3 Travel Friendly Housing Alternatives

When you own or rent property, that monthly mortgage bill can put a huge damper on extra money that could be re-purposed for travel. It seems a little ridiculous to pay for an empty apartment while you take that great American road trip you’ve always dreamed of. For that reason alone, travel and conventional living don’t really mesh well for some people. That’s why I started brainstorming and researching to come up with some liberating living alternatives.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Beat the Heat

The Palm Desert creeps up near 110°F mid year, and everyone in their right mind migrates North to escape the unrelenting summer sun. Even the shop owners leave town, knowing that the high rollers only come in the winter. The heat hits you like a tidal wave, and going outside is like trekking through a thick, dry fog. Needless to say, this isn’t the most popular summer vacation destination around. 

Poems From Places: Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town"

Here comes episode two of Poems From Places, barreling down the tracks like a rickety old mill-town train. In this video, I cover Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town" and then hack it down with a good, sharp axe by detailing its complex history and conducting a simple analysis. If you'd like to learn more about "Dirty Old Town," you can find plenty of backstory in this video!  

Poems From Places: Boris Pasternak's "A Wedding"

Attention all lovers of literature! Andrew and I are working on a new poetry-based project, and we are really excited to share it with you! This video series is called Poems from Places, and in each episode we will travel to a new picturesque destination to discuss and analyze an applicable poem or song.

7 Things We Learned This Year: The Busy Rat's First Birthday Celebration!

Around this time last year, Andrew and I nervously hit “publish” on our new amateur travel blog, The Busy Rats. We came into our own as travelers this year, and felt that the best way to commemorate our blog's first anniversary would be to share the most important things we learned along the way, whether it be life lessons, travel tips, or our weird, sentimental enlightenments! (I’m a sucker for those)

Learning to Love the Beach

Ok, I’m going to make an extremely controversial statement. . . 

I love the beach. 

You may laugh at the sheer banality of that statement. “Of course you do. Everyone loves the beach!” Well, here’s the thing: if I was writing this just a week prior, this story would be very different.

Cinefamily's Revival of the Saturday Morning Cartoon

In a world where an influx of streaming services that allow you to watch anything you want whenever and wherever, completely commercial-free have taken over the delight of saturday morning programming. One theatre in Los Angeles is fighting back to restore the Saturday Morning Cartoon to it’s former glory and ultimately put some life back into the craft of filmmaking as a whole.

Joshua Tree National Park: Cacti and Isolation

Joshua Tree is a spectacularly unique destination. Just three hours from the west coast lives a sprawling desert boiling over with hostile temperatures, terrifying heights, misshapen rocks, and a multitude of spindly cacti. 

Fear and Rats In Los Angeles: John Darnielle's Book Signing

I was able to meet musician, author and my hero, John Darnielle at a local book signing. Sure, we idealize the people we look up to, and it can be easy to see someone as the person you imagine them to be instead of the person they really are. For myself, however, that was a risk I was willing to take.

Why Walking Is Still Honest

In the midst of this eternal hustle I often forget to take a step back and make time for myself. Subsequently, it becomes increasingly difficult to create good content, focus all of my energy in one place, or organize my thoughts. While having a seven-track mind has it’s benefits—one of which being the ability to eat, type, and watch Parks and Rec re-runs simultaneously—it also leaves me with an empty feeling of unproductiveness and dissatisfaction. 

What To Eat In Solvang, California From Breakfast To Dinner

This week, we want to take you on a tasting-tour of Solvang, the sleepiest Danish town in all of Southern California. This list will take you on a delicious journey from breakfast to desert, and features an unforgiving amount of sugar. So without further ado, the foodie's guide to Solvang!

Mr. Chevon Hutchinson: Manchester, Jamaica

This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Chevon Chevy Chase Hutchinson about his life in Jamaica. Read on to hear all about picturesque sunsets, delicious seafood, Jamaica's rich history, and it's welcoming, beautiful people. 

Solvang, CA: The Semi-Comprehensive Guide

Just last weekend, Andrew and I celebrated our 3rd year anniversary with a weekend trip up to this quaint Danish town. I may just be overly excitable, but I truly fell in love with it’s heritage, ambiance, and most importantly, it’s glorious pastries. So much so that I wanted to share every detail of our trip, hoping that the next set of travelers can be as lucky as we were.

OUE Skyspace: LA From the Ground Up

From comfy couches to daredevil opportunities, OUE Skyspace in Los Angeles blew my expectations out of the water. If it wasn’t for our two hour parking validation we would have spent all day up there, and it turns out we could have.

The Last Bookstore: LA's Blast From The Past

Humans have a strange fascination with the concept of being “last.” We document our last words, fear our last moments, and care for items, animals, or sentiments that are the last of their kind. It seems so melancholy and so sobering to think… this is the last time we will ever see each other; the last time we’ll visit this street, this town, or this Country.