For decades, the wilderness camper was forced to carry steel and ceramic cups, which are both heavy as well as a pain because they create such a burden for those who venture far from their vehicle. There’s something amazing about adventuring out into a wide wilderness area that’s remained untouched, so that you go far enough out to prevent the sound or sight of humanity and civilization. When you get so far out into what’s left of the natural world, to where you can no longer hear cars, or planes, or see or smell the destruction humanity as wrought, then you’re left with a truly authentic experience. Even if it’s down to just you and the wind, and the smell of the wild world; you can still find that peace that used to exist everywhere in nature, on earth.
The fine folks over at HelloNomad.com sent over two of their iPhone cases for me to try. Nomad started out with their innovative charging products like a hideaway charging wire hidden in a wallet, or a carabiner, and now they’re specializing in stylish leather products like cases, and wallets, and other unique gadgets that allow the modern creative and/or traveler get around with minimalist ease as well as in style.
Conscientious travellers want to minimise their impact on their chosen destination. But there's no denying that travel in the modern world can have a huge, and often damaging, impact on the environment and local people. So how can you enjoy a trip to Lanzarote while still supporting sustainable tourism?
Ever since I was young, I’ve been fascinated with maps, for what I can only understand now as the inherent drive to wander and experience the world. I always knew I wanted to travel. Maybe I simply payed a little more attention in geography class, or something about the open road called to me. I don’t know. But I love looking at old maps, seeing what people from the past thought our world looked like, and how different our perception is, to me, the most fascinating part of that appreciation.
So, with that in mind, I’d like to segue into the feature at hand… A couple of weeks ago, just in time for football season, the fine people at Modern Map Art asked if I would feature one of their posters and talk about the quality of their work. Prior to them reaching out, I had not thought to put a map of my hometown of Columbus, Ohio up on my office wall, but I thought, why not? From initial search on their site, they have a wide range of city maps, with less country maps, but overall an interesting approach to traditional maps, which is what caught my eye.
Venice is a city whose architecture has barely changed in more than 500 years.
A gondola ride to explore its countless canals, young lovers kissing o the Bridge of Sighs, the magnificence of St Mark’s Square, its Basilica and neighbouring Doge’s Palace — is plain to see why its magical allure never fades.
Among the seemingly never-ending list that is my current to-bring-camping list, I have a series of a blades that assist me in making the most of my trip, while ensuring optimum chance of survival. Why so many? Well, because there are different uses for each blade: I take a felling axe in case I need to take down a standing dead tree, a maul axe to split firewood, a heavy duty fixed blade for survival (just in case), a medium knife for cooking and odd projects, and finally a smaller knife that sits on my belt or around my ankle, for general use. This may seem a bit overboard, but when you camp as much as I like do, you realize that you can never be too prepared. Sure, weight and gear are always an issue to consider, but it is important to cover all your bases, besides I have an affinity for fine craftsmanship.
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