Posts Tagged: ‘travel’

If you’ve ever had the misfortune to land at an airport and realize while standing at the baggage carousel that your bag just isn’t showing up, you know how stressful and irritating travel can be. A company attending CES 2013 this year has a product designed to help you keep an eye on your baggage no matter where it might end up. The product is called Trakdot Luggage and it’s poised to hit the market later in 2013.

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Yep, the moon can create a pretty bow of color, too — as long as conditions are right.

Here’s the recipe: One, the moon needs to be full and the sky completely clear and dark. Two, there must be good deal of water vapor in the air through which the moon’s light can be refracted — resulting in that lovely spectrum of color.

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Rundown castle on rainy, uninhabited Scottish island? Oooh — I like it! The Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum was neglected for many decades in the 20th century — but perhaps that’s just cranked up its mysteriousness.

Here’s the story:

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Hard to believe that these amazing Gilded Age mansions in Newport were often open only for a couple months out of the year, during the summer social season. Now, 11 of them are open to the public year-round, giving you a real sense of living in a time when money is no object. And that’s not all to see in Newport.

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Want to stay in a CAVE DWELLING in southern Italy? Who doesn’t?

The stone homes of Old Matera, also called Sassi (translation, the Rocks), in the Basilicata region have been around for thousands of years, carved into the volcanic rock — with openings left to welcome in light and air …

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This bird has Bette Davis eyes!

The ground hornbill’s lashes are long and flat and gorgeous for a reason. It doesn’t fly much; instead it stalks its prey on foot, keeping its eyes to the ground for lizards, frogs and insects to scoop up in its bill. Its luscious lashes act as a screen to block the strong African savannah sunlight from the bird’s eyes, so it can better spot its prey.

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As humans, we want to walk on the sky. Only we can’t. What we can do, instead, is walk on five layers of transparent glass above a chasm at the western edge of the Grand Canyon …

The knee-weakening Grand Canyon Skywalk was built on the Hualapai Indians’ reservation in Northwestern Arizona in 2007 for about $30 million, according to NYT. Since then it’s become a popular Grand Canyon attraction …

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The best thing about bottoming out, of course, is that after it happens, you know things can only get better. That’s why we humans of the Northern Hemisphere have long celebrated the winter solstice — the longest night of the year. It’s a dark one (night usually is), and it seems to last forever, and, depending on where you are, it’s really cold.

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I’ve been editing an article on tree camping this week, as well as doing some personal research on glamping (def: camping, but with lots of creature comforts), which has led me to some interesting places to sleep outdoors (or at least very close to the outdoors). So, I figured why not share some of these intriguing spots?

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This week I’ve been editing an article on the Bright Angel Trail, which begins at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and descends to the Colorado River. (Seems like a lovely trail — you should hike it.) Anyway, my writer brought up one of the trail’s residents, the chuckwalla, a lizard with a very unique talent …

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