Friday Five: Travel Link Roundups 3/27


Interesting stories from around the world (wide web).

When did sleeping in your car become cool? When you’re spending the night in the Tesla hotel. (via Autoblog)

As the season of April Showers approaches, Taxi shows us what rain sounds like in different languages.

Mashable has a great story about what it’s like to be the host of a travel program (it’s as fun as it sounds).

In the mood for an intellectual discussion? The Guardian asks why white people are considered expats and the rest immigrants.

Just in time for the weekend party, Eater sets you up for a pub crawl of New York’s classic literary haunts.

Friday Five: Travel Link Roundups 3/20

Interesting stories from around the world (wide web).

Buzzfeed’s got a roundup of 18 useful sites for booking travel and planning your trips. (Full disclaimer: Some are kind of obvious, but there are also some gems)

Adweek discusses just how realistic Ryanair’s supposedly-$15 flights to Europe are.

The NYTimes claims this Norwegian view of the solar eclipse prompted people to travel from all over the world. You’ll understand why.

Like world music? You’ll love this story from NPR about an incredible collaboration amongst African musicians.

The Netherland’s “Original Cool” campaign gets a new addition in a slow and lovely spotlight of Van Gogh. (via Adland)


Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Here in America, we’ve pretty well succeeded in taking all the beauty out of St. Patrick’s Day. Cheap beads, silly hats, mugs of questionably-tinted green beverages, and of course, plenty of vomit from ingesting three times too many of the beverages I previously mentioned. So it was lovely to see this gorgeous ad from Discover Ireland, focusing on the emerald beauty and spirited community. The copy isn’t incredibly unique, but delivered by Liam Neeson’s powerfully quiet voice, it’s the perfect accompaniment to the sweeping shots that can truly only be described as travel porn.

What do you think? Does it make you want to #GoGreen4PatricksDay, or do you think it’s just another gimmicky ad?

4 Ways In Which Buffalo Trace Is Building The Better Distillery Experience


We were lucky to visit Buffalo Trace around this time last year, as we tasted our way through the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Each of the distilleries was working towards an immersive visitor experience—and I’m excited to see the Buffalo Trace is leading the charge!

Originally posted on The Whiskey Wash:

The Buffalo Trace distillery, which recently just released the final bourbon bottlings in its Single Oak Project, is one very busy Kentucky operation. The brains behind such popular whiskey brands as Ancient Age, the Antique Collection, Benchmark, Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, Elmer T. Lee, Hancock’s, Old Charter, Old Taylor, Rock Hill Farms, Sazerac, Stagg Jr., Van Winkle and W.L. Weller always has something afoot at their visitor friendly facilities, so much so they emailed out today a big update on some very cool happenings you’ll want to know about. I’ve boiled down this to some meaty bullet points below for your consideration.

buffalo-trace The HQ of Buffalo Trace (image via Buffalo Trace)

  • The completion of Warehouse X at the beginning of last year was later followed by the first set of barrels being brought in this past summer to this experimental facility. It is here, in four independently operating chambers, that…

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Friday Five: Travel Link Roundups 2/27

Interesting stories from around the world (wide web).

Are you ready for the Underwoods? Roadtrippers has put together a guide to the House of Cards filming locations.

In or around London? I charge you with checking out the new pop-up owl bar…guaranteed to make your office happy hour a hoot. (SORRY, it was too easy) via PSFK

Speaking of the Brits, NPR had a fascinating article about the science behind Britain’s tea-drinking culture.

Planning a jaunt to Europe this summer? Sidestep the crowds with some of these lesser-known hotspots. via Travel and Leisure

And finally, treat yourself to a moment of zen with these crazy-cool-creepy cinemegraphs, as seen on The Bold Italic.


How Studying or Working Abroad Makes You Smarter


Makes sense to me!

Originally posted on TIME:

How does studying or working abroad change you? You return with a photo album full of memories and a suitcase full of souvenirs, sure. But you may also come back from your time in another country with an ability to think more complexly and creatively—and you may be professionally more successful as a result.

These are the conclusions of a growing body of research on the effects of study- and work-abroad experiences. For example: A study led by William Maddux, an associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, found that among students enrolled in an international MBA program, their “multicultural engagement”—the extent to which they adapted to and learned about new cultures—predicted how “integratively complex” their thinking became.

That is, students who adopted an open and adaptive attitude toward foreign cultures became more able to make connections among disparate ideas. The students’ multicultural engagement also predicted the number of job…

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