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Charge your devices simply by plugging them into your Radius backpack

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Charging your devices on the go could be as easy as putting them in your backpack. Dutch designer Pauline van Dongen has conceptualized and created a new pack that incorporates minuscule solar power beads, simplifying the recharging of smartphones tablets and other devices using the energy of the sun and a built-in cable. Called the Radius backpack, this handy bag features a strap that incorporates the solar-powered charging technology.

The harvested energy is then sent through the charging cable, where it subsequently re-juices whatever you choose to plug in. “From afar, [the strap] appears to blend with the knit of the top lid. But a closer look reveals how light breaks on a beaded surface,” van Dongen told Dezeen. “This magical material holds secret powers: each bead is a tiny spherical solar cell that is woven into the fabric, creating a unique energy harvesting textile.” A single piece of fabric was used in the construction of the rest of the bag, making it quite the aesthetic marvel.

The material in question is a double-layered jersey fabric, created by using different yarns and “data-driven knitting machines.” The material is patterned through and through with ridged lines and dots to give the bag more texture, and is in fact made using specialty yarns that claim to create various dimensions. But it’s not all just for show — these varying dimensions claim to give way to extra padding on the backside and shoulder straps of the Radius, optimizing comfort levels for the wearer. “Radius is constructed out of a single continuous knitted piece and tailored to explorers on a short escape,” van Dongen noted. “Specialty yarns, such as expansion yarns are mixed with high shrinking effects.

This creates a variety of densities and give an additional structure and form to the engineered patterns. By utilizing the double jersey machine the material smoothly combines single layer fabric with double layer fabric.” This isn’t the first time that the Dutch designer has brought together solar charging technology and fabric; in 2013, she created a capsule collection that featured solar-powered panels under cleverly-placed flaps to turn clothing into a portable phone charger.

It’s unclear if you can buy the Radius backpack, and if you can, how much it’ll cost.

But it’s certainly an interesting concept that, fingers crossed, could one day go mainstream.

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Why every woman should rent a cottage for a weekend by herself, according to a seasoned pro

As self-care or ‘prescription’ holidays quickly become a rising wellbeing trend for 2018, travel writer Millie Kerr shares her advice on why a countryside cottage is the perfect place to start…Ever since I was little, I’ve fantasised about living alone in a country cottage. There would be a fire crackling through the night, a dogand cat at my feet, and stacks of books beside my quilted bed. But for a London resident like me — a person who’s half countryside introvert, half urban extrovert — the fantasy never became a reality.

My social life and career tether me to London, but life in the Big Smoke can wear me down, so I’ve learned that solitary trips to the countryside — where I can play house in a cottage like the one from my dreams — are the perfect way to relax and recalibrate.

There’s something about being alone in nature, in a place where distractions are scant, that quiets the mind. Here, I share my advice on how to arrange and execute the perfect single-traveller country cottage getaway. You’ll never look back…

HOW TO FIND THE PERFECT PROPERTY THAT’S VETTED AND PROFESSIONAL In my experience, it helps to do a little planning in advance — right down to the details like where you can buy groceries or rent a car — while remaining open to spontaneity. If you’re anything like me, you need to feel comfortable to relax, and there’s nothing worse than discovering that your Airbnb or something of the sort is a far cry from the luxury pics you perused online.

At least with a hotel, you can complain if things aren’t up to snuff, which could lead to a refund or upgrade. With many vacation rentals, you’re on the hook. Millie’s tips on using Airbnb:

  • Only book properties with 4-5 stars
  • Look for ones with 10+ reviews
  • Use “Superhosts”
  • Message owners first to ask questions about the property

In remote stretches of the English countryside, charming Airbnbs are few and far between, but don’t fret: this scarcity isn’t all bad.

There are endless country hotels and cosy B&Bs, not to mention some of the best vacation rental companies I’ve come across — some of which cater to solo travellers.

Both Mulberry Cottages and Premier Cottages have petite homes in their collections, but my all-time favourite is Unique Home Stays, whose portfolio includes 163 privately owned homes across the UK. A good many sleep one to two people, making them perfect for solitary holidays. Speak to a travel adviser if you need help deciding on a cottage, and be sure to ask about dog-friendly options if you’re bringing your hound.

ESCAPE 1: The Parisian, Rutland I was midway through a Cambridge Masters programme when I checked into The Parisian to knock out five essays. Within seconds of stepping into the stables-turned-cottage, I knew I was going to have a wonderful stay.

The two-story house was light and airy, the perfect size for one, and had a private terrace where I sipped coffee each morning. There were little luxuries, too — a bathroom skylight, an alpaca duvet keeping me warm at night, and a welcome hamper with fresh treats and Prosecco. The owners of The Parisian recently decided to keep the cottage to themselves but, for a similar property in the same area, see the Dragonwood Boat House.

(Image Credit: Unique Homestays) (Image Credit: Unique Homestays) ESCAPE 2: Seal apartment, Norfolk coast

Several months later, when I needed another escape from my life in Cambridge, I headed towards the Norfolk Coast, where I’d discovered a collection of five privately owned cottages. I stumbled upon Sharrington Hall, Cartshed Cottages using Google search terms like, “luxury, charming, cottage” and “Norfolk Coast.” My flat, Seal, had two floors: like the Parisian, the ground floor featured a kitchen and living area, and the bathroom and bedroom were upstairs. Seal also had outdoor space, but because all five of the Cartshed cottages share one large structure, things were a little less private.

It didn’t matter, however, because I spent most of my time exploring the region. (Image Credit: Cartshed Cottages) (Image Credit: Cartshed Cottages, Sherrington Hall)

ESCAPE 3: Chewton Glen treehouse, Hampshire When I travel alone for one to two nights, I prefer to stay in hotels, and I’m always on the lookout for properties that have standalone structures that make me feel like I’m in a house of my own. Several months ago, as summer turned to autumn, I spent an amazing night in one of Chewton Glen’s modern treehouses.

I watched the sun set from my elevated perch and stargazed from the outdoor hot tub when the night air turned cool. (Imagre Credit: Chewton Glenn) (Image Credit: Chewton Glenn)

FUTURE ESCAPES: This spring, I’m checking into one of Daylesford Farm’s cottages, and on my wish list are several of Unique Home Stays’ Cornwall rentals (see the Atlanta Cottage below), as well as this newly opened tiny house called The Nook, available through Canopy and Stars, an hour from London. (Image Credit: Canopy and Stars)

WHAT TO BRING (besides your PJs) I like to find out what the rental offers before I pack. Does it have a stereo, or should I bring my mini speaker?

What’s the kitchen like? Is it stocked with basics, or do I pick up milk, eggs, and butter from a grocery store before arriving? I always bring:

  • Books
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Walking boots and/or trainers
  • My laptop
  • A notebook for recording trip notes and personal reflections.

    These focused scribbles seem manic on the page but are often more productive than all of my urban brainstorms combined.

  • Sometimes I travel with my own coffee.
  • If I’m driving, I bring a few healthy snacks from home. But I always find a grocery store or farm shop near my rental and stock up before night one.

I love being out and about during the day, but at night, I feel awkward dining in restaurants alone, plus I don’t like driving in the dark in unfamiliar places. Besides, cooking in a foreign kitchen makes the place feel like your own.

Suddenly, you’re the resident, not the traveller. And isn’t that the point?

HOW TO FILL YOUR DAYS WHEN AWAY BY YOURSELF I can be as lazy as my 13-year-old cat, contentedly lounging around for hours, and some of my solitary countryside days are spent this way.

I read in bed, take long baths, and watch movies at night, but when I’m in a new place, I also love to explore. Sometimes I know what I want to do: Maybe a friend provided recommendations; perhaps I’ve read a book about the region. But, more often than not, I arrive a blank slate.

As soon as I’ve checked out my digs, I refer to the recommendation list or binder provided by the owner. I find that owners take the role of local expert seriously — this is especially true of those working with top-tier companies like Unique Home Stays. “The best pub and restaurant recommendations come from owners”

The best pub and restaurant recommendations come from owners, and hosts also point out country walks, cute shops, and activities you might not otherwise discover. Whenever I can, I cross-reference their suggestions against other sources: TripAdvisor, articles like this one, and local blogs. I also love visiting National Trust properties, so I use this digital map to see what’s in my vicinity.

When I arrived in Lincolnshire, I planned to spend 90% of my time inside The Parisian writing, but I couldn’t resist wandering around the farmland adjacent to the property, nor the lure of Stamford itself, which represented Meryton in the 2005 Pride and Prejudicefilm. I drove into Stamford several times, soaking up its Georgian architecture, and paid a visit to the exquisite Burghley House, which has been named one of the ten “Treasure Houses of England.” (Note: the house and gardens are currently off-limits but reopen in March 2018.) The owners of The Parisian, who live in the old rectory next door and invited me over for tea, told me about the Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

I walked part of the lagoon’s perimeter one afternoon before driving back to my cottage as an orange sun set over bucolic, sheep-filled pastures. (Image Credit: Millie Kerr) I had been to the Norfolk Broads and several Norfolk beaches when I spent my long weekend at Seal Cottage but arrived open to spontaneity.

The hosts provided a long list of recommendations (and a basket of the most delicious strawberries I’ve ever tasted), so I asked them to reveal their favourites when we met in person. They said I couldn’t miss Holkham Bay, and pointed me toward Wiveton Hall Cafe, which has farm-to-table cuisine and strawberry picking, plus the Kings Head for a pub lunch. While driving to the beach, I spotted signs for a wildflower centre near the town of Holt, so I ventured there the following morning.

I wandered around the gardens snapping photos before noticing a leaflet broadcasting an owl ringing the next day. I’m a wildlife fanatic, so I knew I had to return before driving back to Cambridge, and the spontaneous discovery became the highlight of my trip. Do you feel inspired?

MORE: THIS SOMERSET COUNTRY MANSION FOR SALE HAS ITS OWN SELF-CONTAINED LUXURY TREEHOUSE Via Country Living Like this?

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Why every woman should rent a cottage for a weekend by herself, according to a seasoned pro

As self-care or ‘prescription’ holidays quickly become a rising wellbeing trend for 2018, travel writer Millie Kerr shares her advice on why a countryside cottage is the perfect place to start…Ever since I was little, I’ve fantasised about living alone in a country cottage. There would be a fire crackling through the night, a dogand cat at my feet, and stacks of books beside my quilted bed. But for a London resident like me — a person who’s half countryside introvert, half urban extrovert — the fantasy never became a reality.

My social life and career tether me to London, but life in the Big Smoke can wear me down, so I’ve learned that solitary trips to the countryside — where I can play house in a cottage like the one from my dreams — are the perfect way to relax and recalibrate.

There’s something about being alone in nature, in a place where distractions are scant, that quiets the mind. Here, I share my advice on how to arrange and execute the perfect single-traveller country cottage getaway. You’ll never look back…

HOW TO FIND THE PERFECT PROPERTY THAT’S VETTED AND PROFESSIONAL In my experience, it helps to do a little planning in advance — right down to the details like where you can buy groceries or rent a car — while remaining open to spontaneity. If you’re anything like me, you need to feel comfortable to relax, and there’s nothing worse than discovering that your Airbnb or something of the sort is a far cry from the luxury pics you perused online.

At least with a hotel, you can complain if things aren’t up to snuff, which could lead to a refund or upgrade. With many vacation rentals, you’re on the hook. Millie’s tips on using Airbnb:

  • Only book properties with 4-5 stars
  • Look for ones with 10+ reviews
  • Use “Superhosts”
  • Message owners first to ask questions about the property

In remote stretches of the English countryside, charming Airbnbs are few and far between, but don’t fret: this scarcity isn’t all bad.

There are endless country hotels and cosy B&Bs, not to mention some of the best vacation rental companies I’ve come across — some of which cater to solo travellers.

Both Mulberry Cottages and Premier Cottages have petite homes in their collections, but my all-time favourite is Unique Home Stays, whose portfolio includes 163 privately owned homes across the UK. A good many sleep one to two people, making them perfect for solitary holidays. Speak to a travel adviser if you need help deciding on a cottage, and be sure to ask about dog-friendly options if you’re bringing your hound.

ESCAPE 1: The Parisian, Rutland I was midway through a Cambridge Masters programme when I checked into The Parisian to knock out five essays. Within seconds of stepping into the stables-turned-cottage, I knew I was going to have a wonderful stay.

The two-story house was light and airy, the perfect size for one, and had a private terrace where I sipped coffee each morning. There were little luxuries, too — a bathroom skylight, an alpaca duvet keeping me warm at night, and a welcome hamper with fresh treats and Prosecco. The owners of The Parisian recently decided to keep the cottage to themselves but, for a similar property in the same area, see the Dragonwood Boat House.

(Image Credit: Unique Homestays) (Image Credit: Unique Homestays) ESCAPE 2: Seal apartment, Norfolk coast

Several months later, when I needed another escape from my life in Cambridge, I headed towards the Norfolk Coast, where I’d discovered a collection of five privately owned cottages. I stumbled upon Sharrington Hall, Cartshed Cottages using Google search terms like, “luxury, charming, cottage” and “Norfolk Coast.” My flat, Seal, had two floors: like the Parisian, the ground floor featured a kitchen and living area, and the bathroom and bedroom were upstairs. Seal also had outdoor space, but because all five of the Cartshed cottages share one large structure, things were a little less private.

It didn’t matter, however, because I spent most of my time exploring the region. (Image Credit: Cartshed Cottages) (Image Credit: Cartshed Cottages, Sherrington Hall)

ESCAPE 3: Chewton Glen treehouse, Hampshire When I travel alone for one to two nights, I prefer to stay in hotels, and I’m always on the lookout for properties that have standalone structures that make me feel like I’m in a house of my own. Several months ago, as summer turned to autumn, I spent an amazing night in one of Chewton Glen’s modern treehouses.

I watched the sun set from my elevated perch and stargazed from the outdoor hot tub when the night air turned cool. (Imagre Credit: Chewton Glenn) (Image Credit: Chewton Glenn)

FUTURE ESCAPES: This spring, I’m checking into one of Daylesford Farm’s cottages, and on my wish list are several of Unique Home Stays’ Cornwall rentals (see the Atlanta Cottage below), as well as this newly opened tiny house called The Nook, available through Canopy and Stars, an hour from London. (Image Credit: Canopy and Stars)

WHAT TO BRING (besides your PJs) I like to find out what the rental offers before I pack. Does it have a stereo, or should I bring my mini speaker?

What’s the kitchen like? Is it stocked with basics, or do I pick up milk, eggs, and butter from a grocery store before arriving? I always bring:

  • Books
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Walking boots and/or trainers
  • My laptop
  • A notebook for recording trip notes and personal reflections.

    These focused scribbles seem manic on the page but are often more productive than all of my urban brainstorms combined.

  • Sometimes I travel with my own coffee.
  • If I’m driving, I bring a few healthy snacks from home. But I always find a grocery store or farm shop near my rental and stock up before night one.

I love being out and about during the day, but at night, I feel awkward dining in restaurants alone, plus I don’t like driving in the dark in unfamiliar places. Besides, cooking in a foreign kitchen makes the place feel like your own.

Suddenly, you’re the resident, not the traveller. And isn’t that the point?

HOW TO FILL YOUR DAYS WHEN AWAY BY YOURSELF I can be as lazy as my 13-year-old cat, contentedly lounging around for hours, and some of my solitary countryside days are spent this way.

I read in bed, take long baths, and watch movies at night, but when I’m in a new place, I also love to explore. Sometimes I know what I want to do: Maybe a friend provided recommendations; perhaps I’ve read a book about the region. But, more often than not, I arrive a blank slate.

As soon as I’ve checked out my digs, I refer to the recommendation list or binder provided by the owner. I find that owners take the role of local expert seriously — this is especially true of those working with top-tier companies like Unique Home Stays. “The best pub and restaurant recommendations come from owners”

The best pub and restaurant recommendations come from owners, and hosts also point out country walks, cute shops, and activities you might not otherwise discover. Whenever I can, I cross-reference their suggestions against other sources: TripAdvisor, articles like this one, and local blogs. I also love visiting National Trust properties, so I use this digital map to see what’s in my vicinity.

When I arrived in Lincolnshire, I planned to spend 90% of my time inside The Parisian writing, but I couldn’t resist wandering around the farmland adjacent to the property, nor the lure of Stamford itself, which represented Meryton in the 2005 Pride and Prejudicefilm. I drove into Stamford several times, soaking up its Georgian architecture, and paid a visit to the exquisite Burghley House, which has been named one of the ten “Treasure Houses of England.” (Note: the house and gardens are currently off-limits but reopen in March 2018.) The owners of The Parisian, who live in the old rectory next door and invited me over for tea, told me about the Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

I walked part of the lagoon’s perimeter one afternoon before driving back to my cottage as an orange sun set over bucolic, sheep-filled pastures. (Image Credit: Millie Kerr) I had been to the Norfolk Broads and several Norfolk beaches when I spent my long weekend at Seal Cottage but arrived open to spontaneity.

The hosts provided a long list of recommendations (and a basket of the most delicious strawberries I’ve ever tasted), so I asked them to reveal their favourites when we met in person. They said I couldn’t miss Holkham Bay, and pointed me toward Wiveton Hall Cafe, which has farm-to-table cuisine and strawberry picking, plus the Kings Head for a pub lunch. While driving to the beach, I spotted signs for a wildflower centre near the town of Holt, so I ventured there the following morning.

I wandered around the gardens snapping photos before noticing a leaflet broadcasting an owl ringing the next day. I’m a wildlife fanatic, so I knew I had to return before driving back to Cambridge, and the spontaneous discovery became the highlight of my trip. Do you feel inspired?

MORE: THIS SOMERSET COUNTRY MANSION FOR SALE HAS ITS OWN SELF-CONTAINED LUXURY TREEHOUSE Via Country Living Like this?

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