When you jet to a hipster haven like San Francisco or Seattle, you don’t just want to visit the tourist traps. But how to find the best thrift shops and indie stores on unfamiliar terrain? GrassRoutes Travel has published five Urban Eco travel guides to point you in the thriftiest and most eco-friendly directions. These are your resources for finding the fair trade cafes, the cheapest indie music clubs, and the best vegan and organic foods. Bonus? Special maps to help you get around by foot and public transportation.
It’s obvious enough that “old-fashioned” guidebooks won’t help if you’re trying to pack light. No matter what your destination is, there are about a million travel iPhone apps out there for you to choose from, but we prefer Wallpaper’s City Guides. Why? For starters, we prefer to cut down on costs by not depleting our data allowance while abroad. These guides are all packed in there, so you don’t need a 3G network to access the info. And it’s only $3.99, which is less than you’d spend on any book.
We’re by no means “Up in the Air”-George-Clooney-type travelers, but we have learned a thing or two from our jaunts around the globe. Since it’s End of Summer Escapes Week here at The Frisky, it’s the perfect time to share them. After the jump, check out our tips on finding the best websites for local culture, how to deal with your money, benefit from airline mileage, and book cute hotels for cute prices. And feel free to share your own suggestions in the comments below! Keep reading »
Kiehl’s addicts a) don’t travel without their Kiehl’s, and b) never want to waste a drop of it. We often find that while those generic mini-containers you can get to transfer shampoo into are a good idea, we end up wasting the product in the process (it spills over the sides and there’s residue left in the bottle). That’s why we figure that stocking up on Kiehl’s mini-sized goods is actually more resourceful in the long run. Rejoice! You can get all your favorite of the brand’s basics—Amino Acid Shampoo, Creme de Corps, Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner—in perfectly portioned 2.5 oz. bottles or tubes.
Even after you’ve placed ribbons, yarn, and tags on your luggage, it’s still hard to find your belongings amidst the sea of black suitcases. Instead of wasting your time searching for your specific bag amongst all the other decorated suitcases, look for this Suitcase Sticker. A suitcase full of money is sure to distract TSA from your lotions and cosmetics when you’re going through security too. Or it might even lighten the tension at the airport.
I entered the hostel common room and plunked down on the couch next to a sunburned Norwegian in flip-flops. The plasma television was tuned to European MTV, which in the Balkans apparently still broadcasts music videos. A gaggle of Irish girls, likely still part of the channel’s demographic, drank cocktails from coffee mugs. They had just returned from an alcohol run steps outside of the Old Town in Split, Croatia, which had been built by the Roman emperor Diocletian as a retirement home in the year 305 C.E. Keep reading »
This passport holder is more than a mock airplane safety brochure. From “consult nitrous mask for in-flight comfort” to a very necessary “no clapping” sign, this passport wallet is sure to cause a chuckle while you travel. Its humor will lighten your traveling load, and the bright colors make it easy to locate in your bag. What a humorous way to explain your plane etiquette preferences to your seat mate!
A new “man-cation” destination called the Lynx Lodge is opening up outside of Sydney, Australia, offering men a paradise locale and a bevy of models on the staff. Lynx Lodge amenities include breakfast in bed, sexy wake-up calls from staff, and back rubs on request! But Lynx body spray (known in the U.S. as Axe) is adamant the “man-cation”-ers will not be in the company of prostitutes, The New York Post reports. Instead, gentlemen can enjoy chaste games of Twister with female staffers, as well a front row seat for mud wrestling.
Paying money to play Twister with a woman who won’t go home with you at night? That’s the new definition of “depressing.” [New York Post] Keep reading »
Whether you’re heading to Colorado or Cabo, thinking about your first vacation with your man likely has you more hot and bothered than the new season of “True Blood.” From the moment you compared calendars, visions of couple’s massages and romantic dinners have probably been all you can think about. But before you make a single reservation, take a step back to consider how you and your significant other – as a couple – are gonna pay for the trip. Discussing who’s paying for what may feel awkward, especially if this is the first time you’ve ever had to talk money as a twosome, but it can be great practice for your future together. With this advice from Nicholas Aretakis, author of Ditching Mr. Wrong, you can breeze through vacation planning and ensure there won’t be money trouble in paradise. Keep reading »
Speaking of kooky hotel things, there’s a new London establishment that’s one of the more bizarre lodging concepts we’ve seen. The Jacques Townhouse isn’t quite a hotel—it only has two guest rooms—but is more of an “Alice in Wonderland” experience. The place is done up in quirky white plaster molds with fairy tale-like trees sprouting from the floor, balls of tulle as decoration, and tea sets galore. Bonus: There’s a room filled with wedding cakes (random). The owner himself looks like he walked out of a Victorian novel with his top hat and long coat. Weirdly, we’ve had this dream before. Check out some more pics after the jump. [Style Bubble] Keep reading »