5 exotic, eco-friendly Homestay locations to satisfy your wanderlust

September 8, 2016 by  
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Traveling the world and keeping a sensible budget may seem like contradictory missions, but new options in the hospitality sharing industry make global exploration much more practical. Homestay is one site which allows travelers to live with hosts in their unique corners of the world. As they say, you can live like, and with, a local in one of their 50,000 featured homestays, spanning 150 different countries and sporting surprisingly eco-friendly details. Spending your vacation at an eco-lodge in South Africa or a “peace home” in Nepal without breaking the bank is entirely possible, thanks to growing home-sharing networks. Here are some environmentally-conscious options to consider during your next spell of wanderlust. 18th Century rural house in Florence, Italy Hostess Francesca invites guests into her rural, but renovated, home in the hills just 27 kilometers from Florence. Visitors have free range of her extensive organic garden and ample kitchen space in each of her four available apartments to cook a delicious meal. Restaurants and chianti tastings abound in the nearby towns and a hot tub is available for sunset soaks amongst the grunts of wild boars, songs of crickets, and glittering starlight. Francesca invites people to “Bring with you the people you love, is there anything better that is worth living for?” Chilekatessen house built on the hills of Valparaíso, Chile Set in the hills of Valparaíso lies Chilekatessen house, a six bedroom abode with a gorgeous view of the bay and close proximity to public transportation and all the luxuries of city life. Hostess Maria Teresa shares her home and her passion for gardening and cooking with guests, as well as with her young son, Uwe. Private terraces, gardens, and ample daylight brighten the unassuming rooms. Maria Teresa says eco-tourism is her forte, after having traveled and lived across Europe, making this homestay perfect for the conscientious traveler. Charming bungalow in Jatiluwih, Bali Staying at Adiana’s eco-lodge in Bali drops you right in the middle of paradise. Visitors will find themselves mesmerized by the location on the slope of Mount Batukaru, the second highest mountain in Bali. This bungalow home is just minutes away from the Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple, a space for reverence, meditation, and blessings. Each of the four available rooms carry their own flair; some provide views of lush, tropical gardens and spring water ponds, while others face a spellbinding nearby rice terrace. “Peace home” eco-resort in Chitwan, Nepal The Shanta Ghar “peace home” is found in the grasslands of Madi, in the Chitwan District of Nepal. Surrounded by lush jungle, visitors can opt to lounge in the garden with the mango and lemon trees or venture into the wild on birdwatching tours or jungle camp excursions. The eco-resort is proudly constructed from local Sal wood, using traditional Nepali carpentry. Guests can choose between rooms in the main house, deluxe suites with private balconies, or round rooms in the “stone house.” A shared living room allows for mingling while you chow down on vegetarian fare made during Nepalese cooking courses. Swell Eco-Lodge on Wild Coast, South Africa The Wild Coast region of South Africa ’s Eastern Cape offers beauty, relaxation, and adventure. Hostess Lee-Ann invites families visiting her Swell Eco-Lodge to share in the view of rolling hills and the sounds of the sea. Wildlife aficionados will enjoy the sights of whales jumping, others the sight of cattle roaming a landscape steeped in history. The lodge features modern Rondavel structures with bright and artistic interior decorating. Both sea-facing and garden-facing rooms offer a place to relax in between outdoor adventures and enjoying a “green way of life.” + Homestay.com Images via Homestay.com

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Hôtel de Glace unveils 2016 design made of 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow

January 12, 2016 by  
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Elon Musk says Tesla will make fully autonomous models by 2018

January 12, 2016 by  
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It’s no secret that Tesla has been hard at work developing self-driving cars, but we haven’t heard much about when we can expect a fully autonomous Tesla model to be complete. Now, CEO Elon Musk has finally put a timeline on it, predicting that Tesla will have a truly self-driving car within the next two years . What’s more, he thinks it’ll be possible to call your car and it will be able to meet you—even if you’re on the opposite coast. Read the rest of Elon Musk says Tesla will make fully autonomous models by 2018

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See-through Porta Palace tiny home “feels bigger than expected”

January 12, 2016 by  
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Ethereal eco-resort blends Chinese tradition with modern elegance

November 9, 2015 by  
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LA’s new street lamps will keep cell service running after an earthquake

November 9, 2015 by  
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Los Angeles just announced plans to roll out a new generation of high-tech street lamps that can keep citizens connected even when cell networks are down after a debilitating natural disaster. Philips ’ SmartPole streetlights are equipped with energy-efficient LED bulbs and 4G LTE wireless technology by Ericsson . City officials are eager to celebrate the adoption of 100 SmartPoles, which will keep both businesses and citizens connected in densely populated areas. Read the rest of LA’s new street lamps will keep cell service running after an earthquake

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Greek teen becomes the youngest person to build a life-size functional 3D robot

November 9, 2015 by  
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Fifteen-year-old Dimitris Hatzis of Greece has become the youngest person on Earth to create a functional, life-size, 3D-printed robot that looks and acts surprisingly like its human inventor. It wasn’t a weekend hobby just for kicks, though. The teen was the youngest participant in ‘ InMoov ’, an open source project run by French sculptor and designer Gael Langevin. Hatzis spent more than 1,400 hours over the course of a year to plan, build, and perfect “Troopy,” his 3D-printed pal. Read the rest of Greek teen becomes the youngest person to build a life-size functional 3D robot

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Texas utility company gives electricity away for free – but there’s a catch

November 9, 2015 by  
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In some parts of the world, ‘Texas’ has become code for ‘crazy’ but that doesn’t have anything to do with the downright insane decision one utility company has made in the Lone Star State. In Dallas, thousands of customers of TXU Energy now pay absolutely nothing for electricity  they use between the hours of 9pm and 6am. This move, coupled with slightly higher daytime rates, was inspired by the surplus of energy created by wind turbines in the state. The Texas winds blow most strongly at night, producing insanely cheap electricity due to the abundance and federal tax credits. It’s so cheap, in fact, that the utility opted to give it away for free. Read the rest of Texas utility company gives electricity away for free – but there’s a catch

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Villa Escudero’s Waterfall Restaurant Lets You Dine at the Foot of the Falls

July 21, 2014 by  
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Ibuku Constructs Three Bamboo Homes in Bali’s Gorgeous Green Village

June 23, 2014 by  
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