May 18, 2015

Thriving in the Wilderness

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Thriving in the Wilderness

It feels nearly impossible to stop looking at this one photograph in Vlad Donkov’s Stories portfolio. Rows of white wooden crosses in the foreground. Flowers and stones lovingly arranged at the base of each one. Splayed over the mountains and water in the background is a spectacular orange and yellow sunset mingled with charcoal gray clouds. The interview with this outdoor photographer and wilderness travel specialist must begin here, with the story of this cemetery at sunset. “How do you know it is not a sunrise (laughing)?” Donkov writes via email from Malta. “There’s no way of knowing, really, it’s

Breathtaking Views

Summertime is almost in full swing, and we’re willing to bet you’re planning some scenic adventures for the next several months. With countless quintessential landscapes scattered across the country, how will you ever decide on an itinerary of action to see them all? Good news, Airstream’s got you covered! We’ve come up with ten of what we think is a geographical spread of some of the most stunning views out there. Wanderlust, commence. Everglades National Park, Florida As the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, Everglades National Park in southern Florida is unique in that unlike many other national

Life as Vacation

Craig Zabransky is on the verge of taking in a Mile Marker 88 sunset, Upper Florida Keys, as we begin to wind down our telephone interview. “It will be a prime one,” he tells me. He’s clearly jazzed. Days later I go to his website, StayAdventurous.com, and click on the Sunday Sunsets Map so I can sneak a peek. It is a doozy. The fiery sun hanging out in hues of orange and black. “A sunset is a universally shared moment,” says Zabransky, a global management consultant-turned-travel writer. And share them he does. His map features pins of 242 sunsets around

Live Riveted at Mardi Gras

The world’s biggest free Carnival show — Mardi Gras — is certainly a must-see event for everyone. If you’re a New Orleans native, Mardi Gras is just a part of your year and not celebrating it seems like a crime. For those in other parts of the country, however, the idea of attending Mardi Gras is exciting and probably a little bit scary. But don’t let that stop you from hopping in your Airstream and taking a trip down to New Orleans to party on! Here is more information about Mardi Gras and tips on how to Live Riveted while

Flairstream

Many people grow up as Airdreamers. You know, the folks who dream of one day traveling the country in an Airstream. However, most people don’t grow up dreaming of owning Airstreams to host riveted events with their best friend! Jill & Reni are the creative business duo behind Scene Events. When Reni was “forced into retirement” after 21 years of working for her employer, she and Jill officially launched a business that fit their desire to Live Riveted. “Reni and I had created a few events together as fundraisers for our boy’s lacrosse team and; during these events, we would

One Easy Step to Happy

It was another seemingly random poster on social media. You know, the ones that combine a quote or clever saying with an image. I typically skim them; they have a fraction of a second to grab my attention or I’m on to the next thing. “Plan a trip, but don’t take it.” That’s what caught my eye. It was one sentence in a list – 10 Scientific Ways to be Happy. Really? Happy? This little exercise? I am reading this in a week where I am, once again, visualizing where I might go next. Come to think of it, I

A Stampede of Color and Design

The naysayers will try to convince you there is no value in hanging out on Facebook or engaging in Twitter, but I pooh-poohed that in 2009 when Facebook was the connector for a fabulous trip to Italy. While that’s an outsized example of what social media can do, I get so many ideas from scrolling my timeline and seeing what people are up to. That’s how I happened on my cousin and her husband visiting The Stampede Outdoor Art Exhibition in Hopewell, N.J., which is actually 68 hand-painted oxen placed in locales all over the suburban town. My 11-year-old niece seemed

The Airstream Community

Community: a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. While the Airstream community may not “live” in one specific place, there is a community that has grown across the country among Airstreamers. Community is an important and amazing thing. When you surround yourself with people who have similar characteristics, interests, and goals as you, you tend to find that “doing life” is a bit more enjoyable and full of great adventures. We recently released a new

An Airstream Family Vacation: On the Computer!

Love technology and Airstreams? Then we have a new game just for you! This new computer game will immerse you in a Live Riveted adventure every day of the week! Airstream has partnered with Ends in Four Games to have the classic Silver Bullet travel trailer included in a new video game called Family Vacation 2: Road Trip. The Simmons family, featured in the first Family Vacation game, is hitting the open road once again on a hidden-object adventure, only this time they are traveling in the classic style of their modern Airstream camper! “The addition of Airstream and their

Letting Curiosity Lead the Way

I’ve enjoyed a picnic at the beautiful, sacred Newark Indian Burial Mounds in Newark, Ohio. I’ve had a spot-on ice cream sundae at the Cow Palace in Shelbyville, Indiana. I’ve visited the storied Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico. All wonderful experiences. All asides to trips planned for other reasons. In other words, none of those was a destination, but each one made me richer in my travel life, in my whole life. I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about how best to travel, how smart and cool it is to do non-tourist-y things or how a bucket