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Awesome Travel Moment #10

Getting a free upgrade at the hotel. Best ever.

7 Super Sexy New Year’s Eve Outfits

What’s the worst thing to happen? Showing up at a party looking like everybody else. 

So to avoid that unfortunate mishap, we thought we’d give you some inspiration to the tune of sequins and lace. 

Herve Leger

Alice + Olivia

Toy Thailand. Cool travel vid using tilt lens.

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

Winnie the Pooh

Awesome Travel Moment #9

Having someone send you a cocktail from across the bar.

Unless it’s these guys.

5 Really Strange Places You Ought To Visit

You needn’t head to Mars or the Moon if you want a taste of the unknown and bizarre. All of that’s right here on Earth. From mysterious blue holes to some really freaky flora, Mother Nature has got a great sense of humour.

1. PAMUKKALE - TURKEY 

The Travertine Pools of Turkey are as gorgeous as they are strange. Thousands of years ago, earthquakes forced fractures to spring hot water rich in calcium carbonate. Eventually the water evaporated and all that was left were these strange terraced layers.

2. GREAT BLUE HOLE - BELIZE

Throughout the Bahamas and the waters of Belize are deep underground caves known as Blue Holes. They’re usually entrances to deep cae networks (some up to 14 kms in length). These places are magical. Divers have reported seeing animal life that’s still unknown to modern science. Within these caves, stalactites and stalagmites can be found, which only form in dry caves. This is proof that thousands of years ago, the sea level of the Bahamas was up to 150 metres lower than it is today.

3. SUQATRA ISLAND - YEMEN 

This little island is like something out of a science fiction novel. Isolated from the rest of the world, Soqatra is filled with strange-looking plants and weird trees. The most famous of Soqatra flora is the Dragon’s Blood Tree. Its sap can be used as a dye or some claim, an aphrodisiac.

4. ANTELOPE CANYON - ARIZONA, USA
Located on Navajo land in Arizona, Antelope Canyon was formed out of erosion due to mostly flash flooding. It is the most photographed and visited slot canyon in the American Southwest.
The most visited and photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest, the Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. It includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon —or “The Crack”— and Lower Antelope Canyon —or “The Corkscrew.” 
The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse’ bighanilini, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdestwazi, or “spiral rock arches.” Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. 
5. CRYSTAL CAVE OF THE GIANTS - MEXICO
Filled with crystals as tall as trees, this mine in southern Chihuahua Mexico is like something out of Honey I Shrunk The Kids. The cave is 300 metres below the surface and extremely hot with temperatures reaching up to 58 °C (136 °F) and 90 to 99 % humidity. Because of that the cave is relatively untouched. 
Careful if visiting. Without the right gear and equipment, you can endure only about 10 minutes within the cave.
Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar Bagan Temples, Myanmar Angkor Wat, Cambodia Borobodur, Indonesia Wat Rong Khun, Thailand Prambanan, Indonesia

6 Gotta-Visit Temples In South East Asia (in no particular order):

  1. Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar
  2. Bagan Temples, Myanmar
  3. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  4. Borobodur, Indonesia
  5. Wat Rong Khun, Thailand
  6. Prambanan, Indonesia

Croissant anyone? How about some baguette avec jambon?

The Travel Bucket List - 5 Places You’ve Got To Visit While You Still Can

Like the diminishing rain forests of the world or the waistlines of the world’s top models, there are many gorgeous and mysterious places on this planet that won’t be around for much longer.

Here’s 5 of some of our favorite places on this blue planet you’ve got to visit before they implode, disappear, decline, or vanish along with the apocalypse.

And in no particular order…

1. Machu Picchu

A 15th-century Incan site located almost 8000 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu is a magical place. However because of growing tourism and transportation, it may not be as immaculate as it once was. 

2. Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is comprised of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. However, due to pollution, oil spills, and overfishing, it is diminishing like many other reefs around the world. Just 2 years ago, a bulk coal carrier (the Shen Neng 1) ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef causing an oil slick of heavy fuel oil 2 nautical miles long and the largest grounding scar to date.

3. Plitvice Lake

Located in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and features 16 lakes. Renowned for their wide range of blues and greens, the colours of the lakes change constantly depending on the minerals and organisms at the time. 

4. The Norwegian Fjords

See them before they melt away! Alright, probably not in your lifetime, but if the global warming has anything to do with it then they may disappear eventually. Formed when a glacier cuts a U-shaped valley into the surrounding bedrock, many are deeper than sea level. The Sognefjord is 1,308 metres (4,291 ft) below sea level!

5. The Amazon Rainforest

Still as mysterious as Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton’s marriage, the Amazon evokes a certain awe that borderlines on fear in most people. Visit while you still can as massive amounts of deforestation and pollution are diminishing it’s size faster than you can say WWF. However, those who make the visit can’t rave enough about it. Just make sure you don’t get one of these little fishies up your you know what.

I can’t let safety and security become the focus of my life.

Judy Blume, Tiger Eyes

7 Party Cities Every ImpulseFlyer Needs To Hit Up

Tired of seeing another palm tree or mountain? Prefer a martini overlooking skyscrapers reaching the clouds? Whether you’re looking to re-enact your own version of the Hangover or Sex and the City, these 7 cities will give you everything a city lover needs. Good food, decadent drinks, shopping, and some naughty nighttimes. 

1. Las Vegas

This list would be incomplete without the city of vice on it. You  name it, they have it. So if you feel like getting wasted, playing some poker, partying till the wee hours, and taking in a Celine Dion show, then this is your ticket. This city is a theme park. It’s also got some of the best shopping, restaurants, and bars in the world. Just be prepared to spend a lot of money. With all that temptation around you, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to save very much.

2. Belgrade

Belgrade is beautiful. It’s also filled with beautiful girls. One of the oldest cities in Europe, with history dating back to the 6th millenium BC, Belgrade is a mishmash of culture, excitement, and enchantment. Throw back some rakija, taste the local food, and then party all night at the multitude of night clubs in the city and on the barges floating on the Sava and the Danube rivers.

3. Bangkok

Not only does bangkok have some of the greatest clubs, it’s also a wonderful city filled with friendly people, great street food, cheap alcohol, and incredible culture. Check out RCA for the best clubs. 

4. Rio Di Janeiro 

Even if it’s not Carnival, it’s still a massive party. These people know how to have fun and look good. From street parties to jazz concerts to samba clubs and electro houses, Rio Di Janeiro covers it all. Be prepared to flirt, drink, dance, and have an incredible time. Hopefully, you remember it all.

5. Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is of great party renown. Very few would argue otherwise. Visitors often end up in a marathon of partying, dancing, and drinking. There’s just so much to do and see here when it comes to night life. Bars don’t open till 11 or 12 and clubs often don’t start till 2 am. The city is filled with attractive people with couples lining the streets making out and falling head over heels in love. Check out Palermo, Puerto Madero, and Palermo Soho. These neighbourhoods are filled with bars and clubs.

6. Reykjavik

Who woulda thunk, eh? Reykjavik is not only home to thermal waters and jaw-dropping landscapes but also a population of party animals. Even though the population is just 120,000 there are over 100 bars and clubs. Alcohol can get pricey here so most people pre-drink. Despite an economic collapse, the people of Reykjavik still know how to have a good time. For the daring, go on an Islandic “Runtur”, an all-night pub crawl. The word means “round tour” and it’s just that. A tour of all the bars and pubs. Have a hearty meal before embarking on this trip.


7. Berlin

Everyone flocks to Berlin. Trend setters, artists, the Bohemian chic, fashionistas, and musicians. This is the place to engage in some overly-philosophical debate on art and then get smashed while partying in the coolest night clubs in the world. Home to one of the best music scenes in Europe, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to going out. Things start a bit later here (around 2 am) and many bars and clubs don’t even have signs. There are lots of underground clubs and parties that spring up from no where and then disappear. So keep your ear to the ground and ask around.

Hand-embroidered newspapers by Lauren DiCioccio

(via fuckyeahbookarts)

Awesome Travel Moment #8

Eating something strange and mysterious off the street and realizing you really like it.

Photo by Jonah Kessel.

It’s Hot, Humid & Sweaty But You Wanna Look Good - 5 Tips To Dressing Well In Sticky Climates

Say you’ve got a trip coming up to Thailand or Cambodia. You’ve got your 5-star resort booked, your iPad is packed with the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, and you’ve squared away any work that needs to be done. 

All that’s left is the packing, which on its own is a feat worthy of Hercules.

Despite the glorious travel photos you’ll see plastered of celebrities in Maui or the happy smiling people in Cosmo, the truth is that it’s hot, humid, and sweaty. Unless you plan to be in your swimming gear for the entirety of your trip you’re going to have to do some wardrobe planning.

That being said, you don’t and shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort for fashion.

So here are 5 tips to packing light, breezy, and Vogue-worthy.

1. Dress In White Or Light-Coloured Clothing

We all know this. Black and dark clothes attract heat like a girl in a low-cut red dress. Plus you look like you’re going to a funeral. 

2. Stick To Natural Fabrics

Nothing beats Mother Nature even when it comes to summer fashion. Stick to light silks, cotton, rayon, and linen. Make sure they’re not too tightly woven as you want some air to be able to flow in and out. 

3. Keep It Relaxed

You’re on holiday, you’re chillin’ by the pool, you’re reading fiction! So relax. No need for any of the daily-life formalities that can keep a man feeling stifled. Unless you’re going to a wedding leave the cuff links and tie bars at home. Women, bring a pair of wedges or dressy sandals. 

Options for men: Khaki shorts, seersucker, polo tees, t-shirts, boat shoes, canvas sneakers (think Vans or Converse), leather sandals (without the socks), long sleeved shirt with a very loose weave (roll up your sleeves if you like).

Options for women: Jean shorts, high-waisted linen shorts, skirts (don’t go too short though), maxi dress, loose dress shirt with a belt around, silk tops.

However, relaxed doesn’t mean boring. You can choose colourful prints or wild patterns.

4. Wear Shorts

Men, if you’re on holiday make sure your shorts don’t go higher than 3 inches above the knee. Otherwise you’ll be bordering on gym-wear territory or worse, be that creepy tiny shorts man at the resort. Women, ensure your shorts are still form fitting and don’t look like saggy khaki. 

5. Let The Accessories Do The Talking

Summer wear can to be lighter in both color and fabric. Sometimes there are less details on the clothing and as such may come off as a little bland. So spice up your look with the right accessories. Women, you pretty much have a plethora of choice before you. Men, stick to a nice watch and a great pair of Tom Ford sunglasses or Ray bans. If you’re feeling up to it, you can also grab a Panama hat.

Below: Gucci, Diane Von Furstenberg, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marni

Below: D’Marsh Couture

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