The Swarovski Kristallwelten Museum – Like being inside of a giant crystal


It was the eyes that got me, glittering piercing, staring silently at what? Half of the amazing things I see on Pinterest end up being fake photo-shopped (still beautiful) fantasies.

When I saw the giant green head of Swarvoski Kristallwelten I thought it must be fake.  Yet, a glimmer of hope remained as I followed a windy trail of links that finally led me to the website of this unique and beautiful museum.  It exists, for real, a giant head made of earth with a waterfall coming out of it’s mouth and what’s more? It gets even more fantastical. (more…)

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Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers for Travelers

1. Rainbow Colored TSA Approved Luggage Belt

Rainbows make everything fun, even waiting in line at the airport (I promise, it’s true).  This 3 dial combo luggage belt keeps your items safe plus it makes your bags super easy to find when you retrieve your luggage.

2. Fill + Fly Travel Bottle Set

The fill & fly Travel Bottle set contains 4 leak-proof, shatter-resistant, refillable and reusable bottles – basically all you’d ever want from a travel bottle set. No longer will your happy traveler be seen searching (at the last minute) for decent products in the drugstores impossible to find sample size section, but they’ll be carrying their bottles in style in a cute zip top bag. (more…)

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Ditch the Money Belt – 6 Pickpocket Proof Alternatives

Money Belts are a great way to carry valuables when traveling, but they are also well known thus easier for thieves to target.  Here are some alternatives to money belts that help keep your cash, credit cards and passport safe and secure when travelling.

Scottevest Travel Clothing

Scottevest is a company all travelers should know about.  They make clothing that is optimized for travel.  Most (maybe all) of their clothing items have specially designed pockets to hold your valuables without making it obvious. (more…)

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Love Couch Surfing & Compelling Stories? Help Bring SOFA Magazine to (Digital) Life!

*Post Update – The kickstarter campaign for SOFA Magazine has ended.  Sadly the project was not funded, but I’ll keep you up to date on the status because I just know these girls are gonna make it happen!

Every once in a while you luck upon a project that is inspiring, creative, AND travel related.  SOFA Magazine is one of those projects, a veritable treasure chest of travel related goodness but your help is needed to bring it into existence.


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Isabella Bird – The Greatest Traveler You’ve Never Heard Of

I have no difficulty in making up my mind when an escape from civilization is possible.

I hope I’m wrong.  I hope you have heard of Isabella Bird.  But if you are like I was until yesterday, you haven’t heard of this amazing women who traveled over 800 miles in the Rocky Mountains, climbed Mauna Loa, crossed Tibet, wrote over a dozen books & was the first women to be inducted into the Royal Geographical Society.

She did all of this in the 1800’s, a time when true adventure awaited most travelers, a time where there was no internet to help prepare you, where travel necessitated being brave and being daring. (more…)

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6 Vacation Ideas for Pumpkin Lovers

I am seriously smitten with pumpkins. I hate Starbuck’s pumpkin latte, but I still drink it, that’s how much I love pumpkins. If seeing a big field of orange makes you happy, carving a jack o’lantern is something you look forward to all year, or baking pumpkin pie is your idea of a fun Friday night, here are some pumpkin related vacation ideas for you.

1. See The Night Sky Lit Up In Sleepy Hollow Country

Over 5,000 creatively carved jack o’lanterns light up the night sky at the Great Jack o’Lantern Blaze in the Historic Hudson Valley region. The backdrop for this brilliant show is the Van Cortlandt Manor, a house built in the 1700’s.

Tickets go fast for this event so be sure to buy them in advance! (more…)

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The must have travel accessory for coffee lovers

Love coffee?  Love travel? Well I have a match made in heaven: you + the aerobie aeropress.

I know, I know, a coffee maker made by a sports toy manufacturer doesn’t sound all that great, but don’t let first impressions deceive you.  I have spent ages looking for a cheap and easy way to make good espresso. Everything I tried either made terrible espresso or was too messy/inconvenient/scary (yes scary) to use.

I literally stumbled across one of these babies at a local coffee shop and in a last ditch effort decided to try it out.

Coffee heaven I tell you.  Deep, dark, rich espresso without all the trouble or expense. But don’t take my word for it, check out the reviews on amazon (more…)

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