Travel Trend Watch: Bizarre Travel Gadgets

(Photos courtesy of Amazon, Studio Banana Things, and The Scrubba Wash Bag)

Nowadays there are plenty of gizmos and gadgets to make our traveling experiences more enjoyable. From Wi-Fi T-shirts to Ostrich Pillows, travel accessories are certainly advancing from the functional to the bizarre. Have these designers gone too far in search of the perfect travel gadget?

  • PlaneSheets—Plane seats experience a lot of wear and tear and many times it's difficult to move past their unexplainable stains and dingy appearance. PlaneSheets allow you to experience "clean flying" by putting a clean sheet in between you and the thousands of other travelers who have sat in that seat. Sold in a washable and disposable version, PlaneSheets puts the "personal" back into personal travel.
  • Scrubba Wash Bag—The Scrubba Wash Bag is perfect for washing clothes on the go. It's proven to be twice as effective as hand washing: Travelers simply fill the bag with water and a cleaning agent, roll and clip the bag, open and squeeze to expel air, rub against the internal washboard, and rinse.


The Most Bizarre Hotels in the World

(Photos courtesy of Chole Mjini and Marina Bay Sands)

One of the members of the Tingo team recently shared her experience of staying at the Wigwam Motel along Route 66 in Arizona. The place is bizarre. If you don't believe us, book it—when you realize your room is a wigwam, you'll understand what we're talking about. Anyway, this got us thinking about what other bizarre hotels are out there. We did a little research, and as it turns out, there are quite a few of them:

  • Palacio de Sal, Uyuni, Bolivia—Don't lick the walls (it's a rule)! Meaning "Palace of Salt," Palacio de Sal is located a few hundred miles south of La Paz on the port of Colchani, one of the world's largest salt flats. The hotel (and everything in it) is made entirely out of salt blocks.
  • Hotel Kakslauttanen, Saariselkä, FinlandSure, a night under the stars is romantic and exciting, but having a front-row seat to the northern lights from the comfort of your own bed is another experience altogether. At Hotel Kakslauttanen, guests enjoy their own private igloos, which are treated with thermal glass to block out the -22°F temperaturesand they're the perfect place to take in one of the seven natural wonders of the world.