Traveling is supposed to be a fun and adventurous thing that people can do without feeling like their lives or belongings are in danger. Most of us have come to accept that overall, the world isn’t a safe place. And while that may not put millions of people off the idea of traveling each year, it has changed the way they travel.
People now have to wrap their baggage a number of times, double and even triple check their hotels, and be ever-wary of scam artists, thieves, or worse. So what are you supposed to do if you’d like to travel without the fear of negative consequences? Try visiting these countries instead!
Iceland is a pretty remote country with a ridiculously small population. This means that people are a lot less likely to harass you and there are much lower chances of crime. Iceland also has some of the most breath-taking landscapes in the world – a definite travel destination.
Spain is a country well-known for their near endless festivals and long periods of downtime. They’re also rated as one of the safest countries to travel in. So you can travel and have fun with peace of mind knowing that you and your belongings will be safe. Time for a fiesta!
United Arab Emirates
When people think of the middle east, they think of war and fighting. But that isn’t the case in the UAE. In fact, the Emirates have one of the world’s lowest violent crime rates. So you can check out their modern beautiful cities without fear!
Singapore is known as a country full of young, wealthy entrepreneurs. It is known for being one of the safest travel destinations in the world, not to mention beautiful as well. While it may cost a little extra, the sense of security and amazing natural beauty are well worth the price tag.
Feast Your Eyes On These Amazing Vintage Photos
These vintage photos will bring you back to the past. They say a picture’s worth a thousands words and these really put that to the test.
Ladies Strutting – London, 1930s
There is no denying that these ladies were dressed for a big occasion. It appears that they had just been dropped off at their desired location and were caught on camera while walking that last 100 yards to the venue. The end result was what many musicians today would be proud to have as an album cover. Remember the classic scene from Reservoir Dogs with the crew walking in slow motion down the street? These ladies were the original Reservoir Dogs.
Man Riding Harley – 1955
The leather jacket and the greased up hair. If you weren’t rocking these two things in the 50s, then you just weren’t cool enough. Being a skilled rider of a motorbike was just the cherry on the cake and a perfect excuse for a vintage photo like this one. If you’ve seen the movie Grease, then you might mistake this guy for Danny Zuko. The only difference is that not even John Travolta’s character rode a Harley.
Holding Hats in the Wind – Philadelphia, 1947
The truth is that this photographer probably couldn’t have captured such a great image if he tried. As these individuals made their daily walk to the office, they all held their hats in unison, implying that the wind was just a bit too wild at that very moment. At any minute, their hats could have blown off their heads, so they were all forced to put a hand on their heads. As vintage as it comes.
Date Night – 1950s
When it comes to dating, things have changed a lot. Nowadays, it is considered more normal to dress more casual and go to more formal places for your first date. However, back in the 1950s, it was pretty standard to do the opposite: go to a classic American diner dressed in your finest attire. We find this couple absolutely adorable, as the man holds the milkshake for his date to have a taste. Dating is just not the same anymore.
T-Birds – New York, 1950s
It seemed like every young man who wanted to be a part of the in-crowd tried looking like Danny Zuko from Grease. Or maybe it was Danny Zuko who tried to look like everyone else. Whatever the case may be, it was a fashion trend that was prevalent throughout the 50s. What is great about vintage photos like these is imagining what this gang of guys must’ve been doing on that very day. Also, are they still around to tell the story of what happened next?
Fashion Models – 1960s
It’s a shame that these glamorous individuals grew up in a time when color photos were less prevalent. We are dying to know exactly what colors were on these awesome looking dresses. We can already guess two of them – the lady second from left was dressed in white and the one furthest on the right was obviously in all black. Whatever the colors of the other two might have been, it appears that these four knew how to strike a pose.
College Professor – 1930
For all the teachers out there, this image must speak volumes. Teaching can be a draining, arduous profession. You are trying to improve the knowledge of many students. That’s not all though: when all the lessons have been taught and the day is done, one has to go home, mark their papers and plan for the next day. So we can appreciate this college professor’s ability to kick back for a moment, relax, and pose with a pipe in his mouth.
Mexican Border, 1950
Even without the title of this page, it probably wouldn’t take you long to guess where this photo was taken back in 1950. Words such as “Tequila” and “Adios Amigos” scream out that this was taken in the land of the U.S.’s Spanish-speaking neighbors – Mexico. The vibrant colors and flashy signs don’t give a clear indication of where this was exactly taken. However, if you look at one particular billboard, it says in smaller print, “come back again.” This must be the border.
Human Resume – 1930s
The ways that people find work has evolved over the last century. For a while, the main way to apply for work has been to submit a printed sheet of your resume to companies. Nowadays, you are able to e-mail it or even have companies hire you through your LinkedIn account. However, back in the 1930s, some took to the streets and screamed out their resumes. Then there are people like the guy in this vintage photo, who wore his resume as a human billboard.
Skateboarding to Work, 1982
One of the more recent photos on this list of vintage photos, this guy proves that you can still stay true to yourself even if you work for a corporate company. In truth, skateboarding started back in the 1940s. However, it would take a few decades before the sport became popular amongst the masses. However, by the time this photo was taken, skateboarding culture had already become rife. We imagine that this guy slipped his shoes into his briefcase.
Midwest Businessman – 1939
It’s certainly not one of the biggest cities in the United States. However, this didn’t stop the people of Omaha, Nebraska living the big city life back in the 1930s. Take this man, for example, who was certainly a figure of importance simply based on his impressive-looking attire. Giving the Mad Hatter a run for his money, it seemed that the further back a photo is taken, the more one’s attire was an indication of their financial status.
Times Square – 1904
Boy, things have changed. These days, New York’s Times Square is the commercial hub of the Big Apple. It is one of the most visited locations in the whole of the U.S. and the amount of neon lights and billboards is absolutely staggering. However, back in 1904, over a century ago, Times Square looked like a completely different street. Other than the One Times Square building situated in the center of the photo, there is hardly any similarity between then and now.
Ice Skater In A Suit – 1937
It’s something you don’t really see anymore, but back in the 1930s, it was perfectly normal to see men who were dressed formally putting on some ice skates and looking for the closest rink. Nowadays, people go ice skating in everyday attire, casual clothes such as jeans and tracksuit bottoms. Back then though, it wasn’t just fashion trends and circumstances that were different, it was the mentality. If you want to go ice skating after a hard day at the office – go for it.
Red Square, Moscow – 1978
For many centuries now, Moscow’s Red Square has been the epicenter of Russian life, culture, and politics. Between the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, and the home of the President, it is a square that has staged some of the most important moments in the country’s history. To this day, it is arguably the most visited part of Russia and attracts millions of tourists from around the world every year. Of course, this was a time when the Soviet flag waved loud and a proud.
Stylish Man – 1940s
There is no denying that in the 1940s, life was so uncertain and war was on the minds of millions of people around the world. However, this didn’t stop people from waking up in the morning, dressing up smartly, and going down the street just because they could. That was the ultimate symbol of American freedom, being able to do just that. Take this man, for example, who was undoubtedly the best-dressed guy on the main street that day.
Beauty Pageant – 1920
It might come as a surprise, but this particular beauty pageant is pretty recent as far as the classic competition goes. It is believed that beauty pageants have been a thing since the medieval era. But in the last couple of centuries, they have become a truly prestigious event for those who compete. Amazingly, just a year after this photo was taken was the very first Miss America pageant, which took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Burger King – 1970s
While fast food chains have, in general, been around for a while now, it’s amazing to think that Burger King was only two decades old when this photo was taken back in the ’70s. The logo of this classic burger restaurant hasn’t changed too much. However, it is relatively easy to guess the time period that this vintage photo came from, especially from the disco-esque, psychedelic color scheme of the restaurant’s exterior. Some things just never change, and Burger King is a good example.
Harlem – 1970s
In a number of ways, the 1970s was one of the worst decades in Harlem’s history. After the government spent millions of dollars on a ten-year plan to improve virtually every aspect of the neighborhood, little signs of growth were seen. Due to widespread issues revolving around poverty, substance abuse, crime, and poor education, this was one of the areas of Manhattan that suffered considerably. While the neighborhood still has issues to this day, there have been considerable improvements.
Long before the Beatles came to the U.S. and kicked off the British Invasion, Elvis Presley was causing women to swoon with his swinging hips, dangerous good looks, and deep voice. With pictures like this showing a young female fan losing control at one of his shoes, it’s no wonder parents thought these tunes were a bad influence on their youth. People were seriously scared of all the insanity caused by Elvis’ crazy fans, but later Elvis fandom became much more mainstream.
Keeping Cool in the Summer – New York City, 1943
Many things have changed in New York City over the years. T One thing though that has remained fairly consistent for as long as we could remember is the hot summers. Even back in 1943, there were heat waves in the middle of the summer and New Yorkers would find numerous ways to keep themselves cool. Take these friends, for example, who are pouring buckets of freezing cold water on each other.
Inspecting Women’s Swimsuits – 1920s
You might be looking at this vintage photo and thinking to yourself, “what on Earth is going on?” We wouldn’t be surprised because we were also asking the same question. That is a testament to how much society has changed in the last hundred years. This man was basically measuring women’s swimsuits to determine if they were too short or not. Nowadays, this practice doesn’t happen in most parts of the world, but in the 20s, it was the norm.
Friends Having a Picnic – 1900s
Picnics have pretty much been common practice since the dawn of man. Therefore, to see a vintage image of two women and one of their sons sitting in the park together, eating fruit and cake shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Even still, to think that this photo was taken over a hundred years ago is absolutely mind-boggling. Everything from the dresses to the fancy little teapot scream out that this was from a completely different era.
Tehran – 1960s
This vintage photos clearly demonstrates how fast things can change in less than half a century. Back in the 1960s, Iran’s capital, Tehran, was just like any other major Western city at the time. Not only was the infrastructure of the city modern and metropolitan, but society was generally much more secular. People had a lot more freedom to dress the way they wanted and live how they saw fit. Then, the Iranian Revolution came about, paving the way for the Iran you see today.
Punk Rocker – 1970s
If there was ever a subculture that completely radicalized the way that rock n’ roll was perceived, it has to be the punk genre. This style added a new layer of attitude to what was already considered to be a style of music that pushed the envelope. Bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and the Ramones were at the forefront of punk and heavy influenced the way people dressed, talked and even thought. This man was a typical subscriber to the genre.
Road to Woodstock – 1969
Arguably the most iconic music festival of all time, Woodstock ran from August 15 to August 17 in the summer of ’69 and featured the likes of Santana, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Who and Jimi Hendrix, to name a few. Those who were lucky enough to attend this rock n’ roll extravaganza flooded the Catskills like a modern-day pilgrimage. As you can see, some people tried to avoid large masses of fans by taking naps on their own cars.
Ladies Dipping Their Toes – 1944
This photo harks back to a simpler time when a group of ladies could enjoy themselves and still get in touch with their inner child. What stands out for us the most in this photo are the beautiful, colorful swimsuits.
Lady with Knitted Top – 1960s
What is so mesmerizing about this vintage image is how the knitted top that the lady is wearing seems to be ahead of its time. While the tie and collar design is pretty cool, the knitting gives it a quality reminiscent of an 8-bit video game, something you would associate more with 80s culture. Not only does the contrast of the orange and black stand out, but the lady’s mascara pops in a complementary way.
Getting Some Shade – France, 1955
Remember the song “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” by Roy Ayers? Well, we believe that this should be changed to “99% of People Love the Sunshine,” because let’s face it – not everyone’s a fan. While this French lady was happy in 1955 to sit out in the sun while drinking some lemonade, it made sense for her to sit under the yellow shade to protect her pale skin from the sun’s rays. We love the yellow theme connected by the shade, the lemonade, and her blonde hair.
Hitchhiker with Flowers – Oklahoma, 1973
We are purely speculating that this young lady was hitchhiking while carrying a bouquet of flowers. For all we know though, she was simply standing on the side of the road on Valentine’s Day and selling flowers to passersby who needed to buy last minute. There is no denying that the connection between her holding flowers and wearing a shirt with a flowery theme is a cool little detail. However, it’s certainly not as cool as the actual lady.
Couples Sunbathing – 1940s
Is it just us, or were these two couples looking forward to their double date day out, only to have = a fifth wheel join in at the last minute? Based on this vintage photo from the 40s, that looks like what happened. At any rate, this group of friends looked like they were enjoying themselves enough on their trip to a nature reserve. They are actually sitting on some rocks above a lake. They just took a dip in the waters and were drying off in the Summer sun.
New York City Subway – 1970s
This guy epitomizes either 1) the concept of “cool,” or 2) the concept of “being tired after a hard day’s work.” Maybe it’s a combination of the two. Not to mention the plethora of graffiti plastered around him. The Subway has been a classic component of New York City living for over a hundred years and is the main mode of transport for millions of the city’s inhabitants. Its cultural significance is so important that many movies scenes and music videos have been filmed in it.
Brooklyn Bridge – 1883
There are just some images of New York that are iconic, and one of those is this one of the Brooklyn Bridge. In 1869, the construction of this landmark began, and after 14 years, the link between New York and Brooklyn opened. The ribbon cutting was witnessed by thousands of people. It was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. This image was one of the first taken after the bridge went into use.
Pumpin’ Gas – 1960s
Nowadays, we all get out of the car to pump our gas, but back in the 60s, there was always a gas attendant to help with that. This Milwaukee gas attendant is looking to deliver quality service. Not only would they fill your gas tank, but they would often wash your windows, and some would even check your tire pressure. That is what full service used to mean. There are still some gas stations that offer this in more rural areas of the US and internationally, as well, but they are a rare find.
Halloween – the 1940s
Modern Halloween has kids running around as their favorite superheroes or cartoon characters, but the holiday used to be scary. In the early 1900s, Halloween costumes were meant to be frightening per the tradition of the holiday. What is scarier than a clown!? There is no doubt that this costume would have won the most frightening award. It was even traditional back then to do a photoshoot to make sure you commemorate the frightful look you chose for All Hallows Eve.
We Need a Revolution! – Czechoslovakia 1968
For decades, the country then known as Czechoslovakia had lived with rules expected for a nation behind the Iron Curtain. However, the people had been looking for a little relief from the strict and confining rules set forth for them. In 1968, under Alexander Dubcek, the Czechs and Slovakians got their wish. For several months, Dubcek lifted travel restrictions, gave Slovakia autonomy, and so much more. The USSR didn’t like that, so they marched troops into the country and deposed Dubcek and put things back to the way they were.
Have I Got a Deal for You – 1920s
Car salesmen have been cutting deals for as long as the four-wheeled motorized mode of transportation has been available. In this image, these gentlemen gather around and try to barter for this car. Most cars ran about $850, so $100 for this beauty was quite a steal. It may not seem like a lot for the modern shopper, but back in the 1920s, that was a month’s salary for some. Having a car was not a necessity, it was a luxury. Thus, whichever of these gentlemen walked away with this car left with an elevated social status.
Dresden Train Station – 1982
In the early 80s, Dresden, Germany, was still part of East Germany, and it was controlled by the GDR. However, there was still quite a bit of travel, especially between the countries behind the curtain. This train station was one of the main ones in this city. With a big band and plenty of ladies to dance the night away, these soldiers from an engineering division certainly look like they are having a great time.
Let’s Get the Party Started – Texas 1940s
In the 40s, with the troops retiring from the war, there were many celebrations both because of the war being over and for the holidays. There is nothing like a dance to celebrate the joys of Christmas. With a big band and plenty of ladies to dance the night away, these soldiers from an engineering division certainly look like they are having a great time.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun – 1980s
The 80s was, without question, a colorful time. As you can see, these young ladies knew exactly how to dress in accordance with the era. It was all about bright colors and bizarre hairstyles. We can imagine that the classic “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper blasted in the background while they had their group shot taken. When you think of the word “vintage,” its difficult to not have the 80s come to mind.
Sitting on a Caddy – 1975
Up until this very day, Cadillacs have been an undeniable symbol of wealth and style. It seems like this guy didn’t just have the flashy car, but he also had the clothes to complement it. We are firm believers that if you can afford it, then why not buy it? One thing is for sure – the custodian of this caddy kept his prized possession in top condition and was so proud that he just needed to take a photo of him sitting on the hood.
Friends Posing on the Beach – 1950s
If you don’t like going to the beach, then there must be something kind of wrong with you. Fine, sand can be annoying, but other than that, it’s one the most wonderful experiences in the world. It brings people together and is a fantastic place to take friends, family and even a date to. This charming group of friends took it upon themselves to have a group photo, showing the horizon in the background.
Sitting on Mercedes-Benz – 1970s
It is a pose that is timeless and many try to imitate it even now. This lady seems to be an originator of the classic “sit on the hood of one’s car” pose. It also helps when the car looks as good as the person in front of it. This Mercedes-Benz has an undeniable vintage feel to it. We just hope that the lady makes sure to put on some shoes before she drives that beautiful vehicle.