Cambodian Recycled Tire Sandals

Cambodian Recycled Tire Sandals

It’s summer and you know what that means?

Time to break out the sandals and take care of those crunked footies. Recently, our Editor-in-Chief’s husband came across a group of Mexicans in the mountains of the Sierra Madre that made huaraches (sandals) out of recycled tires. They also ran about 100 miles in them. So, we thought we’d show our loyal Jaunt Magazine readers another off-the-hook idea for those travelin’ twinklin’ toesies.

Old Ho’s Rubber Tire Sandals

First of all, we thought the name was fun. Second of all, they’re hand-made in Cambodia from old tires. The sandals are snug and comfortable, making great footwear for going to the beach or backcountry travel.

The History of Tire Sandals
Rubber tire sandals were used extensively by the Viet Minh and Viet Cong during the war in Vietnam from the late 1940’s until the fall of Saigon in 1979. In the face of equipment shortages the guerilla army of Vietnam turned to using old truck tires as footwear and quickly saw the advantages of the resulting sandals compared to boots. The climate of jungle-Southeast Asia is harsh. During the war many American infantrymen suffered from “trench-foot” or fungal infections (yikes!) which resulted from wearing boots in the humid climate. Many looked with envy to the sandals worn by the enemy. Tragically, this footwear is also widely associated with the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime which ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. Only the upper cadre of the Khmer Rouge wore these sandals and it was a sign of political power within the regime. They were seen as a good example of self-sufficiency and were very practical.

The sandals also have many benefits; they’re easy to clean, they stay snugly on your feet, they’re comfortable and they dry quickly.

Old Ho's Recycled Tire Sandals

Old Ho’s Rubber Tire Sandals are incredibly durable, as well, and it’s unlikely that you will damage the soles during normal use. They are, after all, made of truck tires! There is a possibility that the straps may loose elasticity after rugged use, but they’ll tell you how to replace them. Piece ‘a cake.

A Portion of the Profits Benefit HeritageWatch
HeritageWatch is an international Non-Governmental Organisation dedicated to reducing the destruction of cultural heritage in Southeast Asia. The organisation is involved in a number of activities that are designed to raise awareness of the importance of cultural heritage and reduce the occurrence of looting. Granny’s Country Store purchases the sandals through Heritage Watch, helping to benefit their programs.

http://www.grannysstore.com/Green_Goods/Tire_Sandals.htm

$30/pair. Since they’re unable to restock on the larger sizes, they’re closing out the remaining stock of small sandals. Feel free to send them back for a bigger or smaller size if the first pair doesn’t fit right, but get ’em while it’s still summer.

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Puerto Vallarta: Romantic Escapes & Sweet Travel Deals

Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa

We’re from the West coast of California, so, like most Californians, we can’t get enough of Mexico. We’re usually plugging the likes of San Miguel de Allende, Oaxaca, or El Caribe, but the Pacific is mighty great too. Cabo, Ixtapa, Acapulco, and Puerto Vallarta are always a good time and PV’s newest star, Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa is no exception. Announcing two new, distinct yachting and culinary packages, gringos and gringas alike can bask in the lap of luxury and sail the Pacific Ocean or choose to be treated to the best of Puerto Vallarta’s award-winning culinary scene while enjoying lavish suites, penthouses and five-star amenities. Que rico!

Package rates start at $325 per room, per night based on double occupancy.

Smooth Sailing

The “Smooth Sailing” package includes a two-night stay in any of Garza Blanca’s suites or spacious Penthouses and a selection of fine foods as they cruise the clear waters of the Banderas Bay on the luxurious 70-foot Mondrian Yacht. Sweeeeeeet. Amenities include, a gourmet catering package of hors d’ouerves, snacks and dessert; children’s catering options and welcome baskets; premium “Mondrian Yacht Charter” t-shirts; unlimited beer, wine and soda; and towels and sunscreen. Did someone say, “Unlimited beer and wine?”

“Smooth Sailing” package rates start at $1,978 per room, per night based on double occupancy.

Puerto Vallarta Dining in Style

Delicioso!

Travelers can finally get the most out of their Mexican getaways: staying in luxurious five-star suites and tasting the finest of the local cuisine.  The  “Delicioso!” vacation package allows guests to taste the most succulent seafood and freshest ingredients at three of Puerto Vallarta’s top restaurants: Blanca Blue Restaurant & LoungeVitea Restaurant and Trio Restaurant.  Visitors will enjoy three courses at each of these elegant top notch restaurants, as well as three nights in the luxury suites and penthouses of Garza Blanca.

“Delicioso!” package rates start at $325 per room, per night based on double occupancy.

All rates are subject to 18% taxes and a 5% service fee. Valid for travel from now through November 15, 2010 and must be booked by October 31, 2010.

For reservations at Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa, call US/Canada toll-free 1-877-845-5247 or direct at + 52 (322) 176 0700 or visit www.garzablancaresort.com.

Turks and Caicos: The Regent Palms

The Regent Palms - Turks and Caicos

Fresh in from Josh Brown, a freelance writer who writes about a variety of travel topics, he’s plugging Turks and Caicos as the perfect spot for honeymooners, newlyweds, and strung out execs in need of some high-level vacay. And who are we to disagree?

When planning a Caribbean vacation, several locations that typically come to mind are the Bahamas and Bermuda, but if you’re looking for a more subdued, chic location with fewer tourists, everyone who’s anyone knows that Turks and Caicos is the top-notch choice for sexy seclusion.

Conveniently located only about 90 minutes by plane from Miami, you can also find over 200 miles – yep, 200 miles – of white sandy beaches where coral reefs extend along the coast making this island the perfect area for diving. Resorts abound, but the favourite among gliteratti is probably The Regent Palms located at the center of the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach only 15 minutes from Providenciales Airport. With an 18-hole golf course, the marina a ten minute drive away, and accolades like Robb Report’s ‘One of the Top 100 Resorts in the World – 2008′ and Condé Nast Hot List for New Spas in the World – 2008’, don’t say we didn’t warn you… you’re gonna get drenched in five-star sexiness. The Regent Palms contains 72 suites, a world-class spa, and two signature restaurants, Parallel23 and Plunge.

If you are unsure where to begin looking for great deals on your trip, consider looking online to source prices (anywhere from $400 +/night) or speak with a travel agent as many agencies offer great deals on vacation packages to Caribbean islands like Turks and Caicos. For example, Liberty Travel, a network of – literally – hundreds of travel specialists all in one place – has a vacation package to spend 3 nights at The Regent Palms resort at a fraction of the cost. Sure, there are many reasons to choose the Caribbean for your next vacation, but Turks and Caicos just might provide exactly the sort of sleek experience your wanderlusting heart craves.

Fashion Takes Flight

Shabby Apple's Travel Ready Dresses

Talk about travel chic. We love a great fashion deal, particularly when it involves travel-ready, all-occasion dresses that really fit the form.

Since aviation style, a reported trend for Fall 2010, has us heading for the skies, the staff at Jaunt Magazine thought these old-style dresses by Shabby Apple would accentuate our luscious curves and work well under signature aviator jackets with shearling lining and equestrian-style accessories.  Don’t you?

We also think they’d look damn cute for work or a sexy Italian wedding… say, on the outskirts of Bergamo at a Renaissance-era villa.

The best part?

You can shop by style or collection: Essential, Flirty, Sophisticated, Soiree, and Bridesmaid or  Golden Gate, Baja, and Skyscraper.  You get the idea. Alternatively, you can take a short quiz and shop by body type. All styles are a steal at less than $100/dress so throw down some dinero and get crackin’. Your hot bod can’t wait!

Mozambique is Romantique

Marlin Lodge Deck - Mozambique

We have a thing about diving. You see, when we were just seventeen years old, we had the chance to dive the Great Barrier Reef and we never looked back.

So, when we heard that Marlin Lodge in Mozambique was named a five-star dive resort by PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, we had to let our readers know.

The earth is warming and the reefs around the world are under threat so next time you consider a vacation, consider one that helps preserve the natural beauty of the seas (pretty please). One of our picks is Marlin Lodge because the waters around Marlin Lodge offer a range of diving sites and depths for all levels of experience. These include:

2 Mile Reef: Provides a variety of dive locations with abundant hard and soft corals, reef fish, turtle, reef shark, moray eel, grouper, stingray and devil ray. Seasonal whale sharks and manta rays can also be seen.

The Wreck: Manmade reef including a sunken yacht and tractor.

Aquarium (Low tide only): Pool within 2 Mile Reef.

5 Mile Reef: Provides divers with the opportunity to sight pelagic fish and nurse sharks.

Magaruque Express (Drift Dive): Located off the Island of Magaruque, where a strong current provides a brisk drift dive.

Cabo San Sebastio: Ideal for advanced divers, this reef is known for sightings of the seasonal whale shark and manta ray.

Pipe Reef (House Reef): Popular for night dives. The rare Spanish dancer nudibranch and frogfish can be seen here.

Marlin Lodge Suite

Situated on a private island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, off the coast of Mozambique, Marlin Lodge has 14 Luxury Beach Suites and three Executive Beach Suites, each one just steps away from the turquoise waters of Flamingo Bay. Each chalet is also built from natural Mozambican hardwood, reed-clad brick walls and thatched ‘jecca’ roofs and the cuisine at the Lodge is carefully crafted by a team of world-class chefs. Traditionally Mozambique, that means an abundance of seafood infused with Asian and Portuguese flavors.

Aside from diving, you can also snorkel, windsurf, do some hobycat sailing, and kayak. Guests can also horseback ride across the white sand beach and into the water, or enjoy a cruise on a Mozambique Dhow cruise. We think that all sounds pretty romantique.

Rates are $580 for Luxury Beach Suites and $742 for Executive Beach Suites (per person per night, based on double occupancy and includes all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, house wines, local beers, selected spirits, a daily sunset cocktail, fully stocked mini bar, and all non-motorized water sports).

www.marlinlodge.co.za

Email: reservations@marlinlodge.co.za

Phone: +27 (0) 12 460 9410.

To Nourish and Consume

Ryan O'Reilly, Author of Snapshot and To Nourish and Consume

Ryan O’Reilly is the author of the travel novel Snapshot and his latest book, To Nourish and Consume, which examines the awkward journey of returning home after a long period of being away. A freelance contributor to various newspapers and periodicals throughout the country, O’Reilly divides his time between his business in Austin, Texas and a small farm in Clever, Missouri. www.RyanCOReilly.com

-Why did you decide to become an author and world-traveler?

Like any good lifestyle change I just kind of fell into it. Prior to vagabonding, I was all about the conventional. In the summer of 2004, I was working in an office, had a fiancé, and a little house with a picket fence. I played golf on the weekends, had a few extra pounds and was heading towards a quiet existence as an everyman. Thus was the hour of my discontent. In August of that same year I visited a college buddy of mine, who was living in Austin, Texas and working for a touring band. After a weekend on the road with him, I went back home and within a month I had broken off my engagement, sold most of my belongings, quit my job and moved to Texas. Somewhere around the Oklahoma/Texas border, with a backseat full of books and suitcases, I stopped at a rest stop and cried for a half hour. At the time I thought it was regret, but now I think it was my body purging the illness of a long-lived life that hadn’t been my own. Since then, I’ve seen the entire country and many countries beyond, started two successful businesses, written two books and many articles and essays. Though I gave up a lot to live this life, I have never once looked back.

Frontier Rodeo Days - Cheyenne, Wyoming

What is the most thrilling place you’ve ever visited?

I don’t know about the most thrilling, but the most surprising has been right here – America. For the longest time I equated serious travel with going to Europe or Africa or the Far East. I thought those who restricted themselves to traveling in their own country were limiting their exposure to different cultures. Now, I see that I was wrong. Having been all over the world – and all over the United States – I can definitely say that the most thrilling and surprising thing one can do is to expose themselves to the separate nuances of their own country. Everyone knows that America is a melting pot and that our culture is about diversity. But until you see it, you don’t really understand the extent. I’m not talking about seeing the statue of liberty, hiking the grand canyon, or walking down Sunset Blvd. in LA.

I’m talking about having a beer at the Stockman bar in Walden, Colorado; going to the weekly farmers market in Livingston, Montana; Going to Frontier Rodeo Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming (the one Kerouac wrote about); or sitting front row at a Key West drag show wearing a pink stole. It’s all there, and it’s all thrilling.

Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming

-Where is the best place in the world to have a blast on a dime?

For me, the national park system, for sure. For $80, one can purchase an annual pass that includes admission to every spot in the park system (The daily use fee is much less, but I like to buy in bulk). My favorite, by far, is Yellowstone National Park. With YNP you have 33,000 square miles to explore. You can tour Old Faithful Geyser and the Firehole River with the multitudes in the morning, and by evening you can be in a place so far removed from the civilized world you think yourself on another planet. Plus, Yellowstone is a place covered with geysers, mud pots, fumaroles and other geothermal features. Nowhere else in the United States are you reminded of the temporary nature of the ground under your feet. At Yellowstone, the traveler is constantly reminded that the most stable thing we have, the earth, is a living, breathing and evolving thing. Perspective is YNP’s most valuable resource as far as I’m concerned.

-When was the last time you returned home thinking, “I probably shouldn’t have survived that trip”?

Most worthwhile adventures yield at least one come-to-Jesus moment. I have a short list of things I’m good at, and the ability to identify potential threats isn’t one of them. Whilst on the road, you’re more likely to find me adapting to a given situation rather than planning ahead to avoid it. One example of that would be a couple of years ago when I paddled all 2,341 miles of the Missouri River in a 16-foot canoe. The river itself isn’t technically challenging – the little whitewater it has never goes beyond Class III – but it goes on and on and on through some fairly sparse parts of the heartland. Once I was stuck on the side of an isolated beach for almost four full days while the wind blew at 40 plus miles per hour. There were no clouds, no trees and the temperature didn’t get below 80 at night. A weather radio probably could’ve prevented falling into this situation but it was ultimately one of the most cathartic periods of my life. On the second day, I went for a walk. Less than a mile from camp I heard a rattle, took a step back and felt a sharp, searing pain in the back of my heel. I won’t give away the end of that story quite yet, but I’ll simply say that I made some fairly extravagant promises to God.

Canoeing

Other than that I’ve contracted malaria, had a gun pointed at me, broken my ankle severely while alone in the woods, watched someone wave a knife in my face, ridden an out of control airplane off the end of a runway into some trees and fractured my scapula in a motorcycle wreck. If we’re given nine lives, I may have used most of mine already.

Which locale inspired your latest novel, To Nourish and Consume?

TNAC is set in the fictional town of Charleton, Michigan. Charleton is loosely based on the real town of Charlevoix, Michigan. Charlevoix is a town I’ve been to once, but have heard stories about for a long time. The first time I ever fell in love was in college with a girl whose family frequently summered there. Her descriptions of the town and of spending summers there could’ve been taken straight out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel – Possibly the most passionate descriptions of any town I’ve heard.

It wasn’t until years after that relationship ended that I finally went there myself. I spent a week just walking around the town and letting my imagination swirl around the beaches and the buildings. Of course, finally seeing the town brought the memories of that first love flooding back, so I hold a sense of nostalgic romance about Charlevoix that I’ve never felt anywhere else. And I’ve only been there once! I just knew, once I saw its lazy streets and quiet houses, that there was a novel there.

-What travel memoir are you working on now?

I mentioned my trip down the Missouri River. That’s the story I’m working on now. The first draft is finished, and now I’m heading across country to take a break before revision time. In 2008, I started at the Missouri River’s headwaters in Three Forks, MT with a canoe and paddled for two months and 2,341 miles to the river’s confluence with the Mississippi.

Aside from the tried and true travel motifs (adjusting to life outside the modern world, learning to live with the self, and adapting to the trials of the natural world) I tried to get into why a person is mentally and emotionally drawn to wander. To figure out why people are drawn to the adventure, and to the adventure story.

One of my favorite writers, Joseph Campbell, says that the adventure story is the symbolic expression given to our unconscious desires, fears and tensions that underlie the conscious patterns of human behavior.

We have only to read it, study it’s constant patterns, analyze its variations, and come to an understanding of the deep forces that have shaped man’s destiny and must continue to determine both our private and public lives.

That’s why people are drawn to the adventure story. We are attracted to adventure stories not necessarily because of what they say about the characters in them, rather it is how those aspects relate to the reader’s own experience and journey. If we are all really drawn psychologically to the adventure story, and if the adventure is a lens that give us an alternative perspective through which to view our own lives, then perhaps travel stories and memoirs can act in part as a cloth to polish that lens.

Ryan’s book retails for only $9.95 and is available at: www.RyanCOreilly.com or through Amazon

Winter Vacationing… in Summer

The Park Hyatt Melbourne, Australia

Crowded beaches… Sun-burnt skin… Pre-mature aging… Let’s get real. You’re probably not 18 years old and able to bake in the sun without getting a few new lines anymore. Are you? It’s okay, we’re not either, but we say, ditch the hand-held fan and take a detour from the average getaway this summer with an unexpected vacation in another hemisphere.

Why not bundle up in the southern hemisphere and experience Australia and Argentina’s winter season? Discover the cool misty air in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains or take in the snow-capped peaks of India. At least you can come back looking refreshed and fresh. Tans are so 1990. And sun spots are so 90.

What: Park Hyatt Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Why: Park Hyatt Melbourne welcomes guests with a night of indulgence, called “Winter Warmer”. Enjoy decadent dessert treats, glasses of Moscato, a full buffet, breakfast for two in radii restaurant, and valet parking with complimentary access to the Park Club Health & Day Spa.

Itinerary: The special “winter” Chef’s table menu lets guests taste their way through six seasonal courses, with an optional wine pairing.  Rates start at $518 USD. Six course meal costs $175 USD. Include wine pairing for an additional $120 USD.

Ideal for: Globetrotters missing the coziness of chilly winter nights.

What: Park Hyatt Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza, Argentina Wine Country

Why: With views of the snow covered Andes and a spa that pampers visitors with local wine-inspired treatments, Park Hyatt Mendoza (located in one of South America’s most famous wine regions) is the perfect place to escape the summer crowds.

Itinerary: Indulge in a “Mascara Corporal de Uvas” (Grape Body Masque) that combines mud from a local mountain chain withessential oils and fresh crumbled grapes or enjoy the “Brillo Vino de Mendoza” (Mendoza’s Wine Body Glow) is a body treatmentapplied from the neck to the toes with Thai massage techniques, providing deep hydration and infusing the skin with antioxidants through the combination of crushed grape skin and seeds. Rates start at $177 USD per night.

Ideal for: Relaxation junkies and oenophiles.

Jamaica Strawberry Hill

What: Strawberry Hill, Irish Town, Jamaica

Why: On an island known for its sandy beaches visitors will discover another side of Jamaica with a refreshing escape to Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. Guests who book four nights at the hotel, enjoy the fifth night free, with rates starting at $195 per night now through December 15.

Itinerary: The adventuresome can literally take a hike (or mountain bike excursion) on one of the many surrounding trails or tour the island’s premier coffee estate. Those seeking to refresh body and mind can take a dip in the negative- edge freshwater pool, channel their inner chakra at the yoga pavilion, or enjoy a holistic treatment at the full-service spa. And of course every guest can just take it easy on the private terrace of their own Georgian-style cottage, of which Strawberry Hill has 12.

Ideal for: Travelers looking to beat the heat but still get a taste of the tropical.

Prayer Flags at Stok Village, India

What: Shakti Village Experiences, Northern India

Why: India in the summer? Late spring through early fall is THE season for places like the Ladakh region of Jammu-Kashmir in the stunning Indian Himalayas.  Shakti Village Experiences can get you there, offering private, guided walking tours throughout villages in the India’s North – such as the Shakti Ladakh tour, which takes guests through the natural wonders of the region known as ‘Little Tibet.’

Itinerary: As guests of a Shakti walking tour, you and your private group will be accompanied by dedicated local porters and guides as you go on ‘soft adventure’-style walks between the villages during the day, and at night, stay in traditional village homes which have been gently spruced to provide proper comfort without compromising authenticity.

Ideal For: Culture worshippers seeking the road less traveled, but with a sherpa for their luggage.