Question of the Week
Travel is one of those things where if you did it all the time you'd get really good at it. Unfortunately, few people get to do it all the time—including the staff of Budget Travel. (We're stuck in office meetings like most people.) So we thought it would be smart to pool our knowledge. We ask you a question, you share your advice, and then we spotlight the most helpful tips in a future magazine issue. Here is this week's question:
"I'll be visiting friends in Burlington, Vt., in November. What are some fun things to do there? I don't participate in winter sports so that can't be one of them." —Sarah Irick, associate art director
Please post your answer as a comment below. Thanks!
Dazzling images from under the sea
Veteran photographer Jeffrey L. Rotman fills his new book, Underwater Eden: 365 Days, with glorious images of ocean creatures in the Red Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, and elsewhere. Gawk at a shark, octopus, dolphin, turtle, and assorted fish in brilliant shades of neon and bizarre patterns and textures, in our slide show. Of course, the book is available at Amazon.
Webcomix get museum cred
MoCCA, The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City, is now showing a small but impressive exhibit on Webcomics—a label covering all types of online, serialized comics. The Internet gives artists the breathing space to be experimental, leading to some surprising inventions. For instance, a young man named Brian Fies recently wrote a webcomic about his mother's lung cancer. Another guy named Josh Neufeld has illustrated some of the stories of Hurricane Katrina survivors. The country's most famous webcomic is probably Penny Arcade, whose work is on display. Other represented artists include Jorge Cham (PhD), Pete Abrams (Sluggy Freelance), and Dan Goldman (the author behind the Eisner-nominated Shooting War and an upcoming graphic novel about the presidential campaign). The museum itself is on the fourth floor of a nondescript building on Broadway in a bustling SoHo shopping district. (By the way, if you've never visited a Japanese-inspired Uniqlo clothing store, be sure to pop in to the one a few doors down from the museum.) Hours are Friday through Monday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; tickets $5, kids 12 and under enter free. Moccany.org.
Wistful thinking about Hawaii
Who isn't tempted by the allure of the islands? The lush flowers, the droopy palm trees ripe with coconuts, the gentle waves lapping the shore…. Sure, it's a clichéd vision of Hawaii, but it's an effective (and largely deserved!) one. Travel companies have been milking it for decades, and Hawaii remains one of the top spots for honeymooners. While on my own honeymoon in Maui, I came across a package of postcards featuring vintage art from the early 20th century—the glory days of travel to Hawaii. This was a time when airlines and cruise lines were selling the glamour of travel to the Pacific by using some of the classic art imagery that had already been seen on "luxury" items like canned pineapples. Check out the slide show I've put together, showcasing a bunch of these iconic images of Hawaii. Related While we have you in the mood, read up on your favorite island, whether it's Kauai, Maui, Oahu or the Big Island. Earlier A slide show of photographs from the book Exotic Postcards: The Lure of Distant Lands [artwork courtesy of islandartstore.com]
We received the following email from Judy McFarland of Columbia, Mo. Please let Kate Appleton know that she missed one Wacky Festival in Missouri, the Testicle Festival. I've attached a billboard picture from the festival, which happens in Olean, Mo. Duly noted, Judy. We clicked these photos on Flickr to learn more. But you may be heartened to know that Budget Travel mentioned the Testicle Festival in its recent Road Trip: Eastern Kansas. [Update: A reader has reported on a second testicle festival. See comments below.] You can see Judy's testicle festival photo... here: And here is Kate Appleton's terrific roundup of Wacky Festivals.