Underrated US cities for street art

Step aside, stuffy art museums — street art has taken over the nation as the most important contemporary art movement of our time. What began as a subversive form of art about 40 years ago is now, in many urban areas, city sanctioned. Earlier this year, Chicago even launched a mural registry dedicated to protecting … [Read more…]

Best lake regions near Toronto

Canada may be known for its cold winters and expansive landmasses, but it has so much more to offer than just maple syrup and good hockey. For this, look no further than Ontario, a Canadian province dotted with pristine lakes and forests. There are over 250,000 lakes in the regions north of Toronto, some lined … [Read more…]

Famous border walls around the world

Border walls are a testament to humans’ obsession with boundaries and our preoccupation to constantly define ourselves against those who exist on the other side. They are among the most important and consequential man made monuments, and understanding them is crucial to understanding the history of human civilization — something as simple as a stretch … [Read more…]

Soccer stadium turned into forest

This Austrian soccer stadium is assuming a pretty unique aesthetic that has nothing much to do with sports. The Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt has been covered with over 300 adult birch, willow, maple, and oak trees for artist Klaus Littmann’s “For Forest” installation. Photo: For Forest/Facebook Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID … [Read more…]

Where to travel in November 2019

Traditionally, traveling in November isn’t so much a matter of picking between warm-weather destinations but rather picking the airports with the cheapest flights to our families. And yes, it’s nice to see family and enjoy the communal bounty that is Thanksgiving. But November has 30 days, and Thanksgiving is but one of them, leaving a … [Read more…]

Saxon Switzerland National Park

Saxon Switzerland National Park is a magnificent nature reserve that suffers from mistaken identity. You’d be forgiven if you thought it was in Switzerland, but you’ll actually find this forested, rocky wonderland in eastern Germany on the border with the Czech Republic. Saxon Switzerland got its name from two Swiss men who explored the area … [Read more…]

Best cideries near Ithaca, New York

I’m busy making friends with the calico cat sunbathing in a window at Blackduck Cider‘s Ovid, New York, tasting room, when I hear, “That cat isn’t fat enough to eat yet. We’ll wait until fall, then we’ll roast her.” I turn around to find John Reynolds, founder and head cider maker, emerging from the cluttered … [Read more…]

Best things to do in Lund, Sweden

Lund, Sweden, is home to the largest university in Scandinavia, drawing not just Nordic students but also exchange and degree students from around the world. Lund’s students give the ancient city of 90,000 a youthful energy. You don’t need to be an undergrad, though, to enjoy this dynamic town. With its regal architecture and cobblestone … [Read more…]

Kangaroo Island outdoor activities

Adventure lovers could be tempted to stay on the Australian mainland without venturing further afield. With nearly three million square miles of territory, including 10,000 beaches and even skiable mountains in winter, Australia seems to have everything an outdoor lover could want. But adventure seekers should add one more stunning place to their list of … [Read more…]

10 fanny packs made to go everywhere

Fanny packs used to be cool, sort of. In the 1980s, back when you’d regularly see hotshot skiers flying down the slopes in bright fluorescents, you’d see those same suave hipsters donning a pink and yellow pouch around their waste later that night at the bar. And then the 1990s happened, the blacks and grays … [Read more…]