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.

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.