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One journalist did attempt to research this - both the artificial labs and the natural spaces. He details it in his book - Zero Decibels if you'd like to read it. The highlights in nature: Several years ago, the Campaign to Protect Rural England declared a spot in Northumberland the most tranquil place in the country (when the nearby military base isn't ...


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Anaechoic Chamber at Orfield Labs When it comes to soundproof chambers, the quietest place on earth is the Anechoic chamber, at Orfield Labs. Quoting from this article from the Atlas OBscura: A typical quiet bedroom at night measures about 30 decibels; this chamber measures at -9 decibels. It is made of 3.3-foot-thick fiberglass acoustic wedges, double ...


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There are two options, both roughly equidistant and neither an obvious winner: Japan is about 10 hours from Sydney, with direct flights to Tokyo. While snow is rare in Tokyo itself, there is tons of the white stuff anywhere in the Japan Alps (eg. Nagano), on the Japan Sea coast (eg. Kanazawa) and up in Hokkaido, where ski bunny haven Niseko has become a ...


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I used to live in the Canadian countryside, and I would say that even if you are far from the noises of man, the noises of nature are still rather loud. Wind (both direct and from moving the grass and trees about), rain, wildlife etc. Much quieter in the winter but I would not call it silent. A cave, on the other hand, is about as quiet as the artificial ...


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First I have to say that is very difficult to answer your question, because is near impossible to say "hey, this volcano will be launching lava on this dates". If you remove Hawaii from your list, I believe the only places you can see lava are: Mount Erebus: Antarctica, not very easy to reach and really difficult to climb. Has a lava lake. Erta Ale: ...


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I've just been in Rovaniemi, Finland a couple of weeks ago. It's currently impossible to see the aurora as the 24-hour day is in place; obviously you need a dark sky to see it. However, Rovaniemi is just by the Arctic circle, is easy to get to (fly or train from Helsinki overnight), and is also the home of Santa Claus! I stayed at the Borealis ...


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I would work this out strategically, and look up lists like The Ten Most Active Volcanoes in the World. There are approximately 1,500 active volcanoes in the world today and 75 percent of them are located in the "Pacific Ring of Fire." On average, 50-70 volcanoes erupt every year. As the article text below provides descriptions, I've included photos along ...


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The Riyadh Women University campus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia could qualify as an answer to your question. Its new campus can accommodate 40,000 (female-only) students and 12,000 (female-only) employees. There are only women because of the Saudi laws of sex segregation. Inaugurated in June 2011, it spreads over 8 million square meters (2,800 km²) with 800 ...


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In short, no, there's no Japanese region known for spicy food in the same way that (say) Sichuan or Thailand is. Japanese doesn't really even have a word for "spicy", 辛い karai originally meant "salty" and is still used in that sense as well. However, there are a couple of spicy local specialities, mostly in the south of the country where they had the most ...


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"The Grotto" on the Bruce Peninsula (Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada) could be a good choice. The water's always cold (though it can be plenty hot outside), but if you take appropriate precautions it should otherwise match your criteria. It's pretty cool: You can actually swim through the hole in the bottom out into the bay. There are a lot of cool ...


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The answer is almost certainly Thailand, in particular Ko Tao, the PADI factory of the world. An end-to-end course that gets you the standard PADI Open Water license will set you back roughly 9800 baht (~$310 at time of writing); if you're happy with the far more limited PADI Scuba Diver course, you can complete that for 7000 baht (~$225) at this randomly ...


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Svalbard is naturally quiet. There are no trees there which makes the sound of the wind a lot less. Also, this means that there are not many birds there which also reduces the sound relative to other places. It is also a place you can easily visit, there are regular flights to the main settlement on Svalbard, Longyearbyen from Tromsø and Oslo. As this ...


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According to this Wikimedia image you can find cheetahs around Africa and Middle East. Image is in public domain One of the easiest places to see Cheetahs (I saw a lot there) is Masai Mara National Park (Kenya).


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Well, for example, in Christchurch, New Zealand, where we've had several large earthquakes and nearly 10,000 aftershocks since September 2010, the city has been altered irreparably. Many buildings have been torn down. We were expecting a windfall with the Rugby World Cup, but all the Christchurch games were cancelled, as were a lot of tourist visits as a ...


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Searching Google for "rude place names" turned up this list, which has lots of entries for Europe. This might be useful in conjunction with a traveling salesman solver, to compute an efficient route between several of the points.


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Both Buddhist and Christian traditions have women-only convents or monasteries, also known as nunneries. Some of these are nowadays partially open to visitors, such as the Chi Lin Nunnery in Hong Kong or the Convent of Las Descalzas Reales in Madrid. I don't know whether these are the most authentic or noteworthy, though. An entirely different possibility: ...


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The limits of our hearing sensitivity mean that many of the quieter places in the world will all sound the same. It is unlikely you would be able to tell the difference between the sound levels in the quietest place on earth and the 100th, or even 1000th, quietest place. Further, your breathing and fidgeting will have a serious impact on the sound level in ...


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Low-cost airline Jetstar offers inexpensive flights from Australia to Japan, which certainly ticks all your boxes. A northern city such as Sapporo normally has snow around Christmas and will have many Christmas-related festivities and decorations. There are also some Christian churches, if you are so inclined. Citizens of Australia and New Zealand can enter ...


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Two weeks is a decent amount of time to explore Cambodia. Here are a couple of my recommendations: Siem Reap: The Angkor Wat and surrounding temples can either be covered in a day, or over a couple of days. This is important because you need to buy a pass, and there are passes of different durations: 1-day ($20), 3-day ($40) etc. There's a 7-day pass too ...


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There are tons, and they're all different, because any list of countries beyond "full members of the United Nations" is open to interpretation. Here are a few of the better known ones, in order of increasing size: The ISO 3166-1 standard defines 249 countries and territories. Getting on the list requires a fair bit of political recognition, so lots of ...


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I would also recommend Pacaya in Guatemala, it is easy to get to and you can stand pretty much next to the lava, even though many people have melt their shoes while doing this. The main reason why I would recommend Guatemala is that there are several other smoking volcanos in the area. My highlight in Guatemala though was watching an erupting volcano from ...


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Ah, a place I want to return to - Central Asia! What about Uzbekistan too? ;) Interest regarding scenery and culture Tajikistan is basically a country on mountains. Kyrgyzstan has the flat area around Bishkek, but quickly climbs in any direction out of there. Kyrgyzstan has the lakes (Issyk-Kul is stunning, like a Kyrgyz Cancun!), while the trekking in ...


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OK, so now that I've seen the clarification... Having travelled through a lot of these countries, let's just go with the list of them: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, ...


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No, there are no nudist hostels, but [Yes @user10134 has pointed to a clothes optional hostel] you can easily find some nudist campsites in Europe or even some nudist hotels. Note that some naturist campsites only allow you to camp there if you are a couple to prevent voyeurs.


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One of the most obvious is the Norwegian fjords sightseeing cruise.


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The place doesn't have to be particularly large, but there has to be a cause of it being mostly female. At the (gorgeous) Pärnu beach in Estonia, there's a somewhat large section for women. Photo by me, July 2012 The sign doesn't explicitly state it, but apparently men should stay out, sadly. :)


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I was in Iceland for a weekend in March and although we did see the Northern Lights, they were quite dim and not that spectacular. The guide did say that only a few days earlier they had a really good one. Wherever you go, try to allow a number of nights to get out and see them as you may not get lucky on your first try.


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Here's one pretty good candidate: It snowed in Hong Kong on December 14th 1975. Hong Kong lies at a latitude of 22 degrees north, nearly the same as Havana or the United Arab Emirates.


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OK some success with answers: Nanning, China: latitude 21°29'N and longitude 108°21'E, 1654. Hong Kong - 22º 15' N, 114º 10' E, January 1893. Tampico, Mexico lat 22.2965°, long -97.8659 - Feb 1895. The 1654 Chinese snowfall, near the present-day coastal city of Beihai, was nearest to the equator, at 21 degrees, 29 minutes north latitude. Several ...


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What immediately sprang to mind was not as rude as your opening question, but will still upset people in the Bible Belt of the US and probably a few other people too I suppose: Hell, Norway Thanks to Wikipedia & WikiMedia Commons for the photo



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