This Is a Genius Hack for Planning Your Next Vacay
The one and only trend in today’s travel apps — Yelp, et al. — are that they all want to help you live like a local, wherever in the world you may be. Today, there’s no excuse to travel like an uninformed tourist; if you didn’t bother learning how to pack your bag properly, you’re disinvited from this trip, friend-o. Pick the rest of us up from the airport in a week.
But apps aren’t keepers of the almighty travel know-how-why-and-where anymore — now, a cab company in Stockholm is hoping to help you travel even smarter. Taxi Trails cabs have heat maps installed in the back of their cars that show you where riders are getting dropped off. The hotter the area, the hotter the scene… in theory.
FastCo points out that hot areas may just be where cute, little Swedish grandmas are getting dropped off for doc appointments, or, more likely, where tourists are flocking because they heard there was a mall. (Locals tend to not take cabs in Stockholm, where they have an amazing public transit system and lots of bike lanes. Just sayin’.)
Still though, the idea behind the heat map is cool, especially if, say, you don’t speak Swedish and thus can’t read the Yelp reviews written by real locals. With all things considered (especially the potential in cities where locals take cars in place of driving or biking, liiiike NYC or SF?), we give this project four out of five stars.
Would you trust a Taxi Trails heat map? What’s your best tip for traveling like a local?
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!