This company is one of my favorites for their spicy and fresh scents. Perfect to get you in that escapist travel mind mood or for travel itself, due to their convenient sizes. Now available on Amazon.com, the sampler set from GuruNanda’s Top 6 Essential Oil blends are a good start (and their perfume oils are delicious too). This deluxe, giftable little set allows you to discover the different therapeutic benefits of each blend and find your favorites among them. Each of the six blends are made from 100% pure and natural therapeutic grade oils sourced from the world’s top growers, across 6 continents. The set contains 10ml. bottles with the delicate botanical essences inside. So have it, open a window to listen to the wind in the trees, and get that atomizer going.
I’ve been meaning to write about this simple, yet amazing towel for drying hair that is my latest obsession. Say hello to…
AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban ($30) and the AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Turban (Price ($40) which are made with an innovative fabric woven from ultra-fine fibers called AQUITEX. Why is this important? Frizz, my friends. It helps to eliminate what drying your hair with a regular terry cloth towel produces. The lightweight material has superior water-wicking capabilities that is gentle on your hair. The Lisse is designed for delicate hair, while the Waffle is designed for thicker hair. Either one you choose, these turbans quickly and gently dry to a damp stage, with less friction, minimizing damage. I have curly hair so I love the fact that I can run my fingers through my hair to ‘comb’ it while in the shower, apply product and wrap. My hair has definitely been less frizzy and it’s so much easier than trying to tie a towel on my head.
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Thanks to friends in the beauty business, I’m grateful that I often hear the freshest skinny on the latest and greatest beauty finds, particularly when it comes to what they know I need. Small, high-quality, unique, multi-purpose products that are useful for a long or short trip around the world. I need products that won’t clog my pores and won’t leave me begging for a facial upon arrival.
The latest find is skyn ICELAND Solutions for Stressed Skin. With skin savers compact enough to throw into any carry-on bag, packing is worry-free, and skin stays rejuvenated upon arrival. Born from a life-changing mission to treat and alleviate the effects of stress on skin while promoting a full of balance, Skyn products are free of parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, and sulfates. They don’t test on animals and they’re 100% vegan.
- Glacial Cleansing Cloths ($15)
- With no water needed, these cleansing cloths are ideal for those on-the-go moments when you need to wash away any unwanted makeup, sweat, dirt and other impurities your skin accumulates when traveling while simultaneously refreshing skin. Perfect for the flight.
- Arctic Face Oil ($35)
- Arctic Face Oil is your winter solution. Delivering powerful hydration, it helps repair and balance the skin’s lipid barrier while locking in moisture. Over time, it also smoothes fine lines and wrinkles to reveal a softer, more youthful complexion.
- Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels ($30)
- In just ten minutes, this cooling transdermal gel patch infuses the eye area with highly potent actives and Icelandic glacial water to firm, tone, brighten and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. These are especially great during long flights when your skin can get stressed and tired.
- Arctic Face Mist ($29)
- This soothing mist instantly helps calm and stabilize irritable skin with a cooling burst of natural Icelandic mineral water. An excellent pick-me-up after a long day of traveling.
Always on the hunt for the latest and greatest travel apps, we came across Triposo, built by a few ex-Googler’s. Triposo’s latest release delivers unique opportunities to see, hear, and taste the local culture near you. In essence, Triposo Events opens up the city to you suggesting things like art show openings, DJ dance parties, and theater productions. Triposo Hotels helps you find and book a last-minute place to stay without ever leaving the app and Triposo Food tells you about the local cuisine and where you can get it.
For the first time, people can upload photos and comments about their travels right into the app. For example, you may want to share a picture of the best pasta you ever ate in Sardinia or suggest other travelers to skip the lines for the headlining exhibit at the MoMA in NYC and, instead, see some other exhibit. They’ve also updated maps and added more depth to the phrasebook so have a look and let ’em know what you think!
Faced with concourses filled with ubiquitous shrink-wrapped sandwiches, greasy fast-food burgers, and processed pastries, the thought of eating at an airport is rarely appetizing. But that may soon change, as airports around the world are revamping aging terminals and the world’s best chefs, several of them Michelin-starred, are recognizing the value of serving exemplary meals before liftoff. The Daily Meal’s list of the 31 Best Airport Restaurants Around the World is the culmination of a six-month-long nomination process, wherein a preliminary list of more than 100 restaurants was measured against two categories (cuisine and style/décor/service). So check out the full list below and make sure you try out some of these tasty eats the next time you’re jaunting around the world.
31 Best Airport Restaurants Around the World
1. Porta Gaig (El Prat del Llobregat, Barcelona)
2. Salt Lick BBQ (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
3. Tortas Frontera (Chicago O’Hare International Airport)
4. Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol)
5. Obrycki’s (Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport)
6. Crust (LaGuardia Airport, New York City)
7. Five Guys (Dulles International Airport, Washington, DC)
8. Custom Burgers by Pat LaFrieda (LaGuardia Airport, New York City)
9. Encounter (Los Angeles International Airport)
10. Legal Sea Foods (Boston Logan International Airport)
11. Pink’s Hot Dogs (Los Angeles International Airport)
12. Brasserie Flo (Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport)
13. Plane Food (Heathrow Airport, London)
14. Tagliare (LaGuardia Airport, New York City)
15. Versailles Restaurant (Miami International Airport)
16. Piquillo (John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City)
17. Icebox Café (Miami International Airport)
18. Union Jacks Bar (Gatwick Airport, London)
19. Kim Choo’s Nonja Kitchen (Changi Airport Singapore)
20. Airbräu Brauhaus (Munich Airport)
21. Globe@YVR (Vancouver International Airport)
22. La Moraga (Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport, Costa del Sol, Spain)
23. Cat Cora’s Kitchen (San Francisco International Airport)
24. Altitude (Genève Aéroport, Geneva)
25. Columbia Restaurant Café (Tampa International Airport)
26. One Flew South (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport)
27. Anthony’s Fish Bar (Seattle Tacoma International Airport)
28. Tacañon (Benito Juarez, Mexico City)
29. Dutch Kitchen Bar & Cocktails (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol)
30. La Pausa (Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Buenos Aires)
31. Tadında Anadolu (Istanbul Atatürk Airport)
We just caught wind of a cool little service from our peeps in Berlin. Plus One Berlin is a new hospitality model that gives travellers a local insider look at a city. Launched in Berlin, Germany, from around €120 per night travelers can stay in an innovatively-designed space in ‘Kreuzkölln’, one of the most interesting and up-and-coming areas of Berlin, and have an experience with a well-connected and knowledgeable local of their choice. As their ‘plus one’ guests gain access to the most hidden and interesting restaurants, cafes, parties, and galleries, thus giving them a novel look at one of the world’s most changing and exciting cities.
A Local Look at Berlin Life
After booking the space via the booking enquiry form guests are given log in details to access the guest part of the website. Here they can read profiles of 28 locals and choose the date and time they want the experience. The locals have been chosen for their passion and knowledge of the city and have different nationalities, interests and professions. The guest can then choose to meet their local for a drink to get advice and quick tips (1/2 hr) or experience Berlin as their plus one (3-5 hrs). The guest is given the local’s email address so they can make contact with them prior to arrival to arrange a place to meet and discuss what they’d like to do. The rate includes accommodation and one experience with a local for every two to three night stay. Pretty cool.
Sustainable and Innovative Design
The 29-square-metre-space is innovatively designed by two Berlin-based architects, Paola Bagna (Spamroom) and JP Coss (CossA) using a combination of new and salvaged materials. The space sleeps 1-3 people and features a kitchenette (with fridge, kettle and toaster) and storage area constructed using reclaimed wood. A balcony provides an outdoor seating area and is connected to the interior through an indoor desk space and large glass windows. The space acts as an exhibition area for local artists where work changes every few months. In-room facilities include a 40-inch flat screen Cable TV, WiFi and an iPod dock. Located in the popular ‘Reuterkiez’ area of Neukölln, a vibrant and multicultural area in South East Berlin, the space is close to friendly cafes, intimate bars and popular restaurants.
Luxurious and Ecological Amenities
Each guest receives: a P1B illustrated map of the local area; a P1B key ring that gives them a 10% discount at nearby businesses; a surprise food or beverage welcome treat and luxurious ethically-sourced ILA-Spa toiletries. Handmade slippers made from organic cotton with reclaimed soles are also provided, of course.