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How Much Does It Cost To Buy Your Own Private Island?

The thought of buying a tropical island is one many of us have dreamed of. Now imagine you asked a bunch of those people to chip in some money and actually buy an island. Well, that’s essentially what Marshall Mayer did with his Let’s Buy An Island project, resulting in the world’s first crowdfunded island.

The goal began to buy an island- any island – and potentially as more people invested, they could afford something nicer than a tiny river island in northern Canada. Let’s Buy An Island reached well beyond its initial goal in 2018 and ended up purchasing Coffee Caye off the coast of Belize. Now, it’s poised to become a micronation, offering citizenship to what’s being called Islandia.

belize island

Marshall was a guest on the foXnoMad Podcast where we talked about how Let’s Buy An Island came to be and what forming a micronation is like. It’s a fun discussion on the logistics of turning a dream into a tangible… in this case, island. You can listen to the episode here or watch it in full in the video above.

I also happened to be headed to Caye Caulker Belize two weeks after our conversation and guess who made it to Islandia? The plans for the island, mainly a vacation rental property that will make your friends jealous, hasn’t been built yet but it was an adventure just getting there. You can watch the entire trip in the video here.

NxTSTOP Makes Travel Pants You Actually Want To Wear

This post is sponsored by NxTSTOP. [What is this?]

nxtstop airway travel pant

Design and function don’t always meet elegantly in travel apparel, often leading to compromises on one end of the spectrum or the other. You don’t want to look like a dork when traveling, or if you choose to, end up hiding your travel clothes in a closet when you get home. NxTSTOP has developed a travel apparel line with fashion in mind, without giving up on making a durable, useful, travel product.

The Look

Right out of the box, NxTSTOP ships its clothes in compostable packaging, part of their broader sustainability efforts to use recycled, organic, and biodegradable materials. When you put them on, NxTSTOP’s Airway Travel Pant is sleek down the leg, thanks to a wrinkle resistant blend of 90% recycled nylon and 10% spandex with a bio-based finish that is also antimicrobial and sustainable. That combination of fabrics gives you durability with flexibility, not to mention moisture resistant quick drying pants. The right amount of stretch makes them especially comfortable when walking, with enough structure that they stay straight and always look perfectly ironed. Having the balanced amount of elasticity accentuates their slim look for a variety of body types.

NxTStop

NxTSTOP applied a finish to the fabric called HyProtecht a Swiss antimicrobial technology that protects the fabric against contamination by germs. The finish was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it works across a variety of microbes, including odor causing bacteria. (Microbes just love making a stink out of your sweat.)

Integrating Function

As part of NxTSTOP’s TravleisureⓇ design the exterior four pockets (one on each side, and two on the back) all have discrete zippers for pick-pocketing protection but can also be left open when you just need to warm your hands or look coy. Using black on black coloring with thin zipper lines means they don’t distract or takeaway from the overall aesthetic. The same goes for the NxTSTOP airplane logo on the thigh and branding by the ankle.

nxtstop Transit Bamboo Silver Ion Long-Sleeve Tee

Subtle design choices continue to work their way into the inseam, where NxTSTOP has put a drawstring on the interior for quick adjustments, in addition to the more traditionally positioned belt loops.

Caring for the Airway Travel Pant is also straightforward – good when you’re on the road and need ubiquitous laundry options. Cold water wash with a tumble or air dry and the Airway Travel Pant is back to new, satisfyingly without wrinkles.

How They Feel

The Airway Travel Pant has a light feel when worn, helping to maintain a good temperature balance in both cold and warm weather. Comfortable and smooth, the Airway Travel Pant can be worn on a hike, day of sightseeing, or when you need a more formal look. Versatility in your clothing comes in handy when traveling since you can carry less clothes, if the clothes you have can be used for a variety of occasions.

Fortunately, NxTSTOP has an entire apparel line that can help with your travel planning. Their tops, like the Transit Bamboo Silver Ion Long-Sleeve Tee are also moisture wicking, odor resistant, light, and breathe well for planes, plains, or plain old home. You’ll find throughout the ethos of NxTSTOP is comfortable, functional minimalistic apparel made sustainably.

Take their Ultrasoft Compression Travel Socks, which are also temperature regulating, help promote circulation on long flights, and can be found in black, grey, or blue depending on your tastes. The use of nylon, mixed with polyester and spandex give a comfortable stretch while remaining light is a feel NxTSTOP have integrated across their apparel line.

A lot of travel clothing tends to focus on standing out in functionality without considering who’s going to actually wear the clothes they’re making. NxTSTOP has designed clothes that can travel but aren’t limited to far away places.

Washington DC In Wide Angle, Photos During Lockdown

The streets around the National Mall in the United States capital Washington D.C. are extraordinarily quiet these days, even over sunny spring weekends with warm temperatures. Museums are closed, the Capitol Building fenced off, and the general state of the pandemic has reduced tourism in the city by 87 percent.

Large open spaces and few crowds made for good conditions to test out the Tamron 17-28mm ultra-wide angle lens. Here photos from the National Mall, in a unique state of springtime calm.

national mall

The lack of tourists is easy to see for most but for locals, the conspicuous few joggers, picnics, and games of soccer along the Mall is an unusual sight for a warm Sunday.

us capitol

Remnants of the events of January 6, 2021, barriers now stand blocks away from the U.S. Capitol Building. A stark contrast to this view.

Smithsonian National Musem of the American Indian logo

Mostly gone virtual, museums that line the National Mall have become their own outdoor exhibit, like the National Museum of the American Indian.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, closed for 6 months and counting, has also put a number of its exhibits online while waiting to open their doors again.

washington dc streets

These streets aren’t closed but it’s hard to tell from the photo above.

washington dc food truck

What was once a wall of food trucks, only the occasional one remains with its window open and food for sale.

washington monument

Although the insides are closed, the open spaces of the National Mall around landmarks like the Washington Monument make for good socially-distance-acceptable exercise and fresh air. When Washington D.C. does reopen though be sure not to miss this Chinese restaurant with a secret menu and take a drive out to the area’s other, lesser known space museum.

Not Wanting To Exercise Is Normal, Here’s Why

There are a lot of myths about fitness, including the notion that our ancestors were hulking super-humans who were always on the go. It turns out according to Harvard professor of human evolutionary biology Daniel Lieberman, hunter gatherers do a lot more sitting than you think.

Dr. Lieberman is the author of Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding and recently joined me on a recent episode of the foXnoMad Podcast to discuss common myths above movement. We also talk about the Paleo diet and why eating from a Stone Age menu might not be ideal.

You can watch a clip of my interview with Dr. Lieberman in this video or listen to the full foXnoMad Podcast episode here.

The Narrowing Gap Between Power And Portability

There used to be a time when you had to make significant tradeoffs between power and portability. That was an ancient time known as the early 2010s. Now, a decade later, the narrowing gap between power and portability means we might be closer to understanding the importance of global tourism.

You can watch my video here or read on.

Shrinkage

2020 was the year most everyone couldn’t travel but tech marched on and brought us a few new eye catching leaps forward. The Sony a7C became the smallest full frame camera on the market with a tiny kit lens to match. Apple’s new M1 chip Macbook Air takes leaps toward the rest of the Macbook lineup. I could go on… but the point is these products aren’t stripped down versions of the full sized thing.

The future of portable gear is a merger with power to become a new branch of electronic evolution.

Versatility Domino Effect

Sony’s a7C is immensely customizable and the M1 Macbook Air has 20 hours of battery life. Plucking out those two features shows that portable doesn’t just mean less, it can also mean more useful. Longer battery life has some obvious advantages but look a bit further and it means you don’t always have to bring chargers or extra batteries along. The domino effect is less time spend in airport security lines. Having a 4K video camera in your phone is a travel movie or moment that’s just that much more accessible.

Refocus From Tools

Ultimately, the less you have to think about what will fit in your backpack or how heavy a lens is or that you’re at 1%, the more useful your electronics become. Your focus is best spent on the places you’ll go, people you’re going to meet, and the world around you. As our tech continues to get smaller yet remain powerful (while coming down in price too) it means more of us will get to share. We’ll get to share in different and more creative ways and tell the stories of the world around us.

There’s a quiet revolution in tech that’s happening right now. In the cross-section is a world that’s potentially smaller, more understanding, and filled with more art from around the world.

3 Apple TV Shows To Fuel Your Travel Wanderlust

long way up

You probably don’t need much inspiration to travel these days if you’ve been quarantining but with the world closed off, everywhere feels a bit less reachable. Fortunately we’re more connected digitally than ever and having just come out of the tech season, you might be the owner of a new Apple device. New iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks come with a free year subscription to Apple TV and the vibrancy of these three series will make take your imagination places.

Here are 3 Apple TV original shows any travel lover will enjoy.

1. Long Way Up

long way up

Part of the Long Way series, Long Way Up follow Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor’s electric motorcycle trip from the southern tip of Argentina to Los Angeles. The cinematography is stunning, the motorcycle tech evolves literally throughout the series, but the camaraderie between Boorman and McGregor will remind you of your own road trips with friends.

Long Way Round is one of the best motorcycle books you can read and is a personal inspiration of mine as well.

2. For All Mankind

for all mankind

An alternate history where the Soviet Union lands on the moon first before the Americans and how it could have pushed the space race. The real appeal of For All Mankind, which is based on the technology possible during the 60s (even calls a very recent lunar discovery), is the societal changes that result. The acting is excellent and you’ll appreciate the story on Earth and the challenges in space, leaving you with optimism for our current times.

3. Earth At Night In Color

earth at night in color

This is another Apple series where you can marvel at the tech, focus on the result, or enjoy both. Using some of the most advanced cameras available, the series films wildlife at night but are able to show it in color. You may have seen night vision – take that image out of your head – and watch the first episode. The crew are able to film the nocturnal habits of lions, migratory birds, and adorably deadly (for insects) tarsiers.

A lot of the footage is the first ever captured because of the nighttime world the cameras unlock. Weaved beautifully into each 30 minute episode is a specific message about conservationism you might not have heard before. These are stories of the lives of animals, they’re families, and their environment. At the end of each episode you’ll also get to see a bit of the lengths the crew had to go to in order to film Earth At Night In Color, giving you an appreciation of the effort involved.

One More Thing

There’s a visual quality to each of these Apple TV series that’s bold aesthetically but nuanced in a way that makes the experience of watching them fresh. Once you’ve watch these, here are 8 other series you might want to marathon before you next flight.

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