Your Last Minute Holiday Gift Giving Guide For Travelers

Your Last Minute Holiday Gift Giving Guide For Travelers

Just two weeks from now and we’ll all be sipping on egg nog and mimosas, with wrapping paper flung all over the floor, and Frank Sinatra’s Christmas Hits lulling softly in the background. While some of you may have had your Christmas shopping done ages ago, others haven’t even given one thought to the idea. That’s ok: we’re here to help. This last minute Travelers Gift Giving Guide is jam-packed with the BEST gifts every traveller will drool over on Christmas morning.     The Ultimate Last Minute Holiday Gift Giving Guide For Travelers   The Raw Spice Bar   Have a foodie traveler in your life? The Raw Spice Bar is the perfect gift. Customize any monthly package and bring the world right to your kitchen. Each month, you’ll receive 3 freshly-ground flavor packs, ready to be mixed with fresh, local ingredients to create a meal that reflects the unique flavors of various regions around the world. This is the ultimate way to experience cuisine from all over the world in the comfort of your own home.   The DJI Osmo   I am in love with this camera! With all the adventure and outdoor activities we do it’s nearly impossible to film anything without the camera shaking violently. The Osmo is a powerful, handheld video camera that uses top-of-the-line stabilizing technology to deliver a smooth, clean shot every time. With the Osmo, you can enjoy your surroundings without the constant focus on keeping a perfectly steady hand. The Osmo adapts, allowing for perfectly steady, 360-degree video with the convenience of a compact, handheld camera. The Osmo retails...
5 of China’s Most Scenic Highways to Travel

5 of China’s Most Scenic Highways to Travel

    Today we’re excited to feature a guest post from China expert Josh Summers. Enjoy! 5 of China’s Most Scenic Highways to Travel   China is home to some of the most beautiful scenic landscapes in all the world and one of the best ways to view them is on China’s most scenic highways. Unfortunately, the majority of travelers tend to pass by this scenery from 30,000 feet or from the dirty window of a fast-moving train. While on the open highway, it’s hard not to stop and admire the view. Mind you, this doesn’t mean the highway is easy to travel! Some are full of potholes while others have switchbacks that could make even the most seasoned of travelers get sick. Regardless, these are far and away 5 of China’s most scenic highways of them all.     #1 The “Over Water” Highway in Hebei     For almost 7 kilometers, this highway follows the curves of the Xingshan valley in China’s Hubei province. A journey that used to take over an hour along steep cliffs and narrow passages now takes less than 20 minutes. The highway is part of a system that connects two of China’s largest cities – Shanghai on the east coast with Chengdu in the southwest. Originally engineers had thought about blasting holes through the mountains to create tunnels but instead decided to build over the water. The result is an engineering feat with unbelievably scenic views.     #2 Henan Mountain-Carved Highway     The Guoliang Tunnel in China’s Henan province is only 1.2 kilometers long, but what it lacks in length...
The Lofoten Islands: Paradise in the Arctic

The Lofoten Islands: Paradise in the Arctic

  The Arctic Circle is known for many things, namely Santa Claus, the Northern Lights, long summer days and endless winter nights. But sitting 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle also lies a surprising island paradise and one of Norway’s most scenic destinations: the Lofoten Islands. The Lofoten Islands are harsh and dramatic, with tumultuous weather conditions and craggy mountaintops that tower above icy water. But despite the archipelago’s rugged nature, there are also plenty of charming details, such as the traditional stark-red fisherman cabins, the rows of codfish hanging out to dry, and the boats that slowly sail through the fjords to deliver mail to the area’s unlikely inhabitants.     We only had one day of good weather during our visit to Lofoten, but that was all it took for us to fall in love with it. Have a glimpse at this spectacular collection of islands and see why: The Lofoten Islands: Paradise in the Arctic     A Few Travel Tips For Visiting The Lofoten Islands   Sleep in a traditional fisherman cabin Rorbuer are the traditional red fisherman cabins that dot the islands. Typically you’ll find them in groups, with one end firmly planted on land, the other end suspended by polls in the water. Some of the rorbuer are still used by fisherman in Lofoten, though now they are primarily used to rent out to tourists.     Eliassen Rorbuer is the oldest fishermen cabin village in Lofoten, located on the teeny tiny island of Hamnøy. This is where we stayed in Lofoten, and we could not have imagined a more ideal place...