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​Worldly Me:
The weekly roundup: ​​​1​7 March 2017

It’s a big ole world out there, and an ever-changing one at that. From digital wizardry to quirky ideas, the downright brilliant and the overly bizarre, here’s what the planet taught us this week.


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Iconspeak
USE YOUR T-SHIRT TO COMMUNICATE
Iconspeak t-shirts are a fashion statement and potentially, just a statement. Printed with 40 universal icons, when you're confronted with a language barrier, point to a universally recognised picture on your tee, and away you go.

So whether you need a bathroom, a bed for the night or a damn good burger, the Iconspeak will ensure you are fully understood - wherever you are in the world. 




Free dog hugs

GOLDEN RETRIEVER GIVES OUT FREE HUGS IN NYC

And you thought your grandma gave out the best hugs. Nope, it's Louboutina, the hugging Golden Retriever.

​At home in NYC, Louboutina (also known as Loubie) took it upon herself to start giving passers by a good hug. And now she's become a bit of a Big Apple sensation. Her owner, Cesar Fernandez-Chavez , says she actually picks the people she wants to hug: finds a connection and offers her paws. 

If anything's going to get you on the ​next plane to the USA, it's Louboutina. Oh, and these incredible USA deals. 

 



Sushi University

TO HELP TOKYO VISITORS UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE EATING

Go on, be honest - how many of us have visited a brand new country, freaked out at the foreign menu, and darted into the nearest Maccas for a burger. A Big Mac is a Big Mac is a Big Mac, right?

Well now, a new tour in Japan, coined 'The Sushi University' is combining authentic Japanese dining experiences with a dedicated interpreter. Tabimori, Inc. travel group take the mystery out of what you're putting in your mouth. Try traditional Edo-style sushi in the Tokyo area while a fluent local explains exactly what everything is. Find out more here.

Cheap flights to Asia? We've got you covered. 

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Cool new things to try in Fiji

VOLUNTOURISM
You’ve heard of Fiji, right? It’s that little nugget of paradise in the South Pacific with champagne ​sand and crystal water. It’s also where we go ​to loll on the beach and sip frosty cocktails by icy pools.

But, it could also be somewhere you visit to volunteer. To roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. For almost eight years the Fiji Outrigger Beach Resort (and one of the most popular and award-winning resorts in Fiji) has also been offering its support to the local communities via various voluntourism projects. And now you can help too.

Read all about it here. 

Put Fiji on your 2017 bucket list with one​ of these incredible Fiji deals. 

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Sleep in a bookshelf

BOOK AND BED HOSTEL, TOKYO
Book worms should make a beeline for Tokyo, and in particular, the Book and Bed Hostel.

Packed to the rafters with books, in both English and Japanese, guests are invited to curl up inside a cubbyhole and read some good old fashioned literature. With reading lights and cosy duvets, guests sleep in pockets of the bookshelves that are semi hidden. Every book lovers' dream, if you know someone who'd love to sleep over in their local library, take them here!