This weird looking pillow is actually one thing we never travel without. I’m not kidding. You can buy more toothpaste if you forget that at home, but you cannot so easily replace this super comfortable travel accessory. I was skeptical because I’ve used other travel pillows before. However, after taking it on countless international flights, bumpy bus rides, and long train journeys, I can confidently say the J Pillow is my best travel buddy. It’s three-pronged design allows for comfy neck support and keeps your head from falling to the side or getting sore from unnatural sleeping positions. I love to recommend it to people and haven’t found anyone who doesn’t think it’s great after giving it a try!
Floating in the Dead Sea is a bucket list-worthy item for sure. Resting in the Judean Desert, it’s the lowest point on Earth and also the saltiest body of water. Ten times saltier than the ocean, no macro organisms can survive in it, hence the name. People have been visiting the desert oasis for thousands of years to float, use the spa-quality mud, or just marvel at its beauty.
Over the last 50 years, the water level has decreased so much that the one Dead Sea is now in two main sections. People travel from all over the world to bathe in the mineral-rich muddy waters found in the larger northern basin, while we floated in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the smaller southern basin. Bring a newspaper to get the iconic Dead Sea photo, and enjoy yourself!
A few tips:
Don’t shave for several days before getting in the extreme saline water. I cannot emphasize this!
Bring a swimsuit you don’t mind getting messy. The mud and salty water can stain it.
Be extra careful not to get any water in your mouth and eyes.
It’s only recommended to stay in for about 20 minutes.
Rinse off at a beach shower immediately afterward.
While you’re in the Dead Sea area, you should also:
Visit the Ein Gedi desert oasis and nature reserve
If you’ve been following our Instagram, you know we love mobile photography. We take our phones everywhere. So when we found out about the Moment Lenses we had to try them out! These are the highest quality iPhone lenses that we’ve ever tested. The image stays sharp all around and adds excellent versatility to an already powerful camera.
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT is pretty amazing. Take a look at a snippet of our time with it in the movie above. From the storied pedigree of a brand that knows muscle cars, the 2015 Ford Mustang is no frills. Music by Jamaican Queens. Hint: Turn up the volume. Full Screen.
We love to ski and will go any chance we get. We’ve been to a lot of mountains throughout Colorado and New Mexico, but one of our favorites is Ski Santa Fe in New Mexico. We went there again this year and fell in love with the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe. From soaring mountain views, to fresh produce grown on site used by the chef, Rancho Encantado is one of the most exclusive and rejuvenating resorts you can find.
Four rings to rule them all! Okay, so that’s not the official Audi S5 motto, but maybe it should be. We don’t live in Germany, but the winding roads of our hometown were more than enough to put this Deutsche-land dream machine through the paces.
One of my first cars was an Audi, so you’ll have to pardon the bias, but I love Audi. Since its introduction, the S5 has captivated Audi enthusiasts around the world. Then came the cabriolet, which is the version had. We’re typically not fans of a droptop, but even we had to make an exception for the S5.
We love eating, and we love seeing new places (what this entire blog is about). Bangkok is such a great city to do both of those things at a rooftop restaurant or bar. The weather is warm year-round, so it’s a perfect city to explore from above while enjoying cocktails and tasty cuisine.
Naturally, we wanted to partake in the trendy rooftop scene, so we spent a fun evening at Centara Watergate Pavillion. They actually have two rooftop hangouts. One is a restaurant called Chili Hip that features Thai cuisine and other Asian delicacies. The other is a modern bar called Walk that serves craft cocktails and specialty snacks.
At Chili Hip, we tried a variety of dishes like roasted lamb, red curry chicken, and chocolate ganache cake for dessert. They have a specialty cocktail made with vodka that has an actual chili pepper in it. It’s one of the bravest/coolest looking drinks I’ve ever had! The entire restaurant is trendy and romantic without being ultra cheesy.
At Walk, there is modern furniture, glowing lights, and a giant screen featuring models on a catwalk. Basically, it felt like we were at a fashion show after-party, not that I know what that actually feels like, but a girl can dream. The bar alone is edgy and posh, and the rooftop aspect and beautiful views of the city make for an incredible night out.
To best enjoy stunning views of Bangkok, we recommend getting to Centara near dusk because the lighting is phenomenal for photography, and then continue to enjoy the mesmerizing city at nighttime. Start at Chili Hip for tasty fusion cuisine and then make your way up the stairs to Walk for a more upbeat cap to your evening. Check out the pictures from our experience!
In the dark ages of investing and trading, guys in suits would pass goofy hand signals across a trading room floor to execute trades. Then came the internet, and with it a smorgasbord of online trading houses, each offering trades for up to $10. Then came Robinhood, the disruptive app that’s changing the landscape for anyone looking to invest their money in companies they follow and care about. With zero ($0) commissions and no minimum balances, our curiosity got the best of us and we tried the app out for ourselves.
Have you ever wanted to retreat from the real world to an island oasis where you have all the necessary modern amenities but are hours from any major civilization? Well, we did that. And it was great. Readers, meet Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort & Spa.
One of the most beautiful parts of Thailand is a group of islands called the Phi Phi Islands, where we were fortunate enough to stay at Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort & Spa. The nearby island that has become world famous after the filming of The Beach is called Koh Phi Phi Leh and is an uninhabited national park. The island is just spectacular, with giant limestone cliffs rising over mesmerizing jewel tone waters.
We went on the Early Bird Trip with our resort to avoid the swarms of tourists that come from Phuket and Krabi around midday, and we loved it. There was only one other small boat of people, so we practically had the entire place to ourselves. We were never rushed and had plenty of time to enjoy the jaw-dropping natural beauty. We visited Maya Bay, Loh Samah Bay, and Viking Cave, famous for the bird’s nest that is used in Chinese bird’s nest soup. We also went snorkeling several times throughout the trip. It was the best snorkeling I’ve ever experienced. The fish are bright and beautiful, with many different varieties living among the coral reefs around the island. The water surrounding this incredible archipelago is the most gorgeous blue-green water I’ve ever seen, quite unforgettable. The pictures do not do the island justice!