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The Base Cabin Makes A Great Home Away From Home

Studio Edwards created the Base Cabin for the ultimate outdoor living experience. It’s a house on wheels with enough essentials to make a home away from home.

The exterior uses natural tones and a rubber shell to make it weatherproof and blend in with the environment. The interior has natural materials for a homey and minimalistic ambiance. This house utilizes an A-frame structure with a triangular window facing the bed to give the interior an illusion of space because the view connects to the scenery outside. This gives owners a good eye view of their surroundings straight from their sleeping space.

The Base Cabin makes use of framed glass windows on the walls to invite natural light and make the interior look roomy. There is also another glass window on the roof directly above the bed.

This trailer has all the simple essentials you need to make your outdoor living homey. It has a kitchenette equipped with a sink and a stove to make cooking possible. There are enough mounted wood slabs to keep food or other kitchen items. There is also a bathroom and a shower illuminated by a window above to create a sense of contact with the outside.

Moreover, the Base Cabin has a ledge near a window adjacent to the triangular window and just across the kitchen. Underneath the ledge, are storage compartments. The walkway between the ledge and the kitchen is enough to put a small table to sit people. It also leads to the door of the cabin which creates a spacious flow with an opened door.

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Everything You Need To Know About Camping in Snowdon

We Brits love spending time outdoors. Camping, backpacking, road trips and other outdoor activities take a lot of planning, though. When you’re spending time at home in your usual routine, you may not realise just how much you’re missing away from nature. Just the fresh smell of earth and camping on unchartered territories gets our blood flowing, doesn’t it? Hence, let’s learn more about a hidden gem called Snowdon

A cheer resounded around the House of Commons on Tuesday 23 June when the Prime Minister announced that campsites in England could reopen from July 4th – proof, presumably, that our esteemed MPs are avid campers.

So, do you want to experience the magnificence of New Zealand without having to travel halfway across the world in this pandemic? Well, we have you covered. This is where Wales and it’s resounding mountains comes to our rescue.

Apart from the amicable nature of the Welsh people and having rugby as the national sports of both Wales and New Zealand, they do have something else in common — the mountains.

Great and majestic mountains normally translate to good camping grounds for us outdoor enthusiasts. And what better place to camp in Wales than Snowdon mountains!

For a bit of trivia, the English name Snowdon just comes from the Old English “snow dun” which means snow hill. Not so poetic, those English, eh?

LOCATION

Snowdon is in Snowdonia National Park, an area of absolutely stunning natural beauty in North Wales. Likewise, irrespective of where you stay in the UK, the best way to reach Snowdon definitely is by car. That’s right, but if you don’t have one, just rent and save yourself the trouble.

If you can’t rent a car, then don’t lose hope just yet! Snowdonia National Park is still accessible by public transport. Camping in Snowdonia provides the genuine outdoor experience, and while the weather is generally unpredictable, we can still say that you’ll find some the best campsites around.

Snowdonia National Park dominates North Wales and hosts some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the UK. Ice-sculpted crags, tumbling waterfalls and scree-strewn mountain peaks adorn the landscape, and there are enough tracks and trails to keep the energetic occupied for months.

CHOOSING THE PATH TO SNOWDON

As crazy as it may sound, a total of six paths exist en route to Snowdon. Based on your fitness level, you really need to plan it out which path you would take while scaling the mountains. There aren’t any live volcanoes or human-eating bears in Wales, but that doesn’t rule out the unpredictability of mother nature.

Here, we’re only going to talk about the Llanberis Path, also referred to as the ‘easiest path’ to Snowdon. It’s not as steep as the others and a great choice for families wanting to climb the mountain. However, we almost forgot to mention that it is also the longest among the routes available

If you prefer a faster approach, take the Snowdon Mountain Railway, the climbing train boasts the distinction of being the only rack and pinion railway in the UK and offers a hassle-free trip to the top.

Camping Ground

There are a lot of camping grounds to choose from, but it all depends on what view you want. Another matter to consider is the fact that you cannot just set up camp anywhere in the region. There are designated sites where camping is allowed.

Things You Should Definitely Take With You

Most legal campsites in Snowdonia include a picnic table, a place to park your car, and a spot to pitch your tent. Many also have shared bathrooms with running water. Nevertheless, here’s a list of things you should carry: 

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Sleeping Pad.
  • Camping Pillow
  • A Bowie Knife.
  • Lantern
  • Camping Table.
Conclusion

Be it New Zealand or Wales, the greatest threat for any camper will always be other people with malicious intent. So make sure you visit in groups of 4 or more. Not only does it gives you added security, but also adds to the fun of being with family or friends. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your backpacks already and had on out.

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Apple plans to open a 192-room hotel at their new campus

Apple is a brand associated with its premium tech products and the attractive designs applied to almost everything that catches its fancy. In fact, experts recognize the company’s attention to detail and willingness to defy conventional viewpoints. Moreover, it is not limiting its aesthetic prowess to consumer electronics only. It’s evident that even the architecture of its flagship retail stores, as well as the ones inside malls, follow a certain style. Following the completion of its remarkable corporate headquarters, sources hinting that it is working on a Hotel

By now, it’s no longer a secret that the American tech giant is building a new campus in Austin, Texas. According to sources, the total area clocks in around a whopping 133 acres and should be open sometime in 2022. Another cool aspect is where it gets the energy to operate everything. Supposedly, 100% of its power will come from renewable means such as solar farms.

While the Apple campus itself will be initially housing 5,000 employees, it will eventually max out at 15,000. Equally notable is the city’s recent approval of a small modification to the original plan. Details show the inclusions of a six-storey 192-room hotel with a total area of 75,500 square feet. It appears that this is a solo project with no tie-ins to any existing hospitality chain.

The exact location puts in at West Palmer Lane and McNeil Road. Apple is apparently plunking approximately $1 billion USD into its hotel. Meanwhile, the high-end consumer electronics outfit is dedicating two million square feet to office spaces and other business facilities.

Learn more about it now: here

Images courtesy of Apple

Deepsea diving and the accessories you need!

Deep-sea diving is an exciting and exhilarating activity. A chance to explore the ocean and see the life below, it’s a fantastic opportunity to interact with the environment. While a great adventure, deep-sea diving also requires meticulous planning and a list of must-have accessories to ensure your trip into the sea is as enjoyable and safe as possible.

If you’re ready to explore the sea, we take a look at some of the must-have accessories which you should look at getting.

Mask

A high-quality diving mask should be at the top of every diver’s equipment list. When it comes to choosing one, while you can hire equipment like this, having one that perfectly fits you and is of the standard you want will ensure you have an amazing time.

Wetsuit/drysuit

Just like your mask, a suit is essential for any diver. Wetsuits are recommended for those swimming in warmer water and drysuits in colder temperatures. As well as helping to control body temperature in the water, wearing a suit can help reduce the chance of cuts, grazes and any other hazards caused by marine creatures, such as jellyfish stings.

Watch

All divers should wear a watch; it allows them to see how long they have been under the water for. One of the most iconic diver watches is the Omega Seamaster 300M, which is waterproof up to 30 bar. Some people buy a luxury watch with no intention of ever getting it wet, however, that’s exactly what the Seamaster was made to do. The Seamaster, like the ones available from Watchmaster, is also the favoured watch of both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig’s portrayal of James Bond.

Dive computer

Diving equipment and accessories have come a long way. One technological advancement has been seen on a dive computer. Investing in one is seen as essential as it can help measure your depth as well as working out how long you can spend in the water. This is an extra layer of safety and helps to prevent decompression sickness (where too much nitrogen has dissolved into the body due to increase pressure).

Camera

While this isn’t essential in the sense of safety and security as the others, it is a great idea to take a camera down with you. You can expect to see some weird and wonderful things under the sea, and you wouldn’t want to miss capturing the incredible experience on camera.

If you’re planning your next adventure, as well as the essential equipment you need, look at investing in these key pieces to ensure your deep-sea diving experience is as enjoyable and safe as possible.

Step out and experience The Edge At Hudson Yards

When hunting for some of the tallest skyscrapers around the globe, travelers can find these in almost every major city. There’s a certain allure to climb up to the top and gaze at the magnificent view that it affords. You’ll probably hear people talking about the more iconic ones such as the Burj Khalifa, Petronas towers, and Taipei 101 among others. These are the structures that provide an exhilarating experience for anyone fortunate enough to visit them. However, sometimes hidden gems such as The Edge at Hudson Yards.

If you know your way around New York City then it’s probably a familiar location for you. Just like the buildings we have been talking about a while ago, this is an edifice in the New York Skyline that would be worth your time. While we find being so high up already a treat in itself, the jaw-dropping panoramic view you get at The Edge is breathtaking.

Moreover, the distinction of being the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere should be enough to spark your interest at least. The moment you step out of the building, prepare to be amazed by the open-air grandeur. Knowing that you are 100 stories above the ground at more than 1,100 feet should give thrill-seekers that adrenaline rush.

The Edge apparently relies on cantilevers that allow the sky deck to overhang safely. If that’s not enough you can even take a step on the transparent glass floor. Trust us it is a view that not many live to tell about. Admission starts at $36 and demand will soon soar once it opens.

Book your visit: here

Images courtesy of Hudson Yards

Travel trend 2020: The rise of the ‘Micro-cation’

Weekend breaks are growing in popularity while long haul flights are slowly becoming a low-priority. Often when people are discussing travelling the world, they’re looking for a range of experiences from weekend breaks rather than long holidays. In fact, when some people go travelling, they’ll head to a European destination and do a road trip around some of the top locations nearby. For example, if you picked up car hire in Spain, you’d be able to drive around all of the big cities, and perhaps even take the trip onto France and visit some beautiful locations here, too.

Although there are still people who want to head off on relaxing holidays and lounge by the pool, more people are wanting to explore the world’s fascinating cities. Even more so, people are wanting to explore Europe, considering how easy it is to get to. Even those who still want two weeks off, they’ll often choose to do a trip consisting of multiple mini breaks – which means you’ll return having been to a number of countries.

One reason that people choose to do this instead of going on an extended trip away is because you can guarantee a mixture of experiences. Often, people will feel relaxed when they first go on holiday, but it can be followed by an urge to get up and do something new. However, when you’re going from place to place, that’s avoided, and you’re more likely to enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

As the trend continues to become more popular, questions about why Gen Z are more likely to take a micro-cation instead of a vacation have emerged. According to Business Insider, it’s because of their work ethic. According to a survey on the site, nearly a quarter of Gen Z participants claimed they feel guilty for taking time off work. With a long weekend away instead of a long holiday, you’ll only need to take a day or two off work, which is easier to arrange without missing anything important.

Similarly, people are becoming more eco-aware, so many travellers are opting for more environmentally friendly forms of travel. Instead of taking aeroplanes to travel the world, more people are looking to travel via trains, and thanks to the Eurostar, it’s easier than it’s ever been before.

According to the Evening Standard, 2020 is likely to bring the transformational traveller to life. The point of their adventures is to grow and learn about more ways to engage with the world. It’ll allow people to connect more with themselves as they connect more with nature too.

When it comes to holidays, not everyone wants to spend time reclining and recharging, so it makes sense to use that time to explore new countries and make the most of a weekend break.

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The Artefact Hybrid Yacht Has Built-In Solar Panels

What makes the Artefact Hybrid Yacht stand out from most combustion-engine builds is that it can run on its battery alone for a bit, without relying on fuel to push the hull forward.

The new 262-foot Artefact Hybrid Yacht boasts five decks and green-centric design elements that aim to provide silence and stability. As of this writing, the boat is undergoing sea trials before it eventually reaches delivery period next summer.

In making this new build, the goal for German shipyard Nobiskrug was to make something that could be operated as silently as possible. As a result, the design comprises a steel hull and composite superstructure, courtesy of maritime architecture legend Gregory C. Marshall. You’ll find 248-feet sundeck-mounted solar panels and a large battery storage system, both of which enable Artefact to operate silently for short bursts. That is, without relying on any combustion engines.

Also worthy of highlight is its DC-bus diesel-electric variable-speed Azipod-propulsion and dynamic-positioning systems. These advanced elements negate the need to drop anchor onto the fragile seafloor, while ensuring efficiency and lower emissions.

Custom six-blade propellers minimize noise and vibration as it maximizes performance. Moreover, you’ll find a wastewater-recycling system onboard, which filters and refreshes water for use in technical systems.

All these design choices have enabled the Artefact Hybrid Yacht to pass the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III emissions regulations. It arrives as one of the very few superyachts to achieve this feat. As for living quarters, you get eight staterooms and 12 crew cabins. And you’ll find all guest social areas in low-acceleration zones for more serene cruising.

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Photos courtesy of Nobiskrug