What's Your Longest Drive?

The road trip is a staple of American culture, inspiring films, books, and even albums. At some point in our lives, most of us will pack our belongings in the trunk and head off on a new adventure via road. The last time I took a major road trip was in 2000, when I traveled from Charleston, WV to Portland, OR -- a journey that Google Maps now tells me is 2,548 miles, or about 1 day, 13 hours straight through. (I took five days to do it, as I'm a wimp.) In those days I didn't have Google Maps to guide me through it -- I got a TripTik® from AAA and flipped its pages across the country.

Blogger Alan Taylor has taken it upon himself to discover the longest drives you can chart on Google Maps. The list is amazing, currently topping out with North America, Unalaska, AK, USA to Southern Newfoundland, Canada (pictured at right). That's a journey of 7,267 miles, or about 6 days, 15 hours. Some of the trips aren't road-only -- for example the Australia - Cape Bruny, Tasmania to Mardie, Western Australia trek involves getting on a Car Ferry for 3 km.

Historical note: in early 2007, Google Maps suggested that you swim the Atlantic (3,463 miles) if you plotted certain paths between the U.S. and the U.K. -- apparently as a tribute to Benoît Lecomte, the first man to complete the feat (sans kick-board) in 1998. Unfortunately the swim-the-Atlantic feature is now disabled, so you're going to have to accept "Can't get there from here" as a response for some transcontinental voyages.

So this leads me ask: what's the longest road trip you've taken? Bonus points for crazy stories about the van breaking down, "are we there yet" jokes, and stories of woe involving gas station restrooms.

(Via Anarchaia.)

Courtesy of Airpod
New Nap Pods—Complete with Alarm Clocks and Netflix—Set for A Trial Run at Airports This Summer
Courtesy of Airpod
Courtesy of Airpod

Sleepy travelers in Europe can soon be on the lookout for Airpods, self-contained capsules designed to help passengers relax in privacy.

For 15 euros per hour (roughly $18), travelers can charge their phones, store their luggage, and, yes, nap on a chair that reclines into a bed. The Airpods are also equipped with television screens and free streaming on Netflix, Travel + Leisure reports.

To keep things clean between uses, each Airpod uses LED lights to disinfect the space and a scent machine to manage any unfortunate odors.

The company's two Slovenian founders, Mihael Meolic and Grega Mrgole, expect to conduct a trial run of the service by placing 10 pods in EU airports late this summer. By early 2019, they expect to have 100 Airpods installed in airports around the world, though the company hasn't yet announced which EU airports will receive the first Airpods.

The company eventually plans to introduce an element of cryptocurrency to its service. Once 1000 Airpods are installed (which the company expects to happen by late 2019), customers can opt in to a "Partnership Program." With this program, participants can become sponsors of one specific Airpod unit and earn up to 80 percent of the profits it generates each month. The company's cryptocurrency—called an APOD token—is already on sale through the Airpod website.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists

Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]


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