My brother and his girlfriend are visiting me in Nashville this week, and I’m so excited (and honestly, a little nervous) to host my first real live house guests. I mean, I’ve had friends crash on my couch for a night or two at various apartments, but I’ve never really had people fly to a new city and stay with me — and for a whole week too! I’m dedicated to being the best host I can be, so I’ve been eagerly compiling bits of advice for having house guests, and polling the other Frisky ladies for their favorite hosting tips. Check out our top 10 after the jump, and feel free to add your own tips in the comments! Keep reading »
Most of us have no desire to stay in a smelly, haunted hotel room. But for the select few special flowers who delight in creepy crawlies, the Mama Hotel is just up your alley. Designed to celebrate the arrival of the Jessica Chastain movie “Mama” on DVD (eh, it was just okay), the horrific hotel inside London’s Holiday Inn Camden Lock allows guests to sleep in rooms inspired by the scary film. And it’s not just the decorations: Guests will also be privy to encounters with “paranormal beings.”
That’s certainly a hotel for a certain kind of lady. But that’s hardly the only unique amenity. Guests at the Happy Guest Hotel Lodge in Dutton, England, can request a pet for the duration of their stay. Sure, they’re only goldfish, but lodge owner Jeff Riley says they’ve been a hit with weary, lonely travelers. “Obviously it can’t talk back but it can wiggle its fins and swim around the tank––it will give guests someone to talk to and unload the troubles of the day.” And they’re not the only ones — the Kimpton hotel chain also offers a goldfish-on-demand service for kiddies.
After the jump, some of the most strange and surprising guest amenities at hotels around the world.
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I’ve never been able to bring myself to buy one of those inflatable neck pillow, mostly because they look so dorky (I’m sorry, I’m shallow), but man do I ever regret that decision whenever I have a long flight — there’s nothing like starting a vacation with severe neck pain! I think I’ve finally found a solution to my troubles: the hoodie travel pillow. It’s an inflatable travel pillow covered in soft sweatshirt fabric, with a hood you can pull over your head for extra comfort and privacy. Hoodie pillows are available in black, gray, and red, and you can get your own for just $20 on Amazon. Life dream status. [Laughing Squid]
Sultry summertime is unwinding and settling in for a few months, and with the advent of warmer weather and longer nights, my mind starts to wander to more exotic enclaves. My typical summer vacation consists of laying out on my roof spritzing myself with a spray bottle and leafing through a tattered Us Weekly, but this year I’m going big or going home. These absurdly awesome travel destinations really do exist. Come, my pets. Let’s reach for the stars! Click through to take a gander at some of the best vacation spots this fine world has to offer.
When I was a kid, the best day of my life was the day my mom gave me her old Barbie Dreamhouse. It was made of pink cardboard, but equipped with all the swanky Malibu details you’d expect. My barbies spent many hours cooking dinner in the luxury kitchen and then retreating to the bedroom to hump each other. Good times. Today my inner child is telling me to buy a ticket to Florida, because that is where Mattel just unveiled a 10,000 square-foot replica of the Barbie Dreamhouse. The feat required 20 pounds of glitter and 100 gallons of pink paint to bring to fruition, and guests are invited to sit down at human-size versions of Barbie’s makeup counter, cook up some imaginary food on one of her three pink ovens, or play a tune on her hot pink grand piano. Check out a few more photos of this crazy piece of Barbie real estate after the jump… Keep reading »
You’re probably not going to get great cell phone reception, but who cares? You live in a house carved out of the side of a mountain. Is there anything cooler than that? This pic of the The Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey, which is high on my list of Places I Need To Go To Right Now. But there are plenty of other places where people made their houses out of the sides of mountains. When I was in Fez, Morocco, you could see the remnants of former cave homes carved into the sides of the mountains outside the Medina. France, Italy, China — and yes, even Arizona — also boast cave-dwelling opportunities, so what are you waiting for? [io9]
To cap off our Wanderlust content, what could be more fitting than a road trip playlist? Besides a car, gas money, and comfy pants, there’s really nothing more integral to a road trip’s success than a good selection of music. On our recent drive from Oregon to Tennessee, my boyfriend and I didn’t prepare nearly enough music, and we ran out of new tunes somewhere in eastern Wyoming. It was awful. I vowed to never let that happen again, so I polled The Frisky staff for their favorite road trip songs. Some of our selections specifically reference the road trip experience, but most of them are just awesome tunes that match the feeling you get when you see miles and miles of road stretched out in front of you. Check out our Spotify playlist after the jump, and feel free to download it before you hit the open road! Keep reading »
We all know the trope: a young college student leaves the country for the first time and then returns home acting the part of a world-weary jetsetting dilettante.
We all also know that that person is annoying.
While there’s nothing wrong with going on an awesome vacation and coming back feeling relaxed and happy, there’s a fine line between wanting to tell your friends how cool it was to deep sea dive in the Indian Ocean and being a humblebragger. Here are some tips to make sure you don’t cross that line. Keep reading »
Smartphones are a way of life these days. I take mine everywhere, and look at it approximately 3,458 times a day. With so much time and attention lavished on our mobile phones, isn’t it about time they did something useful for us? As we come to the end of our two weeks of wanderlusting, we’ve compiled a list of 10 smartphone apps that’ll help make any trip easier and more enjoyable — from booking tickets, to what to bring, to how to chat up the locals. These apps will help you get the most out of your phone, so you can get the most out of your trip.
Take a look at our list, and share your favorite apps in the comments! Keep reading »
Unfortunately, unless you’re Richard Branson or a card-carrying member of NASA, it’s not looking good that you’ll be able to vacation on another planet anytime soon. Instead of mourning the fact that you’ll likely never wander the terrain of Mars or Jupiter, I have 15 suggestions for bizarrely beautiful otherworldly travel destinations right here on planet Earth.