Here’s What Vanlife Is REALLY Like

Although the idea of living and traveling in a van is nothing new, the lifestyle gained a boost in popularity this year as many people looked for travel options that are safe (hello social-distancing) and actually allowed ( bans).

The Most Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes Region

The old lighthouses of the Great Lakes are believed to hold the unsettled spirits of those who kept them, and those who met tragic, untimely deaths.

The Great Lakes region was once a major hub for the shipping industry, with hundreds of ships traveling through their waters. Lighthouses were constructed in all five lakes to aid in the safe passage for the ships and their crews. But, at these often remote lighthouses, tragic, untimely deaths meant keepers and crew remained even after they died. These 11 lighthouses from Michigan to New York hold tales of unsettled spirits that can make any ghost hunter’s hair stand on end.

9 Unusual Airbnb Rentals Around New York State

These rentals are as odd as they are secluded.

You want to get out of the city, sure, but you don’t just want to go anywhere, right? Of course, you don’t–because you’re different. You’re just a little weird, right? You need a rental that stands above the rest in a super bonkers way. A private island? Perhaps. A goat farm? Absolutely. Something called a “milk barn”? Why not! If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that separates itself from the crowd in a big way then look no further than these 10 bizarre Airbnbs in New York State.

10 Stories of Shipwrecks and the People Who Lived to Tell the Tale

“Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn’t see the first shark for about a half an hour.”

Despite the dangers that come with seafaring, human beings can’t stay away. We’re drawn back to the ocean for travel, for riches, for sheer curiosity. And yet when mariners encounter these dangers, some have persevered against impossible odds. But in order to beat impossible odds, you have to do the seemingly impossible. Some trekked across frozen lands, navigated the treacherous expanse of the open ocean in nothing but a small boat, and some were left with no choice but to resort to cannibalism–but all of them survived.

11 of the World’s Most Isolated Destinations

These hard-to-get-to destinations are perfect for social distancing.

Isolation is the new buzz word, whether we like it or not. But even if it’s a new approach to most of us, in some parts of the world isolation is the old normal. The following destinations turn travel back into an adventure, making access difficult and so much more rewarding when you do finally get there. Keep these isolated spots in mind for future adventures.

These New Fall Cookbooks Are Full of Your Next Favorite Quarantine Comfort Meals

Stay inside, cook, eat, repeat.

We all need a little more comfort than usual these days, given that most everything is uncomfortable and we are still jailed in the confines of quarantine life. Yes, it’s true, fall looks extremely different this year, and going out and enjoying everything it has to offer just isn’t be possible, hard stop. So, bring fall to you, but this time, through food. It’s BYOC (bring your own comfort) this autumn season, so let’s sift through some cookbooks to keep your stomach and hopefully your mind (it’s connected to the gut!) comforted.

The 13 Most Haunted Places in New York City

You may want to put the Ghostbusters on speed dial before checking out these spooktacular spots in the city that doesn’t sleep.

As delightful as this urban jungle may be, New York City is brimming with horrors more arresting than the threat of a 13th sequel in the never-ending Halloween franchise (yes, it’s real, and it’s coming in 2021). There’s that mysteriously empty subway car haunted by the smell of an upchucked cheeseburger, the cultish co-op boards more sinister than the Satanic coven in Rosemary’s Baby, and of course, the Elmos in Times Square who pervert our childhood heroes more effectively than the clown from It. These scenarios, however spine-chilling, are child’s play compared to the grim stories hiding on the city’s darkest streets. You name it, we’ve got it: showgirl ghouls, cursed mansions, and apartments plagued with paranormal activity. New York, New York is a Hell of a town—literally. Visit these thirteen haunted sites to see for yourself.