CATEGORY: Birthday Bucket List

London’s Calling, with A Geo-dome Rooftop Bar Overlooking the Thames
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27106
VENUE:
Coppa
LOCATION:
London
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Dome Dining
Modern Comfort
Tower Bridge
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

Epic birthday ideas around here aren’t your average blowout house party. Instead, we comb through venues across the globe to bring you spots that are insanely gorgeous and worthy of planning a whole vacation around, because turning 30, 40, 50, 60, or even 87 is a BIG deal. In this edition of bucket list worthy birthday bash spots, we’re in full freakout mode over the rooftop lounge see-through globes at London’s Coppa Club Tower Hill.

Photography by Coppa Club Tower Hill

 

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See The Entire USA By Way Of Train From LA To NYC
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27103
VENUE:
Amtrak
LOCATION:
USA
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Cross-Country Train Trip
Winter Wonderland
LA to NYC
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



Riding the rails has long been romanticized in the grand lore of America. That’s because when it comes down to it, a seat by the window on a train car is honestly the best way to see this country. Unlike driving a car, you can relax and daydream. Unlike sitting aboard a plane, you can behold much more than clouds. You roll by mountains, forests, lakes, fields, rivers, plains, and beaches in total awe-struck wonder.

That’s why this week's #BirthdayBucketList item is the great adventure of traveling America by train. The prospect is as inviting as it is timeless; a matter of finally completing the dream trip you and every other wandering mind first conjured up as a sparkling idea as a teenager. In short, it’s the trip—and we know someone who just did it up proper. After writer-photographer Lucy Laucht took an ‘85 Westfalia from the Big Apple to Hollywood, she decided to once again explore the spectacular lands that wait for us all between the coastlines, this time heading east and this time on a train.

Words + Photography by Lucy Rose Laucht of These Foreign Lands

 

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A Locals Guide To Traveling Around South Tyrol
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27082
VENUE:
All Over South Tyrol
LOCATION:
South Tyrol
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Locals Guide To South Tyrol
Picturesque South Tyrol Destinations
All Over South Tyrol
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



It seems like any photo of South Tyrol could be a postcard. The Italian province is picturesque and dramatic with a rolling green landscape set against snowy peaks. Naturally, it’s a beloved destination for vacationers and adventurers, and it helps to have a local with recommendations. 24-year-old photographer Stefan Mahlknecht is one such guide. As his Instagram account wonderfully proves, he’s quite skilled behind the lens and his time is spent well outdoors around South Tyrol.

Having grown up hiking with his parents, Mahlknecht now spends his summers and falls trying to capture natural beauty, especially mountain scenery. Meanwhile, in the winter and spring, he mostly skies. “Skiing is my second big passion, after photography,” says Mahlknecht, “and I try to combine them more and more. Sometimes I get into a conflict where I don’t know if should shoot my friends while they’re skiing a great powder field or if I should rather ski down the mountainside by myself.” What better person to tell you how to make the most of a trip to South Tyrol? We thought the same thing and asked him for insider tips.

Photography: Stefan Mahlknecht

 

Discover South Tyrol With The Ultimate Local's Guide

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Sleep Cozy While Hanging Off the Side of a Peruvian Mountain at Skylodge
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27079
VENUE:
Natura Vive
LOCATION:
Sacred Valley
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Suspended Glamping
Relaxed Minimalism
Peru's Sacred Valley
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

The world’s most exotic escapes are sometimes the most dramatic as well. That’s certainly the case of the first-ever hanging lodge. Prepare to have your jaw drop and your heart stop—and start packing.

This week’s #BirthdayBucketList is Skylodge Adventure Suites, one of the absolute wildest places you can stay on this planet. Totally transparent and securely hanging onto the side of a mountain, these three single-room getaways are truly a sight to behold in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru. Imagine a dazzling green valley with the view of from a luxury hotel’s top-floor room, yet with an experience akin to camping or tiny living. There’s hardly a more unique stay out there.

 

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Stay At The Only Warrior Fortress To Ever Become A Luxury Resort
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27065
VENUE:
Alila Fort Bishangarh
LOCATION:
Jaipur
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
India Fortress
Restored Luxury Resort
Alila Fort Bishangarh
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

Relics of history, as fierce and formidable as they may have once been, can surely adapt to a new life—if lovingly restored. Such is the dramatic case of Alila Fort Bishangarh in the Bishangarh village of India’s Jaipur District. It’s an epic, stunning structure to say the least. Standing boldly atop a rocky hill—like a beacon of hope or power in some fantasy film—the fort is a unique example of Jaipur Gharana architecture, coming from both Mughal and British influence. It’s also ready to become your new favorite getaway.

This week’s #TrendingTopic is perhaps the only warrior fortress that’s been converted into a luxury resort. In the same structure that houses openings for firearms and turrets (known as burjs), you'll find multiple styles of royal suites and lavish public areas. It’s definitely one of a kind.

 

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