The Wanderess Has Your Next Airbnb All Lined Up, An Architectural Destination On A Budget!

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Summer travel can be hard when it’s high season in the dreamiest of destinations and you can’t really write off “jaunt to Positano” as a work expense. But don’t get down! This time around The Wanderess takes you for a spectacular architectural experience on a budget. The Wanderess Has Your Next Airbnb All Lined Up, An Architectural Destination On A Budget! VERITE WOMAN, Gypset, Gypset Life, Jet Setter, Airbnb, Best airbnb's of all time, Joshua Tree, Desert destinations, California, Palm Springs, Yucca Valley, Coachella, Travel, Worlds coolest places, Architecture, Affordable Airbnb.Just two hours shy of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is a destination loved by groovy gypsets, rockstars seeking salvation, and healers living their truths — and among them are friends of Vérité Niko and Tienlyn. You may remember The Wanderess’s stay at their ever-popular Cactus Mountain Airbnb, but now I want to transport you to their newest hacienda, an affordable Airbnb for architecture aficionados, The Geodome.The Wanderess Has Your Next Airbnb All Lined Up, An Architectural Destination On A Budget! VERITE WOMAN, Gypset, Gypset Life, Jet Setter, Airbnb, Best airbnb's of all time, Joshua Tree, Desert destinations, California, Palm Springs, Yucca Valley, Coachella, Travel, Worlds coolest places, Architecture, Affordable Airbnb.When I was but a little Wanderess with tree sap on the bottoms of my bare feet I was taken by the planetarium I visited as a child. Its structure was one I couldn’t fathom existing within the world of straight, conservative lines. Further, it was home to the stars, and that amazed me. Fast forward to a month ago, me still barefoot and chasing the stars, needing a blast of creative inspiration, but not having the funds to go very far. We packed up the pick-up truck and sought out nature as our muse. Into the desert, we went. You can only imagine my delight to spend a night in the quaint geodesic structure that is The Geodome. An aesthetic sanctuary amongst the yucca trees — this is the Joshua Tree locale you’ve been waiting for: still off the beaten path, and right in your budget. Displaying that eye for design and style Tienlyn is so well known for, the accommodation is stocked with everything you could want from cozy kitchen to outdoor lounge-space and even a bocce ball court. The A.C. is on high when you need a hideout from the heat. Joshua Tree holds so much mystic for so many already, and this addition is a diamond in the rough desert terrain. Book the Geodome here on Airbnb, and you can finally tick “sleep in a geodesic structure” off your bucket list.

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It’s World Oceans Day — 5 Easy Ways You can Give Back to Big Blue!

The ocean covers more than 70% of our planet’s surface and hosts more than 90% of Earth’s water. She’s mighty & playful, yet she has seductive powers that casts trance like spells upon us. Most who are graced with her presence succumb to her never-ending sway.
There is a notorious understanding that we often hurt the ones we love most – taking them for granted as we know they will always be there. This phenomena goes beyond human to human and seeps into our relationship with Mother Nature.
Right now, there is an island of plastic floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, that was last measured in March to be about 1.6 million square kilometers in size. To put it into perspective, this is more than three times the size of France.
Today is #worldoceansday and we have one favor to ask you; before you purchase anything that involves single-use plastic, remind yourself of the likely hood of where it will end up. Whether it be in a landfill or in the ocean, its inability to decompose is detrimental to Mother Earth. Remind yourself that the power is in your hands. On this World Oceans Day in celebration, we are slipping into our bikinis and headed to the coastline. Before we dive in, we wanted to share a list of crazy easy, super practical ways we can conserve Big Blue every day — even if you don’t live near its shores.

A reusable water bottle is your best accessory:
Not only are we a nation chronically dehydrated, but we also have the terrible habit of using plastic water bottles and discarding them without realizing the impact. Only 7% of the millions of water bottles manufactured a day are recycled and turned into new bottles.

Sippin’ on Stainless Steel:
Trade in your plastic to-go straw, or worse those flimsy recycled cardboard ones that disintegrate in your cold brew (anyone else hate those?) and invest in these reusable stainless steel straws. They minimize waste and wash easily!

Be the Clean-Up Crew:
Every time we head to the beach we make sure to have our If You Care compostable garbage bags and reusable gloves and just pick up micro-trash as we go. You’re not only giving a little love to the ocean’s edges, but you’re getting a nice beach walk in while you do it!

Get Clean:
Toxic products we use in our everyday life — the most harmful can be found under our kitchen sinks — get back into our water sources and into our oceans. These can be detrimental to the animal and plant life living within. Until we stop using these products it’s a never-ending cycle! Below we’ve linked some of our favorite green cleaning products for your reference.

Consume, but Check-in:
in conclusion, it comes down to consumer choice so anytime you go to buy something check in and ask yourself about the longevity and toxicity of the product. What is its life cycle? Is the packaging going to end up in a landfill and/or ocean? If it’s not biodegradable or properly recyclable — the answer is probably yes.

 

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This Weekend’s Road Trip Will Renew Your Sense of Adventure

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It’s often mid-week or mid-spring when the hunger arises. Like the grumblings of our stomachs that creeps up just around 10 PM, it’s the need to be satiated but this time by a changing of scenery. However, when you don’t quite have the funds for a ticket to Tuscany, and your PTO is no mas, there’s always Ojai.
Even if you can’t swing a night, an afternoon here will renew your sense of adventure and your nomadic tendencies. That’s why on a Sunday at noon four girls piled into a Prius and headed for the orange-blossomed hills of California’s hidden hippie oasis. Read on to find our treasured Ojai past-times.

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Why don’t you…

Grab a loaf of rye bread fresh off the counter of The Farmer and The Cook and a few other picnic accouterments and head for a shaded patch of grass just off the main road. 

Snag a bottle of wine from The Ojai Vineyard to accompany said picnic.

Stop to smell the orange blossoms. This time of year the Ojai area is rampant with heavy hanging fruit trees. It’s a sight to see, and even more rewarding if you’re able to snag a few for the ride home.

Book a night at the Ojai Rancho Inn for a most romantic look at local Ojai life.

Take in the sounds of the valley with the Ojai Rancho Inn’s Folk Steady — first Sunday of every month you can catch live music & maybe even Jack Johnson if you’re lucky.

Fill your woven basket bag at Summer Camp with independent designer goods and souvenirs for your friends back home!

Heal your soul (and sore muscles) when you take a dip in Ojai’s most serene natural hot springs, Ecotopia. Book online.

 

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Two Babes Borrow A Pick Up Truck & Chase The Sun In Search of The Worlds White Desert

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If there were to be a track to this travel story it’s Rihanna’s Desperado — blaring from the windows of a white pickup truck speeding from California to New Mexico, in search of the entrancing gypsum dunes of White Sands Monument.

Gotta get up out of here 
And you ain’t leaving me behind
I know you won’t, ’cause we share common interests you
Need me, there ain’t no leaving me behind
Never know, no, both flying out of here yeah
Once we’re gone, ain’t no going back

The scenario was as such, seeking a change of pace from the urban sprawl of Los Angeles, two babes borrow a pick up, pack their bags, and chase the sun towards New Mexico. A dashboard littered with crystals and bunches of sage, the scene was perfectly set for an enlightened journey.

Desperado
Sitting in an old Monte Carlo
We’ve both had our hearts broken
Take it easy
I’m not trying to go against you
I can be a lone wolf fishing

The ivory sculpted sand dunes emit a vast mood of noiseless aloneness — the type of place where thoughts can multiply into the infinite space. Beginning as a two day trip, it quickly grew in added hours as they put home on pause for more days dancing in the dunes.

If you want
We could be runaways, running from 
And it’s out of luck
Yeah, yeah, there ain’t nothing
There ain’t nothing here for me
There ain’t nothing here for me anymore
I don’t wanna be alone

The wardrobe consisted only of bare feet, billowing white fabrics, eclectic jewels, and micro bikinis — all you need in a locale where the temps hit high of 100 in early spring. Dashing from the park rangers to shed their clothes and run free, they bounded over the sand hills, and under the sun’s rays for what felt like endless moments until the desert turned pink, then black with night, and it was time to return to California. 
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Color Study: One Photographer Charms Us With Postcards From Cuba!

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It seems only natural that she booked herself a ticket to Cuba just a few months after the country settled differences with the U.S. and opened its welcome gate. Retrophiles have shared in worry — Cuba will soon be impacted by our tourism, and will no longer feel like a moment stuck in a time long, long ago. However, you see here, this has yet to unfold. Cuba is still a land of charisma — each photo almost bringing to life the sounds, smells, visuals of Havanas streets, all swirling together into one visceral treat. We wanted to know everything Anna could tell us about this until-now forbidden place, so grab your café cubano and read on…

Why Cuba?
My world is ruled by color so Cuba was a no brainer. Everything — the house, the cars, the people — are so vibrant. Cuba speaks my visual language, so it was the ideal place to make some color-heavy magic. Plus I’ve always been enamored w salsa dancing and salsa music– you can barely walk the streets there without getting pulled into the rhythm. You may be dancing with a stranger, but the moves are perfectly familiar.

What cities did your Cuban adventure take you to?
We flew into Havana and immediately drove to Viñales, a small rural town on the western side of Cuba. Viñales is so dreamy — it has one main road that’s lined with tons of colorful houses that lead you to the main square. The streets are filled with locals and travelers alike who are all mixing, mingling and dancing in the square into the wee hours of the night. By day we rode horses through the avocado groves and tobacco farms and sampled local rums and hand-rolled cigars. By night we’d always find ourselves back at the main square dancing with strangers and dipping in and out of bars with live music.
We ended our trip in Havana, Cuba’s capital. We spent our days soaking in the ocean air and exploring the winding streets of old Havana. We made friends with young locals and would explore art galleries and beautiful pools by day and then dance into the night on timeworn rooftops.

How did you prep for this trip? 
I did a lot of pre-planning because I knew we were going to have very limited access to the Internet once we arrived. My tips for anyone considering making this beautiful adventure are to:
Download an offline map — enter in all the destinations you’re interested in before you leave the States. This will show you what’s near each other so you can group activities in close proximity together on the same day
BYOB: Bring Your Own Basics — Because of the embargo, Cuba doesn’t have a lot of the basics that we’re used to having day-to-day. I didn’t realize how much I took for granted elementary first aid until I got some gnarly blisters on my feet. Not only did the stores not have Band-Aids, but neither did the emergency room…in Havana, nonetheless!
Embrace the Bike Taxi — Bike Taxis are a great way to quickly shimmy through the skinny streets of Havana. On our first day there we had a young kid Bike Taxi us around Havana Vieja and point out all the big landmarks so we could familiarize ourselves with the area.
Talk to the locals — Make friends with people you meet in the street and spend time with your hosts. Chances are they’ll turn you on to something unexpected!

Tell us about Cuban life: What stood out? What impacted you? Where did you feel the most inspired?
I was blown away by how friendly and welcoming the locals were — both in urban and rural settings we were greeted with open arms. It felt easy to experience the culture because everyone was excited to share it with us. I was most inspired by the colors. My eyes were constantly on sensory overload. I never knew where to look—the corners where the colorful houses meet, the vibrant cars whizzing past each other on the street or the striking older Cuban women smoking cigars alongside ancient buildings.

Let’s get down to it: Where do you suggest travelers go, eat, shop?

Viñales | Eat: At the Casa Particulare that you’re staying at! The hosts will often cook you a really delicious local meal that’s a nice change from the usual nosh

See: Tour the tobacco fields on horseback and take a day trip to Cayo Jutías, a wistful crystal-clear beach where the locals drive their old cars right up to the water

Do: Salsa dance with someone new in the main square!

Havana | Eat: At El Dandy for quick and delicious vegetarian friendly meals and free popcorn, La Guarida for a nice sit-down date, $0.30 street pizza!

See: Get lost in the streets of Havana Vieja and walk the Malecon (the big wall along the sea)

Do: FAC (Fabrica de Arte Cubana) for an evening experience of the young and modern in Havana

Shop: Clandestina for locally designed really rad clothing and bags

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