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  • Floating Cities, Elevators into Space, and Trains Crossing the Atlantic: What the Future of Travel Holds

    Back to the Future, The Jetsons, and Robocop incorrectly predicted the future. The Cubs haven’t won the World Series like the almanac said. We’re nowhere near robotic maids, although Siri’s close. And robocops aren’t yet patrolling the streets, but they will in Detroit soon enough, so maybe that one’s correct. Needless to say, it’s difficult to predict the future, and future travel technologies are no different. If you asked men in the ‘40s if we’d ever send a man to the moon, you’d probably hear a resounding groan. If you asked people in the early ‘90s if buying a plane ticket meant logging onto a single website, and, in the matter of four clicks, you could jet your way to Dublin, I doubt they’d believe you. So today, what innovation will blow our minds in ten, twenty, fifty years? Space travel… so very real: True, we’re nowhere near the lives The Jetsons predicted, and I’m not advocating for r-obsessed dogs named Astro to alleviate our own space-race, but, for a hefty fee of $20 million, the Russians will shoot any bidder into space—a second space race? Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic hopes to launch commercial flights when 1,000 passengers shell out more »

  • California Is Burning: 18 Shocking Photos Of Wildfires Sweeping Across The Golden State

    Wildfires are sweeping across all parts of California, from Yosemite National Park to the central region near San Francisco. Thousands of acres have been burned and homes have been lost as Mashable reports. The fires are the most recent in a spate of almost a dozen wildfires burning across the state (see the map below). Around 100 visitors were airlifted from a fire in Yosemite earlier this month when the blaze unexpectedly approached the popular Half Dome peak. California’s extreme drought has increased the risk of wildfire statewide, and the National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning of “fire weather” in Southern California. The message warns that the area’s triple-digit heatwave, high winds, dry vegetation and low humidity mean any spark could set off a huge fire. Dry vegetation in California’s historic drought has worsened the wildfires. This year’s wildfire season has been the most destructive yet resulting in horrifying images on social media posted by locals of their smoking hometowns. To give you an idea of what is going on in California we pulled together the following collection of photos.

  • Is NYC Getting An Urban Gondola?

    The Roosevelt Island Tram, connecting Roosevelt Island to Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is a fun tourist attraction, but it’s not all that useful because how often does anyone need to get to Roosevelt Island? But CityRealty, an online real-estate company, wants to use the Roosevelt Island Tram as a template for the East River Skyway, an urban gondola that will connect Manhattan and Brooklyn. Anyone who has traveled the L train on the NYC subway in recent years can attest to the ever increasing amount of people traveling between Manhattan and Brooklyn’s eastern neighborhoods. As more and more housing developments are erected in Williamsburg and Brooklyn Navy Yard, the L Train riders will continue to swell in numbers. But running subway lines can cost $400 million per mile, a significant amount especially as cities struggle to reign in costs. However, the aerial ropeways that form the backbone of the gondola system cost just $3 to $12 million per mile. CityRealty’s proposal includes three phases. The first phase would see Manhattan connected with Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Phase 2 would go north, through Greenpoint Landing and Long Island City. Phase three would extend south and west, through Brooklyn Navy Yards, DUMBO, and more »

  • Where People Want to Travel According to Google Autocomplete

    The world’s most desired travel destination can be sorted and decided upon in an infinite amount of categories and filters, But to really get a sense of where people want to travel you have to get scientific. So we called upon our market research and development team at RSVLTS Labs to conduct a very complicated social experiment. Using Google’s complicated search technology, we sourced every letter in the alphabet using the constant “I Want to Travel to…” to find a definitive answer of where people want to travel to. Some letters gave us pretty obvious answers, “E” had Europe topping off autocomplete search results and “U” had USA, but some of the more interesting results came from “O”, “Y” and “H”; apparently people really want to go Home and apparently people love going to “One Direction”. Also note the second answer under “T”; me too. Me too. After all the results were archived, we decided to find out where the most desired travel destination would be without using a letter. Here are the results.

  • There’s a Secret Floating 2-Story Bar Off The Coast of Fiji You Should Know About [14 HQ Photos]

    Think of the quintessential idea of paradise in your head. Clear skies, white sand beaches, uninhabited islands, crystal blue water. Then add the icing on the cake, a two story bar floating just off shore with an in house international DJ, sun decks with day beds, world-class drinks and an Italian Wood Fire Pizzeria; all with a 360-degree view of the ocean. Soon they’ll even have Wi-fi, so you workaholics and Instagram fiends could satiisfy your technology addiction. The every changing location of the appropriately named ‘Cloud 9‘ is currently close to the Ro Ro Reef off the coast of Fiji’s  Mamanuca Islands. Cloud 9 fits around 100 people and offers motored and non-motored water activities as well. You can also book it for weddings, but since I gave you the idea you have to invite me.

  • Dubai’s Record Setting Dancing Fountain Makes Las Vegas Look Like Childs Play [22 Photos]

    The Dubai Fountain is a record-setting choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, located at the foot of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. It was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water 240 feet into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. It was built at a cost of AED 800 million (USD 218 million).

  • 16 Stunning Photos From The Top of One World Trade Center. We Even Zoomed Up On RSVLTS HQ!

    Time Magazine’s Gigapan atop One World Trade center is one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve ever seen. Check out the video above to show how the camera was actually placed at the top of the building. Using the Gigapan device you can control your view from very top of the Spire, then zoom to explore specific locations in the frame with high-resolution gigapixel images and panoramic photography. Visit http://time.com/world-trade-center to see the story about how the Gigapan ended up atop One World Trade then use it for yourself right here, http://wtc.gigapan.com/wtc. We went through and captured pictures of some notable locations around New York City and New Jersey, including RSVLTS Headquarters.

  • Thanks To Google Street View You Can Travel To Egypt Without Putting On Pants

    Have you always wanted to see the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Sphinx in Egypt but you have enough trouble going out to get groceries let alone flying 5000 miles? Or maybe you were going to save for a Egypt excursion, but opted for a 3D TV instead? Well now, thanks to Google Street View, you’re laziness and inability to budget will no longer hold you back from seeing the sights in Egypt. In 2013, Google sent a team to walk around Egypt’s historic sites wearing a backpack with a camera affixed to the top. Sounds like a tough job, eh? The photos were then assembled into panoramic 360-degree images and added to Street View. What are you waiting for? Head on over to Street View and feel a little less bad about yourself for never seeing Egypt in person.

  • Never Forget: 70 Powerful Images From September 11, 2001

    Some of the following imagery is pretty shocking but we made the decision to include these images in the photo set because it is the sad and shocking part of history. The term “Never Forget” has become semi cliche over the last decade but September 11, 2001 is a date that we must never lose sight of. September 11th was one of those days that everyone who was old enough to experience it will never forget. 9/11 also happened in a time of transitioning media. There was no Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It was one of the last major world events before the rise of citizen journalism. 

  • Nike x Teague Designed a Plane Built for Pro Athletes

    With professional sports teams spending billions of dollars in acquired contracts, home and practice training facilities it’s no surprise that a custom plane built specifically for athletes took this long to be executed. Teague, a interior plane design firm sought out help to the largest sports equipment company in the world to assist in layout and aesthetics to create what promises to be the standard in professional sports in the near future. The plane’s design is built to focus on four categories athletes lack when traveling on a standard air liner, Recovery, Circulation, Sleep and Thinking. Professional athletes are becoming bigger and taller, standard seats and air liners make it uncomfortable to travel, inducing cramps and strains in some cases. What Teague and Nike are doing is creating an “away” facility for their team to focus for the next game, while being comfortable and even more. Recovery: equalizing the negative effects of air travel on the mind and body, and bringing the training room to 40,000 feet through in-flight biometrics and analysis to accelerate injury diagnosis and treatment. Circulation: fostering natural mobility and building in equipment that ensures optimal circulation and promotes healing. Sleep: designing ideal sleeping conditions for individuals more »

  • Here’s What We Did With Our All Access Pass to Whatever, USA (60 HQ Photos)

    For the past three days we’ve been running around a small town in Colorado that’s been taken over by the biggest beer brand in the world. Coined as Whatever, USA, the small town of Crested Butte, CO was turned on it’s head when their quaint main street was taken over and skinned out in what can only be known as “Bud Light blue” from here on out. The street and light poles were painted BL blue, the sun flared off aluminum blue bottles in every direction for a mile and everywhere you looked, another random street event was diverting your attention. Every bar on the street was open for business, serving free Bud Lights from sun up to sun set. The food at every restaurant, on the house. A literal playground for a lucky 500 adults and their plus-ones who entered and won a contest based off of a ten second answer to a random question in a video booth. If you think that’s a recipe for disaster, that there’s no way 1,000 twenty-somethings, encouraged to drink free beer from dawn till dusk could end well you’d be wrong.  Those marketing genius’ in their “Bud Light Blue” tower at the Anheuser Busch headquarters in more »

  • Glacier National Park Might Be The Most Underrated Park In The United States [26 Photos]

    Not long ago more than two dozen glaciers in Glacier National Park would be able to survive the summer but scientists are reporting that there is a big leak taking place at America’s water fountain and climate change is to blame.   As USA Today reports, if you’re interested in seeing the namesake glaciers of Glacier National Park you better hurry. “The great sadness of Glacier National Park is that it’s probably going to be true that fairly soon, we’re going to call it ‘The National Park Formerly Known as Glacier’,” Ken Burns, co-creator of the PBS series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, says. With current global warming trends, the United States Geological Survey warns that Glacier National Park’s glaciers could disappear within the next several decades. The park boasts over 700 miles of trails across some of the most striking mountains, forests and lakes in the world. If you haven’t been lucky enough to visit the park that features 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals in 1 million acres we pulled together the following set of beautiful photos. Copyright: welcomia/Shutterstock Copyright: puttsk/Shutterstock Copyright: Galyna Andrushko/Shutterstock Photo via Bsam, view more of their photos on 500px Copyright: SNEHIT/Shutterstock more »

  • 1 WTC Is Getting An Equally Tall Residential Neighbor

    Last week Denny’s opened a location in New York’s Financial District and we were positive that there could never be any greater news for the neighborhood. But we were wrong. 125 Greenwich has been announced as downtown’s tallest residential building and second-tallest skyscraper. At 1356 feet, it will be just 12 feet shy of the roof of nearby One World Trade Center and almost as tall as the city’s tallest residential building, Midtown’s 432 Park Avenue. Despite the immense height, 125 Greenwich only features 77 floors due to the enormous ceilings offered. There will be 10 full-floor penthouses at 5300 square feet each, and a 10,600 square foot duplex at the top, which will surely become downtown’s most expensive residence. If you happen to know who buys it, please invite us over. New Jersey must look incredible from there!

  • New York’s East Village Then and Now

    30 years ago, New York’s East Village was like another world. It was the center of the city’s music and art scenes, a place both Madonna and Jean Michel Basquiat called home. But the East Village could also be a dangerous neighborhood, with high crime rates and drug dealers on every corner. Like most of Manhattan, the East Village has since been reborn, with coffee shops, brunch spots, and unaffordable housing. In fact, it’s now one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city and the country. Photographer Daniel Root recently came across photos he took of the Eat Village in 1984. Realizing its been 30 years and the significant changes in the neighborhood, he has been revisiting the locations and posting the series on Tumblr. There’s no commentary cheering or jeering gentrification, its simply a juxtaposition of then and now, allowing you to make your own conclusions. But there’s no denying that Tomkins could sure use a bandshell again.

  • SoHo Coffee Shop To Open “Central Perk” for ‘Friends’ 20th Anniversary

    Eight O’Clock Coffee will be completely remodeling their SoHo coffee shop into a pop-up shop made in the image of “Central Perk” from Friends. The fully functioning pop-up Central Perk coffee bar will be located at 199 Lafayette Street (at the corner of Broome Street) in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. It will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, September 17, following a special media preview Monday and Tuesday, September 15–16, and will remain open through Saturday, October 18. The shop’s business hours are Mondays–Fridays, 8:00 am–8:00 pm, and Saturdays–Sundays, 10:00 am–8:00 pm. Highlights of the Central Perk pop-up shop include: Select special appearances by Friends’ James Michael Tyler, who guest starred on the series as Central Perk’s infamously deadpan barista, “Gunther” Photo ops on the re-created Central Perk set, including the actual orange couch from the show — perfect for “sofa selfies” Weekly in-store performances akin to Phoebe’s improvised songs; who can forget “Smelly Cat”? Contests and giveaways throughout the month, featuring prizes that include Friends on Blu-ray™ and DVD (all 10 seasons!), the limited-edition Central Perk Roast from Eight O’Clock Coffee, branded gift packs and more! Friends-themed merchandise and Eight O’Clock Coffee’s Central Perk Roast and other bagged varieties available for purchase more »

  • When Life Hands You Tomatoes, Throw Them At Each Other [12 Photos]

    Each year, on the last Wednesday of august, the Spanish town of Buñol holds a huge tomato throwing festival known as La Tomatina. It all began in 1945 when a fight during a parade ended with the crowd pelting each other with produce from a vegetable stall. The next year a group brought tomatoes from home and repeated the process. The tradition continued to grow in popularity each year and was actually banned in the 50s, with participants jailed. But the tomato throwers would not give up, and the town eventually conceded. This year 22,000 participants threw 125 tons of ripe tomatoes at each other. Apparently, the town wants ants, because that’s how you get ants.

  • The 5 Best Burgers in NYC According to the Gotham Burger Social Club

    It’s National Burger Day, you guys! The one time of year you don’t have to feel guilty for hawking down a delicious greasy hunk of beef smothered in grease, gooey cheese and bacon in between two pieces of carbs. In ten years eating a burger of this unhealthy magnitude might be as taboo as smoking a cigarette in a bar, but for now WEEEEEE! Here at the RSVLTS we consider ourselves burger enthusiasts more than connoisseurs, mostly because the entire burger is inside of us before we can tell you how good it was, but the gents over at Gotham Burger Social Club, however know a thing or two about how to rate the best burgers in the (un-)official burger capital of the world, New York City. Their mission; eat & rate great burgers and have a little fun! The GBSC has been around for about a year and made up of a group of men who congrigate at NYC’s best restaurants known for their take on the iconic burger, where they rate, rank and review each burger complimented with a few drinks. Over the past year the club has been to over 50 burger joints and reviewed 15 of the best. Of those 15 here are more »

  • The World’s Most Liveable Cities of 2014 in High Quality Photos

    Every year the The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annualLiveability Survey which reveals the best and worst liveable cities in the world. For the 4th year in a row the same city has come out on top. Based on key factors including stability and the quality of healthcare, culture, the environment, education and infrastructure the EIU ranks it’s chosen cities based on a 100 point ranking system. Using these ratings the EIU found Vancouver, BC,  Vienna, Austria and Melbourne, Australia among the top 3 at a 97.3, 97.4, and 97.5 rank. The U.S. failed to rank among the top 10, most likely based on it’s expensive heath care system. The top 10 list actually hasn’t changed since 2011, Melbourne topping the list for the past 4 years. The Bottom 3 include (138) Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (139) Dhaka, Bangladesh and (140) Damascus, Syria. Here are the top 10 most liveable cities in high quality photos   10. Aukland, New Zealand Image: Shutterstock/DmitrySerbin Image: Shutterstock/Photo Image   9. Perth, Australia Image: Shutterstock/Gordon Bell Image: Shutterstock/Salehuddin 8. Helsinki, Finland Image: Shutterstock/Oleksiy Mark Image: Shutterstock/Oleksiy Mark   7. Sydney, Australia Image: Shutterstock/Dan Breckwoldt Image: Shutterstock/Leah-Anne Thompson 6. Calgary, Alberta Image: Shutterstock/e X p o more »

  • Portugal In Hyperlapse Will Amaze You [Video]

    Ukraine-based filmmaker Kiril Neiezhmakov has made hyperlapse videos of his travels in Moscow and Paris in the past and now he has created an incredible video that presents Portugal like you’ve never seen it before. As opposed to the static placement of the camera in traditional time-lapse productions, hyperlapse involves moving the camera to create a tracking shot. What elevates Kiril’s videos to another level is his transitions between locales. It’s like a sci-fi journey through space and time in glorious HD. After watching the Portugal video, be sure to check out his other hyperlapse creations at Vimeo.

  • This Giant Waterpark Was Once A Zeppelin Hangar [20 Photos]

    This former World War II zeppelin hangar may not look like much from the outside, but inside it contains one Europe’s largest waterpark. Located in Krausnick, Germany, Tropical Islands Resort is located in the former CargoLifter airship hangar, the largest free-standing hall in the world. The 650,000 sq ft facility contains a tropical village with replicas of traditional buildings from Thailand, Borneo, Samoa and Bali; a rainforest with 50,000 plants; a tropical sea that’s a 47,000 sq ft pool with a 660 ft beach; and a 13,000 sq ft Bali lagoon with fountains, canals, and whirlpools. There are also water slides, a golf course, and luxurious lodging options inside the facility. Now it’s time for America to do its thing and copy the idea while making it even bigger and better!

  • Add This Brilliantly Colorful Mosque To Your Travel Bucket List

    The Nasir al-Molk Mosque is one of the most colorful buildings on Earth. The multitude of stained glass windows, which is uncommon in Mosques, especially for those built before the 20th century, turns the inside of the mosque into a riotous wonderland of color that is absolutely breathtaking as Japanese photographer Koach explains:

  • You Can Now Take a Virtual Tour To the Peak of Mount Everest

    The treacherous ascent of Mount Everest is undoubtedly known as the most dangerous in the world. It’s hanging cliffs of ice and snow, waiting for the slightest gust of wind or sound to crumble down it’s crevasses make it a death wish for every climber who attempts the climb. And if the surrounding terrain isn’t enough to kill you the unforgiving altitude and wind will surely finish the job.  The conditions are so harsh, in fact, about 250 people have died trying to get to the peak of the highest mountain on the planet. Now Discovery Channel is taking the real fear out of everest and letting you take a virtual tour up the highest peak in the word. The ascent starts at the Everest Base Camp which is around 17,500 feet above sea level. From there you pass Khumbu Icefall, an ice river cliff that can reach up to 100 ft high and moves up to 6-feet a day causing ropes to break, ladders crushed and sometimes losing bodies in it’s ever moving ridges. The 3D trek, which finishes with a 360-degree view at Everest’s peak  is featured on a landing page for Discovery’s “Everest Avalanche Tragedy” a site dedicated o a documentary about the 16 sherpas who more »

  • Take Off: and See the Beautiful Temples and Rivers of Laos

    To many Laos is a country rarely heard of, sandwiched in between the beautiful coast of Vietnam and wide landscaped of Thailand. When the thought of traveling to South East Asia comes to mind, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand always take reign over the narrow country of Loas, but for years has been a diamond in the rough for travelers, with the beautiful temples, tranquil rivers and waterfalls of Luang Prabang. Laos is quickly becoming a sole destination for european travelers looking to relax while floating down one of it’s flowing rivers, but also exploring it’s rich history and customary traditions that have remained in tact for hundreds of years. Vat Phou or Wat Phu is the UNESCO world heritage site in Southern Laos Image: Shutterstock/isarescheewin   Buddha Park, Vientiane Image: Shutterstock/Danhvc   Buddhist Temple Image: Shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko   Village near by river and hill, luang prabang city Image: Shutterstock/Rat007   Buddhist Temple Image: Shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko   Hot air balloons flying over the river Nam Song at sunrise. Vang Vieng Image: Shutterstock/Kiwisoul Stairs at Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang Image: Shutterstock/M R   Night market in Luang Prabang Image: Shutterstock/Em7   Landscape by the Song river at Vang Vieng Image: Shutterstock/ kridsada tipchot more »

  • 20 Reasons You Should Book a Ticket To Iceland Now [Travel Tuesdays]

    Iceland is a country full of enough natural wonders to keep your adult ADD in check for at least a couple of weeks. With beautiful summer weather and brisk winters, Iceland is the perfect spot to visit during all four seasons. With stunning colorful mountains, bursting geysers and of course the Northern Lights, Iceland should definitely be your next adventure. Oh and did we mention it’s only a four hour flight from New York.

  • Amazing Slow-Mo Footage Captures A True New York City Summer

    Anyone who’s experienced a New York City summer can tell you it’s anything but pleasant. The heat waves rising from the black pavement, the windows from the skyscrapers above magnifying and directing sunlight straight into your face, that cool refreshing breeze with hints of that garbage smell that seems to be a stagnant cloud around the city. Not pleasant. Not at all. Well filmographer Tim Sessler sought out to change your perception on the beauty of NYC summers by giving you a slowed down version of a city in fast forward. Tessler and his production team at Free Fly Systems traveled around Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx filming everyday life in the big city. Capturing beautiful night time landscapes, skateboarding below the Brooklyn Bridge and playing in the fire hydrant to name a few shots. Shot with the Freefly TERO in the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens./Stabilized with the Freefly MōVI M10 and M15./Shot on the Phantom Miro LC320S (1500-2000fps) and Red Epic Dragon STREETS – NEW YORK CITY from Tim Sessler on Vimeo.

  • 5 Things Dante de Blasio Will Love About His New Home and 5 Things He’ll Hate

    In what’s been perhaps the most publicized move since 2008, the de Blasios, on Sunday, said arrivederci to their Park Slope dwelling and ciao to their new, much grander Upper East Side pad, Gracie Mansion. The move is glamorous, but for a teen that’s spent their whole life somewhere, like the mayor’s son Dante, any move can be daunting. In case Dante is still feeling a bit jetlagged and isn’t sure how he feels about the whole ordeal, we’ve broken down five things that Dante will love and five things he’ll hate about the address change.

  • Rent This Luxury Airstream For A California Coast Adventure

    AKA is known for their luxury extended stay residences around the country, and but now visitors to AKA Beverly Hills have an incredible mobile option. In May, AKA introduced the AKA mobile suite, allowing residents to rent a top-of-the-line Airstream trailer and GMC Yuko Denali for a five-day journey along the California coast. The Airstream will make you think you never left your room at AKA with a comfortable bedroom area; lounge area with leather sofa; fully equipped kitchen; bathroom and shower; iPod interface; and flat screen TV/DVD combo. Rates begin at $6000 for the five-day excursion. For more info, visit AKA.

  • Inside LEGO’s Denmark Office/Playground [15 Photos]

    Think of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, only instead of a secretive chocolate factory, it’s tiny toy bricks. That’s essentially what LEGO’s Billund, Denmark headquarters is like. Completely shut off to the public the facility uses a “listening post” in Los Angeles to keep up with trends. Inside, however, looks like an open space office more suited for a trendy media agency, not a toy factory, but this is how LEGO has been doing business since 1949. The company employs around 180 people from 24 different countries, but uses fun as the general language around the office. Slides and colorful conference rooms help the creativity within the confines to generate some of the longest running toys in the world.