Enchanting video reveals the secret beauty of Iran

Stanislas Giroux, the guy who filmed this video, puts it quite simply: this is the video he would like to show people when they ask him why the heck would he want to go to Iran. And after watching it, I kind of want to go with him. The beauty of the country and the intricate details of its culture is absolutely worth… »10/29/15 7:00pm10/29/15 7:00pm

Van Life: The Strangers I Met on the Road From Montana to Oregon

If the theme of my last Connected States column was about friends on the road, this one is about strangers. Those people who you never would have met if you hadn’t ventured from the nest. On the road through Montana, Idaho, and Oregon, I was lucky enough to meet some rather wonderful unfamiliars, some of whom really… »10/13/15 11:00am10/13/15 11:00am

Video: A portrait of beautiful Southeast Asia

If you ever find yourself with an itch to leave your desk job and like, never come back, I highly recommend disappearing away into Southeast Asia. It’s such a stunning place with so many different cultures and landscapes and wonderful food and to properly do it right, you need to be leaving something behind with out a… »10/04/15 11:01am10/04/15 11:01am

Most Popular Point-and-Shoot: Sony RX100 Series

Sony’s Rx100 series of point-and-shoot cameras made the category relevant again, and took down 56% of your votes. Relatively pocketable, and with a range of price points, the RX100 series has an offering for everyone that wants better images than a smartphone can provide, and knows they shouldn’t go down the lens… »10/02/15 3:15pm10/02/15 3:15pm

How To Survive a Long Flight With Just Your Smartphone

Even if you get the privilege of a rather clunky entertainment system built into the seat in front of you, having to sit inside a tin can for a stretch of several hours is always going to be a struggle. Thankfully, your most dependable gadget can help the time to quite literally fly by, even if you’re not connected to… »9/25/15 9:31am9/25/15 9:31am

This delightful video of traveling to Japan is just so much fun to watch

Francisco Fuentes’ amazing visual diary of his trip to Japan is so awesomely captured and so well edited and so fun to watch that it makes me want to take a trip there immediately. It’s because every video in the series (there are 12 15-second videos) basically acts as a teaser for his time in that wonderful country. »9/24/15 4:00pm9/24/15 4:00pm