Motorcycle Diaries: 1 man, 503 days, 83,459 miles

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We all have dreams, but some of us turn them into a reality. Before he dives into his doctoral studies, Alejandro Chacon decided to pursue the adventure of a lifetime. He sold everything he had and left his home in El Paso, Texas to drive halfway around the world! He went through Mexico, Central America, reached the Southernmost tip of Argentina, then went up through the Amazon and back up North all the way to Alaska and all the way home 503 days. His trip totaled 83,459 miles and he was able to see 22 countries along the way. He documented his adventures with his GoPro camera and compiled the highlights into the video below.

Young couple set across the Pacific on their 30 ft boat

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It only made sense that adventurer nomads Charlie Brigham and Lily Barlow set their sights on a trans-pacific voyage. They both had lots of travels recorded in their lifebooks, including biking across continents and deserts, sailing as crew across the Atlantic and hitchhiking in 6 continents. While they were both individual nomads themselves, their paths would continually cross and through time their feelings for each other grew stronger. In August 2011, they committed their lives to each other and expressed to their family and friends that if anyone wanted to give something to them in honor of their love, that it be related to their dream: obtaining a sailboat and making it their home for adventures to come. They moved to Marina Del Rey in California, got a Cape Dory Clipper and named her “Portal.” Now after a full year of preparation, the couple and two of their friends set sail on March 10th, 2013 waving good bye.

The Art of “Jet-Hiking”

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In the realm of travel, there have been plenty of stories about hitchhiking and even boat-hitching, but have you ever come across a “jet-hitcher?” Let’s introduce Amber Nolan, who likes to go by the alias of the “Jet-Hiking Gypsy.” A travel writer by trade, she had the crazy idea one day to hitchhike around the country on general aviation planes and private jets. Deciding it wasn’t too crazy to try, she began the JetHiking Project with the goal of hitching on aircraft to all 50 states in the USA.

Horizontal Rows of Film Reconstruct Landmarks

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Landmarks are what makes a city recognizable, thus have become one of the most photographed structures out there. Seen in just about every person’s travel pics, postcards, and travel blogs they start to lose their excitement, but German artist Thomas Kellner has remixed landmarks in a unique photomontage style. He takes hundreds of pictures, scanning the entire structure one tiny portion at a time, then horizontally places the film strips of the individual pictures to reconstruct the landmark, thus creating an entirely new picture. The process is as complicated as it sounds, yet the final result makes it all worth the painstaking hours to get a new twist on something so familiar.

Sustainable “Tea Bus” sets off on worldwide journey

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When Guisepi Spadafora was temporarily living and working out of his truck in Hollywood, he didn’t know that the simple idea of sharing his food and tea at the end of the day would turn into a life calling. What he discovered was that in the midst of a hectic atmosphere on Hollywood Boulevard, there was suddenly an instant community created. Many people came together from diverse backgrounds and, through the act of serving tea freely, they shared life for a short moment. Thus, the “Free Tea Party” had begun.

Two Superb, Hand-Drawn Maps of London

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When I visited Rome last summer I picked up a free, hand-drawn map of the city. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much, but when I started navigating using the small map, I was astounded at the detail it contained in each hand-drawn line. To be finding my way around the ancient city using only someone’s fine penmanship was like stepping back into the bygone era of hand-made cartography. Today we have Google Maps. It’s a tool which blows away any hand-created map as far as accuracy and search-ability, but something is certainly lost in the aesthetic beauty and ability to roll out a large city on the table before you. These fine maps of London from Wellingtons Travel, bring back the maps of old and do it with useful style.

We Love Friday!- Lovely Lines of Laundry

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After the refrigerator, a clothes dryer is the biggest energy hogging appliance out there. Consumer Energy Center estimates that it costs an average of $85 to run annually, which adds up to $1,530 for the average lifetime of a dryer on top of the cost of the dryer itself. Although East Coast winters would make it hard not to use a dryer, there are plenty of months when the sun will do all that drying for free, yet in the US there are outdated laws in some states from after World War II that make hanging clothes outside illegal (JustLiveGreener.com). Since 1995 Project Laundry List has been working to get these laws changed and has helped with the passage of “right to dry” legislation in 11 states so far. If you have a minute, sign the petition so that all Americans can have the right to use free energy to dry their clothes. To bring awareness to this issue and encourage sun-kissed laundry that won’t shrink, we searched Instagram to show you how beautiful clothes lines can be.

Felice Varini: Anamorphic Paintings Cover the World

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At first they appear to simply be gigantic swooping shapes painted across buildings around the world… but find the correct focal point and they pop into astounding geometric forms. Swiss artist Felice Varini has been creating these massive pieces since 1979; starting small with room based installations, but later growing to pieces that cover entire villages and require a hike up a mountain to properly appreciate. His anamorphic paintings have impressed a generation of creatives, and continue to be emulated to this day.

Fancy Finger Paintings by Iris Scott

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Though most of us have some experience with finger painting, it is usually a hobby left back in pre-school along with nap time, but Iris Scott has resurrected it in a beautiful way. After deciding to dramatically decrease her cost of living so that she could find time to paint every day, she moved to Taiwan and did exactly as she planned. But one day all of her brushes were dirty and she needed some yellow flowers, so rather than go outside in the excruciating heat, she used her fingertips and reached that a-ha moment that this is what she would do for the rest of her life. Wearing disposable gloves, Scott uses her fingers with oil paints on canvas to create vibrant, textured paintings with movement and depth. Her Thailand Collection was just on display at Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Washington. We hope that you will enjoy our interview with Iris Scott after the jump, then see more of her work on IrisFingerPaintings.com and Facebook.

Photographing 4 Years Hopping the Rails of America

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Hopping trains across the country is one of those ideas which harkens back to Great Depression era days of meager means and distant travels in search of something better. Forgetting the hardships of those now distant times, we often look at the hobo life as one of complete freedom – a romantic era now gone. But, it’s not gone for all: there are still people hopping trains across the U.S., seeking adventure and finding it on the backs of freight trains as they roll down the long steel rails.