It’s official – summer is finally here (well, this Saturday, to be exact)! Now you have roughly 13 weeks or 95 days to take advantage of all the best things about summer, from food-fueled road trips to rooftop cocktails to lazy beach days. Don’t have a plan yet? Get inspired to create your own list with our 7 summer must-dos.
Photography by Kenji Croman. GoKenji.com
Near drownings. Shark attacks. Broken bones. Trips to the ER … All in the pursuit of the perfect wave. Kenji Croman isn’t a big wave surfer with a death wish, but a photographer chasing mammoth waves in his native state of Hawaii. Like a lot of Hawaiians growing up, Kenji started out bodysurfing, but it wasn’t until he was 30 years old, when he combined his love for photography and his love of the ocean, that he felt he could truly communicate how he saw the waves: as art in motion.
We were lucky to catch up with Kenji on dry land, and find out what it takes to capture the perfect wave the split second it breaks and barrels over his head, how he survived surf that nearly killed him, and ultimately, what keeps him heading back out into the water. Take one look at his photos and you’ll understand why.
Worried that you’ll be unprepared for a zombie apocalypse? No need to fear that humanity will come to an end; the US federal government has a contingency plan in place for the unlikely event of a zombie invasion.
Foreign Policy details the US Military’s defense strategy to “preserve the sanctity of human life” among all the “non-zombie humans.” This zombie survival plan was reportedly found on a secret computer network as an unclassified document. While this plan, known as “Counter-Zombie Dominance” or CONOP 8888, might seem like a hoax, it was dated April 30, 2011 and included a disclaimer section that stated, “this plan was not actually designed as a joke.”
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Could a sunken shipwreck off the coast of Haiti be the biggest discovery since 1492? Underwater explorer Barry Clifford claims he may have discovered one of the most significant ships in history, Christopher Columbus’ flagship Santa Maria.
The shipwreck was found in the exact area, off the north coast of Hispaniola, which is now Haiti, where Columbus said the Santa Maria ran aground on his first voyages to the Americas more than 500 years ago, Clifford reported to CNN. Stuck on a reef off Haiti’s northern coast, the wreck sits just 10 to 15 feet beneath the water’s surface.
All photos courtesy of Sonia Gill
A self-described language geek, entrepreneur and an award-winning travel web series host, Sonia Gil is Our Type of Traveler.
Founder of the digital language learning company Fluenz, and host of “Sonia’s Travels” web series, Sonia shows that you can travel the world and enrich your life without breaking the bank. With a mission to “crack the secret code of cities,” “Sonia’s Travels” uncovers the local flavor of destinations, avoiding the tourist-trodden spots, to dig deeper to find the true soul of a city.
Sharing her love of language, Sonia’s projects include the non-profit Fluenz.org that distributes free English language programs for people in need. Recently, Sonia partnered with Lonely Planet to create FluentRoad.com, a unique online program for travelers interested in learning travel Spanish.
Sonia also has her own video series “Almost Free” on Ulive.com. As winner of the Webby Award for “Web Personality of the Year” in 2012, Sonia continues to “recapture the small moments that add up to the art of travel.”
We caught up with Sonia on the road to find out about all those small, but meaningful moments in her travels:
The mountain village of Furcy, Haiti. All photos by Kathleen Rellihan
“You’re going where?!” I got that reaction a lot when telling people I was going to Haiti. That, and a long silence … or a raised eyebrow. As someone who’s been known to plan last-minute trips, sometimes solo, I have been used to people doing double-takes. Usually, though, it’s just my dad who’s shocked, like the time I told him I was skipping Thanksgiving and heading to Iceland, alone, in the dead of winter. But this time, it was pretty much everyone who was surprised. Did they think Haiti was too dangerous? Did they have mixed feelings about the voluntourism that I was about to embark on … that, perhaps, it wasn’t sustainable and, at best, just a feel-good activity. Or maybe my friends and family were just shocked that once again I was skipping Thanksgiving, and this time for an even less likely location … Haiti. Haiti? READ MORE
Photography by Juliana Broste
We feel every day women should be celebrated around the world, but this past weekend some fearless female travelers upped the ante in honor of International Women’s Day by celebrating the power of connecting travel-loving women all over the world.
Inaugural Women’s Travel Fest in NYC
The inaugural Women’s Travel Fest, presented by Go! Girl Guides, kicked off in New York City at the awe-inspiring Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts building. Kelly Lewis, founder of Go! Girl Guides, created the 1-day event to inspire and empower women to travel through tips from the experts on everything from how to travel through the Middle East to connecting with fellow female travelers.
“There’s just something magical about getting women together to openly address our hopes, our fears and our dreams,” says Lewis. “Women have unique concerns about their health and safety … that’s why I created Go! Girl Guides, and why we needed the Women’s Travel Fest as a community of women.”
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So many of Wes Anderson’s whimsical films have had us wanting to escape to dreamy destinations – from under-the-sea in Life Aquatic to seaside New England in Moonrise Kingdom. And with a name like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s much-anticipated film opening this weekend, we think this one might be his most travel inspiring film yet, bringing us back to a time when travel was grand and dripping with glamour.
Andrew McCarthy (not taking a taxi) in Canoa Quabrada, Brazil. Photo courtesy of Andrew McCarthy
We (ahem, me) all fell for Andrew McCarthy onscreen in ’80s classics such as Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire, as he often played the sensitive, pensive and soulful guy. These days, in reading Andrew’s travel memoir, The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, it isn’t hard to see him again as that same thoughtful and conflicted drifter.
Living a life in Hollywood’s shadow hasn’t made Andrew any less relatable as the characters he often played onscreen in his younger years. He is just like us: vulnerable, fearful at times, and looking to escape to a place, at least for a moment or two, where “no one knows who you are or where you are.” He’s the guy you could find yourself sitting across from on a train and talking with for hours about travel.
I did get to talk to Andrew about travel, maybe not on a train, but on the phone while he was at home briefly in New York. Find out how Andrew changed his label of “Brat Pack” actor and “‘80s heartthrob” to New York Times best-selling travel author and National Geographic Traveler editor-at-large. Plus, learn what his travel fears are … and why he hates travel stories that involve taxis.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up some romance-inspiring travel ideas. Get your heart pumping on an adrenaline-filled adventure or gaze into your valentine’s eyes at a fireside table for 2 this weekend.