I love this ironic piece by Evan Drolet Cook called Places I Haven’t Been. I was blessed with parents who strongly believed in family vacations. Every summer we’d pack our Chevy Astro conversion van and head out in one direction or another from my childhood home. While I most certainly have not seen as much of North America as I’d like to (I’ve never even been to Mexico or Canada), I did get to see a lot from the windows of that van. Thanks Mom and Dad.

(found via Junk Culture / image via Evan Drolet Cook)


I love this

Wander print by Wesley Bird. It paraphrases one of my favorite travel quotes, “Not all those who wander are lost” by J. R. R. Tolkien from a poem in Lord of the Rings.
On that note, I’m off to Japan for the next week. I’ll be spending the holidays in Kyoto and Tokyo. Wishing everyone the very happiest of holidays. See you in the new year!

(found via Design Is Mine / image via Wesley Bird)

Double Takes: Igloo Village at Hotel Kakslauttanen

  Major hat tip to my mom for finding the incredible Hotel Kakslauttanen, located in the Lapland region of Finland. The hotel’s accommodation options include Igloo Village, where guests sleep in glass igloos designed for viewing the Northern Lights. A visit to this hotel could have me checking 3 items off my travel bucket list: sleep in an igloo, visit the Arctic and see the Northern Lights. What’s on your travel bucket list?

(photos via Hotel Kakslauttanen)

Double Takes: Sarpi Border Checkpoint

  I’ve crossed many borders in my travels, none however, like the Sarpi Border Checkpoint by Berlin-based architects’ studio J. Mayer H. This beauty is located on the shores of the Black Sea at the Georgian border with Turkey. Aside from its roles as a customs facility, the checkpoint serves a multitude of other purposes including conference room and cafeteria.

(found via freshome / images via Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn)

Double Takes: The Chicest Rickshaw on the Road: Anthropologie

The team over at Anthropologie has designed their very own rickshaw. The project was inspired by their recent travels/rides in India. I have some very fond and humorous memories of my rickshaw rides through Beijing. While each one I had the pleasure of riding in was unique, none were as chic as this one.

(found via Happiness Is / Images via Anthropologie)

Double Takes: Happy Halloween!

A few Halloween’s ago I dressed up as a traveling gnome. I also travel with a small gnome I was given by my mother. When I saw this Zombie Garden Gnome on Etsy I about flipped. If I didn’t live in a 12th floor apartment in the middle of Korea’s concrete jungle, this would be in my front yard every Halloween. Did you dress up this year?

(found via Rare Bird Finds)

Double Takes: Mapbook: Contexture Design

I document my travels in a pocket-sized Moleskine cahier. I have one for each country I’ve visited with memories, notes and sketches from my trip. I just might have to switch to using these Mapbooks by Contexture Design. They’re made from 100% recycled paper and the cover features a unique map.

(found via bltd / image via Contexture Design)