Do you ever just look at your cell phone and wonder why on earth you’re so attached to it? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We live in a digital age where our cell phones, internet, laptops, and social media rule the world.
We can’t go about our day without checking our news feed, and there’s no point us even going on a road trip without Google Maps because we don’t know how to read a real one! However, sometimes it’s healthy to go on a digital detox and leave all of those devices behind, and these are the best destinations in the world for a digital detox…
Located in South Asia, Bhutan is what’s known as a “Buddhist Kingdom.” Because it has never been colonized, the people in this country live a simple existence.
They do not surround themselves with technology, they don’t spend their days watching television, and most of them do not use social media. Around ¾ of the population is Buddhist, which means that they pride themselves on being mindful and calm, and it’s impossible not to adopt this way of life while you’re there.
If you’ve ever fancied a trip to South America, you should put Peru at the top of your bucket list. This country is known for being extremely diverse in terms of its ecosystem, which means that you can ramble through the rainforest or even hike through the Andes mountains.
With so many impressive sights and locations to explore, it would be rude not to put your phone down and explore what Mother Nature has to offer.
It’s no secret that Hawaii is a hugely popular tourist destination. While you may have seen your friends or family live-stream their experience of a Luau, it’s down to you to ignore the call of likes and digitally detox. So, embrace the culture, check out the scenery, and bask in the fact that you have a beautiful island to explore. Bathe in the waters, swim with turtles, or just make new friends and learn some more about the world.
Because we have grown so accustomed to life in the digital age, the thought of living without our cell phone or social media can be daunting. However, you don’t want to see the world through a screen. Live it instead.
Just when you thought you had seen every possible picture from the history books. We have a long list of amazing images telling some of the most poignant stories in modern history. Prepare to be wowed by these rarely seen historical photos.
Changes In America
This is one of those photos that says so much in just one shot. It was taken in the Nevada desert in 1868. At the bottom of the image stands a Native American man, who is observing the Transcontinental Railroad, which was recently completed at the time.
Lights, Camera, Danger!
This incredible photo was taken in 1928 and clearly shows how the MGM opening credits were filmed. Originally, Leo the Lion was a still logo for the film company, before eventually being transformed into a motion image. Early on, the lion was silent, but then the sound of Leo’s roar was added to movies in this iconic re-shoot. But who came up with the idea of bringing a fully grown lion into their studios just for one shot?
In 1958, Elvis Presley took the ultimate sacrifice and put his life on the line for his country, serving in the U.S. Military. It was a huge moment, especially because he was already one of the most well-known people in the world of entertainment. After his provocative performances and rock and roll style, many critics considered his service to be a positive thing. But his time in the army would be marred by the news that his mother had passed away from a heart attack.
Beating The Beatles
It’s truly amazing when photos have not one, but two iconic figures standing side by side. This is a perfect example of two colossal entities of pop culture coming together to create a stunning image. Both The Beatles and Muhammad Ali were at the peak of their powers in the late 60s. Then, the band from Liverpool, England had the opportunity to meet the greatest boxers of all time. Playfully, Ali threw a light punch at George Harrison, creating a domino effect.
Old Times Square
Some photos have the eery ability to show just how much things have changed in a specific location. Take Times Square, for example. This iconic New York area is nowadays the commercial hub of the city that never sleeps and is often filled to the brim with tourists. However, there was a time when Times Square wasn’t so busy and merely a couple of carriages could be seen parked at night. This photo was taken in 1911.
Many fail to realize that world leaders and important figures in these photos have humble beginnings. They have many years of growth before they do the things we recognize them for. But it shouldn’t be too puzzling to work out who the young man in the center is. That’s right folks, before becoming the President of United States of America, Barack Obama was a simple boy at high school who wanted to play basketball with his friends and have a good time.
Start Of Something Special
These are the first people behind what would turn into one of the most successful companies of the modern era, Google. Back when the team consisted of about 40 people, co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were confident that they were onto something big with their internet-based brand. This was one of the first photos taken of the company in 1999, just a year after it started. Nowadays, it is the most popular website in the world and has nearly 60,000 employees.
This is one of those photos that draws the fine line between heartwarming and bizarre. What you’re looking at is a photo taken in 1961 in the staff cafeteria at the first Disneyland. This iconic theme park opened its doors on July 17, 1955, and was originally only open to invite guests and paparazzi. Nowadays, there are Disney theme parks in many parts of the world. But this was the very first, and it looks like the staff were pretty happy with their lunch!
Giant Water Skis
This photo brings the British term “swimming trunks” to a whole new level! One lucky elephant got the chance to try out these giant water skis. In a risky move that seemed to pay off, a crazy stunt organizer decided to grip the large animal onto the skis specifically designed for it and watched him glide across the waters, with two women skiing alongside him. We think he was either having the time of his life or was hanging on for dear life!
Daddy’s Little Girl
There are some photos that clearly show the true nature of people, and this is a perfect example. Here you can see former President John F. Kennedy having a tea party with his little girl Caroline. This beautiful image shows two things. One: John was always a caring individual and wanted to help others in his life. Two: He was a true family man, always looking after his next of kin. Even world leaders are able to make time for their loved ones.
This truly terrifying image encapsulates the moment that the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This particular photo was taken just 20 minutes after the explosion, as the cloud looms over Nagasaki. The damage claimed the lives of over 129,000 people, a horrific number. To this day, the attacks remain the only use of nuclear weaponry in the history of war. And we sincerely hope, for the sake of humanity, that it will stay that way.
Dr. King’s Hardships
As his son stands oblivious to what has transpired, Martin Luther Kng, Jr. peacefully takes this burned cross away from his front yard. It had been planted there the night before. There’s no denying that Dr. King, who was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement, gave many sacrifices to promote his beliefs of peace and equality. He paid the ultimate price when he was assassinated in 1968. But as a result of his efforts, society has come on in leaps and bounds.
There’s no denying that working as a flight attendant comes with certain expectations in terms of appearance, even nowadays. Air travel in the 1950s and ’60s was highly defined by the femininity and glamour that stewardesses embodied. Just look at the pizzazz going on in this photo. Taken in January of 1959, this picture shows Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) stewardess, Brigitta Lindman. Lindman is inspecting a showgirl costume after rumors spread that flight attendants were going to get different uniforms.
The Genius Rests
There is no denying that one of the greatest thinkers of the modern era was a physicist by the name of Albert Einstein. Not only famous for his crazy hair and eccentric behavior, this was the man behind the theory of relativity. He can be seen in this rare photo kicking back and having a moment of reflection with David Rothman. The department store owner gave Einstein the sandals that he’s wearing in this photo. It looks like he’s pretty happy with Rothman’s gift.
All Eyes On Charlie
Some photos show important historical moments through the lens of the most iconic individuals. As thousands stand in awe, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. can be seen holding none other than silent film legend Charlie Chaplin up on his shoulder. The duo were standing in front of the large crowd on Wall Street, attempting to promote liberty bonds. It was during this time that the people were becoming more aware of the concept of financial securities in the aftermath of World War I.
Medvedev The Maniac
This stunning photo shows Russian prime minister Dmitri Medvedev as a young man. It seems that before he got into Russian politics, he was quite the rebel and was firmly into the punk/new wave scene. This is evident from this photo of him, where he can be seen in a leather jacket with shades on, hair jelled back and cheekily sticking his tongue out. Nowadays, he spends his time working alongside President Vladimir Putin, but it is refreshing to see this side of him.
When Worlds Collide
In a truly stunning moment, catcher Hall-of-Famer Gabby Hartnett went to collect the ball at a game, only to bump into one of the most notorious gangsters of all time, Al Capone. A Chicago crime-lord during prohibition times, he went to Comiskey Park with his son to watch the game and was delighted when Hartnett came over a greeted the two. Nowadays, this type of situation could never happen, which makes the image even more amazing to look at.
Opium For The Masses
Is there a drink more famous than the carbonated soft drink Coca-Cola? The drink was first created in 1886. But it would take a while before Coke left the U.S. and took over the world. Finally, in 1950, it arrived in French capital of Paris and as you can see, the regular attendees of this bar were perplexed when the bartender poured the black liquid into the man’s glass next to them. So they asked if they could try it too, and the rest is history.
Despite being one of the forefathers of grunge, Nirvana’s controversial frontman Kurt Cobain will probably be best for joining the 27 club in the early 90’s. But in a heartfelt moment, while he was still alive, the new father shared a cute kitten with his beloved daughter, Frances Bean. At the young age of 27, Cobain took his own life and his little girl was only 20 months old at the time. It’s reassuring to know that he had moments like this during his life.
Two of the people in this photo were two of the most influential leaders of their time and took Latin America by storm with their radical communist ideas. Soon after his communist government took over Cuba, Fidel Castro was in close contact with Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevara, who eventually fled the country and became a popular figure in Castro’s country. In this image, the pair can be seen enjoying a little siesta on a sunny day, fishing in the Caribbean.
Let’s Get Ready To Rumble
In theory, boxing has been in practice since the times of Ancient Greece, but the sport that we know as boxing today officially started at some point in the early 20th Century. But even before that, communities put on fights with makeshift rings and basic boxing gloves. Take this photo for example, which was taken in 1897. These soldiers on the USS Oregon spent their free time boxing each other. Nowadays, the rings are a little safer.
In the early 1980s, the notorious kingpin Pablo Escobar went on holiday with his family to the U.S. The Colombian took some time off from business matters in Medellin to seek some cultural enrichment in Washington D.C. Here, you can see Pablo with his son standing in front of one of the most iconic buildings in the world – The White House. Despite going down as one of the biggest criminals of all time, Escobar was always interested in politics.
The Power Of Education
One of the most stunning photos on this list and for many reasons. With a background of white students goading her, Dorothy Counts sat calmly at the front of the class. In 1957, she became the first African American woman to attend an all-white school in the United States. Her composure to stay focused and concentrate on her studies was a display of sheer defiance in the face of hatred and this historic moment would change the American education system forever.
The Pharaoh’s Tomb
On face value, this door handle bound by a rope may not seem like one of the most striking photos on this list. But upon closer inspection, one will notice the hieroglyphics on the doors and realize that it is from Ancient Egypt. We can confirm that this was the entrance to the tomb of King Tut, one of the most famous Pharaohs in history. This rope sealed his tomb for over 3,200 years. The desert climate preserved the rope after all this time.
Run Kathy Run!
Another incredible moment in history can be seen in this photo. The woman in the center of the image is Kathy Switzer who, in 1967, became the first female to run the Boston marathon. The previous year, another woman by the name of Bobbi Gibb ran but she wasn’t officially registered. And even though many male runners either opted out in protest or heckled Switzer during her run, she was accepted by the running committee and ran all the way to the finish line.
A Defining Moment
Some photos are particularly haunting due to the time in which they were taken. This picture shows the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, greeting someone while he’s in his carriage. On first glance, this may seem like a pretty insignificant thing. But what’s truly amazing about this image is that it was taken only minutes before he was shot dead. He was assassinated on June 28, 1914, and many believe that this was the moment that kickstarted World War I.
In The Beginning
Wimbledon, the most famous tennis tournament on the planet, first started in 1877. But it was six years later when the competition had its very first international match. It was a doubles match and each team consisted of a pair of brothers. Representing England were the siblings William and Ernest Renshaw. They took on C.M. and J.S. Clark, who represented the United States. In the singles final, the Renshaw brothers played each other, with William coming out on top.
Billy The True Kid
We have all heard the stories of Billy The Kid, the gun-toting outlaw of the Wild West. This character has been portrayed in a string of movies and TV shows. But many people are unaware that he was actually a real person. Born, Henry McCarty (though some dispute that his birth name was William H. Bonney), Billy The Kid only has one “surviving authenticated portrait” – this one. At an auction in June 2011, it fetched an incredible $2.3 million.
This may appear to be some odd form of child abuse. But make no mistake about it, this was common practice in 1930’s London, and considered to be beneficial to babies’ wellbeing. Apparently, back in the day, doctors would recommend mothers to give their infants a “healthy airing out.” This would ensure that the child developed properly. And due to the lack of space in London’s busy landscape, these cages attached to family’s windows prove to be extremely useful.
First Ever Computer
All the wires and buttons will suggest that this photo depicts a large technical device of some sort. This is, in fact, the ENIAC, also known as an Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. Constructed in 1946, this machine was referred to colloquially as the “Giant Brain” and was operated in Maryland for nearly a decade. Although it was a faulty system, for the most part, the advances of this technology paved the way for the evolution of computers as we know it.
This animal was a horse that had stripes like a zebra around its head and neck, which gradually blended into its more uniform coat. The quagga hailed from South Africa but unfortunately no longer exists. This particular photo was taken at London Zoo in 1870, showing just how long it has been since the quagga shared the world with us. Interestingly, the creature was named after the noise it made, which sounds like “kwa-ha-ha.” Some indigenous people also refer to zebras as quaggas.
Battle Of The Genders
In 1931, history was made when Jackie Mitchell became the only female ever to strike out both baseball legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. She was one of the first female pitchers in the history of professional baseball and she achieved the amazing feat while pitching for the Chattanooga Lookouts. The achievement did come in an exhibition match against the New York Yankees. However, Jackie didn’t mind as every result counted in one’s professional career. Ruth and Gehrig were absolutely astounded.
One of the most recognized and detailed stories of any holocaust victim was from the diary of Anne Frank. During the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, Frank and her family hid in their attic and it was here that she documented her experience. Sadly, the majority of the family were found, except for Frank’s father, Otto. He was the only survivor of the family and when the war was over, he visited the attic, not knowing that someone took this poignant photo of him.
The Birth Of Liberty
Photos like this one show just how much hard work and how many people it takes to put together some of the biggest structures in the world. It’s amazing how many people still don’t realize that before the Statue Of Liberty made its way to New York City, it was actually constructed in Paris. This photo was taken in 1884 and you can clearly see the arm of the statue holding the tabula ansata (the tablet of law).
Odd One Out
There are some photos that, if you don’t look carefully enough, you’ll miss the poignancy of the image. This image shows a large group of Nazis saluting after a new ship was released from the Hamburg Harbor. The man circled in this image went by the name of August Landmesser, and in an act of sheer bravery, refused to salute with his colleagues. We can take a lot from people like August who refused to bow to such evil tyranny.
The Last Samurai
For over 700 years, Japan was virtually ruled by gifted fighters known as Samurai. But in 1868, the age of these noble warriors came to an end, ushering in the modern Japanese society we know today. Ultimately, the high cost to train these armies seemed to be the reason that the Samurai got phased out. This is one of the very last photos of the Samurai, taken in the 19th Century. Here, a group stands proudly, displaying their sharp katanas.