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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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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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Stay in the CABN Tiny Cabin

In a cluttered world, true freedom is hard to come by. CABN’s mission is to give back a modicum of that freedom, reconnect people with nature, and offer a cleansing respite from an often toxic world – and the vehicle of their ethos is the off the grid Jude Cabin in Adelaide Hills. Home to South Australia’s most awesome landscapes – both energizing and meditative, inspiring and contemplative – the CABN tiny home offers a no-frills, simple but beautiful shelter. The digital detox precludes anything beyond simple tech. After all, the magnificent vistas are stimulating enough. Endless hiking, birdwatching, exploration, and relaxing in the over 180 acres of natural scrubland should do just fine.

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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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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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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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Tales From King Island

If another wave barrels and spits with no one on it, I’m gonna fucking lose my mind.

To both our left and right, the only bit of life that can be seen are the Wallabies and seabirds. Not a house, person or car anywhere to be seen on the entire strip of beach. Littered for miles is perfect three-to-five-foot wedges piping off their head, and between the five of us all you can hear is, “How’s that one… left… right… fuck me… SPIT!”

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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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Awayco Makes Surf Travel Easier Than Ever

Let's be real: traveling with surfboards sucks. Between worrying about careless baggage handlers busting your boards, absurd baggage fees and the hassle of carrying a board bag through a crowded airport, the entire process is seemingly designed to maximize stress.

Enter Awayco.

Awayco is a membership-based platform for high-performance surfboard rentals. They are now based in Australia, the United States and Indonesia. Their goal is to save you the hassle of traveling with surfboards and bring you the bottomless quiver bag that you’ve always wanted. 

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Casa Tiny

Nestled among the vegetation of the Oaxacan coastal town, Casa Tiny is a modest retreat that offers its occupants a major getaway. Just as the name implies, the structure is small in stature with just one bedroom and a kitchen. The majority of the home is made of concrete. Slatted wooden blinds provide a warm contrast but also expand the humble living space, including the kitchen counter, out onto the patio. A separate terrace leads to a private pool or an afternoon at the beach is just a short walk away.

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Jungle

Morgan Maassen's 'Jungle' needs to be seen if you haven't already. Remember 'An Ode to the Sea'? Go ahead, we'll wait. Okay, good. Well his new internet edit was made up of chapters from various jaunts around the world and is every bit as good. The footage was shot over a 4 year period with some of our favourite surfers in different parts of the world. It's classic MM and it's just classic.

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Fear And Frothing (or Xhosa, a South African Surf Trip)

"We spent 7 days on The Point. The Point is a different world from The City. Every day's the same: good waves, good vibes, morning Coffee and Cigarettes an evening Black Label and Braai. Asleep by 9pm, awake by 5. Some days we forage mushrooms. We eat the biggest crayfish I’ve ever seen. The Point becomes home and the biggest worry we have was Sharks and rolling the land rover on the track to the point."

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Lessons Learned on the Road

Life’s got a funny way of deciding things for you.

You can sit there endlessly pondering next chapters with no catalyst to send you down one chute or the other, and then bam. You’re off. This is exactly what happened to Beren Hall, a friend who’s been on a voyage of self, and geographic discovery for the best part of a year. Last November, Beren and his fiancé split after seven years together. The life-map that “Bez” had loosely planned out in his head vanished. Instead of the preordained manner in which a male in his 30s is expected to behave post life-changing breakup—booze, drugs, dating inappropriately young women—Beren moved out, quit his job, sold the guts of what he owned, bought a Land Cruiser and took off around the country.

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