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Rock up at a mu­sic fes­ti­val in Aus­tralia, en­joy com­mu­nal vibes in Mex­ico, or pay homage to Frida Kahlo at the V & A.

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Habitas is one of a new wave of life­style ho­tel col­lec­tives that are es­sen­tially so­cial clubs, fos­ter­ing a global com­mu­nity and en­cour­ag­ing in-house com­mu­nal vibes with their so­cial ar­chi­tec­ture. Open­ing their first ‘home’ in Mex­ico’s beau­ti­ful beachside town of Tu­lum re­cently, in­side you will find long tables to en­cour­age gath­er­ings at meal times, tea breaks and dur­ing sun­downer cock­tails, as well as ac­ro­batic yoga, group mas­sage, sun­set par­ties with a DJ spin­ning tunes, and a jun­gle court­yard cinema. The rooms mean­while, have pri­vate ter­races and out­door rain show­ers with home­made bath prod­ucts, us­ing in­gre­di­ents such as local co­conut, av­o­cado and honey. Ap­par­ently Namibia and Mal­ibu are the next des­ti­na­tions on Habitas’s list. habitas­tu­


The in­ter­net is all very well for doc­u­ment­ing all of our trav­el­ling ad­ven­tures for all to see, but there’s noth­ing quite like keep­ing a per­sonal jour­nal. Fill its pages with those pon­der­ing thoughts, doo­dles and ideas. Putting pen to pa­per freely like this helps to for­mu­late plans and work through the var­ied and colour­ful ex­pe­ri­ences and mo­ments in our lives. Chroma Sta­tionery will per­son­alise your cho­sen shade of note­book for you with your own choice of coloured em­boss­ing, what could be bet­ter? chro­mas­ta­


Snacks are an es­sen­tial for any trav­eller, but plas­tic bags and cling film are far from en­vi­ron­men­tally – and hu­man – friendly. Plas­tic can take up to 500 years to de­com­pose, while the ph­tha­late chem­i­cals it of­ten con­tains can po­ten­tially harm health. On top of this, less se­ri­ously, any­one who has been on a long haul flight, bus ride, or bunked in a hos­tel dor­mi­tory, also knows that plas­tic bags are un­fea­si­bly noisy for fel­low trav­ellers when af­ter that mid­night treat. Hap­pily there is an an­swer to the crin­kling and it’s re­us­able wraps, such as those made by UK Cotswolds-based com­pany Beeswax Wraps. Nat­u­ral and hand­made us­ing pat­terned 100% cot­ton, pine resin, jo­joba oil and beeswax from a local bee­keeper, the wraps keep your food fresh and tightly sealed. Af­ter use, wash in cold water and soap and wrap up your home­made nour­ish­ment all over again. Take a pack trav­el­ling with you and make that small but im­por­tant change.


An awe-in­spir­ing pre- his­toric set­ting with the Milky Way stretch­ing above you, Wide Open Space Fes­ti­val in Cen­tral Aus­tralia, is a unique and im­mer­sive fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence. Its lo­ca­tion is fun­da­men­tal to its au­di­ence and appeal. Ap­prox­i­mately one hour’s drive out of Alice Springs, in a gorge within the Mac­don­nell ranges, Wide Open Space is a three- day mu­sic fes­ti­val for those ded­i­cated and pas­sion­ate about mu­sic, cul­ture and com­mu­nity. Work­shops, mar­ket stalls, lec­tures, in­stal­la­tions – na­ture is both the back­drop and head­liner. Like­minded ex­plor­ers with enough gas in the tank for one long re­turn jour­ney: unite here. The fes­ti­val takes place on May 4- 6.


There’s noth­ing bet­ter than stum­bling upon some­where beau­ti­ful and wor­thy of a stop­gap in your jour­ney. It’s the joy of slow travel, par­tic­u­larly in spring and sum­mer; find­ing a per­fect patch and then rolling out your beloved woollen rug, bring­ing out a sturdy flask of cof­fee and pack of bis­cuits from the bot­tom of your ruck­sack, while bask­ing in your sur­round­ings. The Fu­ture Kept have Welsh­made 100% re­cy­cled wool throws in a wide va­ri­ety of colours. No two blan­kets are the same, mean­ing your throw is unique to you. In­fin­itely use­ful, keep it with you at all times and also use as a post-swim blan­ket to wrap around you on the beach, by a wild swimming spot, or on those chilly morn­ings by the camp­fire. the­fu­


Amer­ica’s Mu­si­cal Jour­ney is a 3D doc­u­men­tary film nar­rated by the ac­tor Morgan Free­man, fol­low­ing singer-song­writer Aloe Blacc on a road trip ad­ven­ture ex­plor­ing the mu­sic of Amer­ica. From New York to New Or­leans, Chicago, Nashville, Mi­ami and Detroit, the sto­ries of jazz, coun­try, soul, blues and rock and roll are told. Ex­pect flash mob danc­ing, pad­dle-wheel boat­ing and sky­div­ing with Elvis im­per­son­ators. A cel­e­bra­tion of cre­ative risk­tak­ing, di­ver­sity and cul­ture, ev­ery note tells a story. amer­i­c­as­mu­si­caljour­


Gather around the fire pit, have a re­lax­ing swim in the lake, join new friends to feast around a ta­ble – An­other

Place cre­ates ac­com­mo­da­tion de­signed to bring peo­ple to­gether and con­nect hu­mans to the el­e­ments. Their lat­est open­ing, An­other Place, The Lake, is a Ge­or­gian house on the shores of Ull­swa­ter, the sec­ond largest lake in Eng­land. Wait­ing to be ex­plored, en­joy its sur­round­ing 18 acres of mes­meris­ing Lake District Na­tional Park; a place that in­spired po­ets such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Pot­ter. A high­light – when not ram­bling over the hills, of course – is the 20-me­tre swimming pool, which with its glass sides boasts spec­tac­u­lar views of the ho­tel’s sur­round­ings. There’s also a sauna, treat­ment rooms, car­dio room and hot tub, while through­out the ho­tel and grounds you will find gath­er­ing spaces to min­gle and chat: the fire pit, ter­race, gar­dens, large sit­ting room and fields. An­other Place has plans for fur­ther ho­tels across the UK. an­


Hy­dropower isn’t al­ways a clean en­ergy source. Patag­o­nia’s lat­est doc­u­men­tary film, Blue Heart, de­picts the fight to pro­tect Europe’s last wild rivers. The Balkan Penin­sula be­tween Slove­nia and Al­ba­nia is sub­ject to more than 3,000 pro­posed hy­dropower projects, which threaten to de­stroy the cul­ture and ecol­ogy of this for­got­ten re­gion. If fierce local op­po­si­tion fails, 20,000 kilo­me­ters of pris­tine sparkling creeks, rag­ing trib­u­taries and swift, braided cur­rents of the last un­dammed wa­ter­sheds on the con­ti­nent will be for­ever da­m­aged by thou­sands of dams and di­ver­sions – at a time when dams are be­ing de­com­mis­sioned through­out much of the de­vel­oped world. Watch the film on itunes from Au­gust 8th. blue­heart.patag­o­


Per­haps the queen of colour, most cer­tainly vi­brancy, Frida Kahlo was a cel­e­bra­tor of self-ex­pres­sion. She was an iconic Mex­i­can artist who em­braced fem­i­nism, Mex­i­can cul­ture, na­ture and emo­tions through her bold use of colour and folk art style. Her self- por­traits are in­stantly recog­nis­able and deeply pow­er­ful for their hon­esty and beauty. The Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum in London is ex­hibit­ing a col­lec­tion of Kahlo’s per­sonal arte­facts and cloth­ing, pre­vi­ously locked away for 50 years af­ter her death. Promis­ing to be an ex­tra­or­di­nary and emo­tive range of pieces, from in­tri­cately em­broi­dered cloth­ing, to Kahlo’s pros­thetic leg with pat­terned leather boot at­tached, this is the first time the ex­hi­bi­tion has been shown out­side of Mex­ico. Vis­i­tors are sure to be in­spired. The ex­hi­bi­tion opens on June 16th.


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