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Travel

The Kuroki Home Garden

The Kuroki Home Garden

Mrs. Kuroki was devastated when diabetes took her eyesight. Her husband created a vast flower garden in their yard, hoping that she will enjoy its scent as well as the company of visitors that it would attract. Their house is now a popular tourist spot. Photo by Morimori.

The Vending Machine Restaurant

The Vending Machine Restaurant

The awesome Only in Japan tries out the Automat Diner in Isesaki City. The restaurant has no staff or kitchen; instead it has three old vending machines. It’s not fine dining, but it’s affordable, clean and unique. Funny thing is, the U.S. used to have lots of automats.

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Matador Droplet Wet Bag

Matador Droplet Wet Bag

A 3-liter, 10.5″x 9″ stuff sack that hides in a tiny keychain-friendly container. Use the Droplet to separate your sweaty gym clothes from the rest of your items, to keep your belongings free of sand at the beach and more.

ESCAPE Vista

ESCAPE Vista

A single-person RV from the makers of the Traveler and the original ESCAPE mobile home. The Vista is 20ft. long and is fully furnished with off-grid options such as solar panels. It has cedar panels on the outside and aspen, maple or oak for its walls, furniture and floors.

The Church of Bones

The Church of Bones

Great Big Story gives us a quick tour of the Czech Republic’s Sedlec Ossuary. It has around 40,000 human bones that were single-handedly arranged by a woodcarver in 1870 at the behest of an aristocratic family. Deckard Cain can’t make this stuff up.

Néit Collapsible Luggage

Néit Collapsible Luggage

Néit has designed luggage that is waterproof and has a hard case, yet collapses to reduce its volume by up to 70%. It also has four 360º wheels, a carabiner-style handle and optional GPS tracking. Available as a 6.5lb 38L carry-on or as a 10lb 90L check-in suitcase.

Lonely Planet Guides

Lonely Planet Guides

Lonely Planet’s free Guides app for iOS and Android comes with offline maps, location-aware functions, curated sights and handy tips. It also lets you bookmark places. It covers 38 cities, with more to come soon.

Lazysack

Lazysack

Designed by Capata Pyrenees, the Lazysack is a 30″x 75″ sleeping bag that can also be used as a blanket or as a poncho with a removable hood. It has a water-repellent coating and can be stuffed into the included 8″x 18″ sack.

Deal: World Travel Hacker Bundle

Deal: World Travel Hacker Bundle

Travel like a boss with The World Travel Hacker Bundle – a series of online courses which help you get the best deals on travel, learn languages, and even help you launch your own business to give you the freedom to roam. Pay what you want in The Awesomer Shop.

The Rajput Ride

The Rajput Ride

Red Bull skaters Vladik Scholz, Michael Mackrodt and Dan Zvereff went to Rajasthan, India to flip and grind their way through the cramped streets of New Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur. Another awesome skateboard video from Patrik Wallner.

The Rockhouse Retreat

The Rockhouse Retreat

Businessman Angelo Mastropietro was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, and it led to him being paralyzed for a brief time. His condition led him to do a bit of soul-searching. He ended up almost single-handedly turning a 700-year-old cave into a home.

Airstream x Pendleton Trailer

Airstream x Pendleton Trailer

A limited edition trailer filled with Pendleton wool, wooden cabinets and embroidered leather. It also has Pendleton blankets, a dining set and more. Airstream will donate $1000 to the National Park Foundation for each trailer sold. Video tour here.

Dolní Morava Sky Walk

Dolní Morava Sky Walk

The Sky Walk is a 180ft-tall winding footpath. Located nearly 3700ft. above sea level at the Dolní Morava resort in the Czech Republic, it offers a breathtaking view of the Morava river valley. If you don’t want to walk back down, you can take its 330ft.-long slide.

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Scientists’ Vacation Tips

Scientists’ Vacation Tips

Apparently, studies have shown that we enjoy not just the vacation itself, but also anticipating it and then reflecting on it afterward. Also, our mind tends to zone in on the beginning and end of our trips, so try to make those parts memorable.

Hypnos Hoodies

Hypnos Hoodies

The hood in Hypnos’ sweatshirts and jackets has a hidden inflatable pouch. Breathe into the concealed valve for a couple of seconds and you have a discreet pillow. The sweatshirts are available in slim and relaxed fit and as a pullover or with a zipper.

Etihad A380 The Residence

Etihad A380 The Residence

Bryan Kelly aka The Points Guy made a name for himself by maximizing loyalty points, but he spent $32,000 to be one of the first to try Etihad Airways’ VIP trip from New York to Abu Dhabi. Here’s what he experienced. No wonder the 1% don’t want to share.

Approximately 906 Miles

Approximately 906 Miles

Psych rock group Harrison Fjord perform a song from their EP Puspa in Space on Arizona’s beautiful Mogollon Rim. Come for the funny band name, almost go for the concentrated ’90s essence, then ultimately stay for the cool sights and sounds.

The Underground Town

The Underground Town

We’ve seen a floating city and a condominium city. Here’s an underground town. The South Australian mining town Coober Pedy has about 1,500 residents living in underground homes aka dugouts to escape the scorching daytime heat on the surface.

Docastaway

Docastaway

Stay in a remote island – mainly in the Philippines, Indonesia or the Caribbean – with nothing but basic supplies and nature to get you by. They have both comfortable and hardcore adventure packages.

GoButler

GoButler

Similar to Magic, GoButler is an SMS-based personal assistant that gets you anything from airplane tickets to groceries. The service is free to use; they make money from commissions. It also has an iOS app. Available in US, Canada, UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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TownePlace Suites by Marriott

TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Searching for cool stuff has us on the road and away from home all the time. Our friends at TownePlace Suites by Marriott make us feel like we’re at home, even when we’re on the other side of the country, thanks to their cozy and cheerful long-term accommodations.

My Girlfriend Took Me Backpacking

My Girlfriend Took Me Backpacking

YouTuber JohanKaos follows his girlfriend as they trek across Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia in this wonderfully edited travel video. If only getting through airports was this easy.

LAT_56 Red-Eye Carry-on

LAT_56 Red-Eye Carry-on

A weekend bag with an extremely durable and flexible molded EVA exterior. It also has a removable garment bag and hanger. The Red-Eye Carry-on can accommodate the rolled up garment bag plus your shoes and other clothing.

Our Awesome Camaro Road Trip

Our Awesome Camaro Road Trip

As part of its 48-state road trip, Chevrolet put us behind the wheel of the new 2016 Camaro SS, packing a 455 hp V8, and a 6-speed manual, and let us loose on Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. The scenery was epic, and the car equally impressive – even in the snow and rain.

Windcatcher Air Pad 2

Windcatcher Air Pad 2

Like the original Air Pad, the Air Pad 2 inflates and deflates within seconds. Its valve is now easier to open and close, it has quilted supports for improved comfort and it packs into itself with the help of built-in elastic bands.

Chasing Light: Switzerland

Chasing Light: Switzerland

Austin Mann shows us just how good smartphone cameras have gotten, with this impressive footage of the play between light and clouds in the Swiss Alps – shot entirely on an iPhone 6s Plus. We had no idea how much better the video stabilization was until now.

Pictures of Southeast Asia

Pictures of Southeast Asia

Photographer Janis Brod shares shots from his recent three-month trip across four neighboring Southeast Asian countries: Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam – giving us a glimpse into the diversities of quiet country life, bustling cities, and awe-inspiring natural surroundings.

Outlier x Boreas Ultrahigh Duffle

Outlier x Boreas Ultrahigh Duffle

Outlier’s update to its lightweight rolltop duffle bag comes with an all-black edition of Boreas’ Hopper daypack, which fits inside the duffle bag but can also be taken on its own. You also get Boreas’ Super-Tramp backpack straps, which can be used with either bag.

Ventra Gear Mainframe

Ventra Gear Mainframe

The Mainframe is a lightweight accessory that adds a breathable mesh lining and some space between your backpack and your back to minimize sweat and discomfort. Available soon in three sizes for $75 (USD). More here.

Printed Leather Luggage Tags

Printed Leather Luggage Tags

It’ll be a lot easier to identify your bag on the carousel with one of these handsome handcut leather luggage tags from Porter & Hazel. Choose from a variety of sentiments offered, or customize one with a fave quote or personal info.

Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Carry-On Cocktail Kit

A TSA-approved kit that has everything you need to make an Old Fashioned, a gin and tonic or a Moscow mule mid-flight. Well, everything except alcohol of course. Stupid rules. Each kit makes two cocktails.

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