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One Couch at a Time: A Documentary Film About the Couchsurfing Phenomenon

Sunday 05.04.2014 , Posted by
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When people think of Couchsurfing, there can be quite a few misconceptions. For instance, people often think that it’s a bunch of free-seeking hippies who are just looking for a place to rest their raggedy selves. Nothing could be further from the truth. Couchsurfing is a radical community comprised of generous, open minded and culturally conscious individuals. Staying at a person’s place, whether it is a posh guest bedroom or a simple couch, serves only one of the many purposes the vibrant community brings. The chief mission of Couchsurfing is to “Change the World, One Couch at a Time.” [Read more...]

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Awakening: New Zealand’s Changing Light Captured in Timelapse

Sunday 05.04.2014 , Posted by
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Martin Heck spent 4 months traveling through the stunning landscapes of New Zealand and capturing it in timelapses that pay tribute to the unique light of the far south. He spent the nights under the stars, capturing the sky as sweeping points of light. By day he hiked through the mountains, explored remote roads and captured the ever changing weather as it played off the rugged landscape. If you were already craving a visit New Zealand, this will tickle that itch like never before. [Read more...]

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10 Famous World Locations… Zoomed Out

Wednesday 03.19.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve all seen the postcards. Picturesque scenes from around the world highlighting many of the “7 wonders” in all their glory… it all looks so incredible. But what if you step back a few thousand steps? Redditor thepobv recently pulled together a truly eye-opening collection of images from many of the worlds most famous sites… then added images from far back off the tourist trail. The results are enlightening. [Read more...]

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One Opulent Road Trip: $3 Million Will Get You One Massive RV

Wednesday 01.15.2014 , Posted by
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Do you find yourself constantly on the road with a cool $3 million to spare? Well, Anderson Mobile Estates might have the solution for you. Welcome to Lifestyles of the Rich, Mobile and Famous. Using expanding walls and a retractable second floor, this design called The Heat transforms from a conventionally sized 53’ semi trailer into an expansive, two-story living space of 1,100 square feet. [Read more...]

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A Banned “Stairway to Heaven” Hike in Hawaii

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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On the island of Oahu in Hawaii is a stairway to heaven. Well, maybe just to the top of a mountain, but that’s the name of this crazy hike. Consisting of 4,000 steps up to 2,800 ft above sea level, this stairway was originally designed for the US military in 1942. Its purpose was to be able to string antenna cables from the mountain tops to provide low frequency radio communication during wartime. After being decommissioned in 1950, it was then utilized as a base for navigational systems for the US Coast Guard. [Read more...]

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Stunning Greenland Ice, Drawn with Pastels

Tuesday 12.31.2013 , Posted by
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As many travelers know, the world’s most remote places can also be the most awe inspiring. Aritst Zaria Forman learned that at an early age, traveling with her family through some of these far reaching landscapes as her mother captured them as photographic fine art. Today, Zaria continues that path with large scale pastel drawings on sheets of paper. The results are incredibly lifelike, while reflecting the surreal environment they represent. [Read more...]

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Man Still Follows Girlfriend Around the World: Update on the #Followmeto Project

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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Since we first featured Murad Osmann’s stunning Instagram project #Followmeto last Februrary, he and his lovely photography muse, girlfriend Nataly Zakharova, have grown even more famous. Their images have been used for Michael Kors’ #WatchHungerStop campaign, they collaborated with Alec Monopoly and showed their prints at the Versace Mansion for Art Basel in Miami, and they invited others around the world to participate in the fun, holding #followmeto_contest on their Facebook page. Since their photos have circulated the internet, copycats are documenting their vacations and travel in the same way and the couple couldn’t be more pleased. [Read more...]

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Harbin Ice Festival 2014 Unveils Some of Their Snow Sculptures Early

Thursday 12.26.2013 , Posted by
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Although temperatures reach -30 °C, many people flock to China each Winter to explore the magical Harbin Ice Festival. Some of the finest ice and snow sculptors in the world come to showcase their talents, creating massive snow creations that tower over the Winter Wonderland. The official annual start date of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is January 5th and goes through the end of February, but sculptures of this magnitude take quite a bit of time to prepare, so we can get a little sneak peak of what to expect. 80% of the sculptures are done, and those visiting now get to see them in the making. [Read more...]

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The Happy Swimming Pigs of the Big Majors Cay, Bahamas

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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It’s not often that you find yourself jealous of a pig… but that could happen when you find out about the pigs on Big Majors Cay in the Bahamas. Nobody is quite sure how this otherwise deserted island became the home to so many ferrel but friendly pigs, but they sure seem to be having a good time. When they’re not lounging in the soft sand doing their best to get a tan, the pigs swim out to the boats that frequent the island… I mean, who wants a pile of island weeds when you can have a tasty treat from island hopping sailors? [Read more...]

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A Floating Golf Course in Coeur d’Alene, That Moves!

Friday 11.22.2013 , Posted by

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In golf there are water features… and then there are water features. The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho has one of the very best. With its location on the northern end of beautiful lake Coeur d’Alene, it’s the perfect spot for the 18-hole courses most notable element – an artificial floating island that holds the 14th hole. [Read more...]

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