2000 Miles From Home
By Terri Phillips
We left Los Angeles on an airless August morning. There was a record heat wave that summer and it felt like my brain had been replaced with a wet sea sponge. My old Subaru was packed up with suitcases, boxes of Lego, Nerf guns, pieces of sculpture, extra coolant, gallons of water, a paper parasol, and maps charting our path along highway 10 headed East. I considered stopping at a pet store as soon as we got out of town to buy a couple of parakeets and a birdcage. If the car broke down, that might encourage someone to stop and help us.
Postcards From Chic Nomads: One Day in Gaitlinburg
Being chic doesn’t always involve shopping at designer stores, lunching at the best restaurants, or grabbing drinks at the hottest lounge. In the Smoky Mountains and in my life, it means getting outside and exploring nature.
Postcards from Chic Nomads: Tokyo Farmer’s Market
Chic Nomads know all the best spots to go, stay, play, and hideaway. Sometimes they send us postcards from the road. Here is Marina Kappos, currently artist in residence in Japan, detailing her experience at a farmer's market in Tokyo. All words and photos are hers.
When Road Trips Go Wrong
Traveling is fun, but it's also risky. Leaving your comfort zone increases the likelihood that something might go awry, especially when it comes to driving in countries other than your own. In some cases, like the one above, horribly awry. But while such stories might be mortifying in the moment, they give us plenty to laugh about afterwards. Never forget that the root of comedy is tragedy e.g. me slipping on a banana peel is tragic, you slipping on a banana peel is hilarious. With that in mind, we're proud to present: When Road Trips Go Wrong.
The Other Side of the World (Updated)
UPDATE December 19th, 2011: Kim Jong Il, North Korea's "dear leader", has died of a heart attack. His death was announced by a weeping anchorwoman on North Korean television. His obituary in the LA Times quotes sources who describe the departed dictator as both "jealous and cunning" and a "sensitive and arty type who ended up by birth floating through this world that is pure evil." That last quote may seem like it was translated into English from another language, but it was written by Michael Breen, the British journalist who wrote one of the only English-language biographies about Kim Jong Il. Clearly, Kim Jong Il was a leader who provoked many different kinds of reactions.
Work on Safari
However you make your living is where your talent lies. – Ernest Hemingway
The Long Way Home
There are easier ways of doing it. Planes, trains, automobiles… even hot-air balloons. But if you really want to see the world up close and personal, there's only one way to go about it: on foot. MORE >>
Spend the night with Frank
When we launched Boutique Homes, our motivation was to create a collection of striking architectural vacation rentals – properties that travelers would be inspired by and delight in visiting. Nothing epitomizes this vision more than the four Frank Lloyd Wright rental properties we found. For many, staying in a home designed by America's greatest architect may be as close to the perfect vacation as they'll ever get. MORE >>
At Been-Seen we're fascinated by architectural houses and movies, so, just out of curiosity, we wondered how many amazing homes we could find in films. Architectural masterpieces that really exist, places we might even be able to travel to. MORE >>
To some, the idea of living underground conjures up images of survivalists in fallout shelters, waiting for a post-apocalyptic landscape to clear. Or perhaps the lair of an evil scientist, biding his time below the surface as he plans to unleash mayhem on an unsuspecting public. In reality, underground housing is hardly a cold, dark existence. Far from it. MORE >>