The tiny home trend has gone mainstream with communities popping up around the country, like Las Vegas’ tiny house community. Zappos CEO Tony Hseih and his pet alpacas reside in Airstream Village among dozens of Airstreams and Tumbleweed Tiny House dwellings. Hotels are taking notice of the rising trend and offering travelers pint-sized alternatives to big, bustling hotel chains.
Portland’s tiny house hotel, Caravan, suits the city’s desire to “stay weird” and attracts offbeat travelers looking for a unique experience. Its handful of tiny houses features 120 to 170 square feet with outdoor seating and campfires. The homes feature creative interior design crafted from sustainable, Fair Trade products with plenty of local art.
Aptly named Wheelhaus in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the grounds feature resto-style amenities in 400 square feet of space. Cabins come equipped with fireplaces, decks and flat-screen televisions just a short drive to downtown Jackson.
Situated outside Boston, Tuxbury Tiny House Village caters to travelers looking to get outside of the city and cozy up in 180 to 275 square feet. Guests watch the sunset from the shores of Tuxbury Pond, lounge by the pool and venture out to nearby Salisbury-Hamptom beaches and museums. Beach lovers can also stay at the tiny home of Tiny House Siesta on Siesta Key in Sarasota. Each tiny home features a one- to three-bedroom model, with some offering pet-friendly accommodations.
Although a traditional hotel chain itself may be oversized, the rooms are usually pretty standard. Guests can expect a king- or two queen-sized beds and maybe a small living area with a single couch and bar area. To get more space, guests head to the lobby or venture out onto their balcony to take in the views. But tiny homes afford pint-sized autonomy and privacy with amenities like kitchens. Tiny house hotels also give travelers the chance to test out tiny living for themselves without making a big commitment. Tiny hotels also get bonus points for being big on charm and small on space for a cozy vacation retreat.
Travelers are already savvy about keeping trash out of oceans and focused on our rising shorelines. But according to MarineSafe, sunscreen is one of the biggest and permanent polluters to our oceans. The common sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic to coral reefs and other marine life. The chemicals are shown to cause coral bleaching that ultimately leaves the coral vulnerable to infection and malnourished. Of course, sunscreen isn’t the only source of pollution in our oceans, but is quickly escalating into a crisis.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Now more than ever, technology allows us to stay connected while we’re away. Gone are the days when you leave for a trip and have no access to home. There are numerous tools you can use to monitor your house while you’re on the road.
All modern-day phones are equipped with flight mode, which flight attendants politely remind us to switch to before a plane takes off. But some airlines allow the use of certain smartphone functions even when the plane is in the air. Here’s how to know when and how you can use your phone during a flight.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Protein is an essential nutrient to keep the body running on your travels. Packing it in can be a problem. Most of us get our protein from meat, which doesn’t exactly travel well. Here are a few ways to get your daily dose of muscle enhancement while on the go.