed to provide enough water and food for everyone on board. “We’ve got the doors open and one kid is puking, and people are just losing their minds,” Laura Mah, a passenger onboard the flight, told CBC. Someone even called the police, and eventually, the plane was able to resume its journey. Hope everyone has recovered from the ordeal!

#4 Would You Walk the Line? 


Who: Hikers and daredevils.

Where: Over the Grabengufer ravine, near Zermatt, Switzerland.

What: Switzerland just opened the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, so add this one to the bucket list. The narrow bridge hangs 80 meters above the water with a width of just 65 cm. Made of steel, the bridge connects Zermatt with nearby Grächen. It also completes part of the Europaweg trail where hikers are taken through some of the countries highest peaks with the best views. Think you’re up for the challenge?

#5 New on The Luxe Nomad:


Who: Families.

Where: Villa Ho Bah in Kerobokan, Bali.

What: Villa Ho Bah is a tropical modern luxury retreat comprising two gorgeous villas merged into one large holiday haven with two swimming pools and multiple living and dining areas in a tropical environment. It makes a great villa for families wanting to stay somewhere secluded yet strategic towards the beach and the hot spots of south Bali. All of the six bedroom suites are tucked in separate bungalows with steep high soaring rooftops, timber walls and comfy queen-size beds.

Let’s go

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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