On the Road — 5 Apps to Make Your Trip a Local Adventure

Hitting the road? We've got 5 apps you'll want to bring along. Photo: Littledoglost.blogspot.com

Hitting the road? We’ve got 5 apps you’ll want to bring along. Photo: Littledoglost.blogspot.com

The time has come to start thinking about journeys on the open road. When you’re planning a visit to the Grand Canyon, Niagra Falls, the Vegas strip or wherever your heart is set, don’t forget your phone! To make your memorable trip one for the books, Krrb has pooled together a few apps to discover local gems far and wide. These apps come loaded with tidbits on local shops, stays and events to get a real sense of your travel destination. Don’t forget to download our Krrb iPhone App to find locals around your next stop. With the inside scoop on all your travel stops, you’re sure to feel like a local in no time

DIY Club: Pretty Painted Pots

One thing we’ve learned since starting this DIY group last year is that sometimes, Pinterest lies. Our crafting fails, each snagged from the social media platform that makes you feel like you can conquer the world, include (but aren’t limited to) clay dishes charring in the oven and candles exploding. But when the metal washer used in said candle goes shooting across the room, we move from DIY fail to DIY life hazard.

On the Road — Sweet and Savory Healthy Snacks for Traveling

We've got tasty ideas on what to eat when you're behind the wheel. Photo: 2wired2tired.com

We’ve got tasty ideas on what to eat when you’re behind the wheel. Photo: 2wired2tired.com

There’s nothing like exploring the unknown with a tank full of gas, a great playlist and some treats for snacking. You can stockpile chips, Slim Jims and more at the next pitstop but let’s be honest, it’s not a friendly option for your wallet or your waistline. We’ve pulled together some savory and sweet snacks you can whip up faster than hitting cruise control. Read on to pick up some recipes sure to hit the spot while you’re on the move

5 Weird Museums to Visit on Your Next Road Trip

Weird Museums for Collector

Mike Fountaine is the owner of the world’s largest collection of McDonalds memorabilia. Photo: Telegraph.co.uk

It takes a special person to be a collector. A passion to acquire is essential, no matter the subject. From sneakers to coins to Star Wars memorabilia and presidential figurines, collectors feel a need to amass—almost an obsession really. For museums based on collections, that passion is taken a step further. It must be categorized and shared. These weird museums were started by collectors. And whether or not you care for the collection, you can admire their dedication to the subject. Check them out!

The Note Passer: Small Kitchen, Big Impact

Krrb — The Note Passer: Small Kitchen, Big Impact

Even though my kitchen is quite small, it still functions as the nerve center of our home. Since size necessitates our table be in the living area, the kitchen is purely a place of action: nourish, caffinate, brew, wash, prep, cook, store. Being that it is so small, items that make the cut into the kitchen cabinets must be invaluable or do double duty. In addition, part of refreshing my apartment includes removing as much plastic as possible, especially from the kitchen. This is because there is a documented risk of leaching that occurs when plastics are heated, washed repeatedly, or store acidic or basic items—effectively anything you would do in the kitchen. While there is debate over accepted levels of exposure, it would be impossible for me to know when I reached that level and the ubiquitousness of plastic makes it difficult to avoid in many situations. Instead of plastic, I look for materials like glass, metal, and wood when purchasing kitchen items.

It’s also important to me to know where items are made and who made them. Home decor products are often not as traceable as clothing, but there are some companies that reveal their sourcing and production. One of these is Artisan Connect. They source from nonprofits, artisan collectives, and other organizations that provide fair wages to the artisans and social services geared to the needs of their communities. The beauty of their products is in the preservation and celebration of traditional crafts. This isn’t charity or pity shopping—the artisans learn new techniques, teach others, and grow their cultural and economic development with the support of Artisan Connect.

Below are items that facilitate the bustling activity in my kitchen. They are made from natural materials, do double duty, and support the fair wages of artisans.

Get the Look: A Perfect Outdoor Patio

As the summer turns into fall, what better way is there to enjoy the outdoors than on your own patio? Creating the perfect atmosphere is simple. With a few necessities, you’ll be grilling with the gang in no time!

10 American Tourist Traps Worth A Stop

Photo: Vintageroadtrip.wordpress.com

Photo: Vintageroadtrip.wordpress.com

The tourist traps dotting American highways exist solely to collect your cash and send you packing with nothing to show but a tacky keychain. Right? Sure, they’re kitschy and yeah, sometimes they’re a headache, but we’d argue there are a few attractions that are well worth the trip. So pull that RV over, slather on some sunscreen and get ready for a tour of our favorite Americana travel stops

5 Great Ways to Repurpose an Old Trunk

Krrb — 5 Great Ways to Repurpose an Old Trunk

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We’re all about recycling and reusing but sometimes you’ll find things around the house that feel like they’ve met their final days. That’s where repurposing comes in! Have an old trunk that’s just full of junk taking up space? Well instead of trashing the whole thing, why not turn it into something new? Start repurposing with one of these fun projects!

Camping Made Easy: Easy DIY Campfire Starters

Krrb — Camping Made Easy: Easy DIY Campfire Starters

Photo: Twineandtable.com

As shocking as this may come to you all, I am not much of an outdoorsman. I rarely go camping and I definitely can’t start a fire without a lighter—I’m not a magician! How does a non-outdoorsman such as myself still come off as the next Bear Grylls? Well, before any weekend of camping I always make sure I’m as prepared as possible and with these easy DIY campfire starters I can do just that.

Then & Now: A History of Campers

Krrb — Then & Now: A History of Campers

Photo: Happiercamper.com

Ah, there’s nothing quite like the open road! With so much promise and possibility around every bend, the great american road trip makes for the perfect getaway adventure. So why would you even bother with airfare, baggage fees, and TSA checkpoints when you can bring all the amenities of home on the road. We are not talking about oversized RVs here, instead your best friend is the classic tag-along camper. Compact, yet crammed with all the necessary road trip essentials, the camper is really all you need. Variations of the modern camper can be traced back to the 1900’s, where it was little more than a folding bed rigged to a car. Since then, campers have come a long way! Keep on reading to learn more about the history of campers and to find out which camper you should hitch up to your ride.

Travel Technology — 5 Apps You Won’t Want To Leave Home Without

Pick up those shoes in person while you're in Paris! Photo: Wired.com

Pick up those shoes in person while you're in Paris! Photo: Wired.com

Get up close in treasured corners of the world and make the most out of your travel experiences. Whether you’re hunting for secondhand goods or for a home cooked meal, bring your smartphone along — and don’t forget to grab Krrb’s updated iPhone app to get the most locally wherever you are! I mean, what’s more local than someone’s living room, right?

Check out 5 other apps we’ll take along for the journey to experience how the locals do it. With mobile apps for every need on your trip, there is no need to pack your suitcase with travel guides and books. Now you have more room for souvenirs

5 Chicago Festivals to Heat up Your Summer

Krrb — 5 Chicago Festivals to Heat up Your Summer

We’re almost halfway through summer in Chicago and it feels like the fun is just beginning. Navy Pier has started their weekly fireworks, movies in the park are in full swing, and Miko’s Italian Ice has opened for the season to serve locals sweet treats on “hot” days.

If you’re still looking for something to do on the weekends, I can almost guarantee that somewhere, there’s a festival going on. Around town, festivals come in all forms and celebrate everything you can imagine. From hot dogs to heritage, most street fests only require a small donation.

When I’m not traveling, my summer schedule quickly fills up with festivals. A few years ago, my husband and I decided to take a Saturday and go to every street fest we could, starting the day at the German-American Fest in Lincoln Square and ending it at our fourth fest of the day, Renegade Craft Fair. However, we still felt like we could’ve made to a few more if time allowed!

That being said, here are a few festivals I’d recommend!

Offbeat Travel — Roadside Attractions

Photo: Codex99.com

Photo: Codex99.com

Oh summer, the season of road trips. Does anything go better than snacks, friends, warm weather and sight-seeing? When you’re planning your next road trip, in between the rest areas and fast-food joints you should find a place to stretch your legs and provide some entertainment. Whether these are your final destinations for a day trip or a fun stop en route, they’re all guaranteed to be memorable!

Our 3 Favorite Instagram Feeds Right Now

Instagram has become such an influential part of our lives as of late. Just about every person I know uses Instagram to post pictures of their cat or the food they’re about to eat—but what about the rest? We searched Instagram high and low for some of our favorite accounts and now we’re here to share them with you!

Eco-friendly Accessories for your Bicycle

Krrb — Eco-friendly Accessories for your Bicycle

To me, there is not a more enjoyable form of exercise than going for a nice, long bike ride. Pedaling away all of your problems as the wind blows in your hair is by far one of the more relaxing parts of life. We all know that bicycling is one of the most eco-friendly forms of transportation, but let’s take it to the next level with some green bike accessories! I’ve rounded up a few accessories to make your bike ride even greener than before.

How To — Traditional Pattern Graffiti

Krrb — How To — Traditional Pattern Graffiti

Last week I came across Spanish street artist, Javier De Riba’s unique take on graffiti and knew that I had to re-create it, but on a much smaller scale. Drawn to the patterns found in the Palm Werregue Baskets of Colombia and in short supply of concrete slabs, I decided to spray paint a classic zigzag design on a rectangular piece of natural fiber fabric. And, boy, was I glad I did! The final product was a bold minimalist take on traditional indigenous art. Not only was it easy to create, it ended up having that special charm only found in hand-crafted Colombian artefacts. For the price of a couple of cans of spray paint and a long afternoon, you can create your own traditional pattern-inspired graffiti. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create stenciled street art with a twist!

Vocal Trash — The Garbage Band That Recycles Rhythm and Instruments

Vocal Trash — The Garbage Band That Recycles Rhythm and Instruments

Photo: Facebook.com/vocaltrash

In the past 17 years, Vocal Trash has really hit home their message of recycling. This musical group started out performing a capella and now plays industrial instruments made from items like toolboxes and gas cans. They’ve expanded over the years, adding new members and more instruments and even mixing in break dancing, but their mission remains constant—educating audiences about sustainability

How To Recycle and Get Crafty With Secondhand Bike Parts

Photo: Shanghaiist.com

Photo: Shanghaiist.com

Let’s talk about a dark place that we all know exists, but don’t necessarily bring up in day-to-day conversations. Bike graveyards. There, I said it. Where neglected, unridden bicycles go to retire. By being the savvy and environmentally friendly people that we are these days, these bikes and bike parts get second chances. There’s a variety of different ways that bicycles can come back to life- from getting refurbished to being turned into art projects or education movements. Find out what you can do with your old bike and others that have been left.

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