April 2012

Five Reasons to Visit Nederland, Colorado

Located only 17 miles outside of Boulder, Colorado, Nederland is a sight for sore eyes whilst trying to escape the city. It is easy to reach by car or bus (the N leaves from the Boulder station every 30 minutes) and takes you through the beautiful Boulder Canyon on the way there. Check out some of the great attractions this quaint little mountain town has to offer.

Eldora Mountain Resort- Though the resort doesn’t boast the most terrain, Eldora is only about a half hour drive away from Boulder. With the mountains being sparsely snowed on this year, this front range resort got dumped on, having to turn away late comers on a 31 in powder day. Students can purchase discounted season passes, and lift tickets are very affordable.

Frozen Dead Guy- Have you ever thought about trying to freeze yourself only to reemerge in a later generation? Unfortunately, the latter half of the plan didn’t work for Granda Bredo (read the history so you don't get too scared to visit!) but did bring an annual festival to the town of Nederland. Head out in early March to participate in the weekend long celebration, including great drinks, live music, and coffin races for the whole family!

Ned Fest- Though not as atypical as the Frozen Dead Guy Days, Ned Fest is an annual music festival featuring bluegrass, jazz, jam band, and world music artists. Along with great tunes, festival attendees also get to camp in the beautiful mountains around Nederland, and drink microbrewed beer from some of the best breweries in the country, coincidently located in Colorado. The festival happens in late August.

Living History of the Mediterranean

Five places to visit in May – Before the tourists arrive

The Mediterranean is one of the birthplaces of civilization as we know it.  Many countries lay along the waters of this sea, each with its own rich and unique history.  Though the majority of the greatest historical accomplishments have been lost to time, there still remain the remnants of the past, nestled among the grand cities which have risen in modern times.  This makes it a perfect destination for those with both an interest in the past and a need to enjoy the modern comforts and conveniences that come with traveling to some of the greatest cities in the world.

The peak season for travel in the Mediterranean is during July and August, which makes May the best time to go if you’re looking to avoid the crowds.  May also has the benefit of being a more mild time of year, so you can avoid the sometimes oppressively hot temperatures as well.  With so many choices of where to go, however, planning a trip can be complex to say the least.  Here are five of the best locations that should always make the list.

Find a ride, meet new friends

 

I’ve always held a romanticized view on hitchhiking. Maybe I love the idea of letting go of the reigns and letting the wind take you where it will. Maybe it’s the idea of being able to trust a complete stranger, while creating a connection with someone you normally wouldn’t have met. Regardless, in this day and age, hitchhiking isn’t the same as what it used to be. Trusting strangers is a gamble, and there have been a few too many stories about missing people to make me feel comfortable hopping in a random car (most of the time). Thankfully, though, the people at www.zimride.com have revolutionized rideshares for the millennial generation.

Zimride is a social media-based initiative that matchs people looking for rides with people who have open seats.  Each person signs up for a Zimride account and can post where they are going, how many open seats they have, and how much they would like a person to contribute for gas. For those seeking rides, you post your itinerary, when you would like to go, and exactly how much you can contribute. Acquiescent parties can then e-mail one another to set-up meeting points and drop-off places. Once all details have been figured out, parties are encouraged to use PayPal accounts to transfer funds.

Napcabs: Mobile sleeping cabins

Unwind in napcabs at Munich International Airport

 

 

 

 

 

You've probably rode in a taxi cab, but have you ever experienced a napcab? A mobile cabin that features a full bed and work space for travelers with layovers, napcabs are currently popping up in Munich International Airport (MIA). Located in transit areas and terminals at MIA, napcabs allow passengers to essentailly rent a private space to relax and recharge when traveling. A multimedia touch screen offers a variety of movies, music, flight information, an alarm clock and Internet access for passengers to entertain themselves in between flights.

Checking in and out of a napcab is similar to an ATM transaction: passengers swipe their respective credit cards, select how long they would like to rent a napcab and are subsequently granted access to the napcab for an allotted amount of time. A blind on the front door window allows napcab users immediate privacy once their transaction is complete and the light and air conditioning settings are adjustable to create a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere to sleep or work. 

Lovely Luggage

Travel in style with distinguished designs

You're off on a weekend escape to the location of your dreams. Your flight and hotel are booked and you have a trip agenda ready to go. Although you've been on a few shopping extravaganzas and you know what you want to pack, your bag certainly isn't up to par with the rest of your trip. What to do? Check out these rad styles below and pick one up before you depart. 

 

Five free adventures in Boulder, Colorado

 

 

Hiking/Trail Running- Being at the base of the Flatirons definitely has its advantages. Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks has nearly 144 miles of trails to choose from, with a majority that are free and open to the public (some trailheads will charge a fee if you have out-of-state plates). Trails vary in length and difficulty, and can be found both near to or far from central Boulder. Make a stop at Chataqua Park to learn more about Boulder hiking and access trails to the Flatirons. 

Tubing- Tubing has become a favorite past time of Boulderites. With Boulder Creek running through the central part of the city, summer brings flocks of people of all ages to Eben G. Fine Park to hop on tire tubes and brave bouncing rapids. Though the water can be quite chilly (it is snowmelt after all), it serves as a refreshing way to beat the near triple-digit heat that Boulder experiences in the later summer months.

Geocaching: Explore new places in unusual ways!

Modern day treasure-hunting that will get you up, out and exploring!

There is hidden treasure within walking distance of your own backyard. I’m completely serious. It’s taped underneath park benches, wedged between the wires of a chain link fence, or tucked away in a notch of a tree, and millions of people worldwide are looking for it.

When you first hear the word, ‘treasure,’ you might be conjuring up images of a rusty, metal trove overflowing with golden coins and precious gems. However, you might be surprised that the treasure that I’m talking about is usually monetarily insignificant.

A geocache hidden near the stump of a tree

It’s called geocaching, “a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game [where] players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.”

The term, ‘geocaching,’ is the mash-up of two familiar words – the prefix, geo, meaning Earth, and the word ‘cache,’ “a French word invented in 1797, the original definition [referring] to a hiding place someone would use to temporarily store items.” Backpackers and boaters equipped with GPS devices were most likely the pioneers of geocaching. By 2000, The New York Times, picked up a story about the new outdoor hobby, starting a trickling effect and furthermore popularizing the sport. 

Intrigued yet? There are a couple of different ways to get started. You can obtain the coordinates for dozens of geocaches in your area on numerous websites, such as geocaching.com and cacheopedia.com. Another way you can get started is by downloading geocaching apps for your smartphone. Intro to Geocaching is a great app that even contains a built-in compass feature and will alert you (with a somewhat-rewarding chime sound) that you are getting warmer. 

Screenshots from Intro to Geocaching

Light Load, Fashion Heavy

Packing light for traveling in style

I want to dedicate this entry to a very important question:

 

How does a girl with an obscene affinity for fashion that is about to set off on an extended trip overseas go about packing lightly and style-heavy at the same time?


Call me vacuous and empty-headed if you must, but this is a question that I have been turning over in my mind for weeks. I am confident that I have devised a solution, which I will share with you in a collection of tips:

1. Solids, solids, solids: Even though I am not much of a pattern-person, I enjoy the occasional print every here and there. Make sure that when you are packing, you refrain from including seven animal-print garments. If you wear the same cheetah-print top over and over again, it is inevitable that you will turn into a cheetah by the end of your trip. Ani-morphing might be some girls' idea of a good time, but in all seriousness, if you bring too many prints, you will probably end up hating your wardrobe and that would be sad. You have to be kind to your clothes.

2. Versatility: If you can, bring items that you can wear in more than one way. This will allow more space in your suit-case because a single item will be able to account for more than one outfit. Take scarves for example. Scarves are so effing rad. I can think of at least 19 ways to wear a scarf. Alright, well at least three or four. You can wear them as headbands or turbans, belts, tube-tops (if you got lil' boobies), or the standard, tie-around-the-neck way, which would probably look really cute in Paris.

Four items you shouldn't leave behind when traveling

Odd assortment of items, but big traveling benefits

 

How often have you traveled to a destination, be it near or far, and upon arriving wished you had brought a specific object with you? Chances are if you travel even semi-frequently, you leave items behind or wish you had brought certain objects with you, simply for the sole purpose of be being prepared while traveling. Of course travelers pack their clothing accordingly for whatever climate they're traveling to; lighter clothes and swimsuits for hot climates, warm layers and boots for colder climates, but which universal items are smart to carry with you, no matter where you're going? Here's an abbreviated list of essential items that you shouldn't board the plane, train, boat or car without.