If you’ve travelled the world and nature calls, you may have come across some of the completely different bathroom cultures and etiquettes across the globe.
If not, you’ll be surprised by what’s out there. Below we’ve come up with a list of weird, wonderful, wacky and innovative bathrooms from around the world.
1) Floorless Bathroom
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Imagine looking down this 50-foot elevator shaft whilst doing your business. The designer included a see-through floor as part of a penthouse design in Guadalajara, Mexico.
2) Locked Seat
Looks like they don’t want any funny business in Colombia. Strangely it can be known for toilet seats in public places to have a padlock on them. You may be wondering why? We’ll get into that in the next culture shock.
3) Paid Toilets
A lot of places in Colombia require payment to use their toilet (which explains the lock). On top of that, some places charge you depending on the way you relieve yourself in the toilet. For example, one tourist photo highlights a Miami (number 1) costs 500 pesos and a Chicago (number 2) costs 1000 pesos.
4) Loo With a View
Location: Mount Whitney, California, USA
Here’s one for the bucket list. Fancy doing a number 2 at 14,505 feet? This toilet is at the top of California’s tallest mountain. Not bad if you don’t mind a breeze.
5) Female Urinal
One Chinese University took water conservation for the good of the environment one step too far. They came up with the female urinal. The design of the urinal is made to save a lot more water than a traditional toilet.
You may be thinking, how on earth do females pee in a male urinal? Well, that’s what the disposable cardboard pee aimers are for (pictured bottom right).
6) Japanese Super Toilet
The Japanese have hit the jackpot with this one. They’ve included a huge range of features. Some even have a noisemaker feature that plays a mix of classical music and white noise.
Other features include; a bidet (cleaning wand), heated seats, massage, dryer and air deodorizer.
7) Underwater Bathroom
Mumin Papa Cafe in Akashi, Japan have built a $270,000 aquarium style bathroom so it feels like you are doing your business at the bottom of the sea. If you ask us, it beats your basic wallpapered bathroom.
8) Ski Toilet
As part of an ad campaign, Georgia Max Coffee went around Japan renovating toilets to promote their new drink. They amazingly turned this one into a ski resort giving the illusion of standing at the top of a slope.
9) Gamer’s Bathroom
So your favourite new game has just been delivered. The new game is all that matters and you find there is no time for anything else (including pooping). Luckily, if you’re in Japan then it’s no big deal – you can do both! Although, I think privacy is an issue.
10) More Mobile Phones Than Toilets
According to a study by United Nations University, more people in India have mobile phones than toilets.
India has a population of around 1.2 billion people. Almost half (563.73 million) of this population own a mobile phone and about a third (366 million) of India’s population has access to a proper bathroom.
As a result of the toilet shortage most people just go wherever, whenever the mood strikes. However, most developed cities, tourist places and airports have western style toilets.
11) Chocolate Bathroom
Apparently, over a million British people search for ‘bathroom sweet’ instead of ‘bathroom suite’ every year when looking for a new bathroom.
One bathroom company CEO ‘Ian Monk’ picked up on the spelling mishap and teamed up with Choccywoccydoodah to sculpt this delicious bathroom sweet from 50kg of Belgium Chocolate.
12) Skyscraper Toilet
Location: The Shard, London
Why not go in style? This is a £2 billion development, 800 foot high on the 68th floor. From this bathroom, you can see London landmarks like the Tower of London.
13) Mirror Bathroom
Designed by Monica Bonvicini in Basel, Switzerland. This toilet is completely see through when you are stood inside and appears as a mirror to people on the outside.
Her art project called ‘Don’t Miss a Sec’ was inspired by viewers at her art shows that avoid going to the toilet because they think they will miss out.
14) No Squatting, Only Sitting!
This sign can be found on trains around the swiss alps, aimed at tourists from Asia who aren’t aware of the swiss toilet etiquette. Looks like they are sick of broken, dirty seats.
15) Dolce & Gabbana Bathroom
Location: Italy, Milan
Based in a city that is considered as one of the fashion capitals of the world – hosting fashion week every year.
Dolce and Gabbana designed this luxury loo in a restaurant called ‘Gold’. This restaurant has also hosted many celebrities including Paris Hilton.
16) Pop Up Public Toilet
Mind your step! You have a toilet at your feet. This public toilet in Demark emerges from the ground like something out of a sci-fi movie.
17) European Bidet
The famous Bidet has had tourists visiting Europe baffled for years. Some have even referred to it as ‘a bath for babies’. What it’s actually for is cleaning yourself after you’ve relieved yourself.
18) Nine Foot Python In Toilet
Not something you want to see if you are heading to Australia anytime soon. This 9-foot python was found hiding in the women’s toilet of the Charles Darwin National Park.
19) Stadium View Urinal
Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia
Don’t miss the game! What an Idea. Simple but effective. We think this idea should be adopted by every sports stadium in the world.
20) Composting Toilet
Great innovation from a voluntary organisation called Haiti-kinderhilfe who designed this toilet for primary school children.
Haiti has suffered from hurricanes that have ruined their infrastructure. Therefore, these toilets are an ideal solution. The same innovation has been adopted in many rural areas around the world.
21) Composting Toilet
Location: Central West Antarctica
This outhouse in McMurdo Station was built to carefully handle human waste. In a place where humans shouldn’t make any environmental impact – this is a necessity.
Also, this is a great spot to keep warm away from the cold wind. The outhouse is fitted with a 5-gallon plastic bucket that is shipped off when full.