Extended Stay: 7 Unique Ways to Bring the Vibes from Your Best Vacay Home
It can be jarring, to say the least, returning to reality after a glorious vacation. Whether you spent a week sunning yourself on the white sandy beaches of some tropical isle or shredding the powdery slopes at a ski lodge, holding on to your vacation-mind’s sense of zen can seem hopeless once you have to dive back in to to the daily grind.
Dec 1, 2016
Pack Less When You Travel: How To Do “Laundry” On the Go
The quickest way to overstuff your suitcase? Packing too many clothes. Just because you won’t have access to a washer and dryer or time to visit a laundromat while you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to pack a new outfit for each day. Doing laundry on the go is actually pretty simple, so long as you pack smart and have the right supplies.
Nov 26, 2016
Airbnb Takes the Tedium Out of Travel with Trips
Airbnb, once just a place to list your apartment or book a room, is becoming a full-circle travel platform. This week, the company announced Trips, an immersive way to plan and enjoy your travel experience. Announced at the opening keynote of their Airbnb Open festival in LA on Friday, Trips is now available as an update to your Airbnb app and is launching with three areas: Homes, Places, and Experiences.
Nov 20, 2016
How To Take a Vacation this Holiday Season (Without Breaking the Bank or Making Your Family Grumpy)
Does the spectacular woman on the right look familiar? We’ve not only toured photographer Kerry Maloney’s colorful and quirky New Orleans French Quarter abode, we’ve marveled over her personal fashion (and costume) style. Kerry and her travel partner, Jessica Fender, have even shared their best pointers for on looking good while on the move.
Nov 18, 2016
Be Prepared: Stress Reducing Tips for Surviving Your Holiday Travels
When Andy Williams (and every other singer who’s ever released a cover of the song) sang “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” he obviously wasn’t thinking about the whole holiday travel thing. Whether you’re flying, driving, or taking a train or a bus, there’s no getting around the fact that sometimes traveling during the holidays just, well… sucks.
Nov 18, 2016
How To Pack Light (While Still Taking Along Every Product You Own)
We all have that friend who knows how to pack light—the one who loves showing off her modest weekender bag next to your overstuffed full-size suitcase. The same one who then asks to borrow your toothpaste, and who you suspect swiped some of the shampoo you left in the shower. So, is there really a way to do it? Can you actually pack light and still bring all the essentials? Yes, and these mini cosmetics, tools and toiletries may be the secret solution.
Nov 10, 2016
A Destination Christmas: The 10 Best Places to Celebrate the Holidays (Instead of at Your In-Laws)
Sometimes, there’s no beating being home for the holidays: quality time with family and old friends, cozying up into your childhood digs, and, of course, mom’s cooking. But over the years, the downsides of family get-togethers start to become more apparent: being volunteered as the party babysitter, steering your Aunt Marlene away from the eggnog, biting into a bad batch of grandma’s gingerbread cookies… you get the picture.
Nov 2, 2016
7 Easy Ways to Save Money While Staying in a Hotel
Whether you’re traveling across the country or just enjoying a staycation in your own neighborhood, time spent at a hotel can get expensive, fast. Aside from throwing down cash for the room rate, there’s also parking fees, room service, and tips—the list goes on. However there are few things you can do that, added up, will save you a nice chunk of money that can be better spent on more important things (read: margaritas and massages).
Oct 14, 2016
Two Explorers Pursuing a Life in Chicago with Small Riches & Big Adventures
Globe-traveling, curio-collecting, working professionals by day and co-creators of an animated series by night. They’re building a life together rooted in a love of travel and exploration, fueled by intellectual curiosity and creativity. They’re smart and warm and possess Jedi-level cocktail making skills. Here’s life with Mark and Noelle… Mark and Noelle live in a flat in Chicago’s Avondale/Logan Square neighborhood.
Oct 5, 2016
Wait! Don’t Pack That! 6 Things You Really Don’t Need on Vacation
As a travel lover (and chronic over-packer), I’ve researched and prepared for many trips—from weekend getaways to months abroad—only to get so frustrated with myself when I realize (usually mid-trip) that I definitely didn’t need to bring that third pair of heels. Here are six things to ditch while packing for your trip. Think of it as the Kon-Mari method for your suitcase.
Sep 22, 2016
Plan Your (Day)Dream Getaway: 6 Destinations Perfect for a Late Summer Vacation
With Labor Day come and gone (it always happens so fast, doesn’t it?) we can’t help but feel those end-of-summer blues. But just because school’s back in session, that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t jet off to enjoy those last fleeting warm days. Choose your location wisely, and you could avoid high-season crowds and overpriced hotels, all while soaking in those late summer days.
Sep 11, 2016
Working it Out: How To Actually Enjoy Business Travel
When done for pleasure, travel is almost always fun and exciting. After all, you get to see brand new places, try out new cuisines and maybe even relax a little. Business travel, however, feels a lot more like, well… work. Traveling for business purposes is fairly common in the U.S.: The Bureau of Transportation Statistics says that Americans rack up more than 405 million long-distance trips for business each year.
Aug 29, 2016
6 Travel Destinations that Will Inspire Your Decorating
Ahh summer vacations. We never want them to end. One of the highlights of returning home, however, is being able to infuse your space with some of those unforgettable memories. I’m a big fan of collecting travel treasures, but another way you can keep the vacation vibes going all year long is by allowing the local flavor of the destination itself to inspire your décor.
Aug 26, 2016
The Most Popular National Parks and When to Visit Them
It’s entirely possible I coordinate my summers around when and which national parks I can visit. I’m pretty sure I owe this moderate obsession with America’s coolest outdoor spaces to the brainwashing I received as a child (thanks, Dad), but because today is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, a little extra national park love is definitely in order.
Aug 25, 2016
Study Abroad for Grown-Ups: The Surprisingly Affordable Way 3 Women Took Their Offices Global This Year
There’s a common realization many remote workers are having, likely while sitting in front of a computer at home still in their PJs (I speak from experience). It goes a little something like this: “Hey, wait a minute… I don’t have to work from home. I could actually work from anywhere.
Aug 23, 2016
7 Reasons It’s Not Too Late for a Summer Vacation
Summer is slowly coming to an end, which means it’s time to get serious about crossing things off your summer bucket list. If you haven’t already taken a summer vacation, make that a top priority. Yes, sunshine-drenched days at the beach and lounging by the pool sipping margaritas are limited, but there’s still plenty of time to plan an epic end-of-summer getaway. Here are seven reasons why now is actually the perfect time to indulge in a delicious summer vacation.
Aug 17, 2016
Sleep in Leo’s Bed & Crash with the Obamas: 7 Celebrity Homes You Can Actually Rent
What better way to truly break away from your everyday routine than spending your next vacation at the home of a celebrity? On top of A-list amenities like cocktail bars, tennis courts and private beaches, you also get the added bonus of saying you slept in Leonardo DiCaprio’s bed (without looking completely crazy).
Aug 12, 2016
A Short Guide to Traveling Light: 5 Rules to Help You Pack Less
The best rehab for an overpacker is a strict set of rules. They’re a little tough and ruthless, don’t get me wrong, but I promise there’s an inverse relationship between how little you can pack and how much fun you’ll have. Mix it up with tees, blouses and tanks, but limit yourself to packing only one per day of the trip. You can still switch it up between pieces from day to night, just give your things time to breathe in between.
Aug 11, 2016
For Lighthouse Lovers Only: Options for (Temporarily) Living Out Your Fantasies
I’ve spent far too much time telling anyone who will listen that my two goals this summer are: one, buy a variety of visors. And two, hang out around some lighthouses. I’m well on my way to knocking goal number one out of the park, but had to do a little more research to make my lighthouse dream a reality. If you’ve also been pining for a long stroll on a beach in a J.
Aug 10, 2016
Travel Time Capsule: Two Single Moms Make a Getaway to the Dirty Dancing Resort
In the mid 1970s my mother and her best friend, Emily, took me, my brother, and Emily’s daughter on vacation. They were two single moms exploring the world and trying to find a relaxing vacation with restless children. Years later, I discovered that Emily wrote down the events of the trip and I LOVED it. Below is her lighthearted account of what it was like to visit Grossingers, an iconic Catskills retreat for decades, catering to Jewish clientele from New York City.
Aug 8, 2016
Curious What It’s Like To Live in a Tiny House? Here Are Nine You Can “Test Drive”
If you’ve ever wanted to test drive living in a tiny home before taking the leap, these rentals will give you a real-life taste of that little house life. Stay for just a couple nights to enjoy the charms of a well-designed small space, or rent one out for a few weeks to see how you fare once the cuteness factor wears off (I don’t believe it, but I heard this happens). A cliffside cabin, a mini ski chalet, and an adobe dome top our list of tiny homes with inspiring designs.
Aug 4, 2016
Go Ahead, Take the Long Way: Takeaways From an Epic Family Road Trip
Every year, around this time, my family and I take a trip from Minneapolis to Seattle. My husband and I first went when I was pregnant with our daughter. For our next two trips it was just the three of us. The following year the three of us were jointed by her little brother, in my belly. And now the four of us have been together twice. The reoccurring theme? Rushing!
Jul 27, 2016
Have a Middle-Finger-Free Ride: 16 Tips for Road Trippers Who Don’t Drive a Lot
Road trips are a great way to get out of town on the cheap, and record numbers of people are hitting the road on vacation this summer. But before you hop on the subway to pick up your rental car, it’s a smart idea to brush up on both driver’s ed and driver’s etiquette so you can be summer road trip savvy. It boils down to two things.
Jul 24, 2016
Living in a Treehouse: 7 Places That Fulfill Your Childhood Dream
As kids, most of us relished the thought of a treehouse hideaway, where we could escape from chores and parents and live in nature Huckleberry Finn-style. Now that we’re adults, there are Airbnbs, luxury tree hotels, and back-to-basics tree homes that make this dream a reality. Sometimes being a grown-up is seriously awesome. You may not be able to live in this treehouse, but you can get married in it.
Jul 3, 2016
Vacationing on a Budget? Avoid This One Travel Habit that’s Bad for Your Wallet
You can set airfare alerts and AirBNB your heart out. But a “budget” vacation can get financially out of hand fast if you’re not careful about how much you spend. When you plan an afternoon at the shops the same way you might plan a museum visit or a day at the beach, you’re shopping just for the sake of shopping. And it’s the worst thing you can do if you’re trying to save money while traveling.
Jul 1, 2016
5 Travel Essentials I Always Forget to Pack (And Hereby Vow Never to Overlook Again)
I’ve gotten to be a savvy enough packer that before I take a trip, I write a list of what I need to bring with me to my destination. Bathing suit? Check. Something to sleep in? Got it. Bridesmaid dress? Uhhh… right over here. (Thank god I wrote that one down – true story.) All the necessary things make it on to the list.
Jul 1, 2016
Before & After: This Guy Converted an Old Cargo Van into a Tiny Mobile Apartment
Zach is an all-around creative sort of guy —photographer, filmmaker, art director. Wanting to travel in search of stories to tell, he brought his considerable talent to bear on an old cargo van, making it into a super stylish mobile apartment and studio. He’s now driving around the country, doing freelance work and following his dreams. Zach stripped the van and built it back up with solar panels, working electric, and even a fridge.
Jul 1, 2016
Hidden Costs: 10 Travel Expenses You Haven’t Thought Of
When I’m planning a trip, the main financial factor I consider is the cost of the actual traveling, whether it’s by plane, train, bus or car. Airfare and lodging especially can be overwhelmingly expensive, so it’s tempting to consider these the true price of the travel, but there are so many other costs that can creep up on you. In addition to wages lost if you don’t get paid time off, here are ten expenses that can surprise you on even the thriftiest of vacations.
Jun 29, 2016
The Art of the Weekender Bag: 9 Secrets to Packing Light
Now that travel season is finally here, it’s time to pull out your weekender bag and refresh your getaway gear. Last year, I was like most New Yorkers—who live in one of the world’s most fabulous cities, but who are absolutely itching to get off the grid the second it’s summer—and tried to book as many weekends away as possible.
Jun 10, 2016
Beyond the Bookstore: How 21 Frequent Flyers Beat Airport Boredom
They soar among us: cheery travelers for whom the airport is not a soul-crushing penitentiary. Footloose vagabonds who shun nonstop trips and relish the void between connecting flights. Clear-eyed passengers who gaze up at the departure screen, see a five-hour delay and think, This could be fun! We talked to 21 of them to learn how exactly they pass—and enjoy—the time.
Jun 9, 2016
There’s an Airbnb for Seniors Meant to Keep People Connected
The sharing economy isn’t just for the young. The Freebird Club is an Airbnb-like service that connects traveling seniors with seniors who have spare rooms. There are a few notable differences between Airbnb and Ireland-based Freebird Club: mostly, that the host always stays (the idea is to foster connections); and it’s members-only, so the over-50 pay a fee to join and use the service. Freebird Club makes it easier for seniors to travel, knowing they won’t be in a place alone.
Jun 3, 2016
Way Beyond Lanyards & S’Mores: Adult Camps for Creatives and Crafters
If the idea of spending your vacation making a leather belt, block printing your own table runner or weaving a modern floral crown, appeals to you more than sightseeing or sunbathing, a crafting retreat might be just the vacation you need.
Jun 1, 2016
7 Things You 100% Don’t Need to Pack (So Take It Out of Your Bag Right Now)
Raise your hand if you have a problem packing light. Ok, yeah, so… everybody ought to run down this brief un-packing list before their next trip. Your goal might be making more room in the suitcase, but the real advantage to learning to pack light is ensuring a stress-free journey every step of the way. Less stuff equals less weight to carry, fewer things to keep track of, and fewer choices to make when you get dressed in the morning.
Apr 19, 2016
Around the World in 80 Seconds: Inside Our Favorite International House Tours
If you don’t have 80 days to spare, you probably at least have 80 seconds. That’s all the time you’ll need to scroll through this post– a showcase of nine of my favorite international homes from our Apartment Therapy House tours. See anything you love? Click on the titles below to see the full tour for each of these beautiful, international homes.
Apr 3, 2016
3 Design Destinations in Stockholm, Sweden
I’m writing this post on a Sunday evening, having just returned from a four-day trip to Stockholm. It was my first visit to the Swedish capital and, as is my wont, I aimed to fill my short time in the city with design-centric museums, galleries, and attractions. In this major center for Scandinavian style, it wasn’t difficult. If you’ve got a jaunt to this fascinating town in your future, read on for three ideas on how to fill your time there.
Oct 26, 2015
The First 5 Things You Should Do After You Move to a New City
Getting to know the lay of the land in a new place isn't so hard, if you know what to do and where to look.
Oct 5, 2015
Get off the Beaten Path with Atlas Obscura’s Travel Guides
If you’re up for getting down with offbeat destinations on your late summer road trips (abandoned asylums! A ventriloquism museum! Ghost towns! A house made of newspaper! The world’s largest six pack!…of beer), check out Atlas Obscura, a gem of a resource for discovering the curious and the wondrous. Atlas Obscura is a collaborative online travel guide celebrating hidden and lesser-known treasures, and their motto is that something worth exploring exists around every corner.
Aug 18, 2015
How To Make a Summer Rental Feel Like Home
Part of the glory of vacation is staying in a whole new place, full of new sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and experiences. However, sometimes a vacation home can feel a bit too new and unknown: what was that noise, where’s that weird smell coming from, and where is everything – I can’t find anything?!? Here are 10 ways to make your summer home-away-from-home feel homey.
Jul 8, 2015
Turn Any Regular Weekend Into a Refreshing Mini Vacation: 5 Ideas
Bracing yourself against the waves of envious, exotic trips that will be flooding your Instagram feed now that summer’s almost here? Whether you’ve got your own exciting vacation coming up or you have to stay closer to home this summer, you don’t have to take off time from work to unwind. Use these quick tips to make any weekend feel like a mini vacation.
Jun 20, 2015
Would You (Did You?) Honeymoon At Home?
We’ve discussed staycations many times, and lauded them as great ways to both save money on hotels and travel and get to feel like tourists in our own city. But what about honeymooning at home? Could a week off from work, perhaps with a housekeeper, lounging about and/or doing all the things you always wish you had time for (both on the town and at home, heh-heh) be the sweetest honeymoon? Has anyone done this?
Jun 2, 2015
Don’t Forget to Do These Things Before Leaving on Vacation
Vacation season is finally here! You know to make travel plans and pack (that’s the fun part!), but don’t forget to do these things around your home that will keep it clean, protected and even conserve some energy while you’re gone. • Change the sheets — When you come home from your trip exhausted, nothing will make you happier to be home than falling into a fresh bed.
May 14, 2015
Get More Out of Vacation: 4 Promises to Make Before Your Next Trip
Whether your next vacation is in a foreign place with lots of exotic plans or somewhere a little closer to your own backyard, before you leave for your next trip, consider making these four promises to yourself. You just might find yourself not only enjoying your vacation more, but getting more out of it, too. For your next trip, promise that you… This is a tough one (and one that I fail at miserably). This could be your first and last time in _______ city, right?
May 13, 2015
Secrets of People Who Don’t Stress Out When They Travel
Have some trips coming up (for business or pleasure)? Want to know how to glide through the airport, not break a sweat on a road trip and in general, enjoy the act of traveling — the actual getting from one place to another — a bit more? Take a page out of the notebook of travelers who never seem mussed or frustrated with these stress-less secrets.
May 5, 2015
IKEA Food Around the World: Chestnut Whippy, Fish Balls, Shawarma & More
If you’ve shopped at IKEA before you know that it’s more than a store – it’s an experience. And one of my favorite parts of the experience is the restaurant. Since I don’t go often, I stick to the classics, namely the omnipresent meatballs.
Nov 13, 2014
The Truths Returning from Vacation Reveals About Your Home
October was a month full of travel for me; I think I only spent one or two nights at home at a time. It was equal parts exciting and exhausting, but I’m happy to be back home—for good this time. Funny enough, an extended vacation away from your apartment can actually teach you a lot about how you live your life at home. Here are three things you’ll only discover once you’ve spent some time away.
Nov 5, 2014
Brookstone’s Tranquil Moments: Portable Sleep Machine
Product: Brookstone’s Tranquil Moments Bedside Sleep Sound Machine Price: $129 Rating: Strong Recommend* Sleep machines have been around forever without much change or evolution. For years, I swore by sleep machines, especially when traveling.
Oct 27, 2014
Before & After: Rebecca’s Awesome Affordable Airstream Makeover
Attention all day-dreamers, travel-lovers and small space dwellers! You’ll love this makeover of an Airstream — bought and designed on a tight budget. It’s inspiring to those who love color in compact spaces, too! From Rebecca: Last Fall, I was offered a new job with an RV travel website: the catch? I had to buy an RV on a barista’s budget.
Jul 13, 2014
How To Truly Relax While Traveling
How many times have you returned home from a fantastic vacation, only to hear yourself telling someone that you’re so exhausted you need another one to recover? The pace of modern life is making it increasingly difficult for us to switch off, and time away from home can end up being just as stressful, albeit more fun, than our everyday lives. Read on for some tips on how to really unwind on your vacation.
Jul 30, 2013
Travel Tip: Put a Phone Number On Your Kid
A few months ago, I took my youngest to an amusement park with a large group of friends and their moms. As we all gathered at the front entrance with a gaggle of 5 – 7 year olds, I noticed one mom writing her cell number on her child’s arm. Brilliant idea! For kids who aren’t ready to remember a phone number, it’s a simple way to keep an emergency number visible in case she gets lost.
Jul 23, 2012
Hosting Help: Tips for Sleeping Comfortably on an Air Mattress
I live in a one bedroom apartment with no pull-out couch, so whenever guests come to stay, either they or I usually end up sleeping on my inflatable air mattress. Due to these adventures, I have collected a list of tips and tricks to make the night more bearable (and perhaps even comfortable) if you’re sleeping on an inflatable.See below for my list, and of course add your own.1. If you haven’t yet purchased an inflatable mattress and are planning to, splurge and get the double.
Mar 27, 2012
Around the World: Unusually Creative Hotels
When my husband and I are choosing a vacation destination we are seeking a way to have fun, relax, see new things, and have a memorable experience. What if your hotel alone could give you all that and more?This list of unique hotels go above and beyond the normal boutique or bed and breakfast experience. The whole concept of these unusual accommodations is to give their guests an experience that they couldn’t get anywhere else.
Jul 8, 2011
5 Ways To Turn On Lights When You’re Not Home
One of the best ways to protect your home while you’re away is to appear you never left. Leaving a light on in the front window doesn’t cut it any longer and sometimes you need a little extra believability to help others think you’re still home (though anti-social) while away on vacation.Here’s a few of our favorite choices for making your home a little brighter when you’re away. Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list?
Jul 13, 2010
Acido Dorado
Name: Acido DoradoLocation: Joshua Tree, CaliforniaSize: 1,350 square feet About a year ago, we were contacted by architect Robert Stone about a project he had just completed out in Joshua Tree, an unique ebony washed pavilion specifically designed as a vacation destination with a “new desert aesthetic”. He called it Rosa Muerta. But we just remember it as possibly the most unique place we’ve ever stayed in.
Nov 6, 2009
Berlin: Eat, Drink and Shop Like a Local
Berlin: Eat, Drink and Shop Like a Local
Jun 17, 2016
How To Pack A Suitcase Like An Adult
How To Pack A Suitcase Like An Adult
Jul 26, 2016
House Tour: Kirsten's Peaceful, Magical Austin Homestead
House Tour: Kirsten's Peaceful, Magical Austin Homestead
Jul 1, 2016
House Tour: Mina's Playful Stockholm Sanctuary
House Tour: Mina's Playful Stockholm Sanctuary
May 27, 2016