Improvised Life » travel If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:44:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shipping Pallet Transport Vehicle Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:00:03 +0000

(Video link HERE). Shipping pallet creations are among our most popular posts and we’ve featured A LOT of them over the years. Tomáš Moravec‘s re-purposing of the simple pallet may be the most inspired of all:

“A new transport vehicle brings change into the spatial perspective of a passenger in motion and generally changes the life of the city, through which the pallet can run, guided by a map of the city lines.”


Check out other big fat pallet ideas here.



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Annals of Bike Hacks: An Electric Suitcase Scooter Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:51:00 +0000

On the way to the airport ten years ago, He Liangcai, a Chinese farmer-turned-amateur inventor lost his luggage. That loss gave him the idea for a transportable suitcase that could come with him to the terminal. He spent the next ten years developing his drivable suitcase using the frame of an electric scooter with a suitcase wrapped around it.

The 15 pound suitcase-scooter is capable of transporting two adults at 12 miles per hour up to a distance of 37 miles on a fully charged battery.


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A Net Bag Becomes a Scarf and Necklace + DIY Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:00:59 +0000

Sinnae Choi

A couple of weeks ago I met Virginia del Giudice at Maria Robledo’s house. Virginia is a long-time Improvised Life reader, photographer and co-owner of La Percalinaa shop that sells very fine vintage clothes in Buenos Aires whose stained fabric fix Improvised Life posted recently. That evening, she presented me with the most lovely gift: a net bag made by Kichi indians in the north of Argentina. She said: “When I read your post about these king of bags, I decided you should have this one.” And what I beauty it is, made with natural fibers and dyes; I did not want to put it down. Something made me drape it around my neck and loop it like a scarf so I could wear it:  A suprising, impromptu use of a beautiful neg bag: (more…)

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The Burning House: What are Your Most Essential Objects? Thu, 22 May 2014 08:05:36 +0000

Poppie Airill

We’ve written about Foster Huntington’s love of simplicity before, but we’ve recently discovered another project of his: The Burning House. This one, makes us think about our Life Essentials by asking the question, “What would you take with you if your house was on fire?” We love that Huntington has taken this familiar question a step further by asking people to photograph, list, and submit, their essentials. (more…)

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Ramp Season: Odes, Festivals and Recipes Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:31:38 +0000

Every April, I start thinking about ramps, the first wild food to peek through the cold ground in early Spring, and the focus of equally wild festivals throughout the Appalachian mountains. For decades, I’d travel down to West Virginia to the Helvetia Ramp Supper to get a transformative blast of ramps, both raw and cooked. Here is one of the best descriptions I’ve heard of that first bite, by David Voodoon Noble, also known as The Ramp Moses: (more…)

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Home is Where You Park It Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:56:23 +0000

Home is Where You Park is an inspiring book that celebrates the joys of living a minimalist's life on the road, in camper or car, an homage to "people living really cool lives, doing things they love as opposed to the expected"…with Nature as their living room.]]> 0
making art in an airplane lavatory + other long-haul improvs Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:00:37 +0000

Nina Katchadourian

Long-haul flights can seem like a singularly uncreative time for many people. Artist Nina Katchadourian discovered that an airplane’s lavatory provided the art materials necessary to make Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style. It is part of her larger piece Seat Assignment, in which she improvises with a camera phone and materials on hand in flight to make photographs, video and sound works.

Seat Assignment is about  “thinking on your feet…optimism about the artistic potential that lurks within the mundane…curiosity about the productive tension between freedom and constraint.”

Katchadourian describes the birth story of her project: (more…)

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el cosmico’s teepees, tents and trailors (for rent or inspiration) Mon, 04 Nov 2013 20:34:56 +0000

El Cosmico

El Cosmico, a hippy-ish retreat/hotel with wonderful amenities and a very cool philosophy, offers a variety of simple, unique accommodations — teepees, tents and trailors — that promote sitting on porches, naps and other moments of non-action Even El Cosmico's website is both freshing and inspiring. We took a mini virtual vacation.]]> 0
2 weeks in Sri Lanka in 2 minutes: many improvs + a leap! Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:57:18 +0000

(Video link here.) Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine made a fast, sweet video of their 2 weeks traveling through Sri Lanka by foot, moped, car and boat. Turning OFF the irritating music makes for an inspiring little journey of swell everyday improvs. We especially love the LEAP at 1:50.

It’s one of many illuminating escapist videos at The Perennial Plate; they remind that there is a whole OTHER way of doing things…

Thanks Susan!

Related posts: fast forward’s mind-shifting finds virtual traveler: ‘a day in india’ (more...)]]> 1 new american nomads: freedom with less and walmart Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:38:14 +0000 photo

Nolan Conway for The New York Times

We recommend checking out the illuminating slideshow in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, about nomadic Americans who travel around in their R.V.’s, campers or cars, spending nights at Walmart parking lots, which apparently, welcome anyone with an R.V. or trailer. Photographer Nolan Conway has been taking pictures of Walmart’s ‘nomaic guests’ at several stores in central Arizona, and getting some of their stories. Their reasons for living without the usual home are compelling, an American dream of freedom, the road, and unexpected communities.  (more…)

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dept of tiny miracles: rainbow mountains of china Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:30:10 +0000 These rainbow mountains seem to be the stuff of the imagination. What an inspiring groove; they’re REAL! So the equation in our heads somehow becomes: if mountains can be rainbow colored than…anything….is….truly….possible….

more at  huffpost

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changing plans last minute…to surf in Ireland Tue, 05 Mar 2013 09:32:36 +0000

(Video link here.) We WISH we were the kind of person who just switchrf gears on-a-dime, as surfer Nic von Rupp did to great reward. Having gotten a call about the extraordinary surf in Ireland — IRELAND!!— he canceled the flight to Hawaii he was about to get on, and flew to Ireland instead, into a big unknown.

He found fine surfing and discovered chilly, but deeply warm-hearted, Ireland.

Come to think of it, we USED to do that sort of thing a lot when we were younger – less so with age…h-h-h-mmmmm….OMG!…perhaps we need to shake things up a bit.

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A Day in India from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.

(Video link here.) Seeing this wonderful day in India makes us see our own day here a bit differently.

(There’s a lot of seriously wonderful-looking food… (more…)

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aromatherapy sniff box: diy or buy Mon, 07 Jan 2013 18:10:43 +0000 sniff box focus 2

les floralies

Recently, we were enticed to buy a travel-size-two-fer of Les Floralies Sniff Boxes: one to encourage sleep, the other “focus”. Sniff boxes are little vials of “aroma beads” infused with various mixes of essential oils designed to assist well-being. We enjoyed Les Floralies‘ scents and charming packaging — and found that opening a sniff box did provided a lovely, instant break. But we have to admit that as soon as we opened the intriguing little vials, we started thinking about how we could improvise some ourselves, with our own, custom-mixed blend of scents. What would be the medium that would hold the scent of the essential oils for a good amount of time, without being messy when opened? White rice, balls of infused wax, salt...? Suddenly, we realized we had ALREADY improvised a solution — years ago.


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