The holidays are fast approaching and whether you plan a glorious staycation in your home town like me or whether you plan to do a last minute home swap to a more exotic location (for example this sweet escape in Bali!) you are surely attending a few friends’ holiday parties before you pack your bags! If it’s been a good year, your heart might be feeling extra generous when it comes to buying gifts for others…but if it hasn’t, your bank account might be hindering your otherwise naturally giving spirit! That’s why we thought that these secret santa ideas might be a perfect solution for you and your friends. Believe me, everyone will be glad you thought of it! Continue reading
Berlin is a city known for its structural beauty: architecture, galleries, charming neighborhoods…however, there exists another kind of physical beauty in the capital of Germany that take on a more human form.
There are many travelers who are drawn to the city by a certain Egyptian woman’s charm. We’re talking about the one and only Nefertiti, whose bust is the indisputable symbol of the Neues Museum. Those who visit Museum Island shouldn’t skip on seeing this regal woman who emits a certain calming serenity. It’s difficult to not fall under her spell as you gaze at the delicate features of her face and long neck. Continue reading
For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a holiday spent with family and relatives while feasting and giving thanks for the year’s blessings. However, if you happen to be a traveler, expat, or home swapper like me, Thanksgiving is not always a family affair. Or rather, a blood relative thang…such was the case this year. Thanks to a nifty thing called the sharing economy, the wonderful foodie network EatWith, and our gracious home exchange hosts from Knok, this Thanksgiving (or Thanksgivukkah) was the first for many international folks living and visiting here in Barcelona.
Let’s look at a scenario: You’re a journalist and you’ve just booked your 2-month long home exchange to work on your dream project in London. Now all you need is an instant locally-based team so when you land, you can start the job running! For example, you might need a local assistant, a researcher, a photographer, etc…
Or perhaps you’re like me and you work for a tech start-up. In that case there are times when a project demands a certain skill set that your internal team just doesn’t posses. Just last week we found ourselves in this very predicament, and that’s when we found our solution: Swapsee!
Swapsee.com is a community-based talent marketplace and skill-sharing platform for professionals, entrepreneurs and businesses. Swapsee connects freelance professionals with projects in their region, and provides a way for startups and businesses to find talent near them. Members can pay or be paid in cash, or swap their skills. The core of Swapsee is supported by offline activities such as workshops, talent mixers, and exclusive access to co-working spaces.
We’ve had to wait, but ’tis that time of year once more. You just have to look around and see people bundled up in coats, scarfs, and hats to know it has arrived. The sun sets earlier and the cold nips at your face as you walk, and if you’re in a city like Barcelona, the strings of lights fill the streets with that touch of man-made magic. That’s right, the holidays are here!
We all know that with the cold comes that primordial instant to hibernate. When all you feel like doing is staying at home, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch with a warm cup of cocoa – or maybe a bowl of buttery popcorn – ready to watch a good movie. No matter what corner of the world you find yourself this holiday season, or what holiday you celebrate, this selection of film makes for good Christmas time company.
Thanksgivukkah (or as some Israeli newspapers are calling it “Chanksgiving”) is the moniker for an extra special co-holiday occurrence when Thanksgiving and the first day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah happen at the same time! The phenomenon is considered extra special because it wont happen again for another 70,000 years!
Having trouble mentally meshing the two holidays? This video (offering a fictitious DVD on how to blend culinary and cultural traditions) will get you excited about this upcoming November 28th!
Looking for a non-traditional yet classic way to spend the holidays? Why not plan that long-awaited bucket list of an adventure known as Route 66! We previously told you a bit of the story behind the most famous route in the United States. In this post we offer a look at the major cities along the way and offer you an alternative, and free way to stay in each! Continue reading
First of all, for those who didn’t get the memo on “Movember,” here’s the deal: For the entire month of November, men around the world are encouraged to grow moustaches as a symbolic gesture to raise money and awareness about health issues specific to men, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, etc. This pro-men’s health movement started in 2003, and has been growing in popularity and virality ever since. (There’s even a MoApp) The official website is calling us “Generation Moustache” as more and more pro-MO events are popping up around the world.
To show our support for the new mo-generation of world travelers, we’ve sought the assistance of the original explorer and crowd seeker, Waldo! Being a man of the world, Waldo has grown his stache for our Where’s Waldo Movember Tribute, paying homage to how a simple thing like growing facial hair has brought people together to fight for the global good of all men! Continue reading