Celebrate Earth Day with Jicaro Ecolodge

In celebration of Earth Day, join the awakening consciousness – a collective movement in channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Share how you will be apart of the sustainable movement and be a more eco-friendly traveler this year to enter & win our grand prize, a four night complimentary stay at the sustainably luxe Jicaro Ecolodge for two people!

Located on a private island in the Granada Isletas of Lake Nicaragua, Jicaro Ecolodge is one of Nicaragua’s best hotels just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada with spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake. Built entirely from timber reclaimed from trees blown down by hurricane Felix, the buildings and furniture are made of tropical hardwoods which provide a solid and beautiful environment in harmony with the natural setting.

The Grand Prize (Total Value: $2,000 USD)

+ 4 night stay for 2 people at Jicaro Ecolodge located on Lake Nicaragua
+ Complimentary world-class cuisine with beverage included
+ Youth To The People skinscare set for youthful, healthy skin you need to face the world
+ VSSL Supplies Kit: Outdoor gear for short-term excursions

Rules of Entry:

  1. Share how you will be an an eco-conscious traveler this year by posting a photo from your travels on your Instagram account, caption the photo with your resolution, tag @electrifymag @jicaroisland and use hashtags: #ElectrifyLovesJicaro #ELECTRIFYtravels.
  2. Complete the entry form below
  3. Make sure your entry on Instagram post is public so we can see
  4. Follow Electrify Mag on Facebook & Instagram

 

BONUS! (optional for an additional 5 entries)
Share a photo of your Electrify Mag Volume 01 hardcopy on Instagram in a creative way! Purchase our print volume here. Whether you’re reading “Global Generation” at a local coffee shop or in a camper van around the One Ring Road in Iceland, we want to see where you are taking us! Be sure to use the hashtags: #ElectrifyLovesJicaro #ELECTRIFYtravels. Peek some examples below:

 

Terms & ConditionsEntrants must be at least 21 years old. We will contact the winner by email and announce on Facebook and Instagram. The contest opens on April 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT. The contest closes on May 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM EDT. A winner will be selected by Team Electrify on May 16, 2016. Winners can claim the prize between August 20 – December 20, 2016 (black-out Thanksgiving week and holiday dates). The grand prize does not include airfare or ground transportation to Jicaro Ecolodge.

How to Design More with Less

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Glass Vase Design: Discover all Ingmar Brands

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Design Meets Nature at Hudson Woods

This story appears in “Global Generation” Volume 01

An oasis might best be described as a peaceful spot in an otherwise hectic place – an escape, however brief, offering solace: an opportunity to breathe in and recharge. Strewn along 131 lush acres of forest in the Hudson River Valley, Hudson Woods offers an opportunity for city dwellers yearning to reconnect with nature (and with each other) in a deep and authentic way. The architect-designed community, nestled within the sprawling and gorgeous landscape of Kerhonkson, NY, serves as an oasis tucked away 90 miles from Manhattan, close enough to be reachable via a stress-free drive, yet far enough to truly be an escape. With the vision of creating and providing “authentic, meaningful experiences at every turn,” Drew Lang, principal at Manhattan-based Lang Architecture developed the project, which broke ground in 2013, and has been delivering on that promise with a keen focus on simplicity, sustainability and quality, all rooted in nature.

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Set amid forest, meadows and sweeping views of the Catskill Mountains, Hudson Woods blends modern design with elements found in its natural surroundings.  All 26 of the architect-designed homes, which range from 2.7 to 12 acres and vary between two distinct, highly customizable designs, are crafted with natural materials, sourced from surrounding areas, and quite literally embedded in their natural landscape, providing more than just a dwelling – an experience. The sustainable design makes for high-performing homes that not only borrow from their surroundings but also fit in among them with minimal impact, setting new standards for sustainable design. Environmentally minded upgrades for homes include a solar energy system, a greenhouse and an electric car charger, just to name a few. The design, albeit meticulous, is rooted in a simple imperative: “Getting back to the things that matter and things that you feel passionate about,” Lang says. “Authentic and slow living is a key element of the Hudson Woods experience.”

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Nature is just one of the sources from which Lang drew inspiration for Hudson Woods. “The area is experiencing a major revival with designers, artisans, makers and craftspeople at the forefront. There is a real sense of community and collaboration in the area,” he says. It’s this community collaboration that has complemented Hudson Woods’ design and provided another distinct feature, homes styled and furnished by local craftsmen, furniture-makers and artists, bringing the nature-meets-hyper-local-nurture approach full circle. “Local makers inspire us, and we inspire them,” Lang says. “[Our relationship] is symbiotic. They are critical to the story of Hudson Woods. They define the interior sensibility. Hudson Woods would not be Hudson Woods without them.” So, where does Lang himself draw inspiration to continue to innovate? “A sense of wonder and adventure. Nature, light, simplicity and silence,” he states. And Hudson Woods might just be the ideal reflection of that inspiration.

When asked to describe his favorite Hudson Woods feature, he replies, “Our interior doors. They are solid wood with a simple v-groove detail. I love our doors.” His response seems fitting, given his simple description of the Hudson Woods experience: “one that opens doors to discovering the things that matter. Family, friends, sport, craft. Hudson Woods lets you access it all,” Lang says. Seems like the experience lies just on the other side of that extraordinarily crafted wood door.

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Visit Hudson Woods at 101 Ridgewood Rd, Kerhonkson, NY | www.hudsonwoods.com

Introducing “Global Generation” Vol. 01

– Letter From The Editor –

I embarked on my first trans-Pacific journey from New York to Hong Kong when I was ten-months old. Year after year, I would make the trip to pay homage to my immediate family living abroad. I owe the innate travel bug to my parents, who allowed me to experience the exhilaration of touching down in a foreign land from an early age. My travels over the past decade have brought me to more than twenty countries, from unearthing the ancient ruins of Bagan (Myanmar) to circling Iceland on the One Ring road in a camper van.

Living in New York has intensified my desire for the necessity of constant movement. The urban jungle breeds materialism and a luxury of excess, characteristics that are quickly stripped away when you are standing at the edge of the Earth. It is when I am far beyond the reaches of the metropolis that I remember the simple pleasures in life and how being in a state of wonderment is an accomplishment on its own. Travel is about the journey, not the destination. Every experience is a culmination of our own worldview and acknowledging that travel has the power to deconstruct the way we perceive our way of life. It is about the people we meet along the way who challenge the way we think, inspire us to create and electrify our lives.

Being globally minded is more than a generational trend; it is an understanding of the interconnectedness in today’s modern society and the influence it holds for us to make an impact. It is an appreciation for a heightened social awareness and having a personal spiritual sense of the world. It is this notion that I hope to share with you: a mindset that has become our global generation. Each story in this inaugural issue illuminates individuals who are forging their path as leaders of this movement. We are blessed with one life to live on this incredible planet, and every day, we are given a new chance begin our journey.

Amanda Ho
Founder / Editor-In-Chief

What’s Inside

  • 128 pages of exclusive print content
  • Off-set printed; Perfect bound; Printed proudly in New York, USA
  • Luxurious 100# matte cover stock with a dull UV coating; 80# Influence gloss text

Spotlighting the alluring ‘off-the-beaten-path’ nature of Nicaragua, Electrify Mag chose Cerro Negro volcano at a 2,388 foot elevation and the sustainable luxe Jicaro Ecolodge located at Lake Nicaragua as a backdrop for the “Global Generation” cover story featuring Ashley Smith photographed by Electrify Mag’s Creative Director, Christopher DeMairo.

Featured Stories

  1. Jimmy Chin Photo Story / Q&A: With a devotion to exploration and art, National Geographic photographer, Jimmy Chin combines both passions on the world’s hardest expeditions.
  2. Ray Collins Photo Story / Q&A: Capturing the fleeting moments of a wave’s journey to dissipation, award-winning photographer, Ray Collins feels more at home floating in saltwater with his camera than anywhere on land.
  3. Marianna Jamadi Photo Story / Narrative: Wild, untouched and captivating, Nicaragua’s lush landscape has captivated photographer Marianna Jamadi, who shares what has made the Central American country one of her favorite off-the-beaten-path escapes.
  4. Elaine Ling Photo Story / Narrative: Elaine Ling is an exuberant adventurer, traveler, and photographer who is most at home backpacking her view camera across the great deserts of the world and sleeping under the stars.
  5. Johan Lolos Photo Story / Narrative: Adventure photographer Johan Lolos swaps misty mountains for the drama of Jordan’s red desert landscapes.
  6. Reuben Wu Photo Story / Narrative: Surrealist photographer, Reuben Wu takes us on a sonic exploration of his other-worldly escapes.

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