Lincoln Harrision Photography Captures the World’s Beauty

This incredible picture, and many others like it, were taken by amateur photographer Lincoln Harrison. Harrision, 37, spent about 15 hours taking pictures in the Australian outback. He was able to capture these incredible spirals because of the earth’s rotation, which makes it look as if the stars are flying across the horizon.

The location is in Lake Eppalock, in the southern state of Victoria.  As he explained his new passion, “I wasn’t planning on getting into it as a hobby, but a week later I had about eight lenses and all the other goodies. I couldn’t wait to get started. I’ve been shooting at least two or three times a week ever since, mainly landscapes, and star trails when the conditions are right, I’m lucky enough to live not too far from the outback. With no buildings for miles, the sky is so clear and it’s amazing to be able to capture the beauty of the night’s sky on camera.”

A Deserted Island Get-Away | Song Saa Island

If you ever have some time on your hands and a sense of adventure, there is a private island waiting for your arrival. And, it even boasts its own time zone!  Song Saa in Cambodia is a hidden treasure for adventure-seekers.  With its close position to the equator, the island has its own time zone, a creation from the island owners. This allows visitors to soak in an extra hour of daytime fun each day.

The island includes, of course, expansive beaches, palm trees, clear water and coral reef.  The chefs at the only hotel accommodation on the island have cooked for the Beckhams and for William and Kate. And the accommodations are not to be believed with complete privacy.

The hotel stay comes with a visit from two Buddhist monks who come over from the mainland to bless guests and the island.  Find out more about this adventure and enjoy your own get-away by booking a trip with Cazenove + Loyd or by looking for the Song Saa Private Island Resort.

30th Anniversary of Graceland Approaching

“Love me tender; love my true.” For thirty years now, people have been flocking to “love” Elvis Presley at Graceland, his home in Memphis, Tennessee. Now, Graceland is celebrating its 30th anniversary of being a tourist attraction.

Memphis, with the help of Graceland, has managed to turn into quite a tourist attraction with almost 18 million visitors over the last three decades who come to see Graceland, enjoy music and have fun.

As Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ ex-wife, recounts,

“Every time I go in there, I feel like Elvis is going to come down the stairs any minute. I have no doubt that he’s there, somewhere, his spirit. I think people feel that.”

Graceland was actually seen as a burden after Elvis’ death in 1977, as it had high estate and inheritance taxes. Priscilla came up with the idea of opening the home to the public, while others had wanted to sell it. After visiting other famous houses like Hearst Castle, and securing a $500,000 loan, she opened it to tourists on June 7, 1982.

Helped by Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, they sold 3,024 tickets just on the first day and have generated $32 million a year in revenues through their worldwide merchandising and licensing business. About 500,000 people come to Graceland annually and the attraction has revitalized the surrounding area of Beale Street in downtown Memphis.

As Priscilla said, “It’s been incredible to see that the legacy of Elvis is still going strong. We wouldn’t have imagined that when it was opened in 1982. Elvis is as popular now as he was then, if not even more.”
Today’s fans really do still “Love me Tender, Love me True” when it comes to Elvis Presley.

Sit Back with the Picnic Time Reflex Portable Travel Couch

Picnic Time Reflext Travel Couch

Industrial design is a fascinating field – and it’s fun to marvel at the designs that they come up with. Take the Reflex Portable Travel Couch.  This is a small bag that looks like a laptop-style case that instantly turns into…a sofa! The couch actually has armrests, a built-in steel frame, and the ability to support as many as two people.

Brilliant.

Online retailer Kohl is selling the suitcase-turned-sofa for £80. Amazon’s got it for $119.95.  Created by Picnic Time ,it measures 39 inches in width and has three-inch thick cushions. Campers, music lovers and others can grab it in black, red or navy today. Happy sitting!

Death to the Postcard

It should come as no surprise that today’s social networking sites have been the kiss of death for snail mail. And this includes postcards. While people the world over used to send postcards to loved ones while they were vacationing in exotic locations – today they can simply instant message or post pictures on Facebook and other sites.

Researchers with Mintel looking at the issue in the UK found that, while about 33% of travelers used to send postcards from a vacation spot, today only 3% do so.  As Analyst Alexandra Richmond said,

“Younger Britons may never have experienced the joy of receiving a postcard in the age of social media and many others may have forgotten the sensory experience a writing set gives the sender. We’re traveling more and we’re also more connected than ever before.”

The postcard began in 1840 with a hand-painted design that was posted in London to writer Theodore Hook. The first postcard in the United States was postmarked in December of 1848 and it included a printed advertisement on it.  Certainly, the lengthy history of the postcard and its vast popularity can be well documented and cherished – but it’s definitely a thing of the past at this point, relegated to memory books with stamps, stationery and the written letter.

America’s Top Ten Vacation Destinations

Last week’s list of top five travel destinations for college graduates across the globe revealed the ages’ common desire for laid back, beach-themed vacation spots.

The Seattle Times released a list of the top summer vacation cities within America, and the winning attractions were not much of a surprise:

  1. Disney World, Orlando
  2. Honolulu, Hawaii
  3. Disneyland, Anaheim
  4. Las Vegas
  5. Kahului (airport for Maui)
  6. New York City
  7. Lihue (airport for Kauai)
  8. San Francisco
  9. Phoenix
  10. Seattle