I Searched Airbnb For the Best Socially Distanced Rentals

The best getaways—from home and humans.

We are all looking for the perfect getaway, but it’s difficult to find weekend vacations that still allow for social distancing—yes, we want a vacation, but we still want the ability to be a recluse. What this means is no condos and no renting a room in someone else’s home—you need your own space, and a place away from people and crowds. Earlier this summer, Fodor’s spoke with Airbnb to learn about their updated cleaning policies and why this rental site might be just what you need in a time of social distancing. With blackout periods for cleaning and entire homes to yourself, an off-the-beaten-path rental might serve as the safe getaway you were looking for. So we scouried Airbnb to find the best, socially distanced rentals for your next people-free getaway. For more on how to safely travel in the pandemic, download our new ebook, written in collaboration with WebMD.

10 Jaw-Dropping Basalt Formations Around the World

Who knew Mother Nature was such a talented sculptor?

In Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s 2012 Alien prequel, the characters land on a barren planet in search of—what else?—aliens. One of the scientists remarks that they must’ve found the alien base because “God does not build in straight lines.” Apparently, this “scientist” has never heard of columnar basalt formations. To be fair though, these perfectly geometric formations are so striking that they do look like you’re about to stumble on a lair of Handsome Squidward aliens. In reality, however, they’re formed by lava that contracts, consequentially fractures, and then, (depending on the spacing of the fractures and the lava flow) when the lava cools, the results are these perfectly shaped rock columns. Here are 10 of the most incredible examples of these geological wonders from around the world.

10 U.S. Dog Parks That Are a Destination Unto Themselves

You and your dog will fall in puppy love with these parks.

When we travel, we want to surround ourselves with the best a place has to offer. We look up the best things to do, the best restaurants, the best bars. But if you’re going to a new place with a certain loyal canine companion along for the ride, don’t they deserve the best as well? Here are some of the coolest, some of the most beautiful, and—of course—some of the best dog parks in the United States (that humans will love too).

10 Bonkers Things I’ve Needed to Barter While Living on the Road in a Pandemic

In these crazy coronavirus times, I’ve gotten back into the wonderful world of bartering.

I live fulltime on a 19-foot Skoolie named Bubba the Bus. Making money while living on the road is a challenge, but, why do you need money? Well, for starters, to acquire things like groceries, gas, parking, power, water, and showers. Now that campgrounds and RV Parks are reopening, some of these burdens are alleviated; however, the average cost for a night’s accommodation begins at $35 and only goes up from there. Where can you park when campgrounds are closed? Where can you shower when gyms, Rec Centers, and public places are closed? Where can you dump your toilet or fill your tanks when RV parks and rest areas are closed? Welcome to my wonderful world of bartering. The current situation has prompted me to dust off a lifetime of skills and recycle them into things of value. In the process, one-of-a-kind experiences and connections have been created. The biggest challenge has been proposing the barter/exchange in a way that people understand because they aren’t used to hearing it. The conversations usually start with “This might sound a little crazy” or “this may seem odd, but” which were the exact words I said to a fruit farmer in Bakersfield, California, when I made my first barter on the open road. Here are the many things I’ve been bartering en route.

All the Best Products From the Mets 150th Anniversary Shop

There’s no better way to celebrate the Met’s 150th year than with one of their newly released collectibles.

An art enthusiast’s dream, the host to the most talked-about gala, and the backdrop to many-a Gossip Girl revelation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an integral part of New York City and its culture. When a museum is able to consistently attract locals and tourists alike, you know something has been done right, and the Met has been doing that something right for 150 years. While the art museum likely never anticipated celebrating its 150th anniversary with only 25% capacity, its recent reopening is a win for both the museum itself—which was closed for six months—and the New York City residents who missed it. However, for those unable to visit the museum, there are other ways to not only celebrate the museum’s historic anniversary but to show support (financially, of course). Teaming up with popular designers and brands, the Met unveiled their 150th Anniversary Edit, celebrating not just the museum and the art within, but the visionaries and voices it inspired. The store’s newest additions contain everything from totes to tops to tennis shoes, and will surely sell through items quickly (and for good reason). To help you get ahead of the crowd, we’ve rounded up the collection’s best products.

The Best Pandemic Hair Products to Stop You From Cutting Your Own Hair

If your hair feels more like a pile of hay attached to your head than actual hair, these products can help.

Most likely, there’s a lot going on atop your head right now, and if you’re anything like me or anyone else I know, you don’t like one bit of it. If you’re staying safe and away from the hair salon during COVID times, it’s time to treat yourself (and your hair) to some TLC. We’re staying away from the salon and gritting our teeth for a few more months (hopefully that’s all it is) and waiting for it to be safe again; but until then, here are some products to give your head a makeover and stop you from cutting (or buzzing) your locks.

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