Now you can travel to the real-life destinations that inspired the world’s best emojis
We send five billion each day and, as of March 2019, there are 3,019 different variants. So, to celebrate World Emoji Day on 17 July, the travel experts here at Flash Pack have scoured the ? looking for the real-world versions of our favourite travel emojis. From remote islands ? to snow-peaked mountains ?, ancient architecture ? to unbelievably perfect sunsets ?, and even Japanese castles ?, we can now reveal the exact ? of nine emojis, in the wild (according to Flash Pack):
Searching out history and culture? Head to the Japanese castle emoji, in Osaka, Japan??. Osaka Castle is one of the country’s most famous landmarks, with construction first starting in 1583.
??2. Costa Rica
A trip to Costa Rica?? isn’t complete without visiting the volcano emoji. Until 2010, Arenal volcano was the most active volcano in the country – spewing enormous amounts of lava, gas and ash on a regular basis. As it entered a dormant period, things are now a little more calm at the 1,633-metre summit; but it’s still not safe to climb up. Instead, you can find trails nearby with excellent views.
Located in the northern region of Croatia??, and dating back to the 13th century, you’ll find European castle emoji nestled in the hills Trakošćan Forest. Trakošćan Castle is now protected as a historical entity, with grounds that include a forest, park and a stunning lake.
Desert emoji can be found in the protected area of the wilderness in Southern Jordan??. Trek through Wadi Rum desert and you’ll see dramatic sandstone mountains, natural arches, and prehistoric inscriptions that line the steep chasms.
Towering over the Patagonian Steppe, Torres del Paine dominate the landscape of national park emoji – the Torres Del Paine National park in Chile?? is part of Unesco’s Biospehere Reserve system, and offers a diversity of landscapes that include pristine lakes, deep blue glaciers and thick forests.
Looking for the snow capped mountain emoji? Just head to Toubkal National Park in Morocco ?? – at 4,167 metres, it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, and snow settles here from around November to May.
With idyllic sea views and dreamy beaches, The Philippines?? is home to the picture-perfect desert island emoji – the tiny island of El Nido, a municipality on Palawan Island, is renowned for palm-lined white beaches and crystal clear water.
If you’re in Nepal??, you’ll need to be an early riser to catch the perfect sunrise over mountains emoji, as the Himalayas frame the golden start to each new day.
Looking for a cultural weekend away? Don’t miss classical building emoji, located in Vienna??. The city’s National History Museum is one of the most important in the world, with an extensive collection of minerals, meteors, dinosaurs and animals.
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