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House on Wheels: Architecture Student Converts Old School Bus Into Modular Living Space

Thursday 08.29.2013 , Posted by

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A house on wheels can be an adventure vehicle, a home with a view, or a moveable apartment unit.  A recent University of Minnesota architecture graduate took on a unique thesis project when he converted an old school bus into a living space. Hank Butitta’s goal was to push the design process beyond theory and beyond drawings. The school bus project was a three-dimensional space, and it came with the corresponding challenges and benefits. The challenge was to take the limited square footage and develop a flexible multi-use space. The benefit: after the project is completed, you have a tiny home on wheels not a PowerPoint presentation. [Read more…]

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Take Death Defying Walks in China’s Mountains

Thursday 08.22.2013 , Posted by

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Huangshan is a picturesque location in eastern China and one of the most iconic locations in the country. Even with its famous glacier carved landscape and wildly jutting granite peaks, local variety of pine tree and frequent views of the clouds from above, the most special place is the area’s stone bridge.The very high bridge’s ornately carved path leads from a cave in a sheer rock wall to another on a nearby wall, traversing the narrow gorge below. [Read more…]

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Hyperloop: Elon Musk Proposes Tube-Based Transport from San Francisco to Los Angeles (in 35 minutes!)

Monday 08.19.2013 , Posted by

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According to revolutionary idea guru Elon Musk, his new concept for better high-speed transportation in California is a “cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table. That’s what he hinted at the D11 Conference in May, before the thrilling new transport concept called Hyperloop was officially announced to the public. The idea was conceived after the controversial plan for California’s high speed rail program connecting San Francisco and LA was announced. Not only was the proposed system one of the most expensive in the world (estimated at $68.4 billion), but also one of the slowest. Musk thinks California can do better – much better. [Read more…]

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Hippie Van Goes on Worldwide Adventure for a Cause

Wednesday 07.24.2013 , Posted by

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that life is a current, and it’s up to you to fight against it or go with the flow.” These are some of the words of the Hippie Van Man also known to some as Aaron Neilson-Belman. Born and raised in Toronto, Aaron decided to start HippieVanMan.com and take his 1979 Volkswagen T2 Transporter on an adventure down to South America. The mission of Hippie Van Man is “Sharing the experience, inspiring people to fulfill their dreams, and to live in the now.” It’s also about the “Spirit of adventure, and spreading smiles and good vibes 1km at a time.[Read more…]

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Water Gypsies Take New York and Venice

Wednesday 07.24.2013 , Posted by

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It’s part Huckleberry Finn, part Burning Man and a whole lot of watery fun. The brainchild of a street artist going by the name of Swoon, this project sees a band of adventurous folks building strikingly creative and questionably seaworthy boats to take them on summer cruises for no well defined purpose other than having a great time and meeting people along the way. [Read more…]

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Forget Flying Cars, Here’s a Flying Bicycle!

Thursday 07.18.2013 , Posted by

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Imagine this: you walk out to your garage after your morning coffee, hop on your bicycle, ride down to the nearby field, and then fly to the beach. Wait… fly?!

That’s the idea behind this wild Kickstarter project called Paravelo. They’ve connected a modified folding bicycle to a powered parachute assembly, creating a hybrid bicycle-trailer-flying machine. It’s an affordable way to get in the air, and to the airfield. [Read more…]

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Suitcases Become Memories of the Places They’ve Been

Wednesday 06.26.2013 , Posted by

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When you think of all the places you’ve been with your trusty suitcase, the memories of your vacations, visits to friends far away, and weekend getaways fill your mind. A suitcase is often an accessory that is with us for some of the most pleasurable moments and it holds an impression of all the places we’ve been. As adorable as old fashioned suitcases are, they just can’t handle the beating of TSA employees, luggage stacking, and baggage carousels, but Israeli artist Yuval Yairi has given them a new purpose. Yairi gives a nostalgic homage to the places a suitcase has traveled by painting beautiful landscapes on their surfaces. [Read more…]

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We Love Friday!- Gorgeous Beaches Around the World

Friday 06.21.2013 , Posted by

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Since the beginning of time, people have gathered on beaches. Whether to feel the sand between your toes, swim in the water, listen to the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore, or to watch the magnificent sunset on the horizon, the beach is soothing to the soul. Many people work as hard as they can, saving up all of their vacation days for that tropical beach escape, but some prefer to be on permanent holiday by living in a beach town. Perhaps those who have to wait are able to appreciate the magnificence of a beach more, but since there are so many beautiful beaches around the world, it would be nearly impossible for beach lovers to see them all in one lifetime. To celebrate the beauty of where the water meets the land, we searched Instagram for a collection of beach pictures that will have you booking your next tropical vacation. [Read more…]

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Skateboard Travel Photography by Jonathan Mehring

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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Once skateboarder Jonanthan Mehring was bit by the travel bug, he challenged himself to find “the gnarliest, most culturally different places” to skate. His passion for skateboarding and travel combined with his amazing camera skills have allowed him to make a career out of his talents. He has been to over 30 countries with his friends, scouting the most unique locations to skate, often garnering quite an audience. Mehring’s photos have been published in Rolling Stone, Spin, Skateboarder, Thrasher, Monster Children, Slap and Kingpin and shown in galleries all over the world. Below is his fascinating interview with Andrew Norton for The Photographer Series, which “tells the stories behind some of skateboardings most epic images and the dudes who made them.” [Read more…]

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Retro Travel Posters for Famous Movie Locations

Friday 06.14.2013 , Posted by

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As far as travel posters go, there have never been any to match the romantic versions from the mid-century. Starting with streamlined steamship and aircraft posters in the 1930s, the world was becoming smaller at an exciting rate. No longer did it take months to reach your destination, and no longer did it cost a fortune. If exploring nature was more your speed, the WPA pumped out a series of exquisite US National Park posters that make America truly look like the promised land. Now, South African illustrator MUTI has created a series of four posters channeling the spirit of those classic times into fictitious travel posters for famous movie locations. [Read more…]

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