No photo bombings by waves of unrelenting tourists, no strollers bottlenecking hiking paths, no pressure to move from the very spot you feel you belong.
The Wanderlove³ is seven tech goodies all in one, and it's a great holiday gift idea if you've got the dough to splurge, the person who deserves it, and the wherewithal to part with what's inside.
“Don’t be a bystander. Be involved, be engaged, be curious, make a difference.”
Trump may be able to see that Hillary's a fighter on some level, sure. He may see that it's been 30+ years and she's still breathing. He may see that she's giving him a run for his money, but he'll never actually understand.
Let's talk about fanny packs.
Guys. I'm OBSESSED with my National Parks postcards from the Anderson Design Group. Shannon, Kae Lani, and I each were like, "Yep, swooping this," when we saw them. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them (maybe try to do some nifty DIY project?), but right now they're littered across my floor and I love it. Maybe I'll just leave them there. Decoupage a coffee table? I DON'T KNOW.
Guys. Blogging is hard — especially if you have a full-time, "real" job. Shannon and I have seen peaks and valleys with TSN, and we're still nowhere near where we'd like to be, but we're taking baby steps.
Possibly the most haunted place in Iowa is the Mason House Inn, a 170-year-old "steamboat hotel" — and in case you can't do the math, that's 1846. It's also been a hospital and a stop on the underground railroad, but for a while now it's been a bed and breakfast in Bentonsport, Iowa, right next to the semi-famous Bentonsport Bridge. If you can't picture it (no one will blame you), it's practically in Missouri, not too far from the Mississippi.
These 5 apps rule.
I met Mitchell five years ago in Savannah. We bought a pack of red napkins from Goodwill that said "feel free to pass the potatoes" and looked through vintage video games at Planet Fun. Now, a few promotions and one marriage later, he's about to set out in a refurbished van he calls "The Bearded Bison" with his newlywed wife Chelsie and two pups, Maverick and Stella.
Where do I even begin with Cairn? You subscribe for a monthly box of various surprise outdoor products and BAM! Suddenly every month is a freakin' holiday. What's in the box, you ask? Besides not being Gwyneth Paltrow's head, I couldn't tell you even if I knew. That's the cool thing about Cairn — it's always a surprise.
Pink Pangea — a community for women with a lust for travel — was cool enough to give Shannon and The Strange and New a shout out on their Real Deal page! It gives a little bit of insight into how Shannon came to join The Strange and New, highlighting on her relationship with Jacqueline and what the blog is trying to do.
Last week something beautiful happened in Oslo: The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and Concert was held (among a few lower-profile things, like the Children's Peace Prize Party and the torch walk down Karl Johans gate, Oslo's main thoroughfare and prettiest street). The entire week was a celebration of this 114-year-old tradition, and the city buzzed with a life that, I assume, is similar to the end of war.
Are you a beer snob? Are you tired of getting grief from your friends who still chug PBR and your dad who just doesn't see why you'd ever want to infuse beer with chili peppers? Truth it, it's a tough world out there for someone who doesn't drink shit for beer. But luckily, there's a safe haven for you --- a Utopia for beer snobs and craft brewers alike. But where is such a glorious, hoppy place? Grand freakin' Rapids.
My friend recently bought a Nikon D3300, inspiring me to get my act in gear. When I asked her why that specific one, she said, "It's the best in the market for the price, and it still packs a pop." Or something like that. Now, I originally intended to prove her wrong, not copy her, and go out and buy something else, but she was right.
Happy World Vegetarian Day! To celebrate, here's a fascinating infographic from GetYourGuide. For starters, Vietnam isn't on this list? WHAT? There are 9 countries that do veggie-ism better than the 'Nam? I guess I'll have to find out for myself. I find it hard to believe, but I'm willing to open my mind. You'd feel the same if you experienced the black magic done to tofu there, but I digress.
Thinking of signing up for MatadorU? Here's our four cents on the matter. And no, Matador isn’t paying us to write this. We wish.
Things are happening, folks. The episode with yours truly on The Daily Travel Podcast is live! It actually happened. 6 months into the travel writing game and I'm going to Germany and having my voice preserved forever on the Internet. But enough about me: let's talk about this episode, let's talk about Nathaniel, and let's talk about starting new, scary careers.
On our trek back and forth over the Appalachians in pursuit of this story, one of the places we stopped was Landmark Farms, an 18-acre farm outside of Lansing dotted with just-sheered alpacas. While I got the down-low from Ralph and Rachelle, two people I'm now convinced have dream careers, Megan got to poke her nose around the alpaca pen and make a few new friends. The farm has 9 of the 20-some varieties of alpacas (though 15 alpacas in total), all of which are some degree of frickin' adorable. And it turns out – incredibly sustainable.
When you're in your mid-to-late twenties, people tend to fall into two groups: those that have kids and homes and real jobs and 401k plans and those that move to places like Vietnam or North Carolina on a whim. Last week I got a taste of what life is like for that other half: I took part in a one-week beach vacay with 4 moms and their 7 kids (plus the occasional neighbor kid) and it was...well, it was a learning experience. I'm still 110% kidless and 120% okay with that, but now I feel a little more educated on this topic. Here's what a few moms have over the progenitors of nothing: