Posts tagged Travel
Lindis Lodge

Surrounded by 2500 hectares of New Zealand's mountains and grasslands, the Lindis Lodge is the cushy way to get your adventure fix. The resort goes nearly undetected. Its wood plank roof blends into the landscape, peaking up from the Ahuriri Valley floor only to reveal walls of glazing. Lined with rich wood, the suites are a contemporary haven to unwind and gaze at the rugged surroundings. Speaking of the surroundings, the pristine lands of Ben Avon station are prime for activities like horse trekking, fly-fishing, and biking. For something a little more extreme, guests can go off-road in a 4WD buggy or take to the skies in a glider, flying around Mt. Cook and Milford Sound. After refueling on high-country Kiwi fare, visitors should head back outside with a glass of local wine and end the night with some world-class stargazing.

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La Cabane

Surfers Dion Agius, Chippa Wilson and Jay Davies holed up in a small cabin in the south-west of France for the making of short film, La Cabane. While heats and scorecards drew crowds in nearby Hossegor, the guys—with the help of European filmmakers and photographers Yentl TouboulGuillem Cruells and Pierre David—scored waves away from competition, drove to Spain in search of even greener pastures, and annoyed distant neighbours with post-surf beers that stretched deep into the night. Autumn in France is a fine time, indeed, if you know where to look. Hit play on the dreamy five-minute edit, La Cabane, above.

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Soria Moria

The Telemark Canal is a 100km waterway in southern Norway that connects a series of lakes. It’s an important, historic attraction that has seen declining tourism numbers in recent years. In an effort to combat that, a large-scale tourism project dubbed The Tales of a Waterway was created that would see each municipality along the stretch of canal getting its own individual destination. The Soria Moria sauna at Dalen Hotel in the Tokke municipality is one of those projects. Designed by local firm Feste Landscape/Architecture, Soria Moria is a multi-room sauna built on the Bandak Lake accessible by a long footbridge. The entire build references local culture and geography with a silhouette designed as an interpretation of the steep mountainsides, wooden shingle cladding as is common in the area and a fair bit of gold colour as a reference to local folklore.

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Discovering Argentina

Argentina boasts some of the most beautiful, rugged terrain on the planet. The New York Times T Brand Studio flew to the South American stalwart to visit three places that exemplify the culture and diverse landscapes of Argentina. Jujuy, the Iguazu National Park, and the capital city of Buenos Aires give a taste of Argentina from the outdoors to a blend of the traditional and modern.

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Rimowa X Aesop Köln Travel Kit

Positioned as the perfect Dopp kit replacement, the Rimowa x Aesop Köln Travel Kit gathers together travel-sized essentials in a single package. The signature Rimowa aluminum case houses a custom wood inlay with elastic straps to hold the Aesop shampoo and conditioner, Geranium leaf body cleanser and balm, mouthwash, toothpaste, and a trio of Parsley Seed skin care items. All you need to add is a toothbrush, tweezers, razor, and any other items you might need, all of which should fit snugly behind the extra elastic straps in the lid. No launch date yet.

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The World's Most Remote Fashion Label

Stationed on a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland, Inis Meáin, founded in 1976, focuses on quality cold weather essentials that look as good as they feel, drawing inspiration from the landscape and heritage of their non-traditional home through centuries old traditions. 

Get to know the label and its founders through this intimate short film that does justice to an incredibly individual, and family oriented label. Head over to Mr. Porter here for the full story. 

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Iceland's Volcanic World

From boiling rivers to expansive lava fields, Iceland is a geothermal wonderland. Its volcanic landscapes will have even the most seasoned adventure in awe. That's exactly what happened to explorer and geothermal scientist Andres Ruzo when he visited the geysers, glaciers, and volcanoes of the Nordic island.

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Wakeskating a Volcanic Valley in Jordan

Towering volcanic rock, flowing mineral pools, and desert vegetation. Sounds like the perfect backdrop for an epic wakeboarding video. Brian Grubb thought the same thing when he headed to Jordan to navigate the narrow canyons of Wadi Al-Hidan. Grubb is no stranger to riding unique waters having shredded the waves of an ancient Cleopatra Pool, a cranberry field, and the rice terraces of Banaue.

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This GMC Short Bus Might be the Ultimate Adventure Van

There’s no denying how popular the adventure van trend has become – and it makes sense, as putting your home on wheels is one of the best ways to see the world. Most people turn to pre-built examples, or someone with experience, there are others who are a little more industrious. In fact, one couple (who go by the handle WeTravelByBus) turned an old GMC Short Bus into one of the best adventure vehicles we’ve ever seen. Interestingly, while its owners hail from Berlin, the bus originated in Florida, USA – and, judging by their photos, it hasn’t stayed in once place for too long since.

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Freycinet Coastal Pavilions Will be Your Next Holiday

Some might have only heard of Tasmania by way of the little devil from Looney Tunes cartoons, but it’s so much more than that. Tasmania is an island-state of Australia, a land of awe-inspiring beauty and vast oceanic vistas, with huge national parks and untouched land. The Freycinet Lodge Pavilions are the perfect way to become immersed in the island’s immense forestry and incredible landscape.

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Bagtag Electronic Luggage Tag

The worst part about traveling is the time spent at the airport. Waiting in line, going through security and checking in your bags is part of a list of tedious tasks to check off before you step onto the plane and ascend into the clouds. Luckily, the Bagtag was created to make the process easier. Founded in the Netherlands, the Bagtag is an electronic label that conveniently allows you to check in your suitcase whenever and wherever. You can skip those long lines at the airport, reducing the risk of your luggage getting lost in the sea of suitcases.

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Everywhere Unseen

This is the first in an ongoing series where MC sends a group of four photographers out into the world to see what they bring back. The idea is that while they’re all travelling to the same destinations, each photographer will have an individual take on their surroundings, providing four completely different points of view. Check out the first trailer below.

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Nanopresso Portable Coffee Maker

Nanopresso is an upgraded version of the popular Minipresso compact travel coffee maker. The sleek pocket-sized machine has the ability to brew hand-pumped espresso, simply place one dose of ground coffee in the container, or a Nespresso capsule, add hot water, release the button, pump several times to pressurize (capable of reaching a maximum of 18 bars) and voila, you are ready to enjoy great coffee! It can easily create a wide range of espresso styles, plus it can use freshly ground coffee or encapsulated coffee pods. You no longer need to be confined to your kitchen or office counter, now you can enjoy your espresso wherever you go, and because it uses no batteries, you can be camping and still make a fresh brew.

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Iceland's Blue Lagoon Retreat Hotel is Paradise in the Northern Hemisphere

Iceland’s otherworldly volcanic landscape has always needed a truly first-rate luxury resort from which to roam, and the arrival of the Retreat at Blue Lagoon hits all the marks. Located on a private inlet of the titular lagoon, the 62-room property is actually an extension of an earlier complex, but Basalt Architects and Design Group Italia have created a natural transition that blends a concrete superstructure the colour of dark grey lava, with terrazzo, sand, water features and moss. The 62 suites, in particular, feature a quietly rugged mood of walnut and lava surfaces, though the marquee attraction has to be the view of Iceland’s wildly rocky beauty seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Saorsa

Freedom, salvation, redemption. Saorsa means all of these things, maybe. They travel for pleasure. Also for work. They travel for love. Or for lack of love. Nowadays, even the selfies have become enough reason to pack up and go but do they detract from the essence of the Journey? You can also travel for the sole reason of washing away worries and anxieties, only to think and to be able to feel a little more free. With the need to reflect on where I wanted to go, these are the reasons that led me to Scotland and almost without realising the beauty of the Highlands became one of the tools for my freedom.

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The Ranges

Katie Abdilla and Roger James recently rode a 1974 Honda XL250 and a BMW r75/6 4000k from Hobart, Tasmania to Arkaroola (somewhere very remote in South Australia). Along with Melbourne photographer Jason Lau, they packed their stuff, took the bikes on the dirt and made it back in one piece. Jason trailed them with camera in hand documenting the trip in his recognisable style and we loved the results.

Have a look at Jason's website here and go along for the ride by following him on Instagram.

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Felix Hotel is Here to Shake Up the Airport Hotel Scene

Travellers setting down at Sydney Airport may well want to spend the night, with the opening of the new Felix Hotel that can only be described as first class. Located just seven minutes by foot from the domestic terminal, Felix Hotel by 8Hotels takes its inspiration from the Golden Age of air travel in the 60s — that is, before budget airlines made you pay for water. It starts from the moment you step through the door, with guests checking in not at a ground-floor lobby, but the penthouse on the top level of the hotel. In addition to a view of the runway, the penthouse is home to a rooftop cinema, a 24-hour food shop and a cocktail bar that is surprisingly colourful — making a nice change to the usual drabness of airport hotels.

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Finding Iceland with Dane Faurschou

Dane Faurschou and and a couple of friends from Australia took a trip through Iceland in the middle of Winter. They were seeking adventure and after spinning the globe Iceland seemed like a safe bet. Being surfers they were blown away when they accidentally scored good waves as well as the planned adventure aspect. The trip ended up being a real adventure. Dane shot the entire trip on 35mm film. Follow Dane and his missions all over the world on Instagram and stop by his website which is where he finds a home for most of the photographic evidence of his wonderful adventures around the globe.

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The Capsule Backpack

One of the most important conveniences for a traveling photographer is the ability to keep all your camera gear portable and easily accessible while also keeping it safe. And while you could stash it all in a bulky backpack, you’ll probably be better off with Mission Workshop’s modular Capsule camera bag. Designed to fit in a number of the brand’s larger packs, The Capsule is the perfect means by which to carry all your cameras, lenses, battery packs, and other accessories without any excess weight. But it’s also padded and built from a weatherproof 1000D Nylon or MultiCam Black Camo Cordura to keep all your gear safe and sound.

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