Here’s an update to a site I’ve mentioned before: AirBed&Breakfast. Joe sent me a note saying that they now officially launched. Hooray! I just had a look and am impressed with what I saw! Obviously their community is growing fast, with places to stay in over 350 cities in 56 countries all around the world! The new site allows secure online payments via PayPal or credit card, user profiles, the ability to book a room in 3 clicks. They were recently picked up by CNN, NY Times, WSJ, and PSFK. The first peer-to-peer travel site is doing well even in my own neighborhood – they are about to surpass 100 listings in NYC/Brooklyn. What a fabulous resource! Save money when traveling to NYC or make money as a host when you’re home… Check it out!
Matt Harding traveled the world and started a tourist-dancing-movement. 14 months in the making, 42 countries, and a cast of thousands. Moving! wherethehellismatt.com
(thanks to my first official foreign correspondent marco hendriks)
If you’re planning a late get away, you might like to consider Responsible Travel: a hand picked directory of 1000s of carefully screened eco holidays. These are more authentic holidays that have been screened to ensure that the local people benefit as much as possible and any negative environmental impacts on the destination are minimised. via nigel’s eco store.
In 1980 the artist and arthistorian Lars Vilks started to work on Nimis, a construction of driftwood and rests from the cutting areas. Nimis (lat. “too much”) is situated on the peninsula of Kullaberg in the south of Sweden – now an independent state Ladonia. When Vilks started to work with hammer and nail at Nimis his ideas were rather vague, but he had in mind to make a meetingplace between theory and practice.
(thank you Bengt)
MIMOA.eu is a user generated online guide to Modern Architecture in Europe, providing exact addresses and interactive maps. MIMOA is a personal architecture guide for buildings, interiors, squares, parks and bridges. Going to London, St. Petersburg, Tirana or Bilbao? Every city- or architecture visit is planned within a few mouse clicks.
SteriPEN is a travel size water purifier. It’s basically a UV ray flashlight you submerge into your glass. The water stays cool and it doesn’t change the water, except to kill all the living things in it, viruses included. It is expensive, but seems to pay for itself quickly, as you don’t have to buy bottled water.
Archi-Tourist is a free, Wiki-based travel guide to contemporary architecture around the globe, started in 2005.
During my Berlin visit, two weeks ago, I came across a young artist called Uli Westphal. He had a stand at a farmers market at the Kollwitzplatz, but the produce he was showing looked awfully strange. It was the moment where I was introduced to the wonderfully strange world of Mutatoes: A collection of non-standard fruits, roots and vegetables found at Berlins Super-and Farmers Markets. Uli’s project serves to document and archive these last survivors of biological variety. View the mutatoes collection.
I am completely hooked! I truly hope Uli will sell posters of the collection overview.
Searchalert (TSA) Recognized & Accepted Luggage Lock #16247: The new SearchAlert Security window changes color from Green to Red when the TSA secured access device is used to open the lock, or when an unauthorized person has opened the lock using a counterfeit opening device. Travelers will now know when their SearchAlert locks have been opened, and whether their bags have been searched by a TSA agent, or violated by an unknown person.
Info about these locks on the TSA website.
Wow, this design totally blows my mind: The Doc XL: Sofa & Bunkbed In One
The Doc XL is a sofa that fiips up into a bunkbed and requires “a simple gesture and no physical strain.” You don’t even have to take the sheets off of the beds before restoring it to sofa config. It is available through that august outfit, Bonbon Trading, from the UK.
(via apartment therapy)
” Briol is a very special holiday destination tucked away in the Isarco Valley above Barbiano, Italy. It’s family owned—in fact, the current owner’s grandmother built the Briol house and imposed a few rules which had to be respected: No fences, never sell the house, and maintain a constant respect for the land and nature that surrounds us.”
(via charles and marie)