The photo series is by the talented Barcelona photographer Álvaro Sánchez-Montañés. They were taken in Southern Africa, in what is now a ghost town filled with weathered, Bavarian homes, neglected over time by their previous German inhabitants.Read More
How does a night in a bubble at 9,000ft sound? You and your intrepid few could be the very first to voluntarily spend an evening in a cable car.
On the night of March 6th, we will be sliding open the doors to a fully equipped cable car. Announce your arrival in style with a cloud of powder after cruising up the slopes on snowmobiles. And prepare to fill your (ski) boots with the traditional ‘Savoyard’ welcome… lots of food and wine.Read More
Lake Tahoe has so many different sides to it, one day it can be rough and choppy, the next perfectly calm and glassy. This particular afternoon it was like a sheet of ice, unmoving and completely clear, and coupled with the wintery weather it left me with a much different impression than the turquoise water and sandy beach vibes it gives off in the summer.Read More
These are some pretty magical photos of this year's 25th Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel in Sweden. The hotel is a temporary structure which only exists for four months a year. The small village of Jukkasjärvi just north of the Arctic Circle is home to just over 1,000 permanent residents, 1,000 dogs and sees upwards of 50,000 annual visitors.
The ICEHOTEL involves around 100 people to construct it's walls each year, half of which are artists who are involved in the design of specific areas and rooms. ICEHOTEL is constructed from 1,000 tons of Torne River ice and 30,000 tons of "snice", a mixture of snow and ice that strengthens the structure. The Torne River's slow, natural freeze during the winter gives the ice it's unique crystal-clear properties, completely lear of, bubbles and cracks. Between March and April, around 5,000 tons of ice is harvested from the river and kept in cold storage over the summer. Construction no the hotel takes place in November and December and then opened for a short winter season from December - April when everything begins to melt.
Rooms come with an insulated sleeping bag made for temperatures as low as -13° F, which should be plenty warm considering the temperature inside the hotel never drops below 23° F. For anyone that gets super chilly, you can always book the Deluxe Suite, which comes with an ensuite sauna. In the morning, you’re woken up with the on-tap hot lingonberry juice, followed by an invigorating morning sauna and a hearty breakfast buffet. I imagine you would feel a bit like Elsa in Frozen sleeping in the rooms, below.
August, 2013: We arrived in Copenhagen, via Amsterdam after spending the past six days between Brussels, Boom (at Tomorrowland) and Amsterdam. The first day we were there I fell in love with the soft colors, creeping vines, beautiful balconies and just the entire vibe of the city.Read More
I will be the first to admit I have a full fledged love affair with travel. I'm aware of how fortunate I've been to see so much of the world. Travel can really spark a creative fire inside of you - one of it's most appealing draws or after effects for me. It's both addicting and inspiring, and can help you grow in ways that you can't even imagine. When i'm not actively planning my next trip, I'm making a (huge) list of where I want to go after that, and after that. And still, after that. For the sake of daydreaming, here is my list of 11 places I'd love to travel to in 2015.Read More
Some of my favorite gifts to give lately are the ones that you can actually use (or eat). Extra props for a gift that you can eat that reminds you of a destination you recently visited. I love a good travel/food gift. Did you know you can ship all natural homemade ice cream to someone? Or small batch cold brew coffee? And that spicy honey. It's like you were just walking down the aisles of a boutique grocery and picked out a little something they might like. Here are four food gift ideas for the holidays.
This signature brew is always supremely fresh, 100% organic and preservative-free. Single Fin serves their products the old fashioned way - in reusable glass containers, never petroleum-based plastics.
The Brambleberry Crisp flavor from Jenni's sounds divine, like summer. Plus they deliver just about anywhere you can ship a package, which is awesome.
I don't personally eat a lot of meat (especially of the red variety) so I could probably learn a thing or two from this book. And you know what they say, give what you would like to receive.
This spicy and sweet condiment is hand-made with raw honey from independent beekeepers in the Hudson Valley and a special combination of chili peppers, cold-infused to retain a pure, unprocessed end product. I'll take two (luckily, that's how they come).
What is your favorite foodie gift to give or receive?
P.S. More gift ideas.
Chilo Lodge really nailed their rebrand earlier this year. After a little Instagram sleuthing I uncovered that the photos and branding were done by none other than the creators of Cereal Magazine so there is that too. It was going to be fabulous from the start...Read More
These would also make such a great gift for an adventurer or traveler on your list! You could surprise someone for New Years with a print and a joint mission to get out there to see more of the world. Wouldn't that be a fun twist on the same old resolutions everyone puts forth (and then usually drops by mid-February)?Read More
Back in the day, circa 2006 when I was roaming around Europe with my bestie we noticed a phenomenon that we named the STP or "single traveler pose" aka the old school selfie. More often than not it involved someone holding their point and shoot camera out in front of them, arm stretched as far as it could go to capture their head and possibly upper body in front of a notable landmark. Around 75% of people held up a nonchalant peace sign or, if they had managed to con a passerby into taking their photo they could get really crazy and raise both hands in the air, further proving they were actually there. I'm going to just throw this out there, 2006 was a long time ago, and things have changed.
This summer I went to Germany with the fam and witnessed a mind blowing adaptation of the trend. The selfie stick. The thing was everywhere. News alert to everyone that did not leave their house this year - flipping your phone's camera to front facing mode is so 2013. If you didn't have a Go Pro or cell phone strapped to a retractable pole, then you my friend, are not the latest generation of traveler. I would not recommend traveling without one, because you will feel out of place.
While we did utilize our Go Pro strapped onto a selfie stick a few times during the trip - it turned out to be more cumbersome than helpful in most situations. But, I will admit that I was traveling with 5 willing photo takers. I can imagine the need for the pole and fisheye Go Pro increases exponentially in direct correlation to a decrease in the number of travel companions one has. I may have been whistling a different tune if I had been a solo traveler. For now I'm just going to hold on to the memory of Europe, and the fact that the original selfie stick will forever be your arm (thank goodness mine are long).
I'm not quite sure why we feel the need to always be at the ready to take our own photo, but I do know that A. we have a ton of sweet Europe photos and B. I have a ton of photos of people taking photos of themselves in Europe. Maybe we should all put down our phones and just enjoy our surroundings? I cannot tell you how many times we discussed why Mitch was taking photos of my back in Europe. It was all for this Instagram, mom. If a photo doesn't get posted on Instagram, did it really happen?
The tools of the trade
So, I want to know - do you use a selfie stick? Do you have a Go Pro? What are your tips for capturing the perfect moment when you are flying solo? Or do you simply soak in the moment and skip the photo opt?