Top Picks for Picnics
When summer arrives, indoor activities move outside. Case in point: mealtimes! One of our favorite summer activities is having a picnic in the sunshine with friends. A picnic lunch is a fun and casual way to hang out, catch some rays and enjoy the summer weather. Packing the perfect picnic isn't difficult either when you have the right tools at your disposal. Forget plastic plates and instant coffee: below we showcase our top picks for picnics, from cool totes for keeping your food (and wine) safe en route to your lunch spot to an ingenious hand coffee grinder for making fresh espresso in the field.
What Floats? Everything.
Boats aren't the only thing that float. Think about leaves floating on the breeze, hot air balloons gliding through the sky, clouds drifting overhead, humans hovering above water. (Well, maybe not the last one.) On a more summery note, think of ice cubes bobbing in a frosty glass or innertubes wafting across a bright blue swimming pool. We became curious about things that float and found that humans, animals, and gadgets all can float. Even the Earth is floating in space. With a little bit of imagination (and some Photoshop skills), almost everything can float. Read on…
6 Eco-Friendly Spring Break Spots
Spring break is coming up and you know what that means: time for a vacation! Instead of opting to stay at a huge (and environmentally unfriendly) chain resort, why not choose an eco-chic destination for spring break 2013? If you think going green means forsaking luxury or convenience, think again. Here are 6 amazing vacation rentals from the Boutique-Homes.com collection that are stylish, affordable, and totally eco-friendly.
Mini Me…and You
If you've ever wished for a dollhouse version of yourself, your dreams are about to come true. Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "mini-me", Japanese company Omote 3D Shashin Kan is offering a service they call a "3-D photobooth."
Holiday Gift Guide for Trailer Lovers
We love trailers. You love trailers. Everyone loves trailers, especially when they're chic and cheap like this trailer from the Boutique-Homes.com collection! We've assembled a special gift guide for trailer lovers and outdoor afficinados, full of really cool items that are both functional and just plain fun. From trailer-inspired ornaments and useful camping gear to unique Christmas lights and play sets for the kids, we've got everyone on your list covered. Check out our picks below and head over to our Amazon Store to make a purchase.
A Museum of the Ordinary
If you're traveling to Istanbul, be sure to stop by the Museum of Innocence, which was opened in March of 2012 and is located in a red 19th century building in the Cukurcuma neighborhood of the city. Unlike a regular museum, the Museum of Innocence does not house a collection of artistic masterpieces or objects of historical significance; rather, it is home to a collection of seemingly ordinary objects connected by their association with a 2008 novel of the same name.
Cool Halloween Traditions Worth Traveling For
Most people don't generally think of Halloween as a time to hit the road, but we think every holiday is worth celebrating with a vacation, especially one as fun as Halloween! Even if you're too old to go trick or treating, there are plenty of cool Halloween traditions worth traveling for and lots of modern vacation rentals to stay in while you're at it. From hunting trolls in Norway to spirit festivals in Japan, there's a whole world of spooky traditions waiting to be discovered. Check out our favorites below.
Train Tunnel of Love
Isn't this beautiful? This lush and verdant 1.8-mile long "tunnel of love" is located in Klevan, Ukraine. Local legend says that lovers who makes wishes while wandering under the canopy of green, if they are sincere in their desires, will have their wishes granted. It's such a nice story, learning the truth behind this seemingly "natural" tunnel is almost a disappointment.
Quirky Uses for Vintage Suitcases
When your old suitcase reaches the end of the road, don't toss it out! Get creative instead. With a little bit of planning and some supplies, you can turn any old suitcase into a totally cool and very unique piece of decor, an off-beat vanity cabinet, or even a functioning boombox (okay, you'll need a little extra help for that one.) Get inspired by these nifty projects we've discovered to transform your old luggage into quirky pieces of art.
Coolest Cameras Ever
What's the one thing everyone takes along on their travels? A camera, of course! Though we live in the age of iPhone photo apps, there's something irreplaceable about having an old-fashioned camera tucked into your luggage. But there's no reason for a camera to be boring; remember our article on Colorware's camera customization program? Even if you can't afford to send
your Leica D-Lux 5 in for a candy-colored makeover, there's plenty of other cool, creative, and unique cameras available for purchase. Here are our faves: