Things From Around The World That Should Be Everywhere

One of the best things about traveling is seeing how everyone else in the world does things. What are their street lights like? Why do they have different colored toilet paper? They don’t use plastic?! There are so many things that other countries and other cities do that the rest of the world could note and do ourselves.

Loving Those Colorful Lights

you can play Tetris on a building in Berlin
Photo Credit: Reddit / Reeplem
Photo Credit: Reddit / Reeplem

These colorful lights are actually a giant game of Tetris on an office building in Brunswick, Germany. To play, you actually go up to the roof of the building across the street.

Is That What I Think It Is?

a pizza vending machine
Photo Credit: Reddit / NoorValka
Photo Credit: Reddit / NoorValka

No, it’s actually way better than what I thought it was. This little town in France has pizza vending machines where you can get a warm pizza in three minutes, or get a frozen one to cook yourself at home.

Talk About Taking In The View

a bench where you can change the direction it looks in
Photo Credit: Reddit / thoughtgun
Photo Credit: Reddit / thoughtgun

This bench in this coastal town can be pushed so that it can either face the water or the land and the nearby attractions. Now you don’t have to choose, you can take it all in.

At Least They’re Being Transparent

a sign letting you know how behind and over budget a construction project is
Photo Credit: Reddit / google700
Photo Credit: Reddit / google700

These signs are posted around all construction projects around Rhode Island. It lets you know how late and how over-budget the project is. Frustrating, sure, but at least they’re honest.

Testing Out Those Waters

a shower that lets you change the temperature without getting wet
Photo Credit: Reddit / IBeBobbyBoulders
Photo Credit: Reddit / IBeBobbyBoulders

This hotel has a neat feature on all of their showers. They have a little cut-out that allows you to feel the temperature of the water and adjust it without having to awkwardly contort your body so you don’t get wet.

Safety First!

a pole that lets bike riders rest at a stop light
Photo Credit: Reddit / medmik
Photo Credit: Reddit / medmik

Sweden likes to encourage people to ride their bikes as much as they can. So, they’ve installed these poles that help bikers rest while staying upright at intersections when there’s a red light.

OK, This Really Needs To Be Everywhere

a warmed section of the mirror so it doesn't fog up
Photo Credit: Reddit / mdengler10
Photo Credit: Reddit / mdengler10

At this hotel in Japan, they have a smaller section of the bathroom mirror heated so that when the bathroom gets all steamy from your shower, you’ll still be able to see yourself when you get out.

Wouldn’t Believe It If I Didn’t See It

a light specifically for uturns
Photo Credit: Reddit / The-Legged-Man
Photo Credit: Reddit / The-Legged-Man

U-turn lights really should be everywhere, because people love to do U-turns anywhere they please. At least if we knew where we could do them, it would make life easier for all drivers.

Something About This Is Spooky

red lights to keep the animals safe
Photo Credit: Reddit / MonkeyMcBucks
Photo Credit: Reddit / MonkeyMcBucks

These red lights are installed in places that are close to a beach, like somewhere in Puerto Rico. They have red streetlights so that the marine life and animals in the area don’t get confused or drawn to the bright lights.

No More Using The Bathroom Floor

an accessory tray in a bathroom stall
Photo Credit: Reddit / notanaijin
Photo Credit: Reddit / notanaijin

When you close and lock the door in this bathroom stall, it creates a little accessory tray for you to put all your things on so they don’t have to touch the bathroom floor.

Making Grocery Shopping Easier

map of a grocery store on a cart
Photo Credit: Reddit / caspii2
Photo Credit: Reddit / caspii2

Another awesome invention from Sweden is this map they have on all the grocery carts. It shows you where everything is in the store so you can make one quick sweep of it.

Who Doesn’t Love Saving Time?

elevator button is a ways from the doors so you can push it and the elevator will get there when you do
Photo Credit: Imgur
Photo Credit: Imgur

This hotel keeps their elevator buttons about 30 feet away from the actual elevators so that you can push them and not have to wait when you get to the elevator doors.

Every Store Needs These

baskets that are different colors depending on your needs
Photo Credit: Reddit / hand_
Photo Credit: Reddit / hand_

These colored baskets let the people working at the store know if you might need help or if you’re just not in the mood to deal with people right then.

It Looks Like Something From Tron

light poles that change color with the traffic lights
Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

These lights in Ukraine change color completely when the traffic lights change. It makes it easier for everyone to see the lights, and there is nothing wrong with that, is there?

You Can Never Start Too Early

a bike park that teaches kids how to drive
Photo Credit: Reddit / MY2200
Photo Credit: Reddit / MY2200

In Copenhagen, there is a playground for kids to use their bikes on that teaches them the rules of the road that they’ll later need in order to drive a car.

Keeping People Safe

a safe place to exchange internet purchases
Photo Credit: Reddit / durnJurta
Photo Credit: Reddit / durnJurta

This city put up signs to create designated areas that people can go to meet with someone they’ve been interacting with online. They’re in well-lit, busy areas, so there is no chance of any shady business going down.

Every Change Room Needs These

change room with lights to mimic different times of day
Photo Credit: Reddit / Peachpai
Photo Credit: Reddit / Peachpai

Sometimes, the lighting in a change room is so terrible, and it really is a bummer. But this change room has lights that you can adjust to mimic certain times of the day.

That Is Handy And Environmentally Friendly

a water bottle that has maps of all the water refill stations
Photo Credit: Reddit / ivb107
Photo Credit: Reddit / ivb107

This water bottle has a map of all of the water refill stations on Princeton’s campus on it. If you want people to stop using plastic, this is one great way to encourage it.

It’s Important To Wash Your Hands

scented and unscented soaps for before and after eating
Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

This restaurant has both scented and unscented soap dispensers. On the pumps, it says that they’re for before and after eating, but some people just don’t like scented soap. This is a good option for them.

You’ll Never Run Out

sides of a milk carton have windows so you can see how much is left
Photo Credit: Reddit / froody-towel
Photo Credit: Reddit / froody-towel

This is one of those little things that would make such a big difference if just everyone would do it. In Germany, their milk cartons have little windows that allow you to see how much milk you have left.