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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The Ultimate Guide to Gordon Ramsay Restaurants


Click here to go straight to The Ultimate Guide To Gordon Ramsay Restaurants

 

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m a devoted Gordon Ramsay fan. (if you don’t know anything about him think food + fiery passion).  I love the way he channels his frustration, how his face can convey disgust, kindness, anger and passion all within a matter of seconds.  Watching him yell at people literally makes me want to take on the world.

I wish I had a mini personal Gordon that I could keep in my back pocket for my lazy, uninspired, confused days.  I mean, just one mortified look from him or one “oh my god” spoken under his breath with a tinge of contempt and I would be back up, kicking and fighting.  I would have to convince him to get over the fact that I’m a vegetarian first…shouldn’t be that hard, right? (more…)

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Take a Repositioning Cruise for Deep Discounts & Unique Itineraries

What is a repositioning cruise?

Repositioning cruises sail from one destination and end in another.  The reason for this is that many ships itineraries change seasonally and cruise companies use the repositioning cruises to move the ship to their new port.

Most repositioning cruises are typically longer than a week and have more days at sea than traditional cruises.  The most common itineraries are from Europe to the Caribbean and from Alaska to the Caribbean.  You can also find repositioning cruises that travel from the Mediterranean to Asia or South America. (more…)

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5 Amazing Travel Themed Movies You Can Watch Right Now

There are so many great travel themed films out there, but what if you want to watch one NOW? Here are 5 amazing travel themed movies that you can rent on Amazon and watch instantly.

Have a favorite travel themed movie?
Tell us about it in the comments below!

1. The Beach

 


Some people love it, some people hate it, I happen to be in the love it camp. In The Beach, Leonardo Dicaprio stars as a young American backpacking in Asia searching for his own version of paradise. Visually stunning, this movie takes place in Thailand but don’t let the beautiful views fool you, there is a lot more to this movie than meets the eye.

By the way, the beach in the film actually exists, but from all accounts it is now a tourist attraction so a better bet may be to visit Khao Yai National Park where the waterfall scene was filmed.

Watch The Beach Now

2. L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)

 


L’Auberge Espagnole is like watching hostel life on the big screen (only in an apartment). The story centers around a group of students, all from different countries, who have come to Barcelona to study abroad and end up in the same apartment.

If you ever studied abroad or wished you had, check this movie out for a little taste of being a stranger in a strange land (with lots of new friends).

Watch L’Auberge Espagnole Now (This one requires an Amazon Prime account)

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