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Gift Guide for Travelers 2012

November 24, 2012

It's that time of the year and shoppers are out in full force checking items off of their Christmas lists. Our 2012 Gift Guide for Travelers is short and sweet this year, no mentions of useless travel neck pillows or recycling items from last year by adding a "4" or "5" or "mini" to the equation. Advertisers have not paid to have these items endorsed either. Instead, we simply picked 5 gift ideas that we felt could add to the experience of the traveler in your life - no matter who they are.

For the Apple that Doesn't Fall Far from the Traveler

Olloclip Quick-Connect Lens Solution for iPhone

Olloclip Quick-Connect Lens Solution for iPhone $69

These days an iPhone can make a far better photographic travel companion for those that prefer to be unencumbered by awkward camera gear and to be honest we've scrapped many professional equipment induced photos of our travels for impromptu images taken from our smartphones that somehow captured the moment better than "set up" shots. However many have been frustrated by the iPhone's inability to log those special moments that are further out of our eye's reach such as a surfer descending down the face of a ferocious winter swell wave many yards away from our sandy position on the North Shore of Oahu or a cascading snowboarder returning from the snow kissed mountaintop at Whistler Blackcomb. The Olloclip Quick-Connect Lens Solution for iPhone fills that void by allowing for fast attachement and setting to nail that perfect shot far away while maintaining the quality you've become accustomed to. Olloclip.   

For the Luxury Traveler

Louis Vuitton City Guides

Louis Vuitton City Guides $33

Old fashioned hardcopy guidebooks can never truly be replaced by online travel guides, and this is coming from an online travel guide. There's just something to be said for being able to hold that bound copy in your hands when on your travels but at the same time some of the more image conscious traveling fashionistas and fashionisters balk at the prospect of flipping through a Frommer's or Fodor's or God forbid Michelin (as in Michelin Man) guidebook. Enter the Louis Vuitton City Guide - a fashionable LV marked guidebook available for renowned tourist destinations. Before your radar goes off against pretension remember that Louis Vuitton got its start well over a century ago in making high quality travel trunks and leather goods made to withstand all sorts of overseas adventures. Don't let the 5th Avenue Barbies ruin this eye catching and durable city guide book for you - Louis Vuitton makes a quality guidebook perfect for fashion forward travelers tired of kicking back in foreign coffee shops with bent cornered, weather stained publishings that don't stand the same test of time of its well traveled reader. Louis Vuitton.     

For the Tipsy Traveler

VinniBag Wine Transporter

VinniBag Wine Transporter $28

Your next trip to wine country should include this essential prized bottle of wine transporter so as to avert potential in-transit catastrophies that could leave your luggage contents coated with red Château Lafite-Rothschild - what a waste. Of wine. The VinniBag, sounding more like the moniker of a mob enforcer, in our opinion offers far better protection than the more popular WineSkin found hanging in the liquor section of airport duty-free shops. VinniBag.

For the Out of Bounds Traveler

Wenger Swiss Army Portable Solar Charger

Wenger Swiss Army Portable Solar Charger $180

Wenger of Swiss Army fame has introduced a potential life saver with its portable and extremely bendable solar charger. This flexible solar paneled creation can attach to the visible side of your backpack on any expedition and within a few hours can fully charge your defunct smartphone in the event of an emergency or if you simply need to check-in with your friends or family back at home. We'll be adding this to our supplies on our next 11 mile trek along the Kalalau Trail to the NaPali coast. Wenger North America

For the Really Out of Bounds Ski Bum or Bunny

Zeal Optics Z3 Transcend GPS Goggles

Zeal Optics Z3 Transcend GPS Goggles $549.95

From an Anti-Fog Infused Lens Process to an Integrated Recon MOD GPS System to an In-goggle view-finder that displays your stats via 16:9 widescreen, you couldn't Google a better pair of goggles in our opinion. The Zeal Optics Z3 Transcend GPS Goggles are perfect for the hardcore ski bum or bunny that wants no part of the beginner or bunny hill. These goggles are for off-piste adventurists, snowcat drop-offs, heli-skiiing psychopaths and hellcats. Sometimes the even best need rescuing and the integrated GPS system of the Zeal Optics Z3 Transcend GPS Goggles offers a lost and found option that loved ones will appreciate, plus they just look really, really cool - apres ski club wear anyone? Zeal Optics.

For the Traveler that Likes to Make a Statement at Baggage Claim

Divina Denuevo Luggage Tags

Divina Denuevo Luggage Tags $16

Divina Denuevo literally means “Divine Again". Divine, or Divinity, is the state of things that come from a supernatural power. In our experience nothing makes us feel more "connected" to that power (no matter the name or face you place on "it") than travel. Make a statement and catch the eye of everyone at baggage claim who still use neon toned shoelaces to identify their luggage by showing off your distressed leather Divina Denuevo Luggage Tags - complete with pressed in travel adventure quotes from the incomparable poetic likes of Emerson or Tolkien. Divina Denuevo.

Divina Denuevo Luggage Tags

Wish You Were Here - Marcus Maraih, Editor, YAHglobal.Com

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Keeping It Weird

November 16, 2012

Keep Portland Weird

I've visited the city of Portland Oregon on more occasions than I can count in my early youth. I was a bit of a Greyhound bus enthusiast that would hit the road up and down the coast visiting beach towns and hole in the wall zip codes that connected the bigger cities. During layovers I would wander around Old Town Portland to grab snacks and kill time but my still adolescent eyes remained unimpressed by the Late Victorian architecture and vintage shops. Each experience was shrugged off with the nary a care attitude that could only be impressed by shiny objects - neon signs, waves, bikinis, laser discs. That kind of thing.

Recently we visited Portland for a quick assignment to add it to our online travel guide. After sifting through countless images, notes, and anecdotes from contributors I have to say in my adolescent ignorance that I missed the boat on what may very well be the hippest city in North America depending of course on your definition of "hip".

Portland's unofficial slogan is "Keep Portland Weird". First time travelers to Portland may wonder why this text is painted on the red brick wall of Old Town and found on half peeled bumper stickers of aged VW's commuting regularity along Burnside. Is it a compliment? Spend enough time in Portland and you'll soon find out why it's referred to as weird. Where else will you find an old high school converted into a hotel/bar that uses classrooms for suites and also keeps a movie theater in the gymnasium which serves beer to patrons laying about on sofas watching fresh-run releases and art house cinema? Portland also has an inordinate number of world class donut shops with one in particular that may or may not serve voodoo cursed pastries. Even something as common as a city aquarium offers up a twist in Portland by allowing visitors to spend the night with hammerhead sharks gliding by inches away behind sheets of plexiglass. How you ever dreamed of eating world class grilled cheese while seated on the second tier of a double decker bus that's been converted into an eatery? Portland's got that too. Tiki Bars? Yep. But no night out on the town can start right without first getting an ala carte hairdo at a local chain of coed barbershops that serve beer and behave more like tattoo parlors. Do I need to mention the 24hr Church of Elvis? All of the above of course wouldn't be possible without support from the most eclectic population you'll find congregated in one place. The crazier the better because the people of Portland are some of the friendliest we've met. Keep Portland Weird? Indeed.

Wish You Were Here - Marcus Maraih, Editor, YAHglobal.Com

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