Ultimate Guide to Camping in the Adirondacks

Crystal-clear, still lake in the Adirondack Mountains in New York, US.

Naturally and culturally intriguing, New York State’s Adirondack Park is worth every moment, especially if you choose to rough it under the stars.

The region’s towns will introduce you to local lore, craft, and spirit. Meanwhile, 46 peaks, 3,000 lakes, and 6 million acres of wild woods will keep you blissfully disconnected. Though it’s impossible to discover all the secrets of the largest park in the continental United States during a single trip, you have to start somewhere.

A short drive through any part of the Adirondacks will bring spontaneous discoveries and unexpected detours. In this guide, learn about the best sites to camp and explore—and get inspired to create your ideal itinerary.



Why the Adirondacks?


Great Camping Year-Round

Hiking couple standing on cliff edge admiring view of Adirondack Mountains in New York.

The Adirondacks are a four-season destination, so you can expect plenty to see and do any time of year.

Though experienced campers venture into the wild during colder seasons for the solitude and challenge of it, summer and early fall are prime camping seasons. Visitors often head to the mountains for the refreshing summer temperatures, and stay for a glimpse of incredible fall foliage.

There’s also nothing like sipping on a hot cup of local cider on a crisp morning. Autumn makes it to the mountains long before it reaches the city.


Plenty of Campsite Options

There are hundreds of established and primitive campsites within the park, and where you spend the night should depend on your favorite activities.

For alpine adventurers, staying near the bases of some of the park’s highest peaks promises access to summit trails, hidden ponds, and hours of uninterrupted hiking. Much of the park is divided into designated wilderness and wild forest areas, with miles of maintained trails through mostly untouched land.

If you see yourself relaxing on a sandy shore and dipping your toes in cool waters instead, camp lakeside and wake up to the fog rolling in over a picturesque, still surface.

Looking for natural attractions within reach of locally roasted coffee (and a mean breakfast sandwich)? You’ll be happiest at one of many campgrounds around the area’s larger towns.

Whenever you visit, plan ahead. New York State campgrounds are generally open from early summer to mid-October, and many require reservations. Some fill up months in advance, so it’s not crazy to reserve a summer site as early as January.

Amenities vary, but you can usually expect running water, bathroom facilities, and showers. Also, lakeside campgrounds often offer canoe or kayak rentals to help get you out on the water.


A Range of Camping Experiences

Canoe on a serene lake attached to a dock, underneath a pink, orange, and purple sunset.

Primitive and backcountry camping is allowed on public land in the Adirondacks, and high-use sites are usually marked with a yellow disk.

Generally, backcountry camping is allowed in a large portion of the Adirondack Forest Preserve with a few exceptions, such as wildlife management within the preserve. It is prohibited within 150 feet of a road, trail, or body of water, including streams (check out these regulations before wandering into the woods).

Carry out what you carry in, dispose of your waste properly, and pay attention to fire warnings. There are pockets of private land within the forest preserve, so don’t assume that you can set up camp anywhere. Be aware of signs or structures indicating private property.

Keep an eye out for lean tos, which are strategically located at some of the Adirondacks’ most trafficked primitive spots. Though you can’t exactly set your tent up in it, a lean-to can provide cozy shelter thanks to sturdy log walls—and the occasional fellow hiker to share it with.


Where to Camp

The list below includes both reservation-based state campgrounds and primitive spots for those looking to plan their trip on the fly.


Saranac/Lake Placid

Aerial view of Lake Placid, NY during sunrise,with the mountains in silhouette and the sky reflected on the water's surface.

Known for hosting two Winter Olympics ceremonies, Lake Placid and the neighboring village of Saranac are just as much of a summer destination as they are a snow sports paradise.

The town of Lake Placid wraps around Mirror Lake, the smaller counterpart to actual Lake Placid. You can find wineries, dining, and a number of sports shops along Main Street, along with plenty of local advice on where to go and what to do in the area.

Easy access to one of the state’s top five highest summits means you can experience the views and hang out in town all in one day, with enough time left over to grab a beer at a local brewery. Whiteface Mountain is only thirty minutes from Lake Placid, and allows you to drive five miles to the summit via its Veterans’ Memorial Highway. Views are said to span from Vermont to the east, to the Canadian border to the north.

The drive up Highway 86 towards the mountain will also bring you by High Falls Gorge, which has a hiking network and a wooden bridge that winds above gushing waterfalls.

Wilmington Notch Campground lies just past High Falls Gorge, right in between Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain. This state-run campground is all about location; if you’re tired of driving after an entire day of touring nearby attractions, the small forest oasis of Wilmington Notch Falls is just across the street. The campground runs along the bank of the Ausable River, and the sound of rushing rapids is never far.

Trout fishing is popular here, and the campground has all the basic amenities to act as your home base. Wilmington Notch requires reservations and is open until October 11th, making it a great choice once the weather cools down.

For those looking for a slightly more remote stay in the Lake Placid vicinity, Eastern Shore Campground on Copperas Pond is a High Peaks favorite. It features secluded access to the mountain pond, a lean-to, and several primitive camping sites.

Getting there requires an approximately 1-mile hike to the pond shore, where campsites are first-come, first-serve. The hike is slightly steep, but by no means strenuous—and the first thing to do when you get to the end is take a relaxing dip in Copperas Pond.

Bring all your essentials, including a supply of water, bear bags, and firewood if you plan to use the on-site fire pits. Don’t forget to sign the lean-to visitor’s journal on your way out!

If you’re lucky enough to have access to a boat, kayak, or canoe (and know how to use it!), the Adirondack waterways are famous for island camping. Like in the old days, you can only reach these serene sites via water vessel, and staying at one requires advance planning and stocking up on supplies.


Star-filled sky in the Adirondack Mountains, with starlight reflected in the still surface of the lake.


You’ll be rewarded with utmost peace and quiet, as you might just get an entire tiny island to yourself for the night. Saranac Islands Campground, located right outside of the stroll-friendly village of Saranac, is one of the region’s most extensive island campgrounds. Eighty-seven campsites on Lower and Middle Saranac Lake will be waiting for you to claim them—just make advance reservations to secure your dream setting.

Park at State Bridge Boat Launch or parking lots within the village of Saranac if you’re planning to get out on the water overnight. When in town, make a pit stop at the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation for unique gifts, or Donnelly’s for some Saranac soft serve.

Other notably awesome island campgrounds include Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake Islands.


Schroon Lake

Two figures on a boat in silhouette, fishing on Lake Schroon in the Adirondacks before sunrise.

Venturing farther south through the park, you’ll find the town of Schroon Lake, located on the western border of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area.

Long and narrow, the lake itself has a few campgrounds scattered along its shoreline: Eagle Point, perched right on the water, is a favorite.

There’s a natural attraction in every direction out of Schroon Lake, starting with Pharaoh Lake to the east. The hike to the lake is a favorite, as is the trek to the summit of Pharaoh Mountain.

A few miles south of town lies the Natural Stone Bridge & Caves area, a small hiking area perfect for all levels. Expect illuminated cave entryways, intriguing stone formations, and even an on-site rock-themed gift shop.

When you’re ready to step back into civilization, the Schroon Lake-Paradox area has enough going on to keep you fed, busy, and even tipsy. Don’t miss Paradox Brewery, which prides itself on using pure Adirondack-origin water in their brewing process. Try a Beaver Bite on tap and sit back, knowing you’re supporting a cornerstone of Adirondack craft beer.

For a spot a little farther from town but right at the gateway to the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, consider Paradox Lake Campground, located on Schroon Lake’s much smaller counterpart. This campground has all the benefits of shorefront tenting, with easier access to hiking and a more secluded forest feel—despite still being a short drive from Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga.



Lush green hillside of Newcomb, Adirondacks.

Built in the 19th century, Camp Santanoni in Newcomb is one of the Adirondacks’ best preserved “great camps,” private retreats meant to provide a refuge from city life.

Rustic architecture that defined the log cabin aesthetic of upstate New York makes this complex a historic artifact, and a pleasure to look at. Formerly owned by a banker from Albany, the camp is now open to the public and home to a trail system.

Santanoni allows primitive camping, and has eight designated tent sites along Newcomb Lake Road Traill, as well as along the bank of Newcomb Lake. There are also two lean-tos available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you’re driving west into Newcomb on Route 28, stop and take in the Hudson River, which crosses Route 28 before taking a sharp turn to the right. This far north, the Hudson looks like nothing more than a garbling stream, and it’ll be hard to believe you’re looking at the same mighty river that runs under New York City’s George Washington Bridge.


Long Lake, Inlet, Old Forge

Buttermilk Falls in Old Forge, Adirondacks.

Known as the central Adirondacks, the area nestled below the High Peaks Wilderness is not as elevated, but just as wild.

Between Long Lake and Blue Mountain, hike into Forked Lake Campground for convenient access to the Sargent Pond Wild Forest, Buttermilk Falls, and the Adirondack Experience, a museum devoted to the cultural and natural history of Adirondack Park.

Spend your day lake hopping, watching the falls tumble into rocky pools, or exploring the fire tower at the summit of Goodnow Mountain. Stop for lunch at the old-fashioned Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake, and top it off with a drink and a slice (or eight) of pesto pizza pie at Inlet’s Screamen Eagle.

Eighth Lake Campground spoils with spacious campsites overlooking the shore of (you guessed it) Eighth Lake, minutes from the village of Inlet.

Shaded by towering pines and featuring a trail system right next door, Eighth Lake has all the amenities you need for no-frills tenting, within driving distance of several towns.

If you’re visiting in late spring or early summer, keep your ears open for the distinct calls of loons as dusk falls over the lake. Closer to a coyote howl than a bird call, the sound of these seasonal residents brings Adirondack nights to life. Soon enough, it’ll be putting you to sleep.

As the Southwestern gateway to the Adirondacks, Old Forge is always ready for visitors, with restaurants, outdoor-focused businesses, and a public beach at Old Forge Pond.

Though the town has more than enough indoor lodging options, consider nearby Nicks Lake Campground your home away from home on your next visit. Just outside of town, the campground sits on pristine Nicks Lake on the edge of the Black River Wild Forest. The lake is shallow and closed to motor boats, so expect an uninterrupted morning swim.

One of the southern Adirondacks’ best-kept secrets is the Moose River Plains wilderness, which has over 100 primitive campsites along its main thoroughfare, Limekiln Lake Road. Once you pass the state campground at Limekiln Lake out of the town of Inlet, you’ll be following Limekiln Lake Road until it meets Indian Lake Road. There, you’ll come across Red River Campsite, the first of many along the road.

As desirable as the riverside spot is, if you find it taken, just keep driving. Primitive campsites line the road, so you’re bound to come across an unoccupied space complete with a table, a fire pit, and a privy.


Lake Champlain

Vibrant sunset from a dock on Lake Champlain.

If you suddenly find yourself missing the coast, head to Ausable Point Campground on Lake Champlain, from which you can see Vermont on the other side. It’s no Atlantic, but the sandy shore and blue expanse stretching out before you will definitely put you in a beach mood.

Some of the campsites are right on the water, meaning they fill up fast, but the rest are only a short walk away from the sand. The campground even has a windsurfing area, along with swimming and boat launch access.

Ausable Point is only a twenty-minute drive from the town of Plattsburgh, and thirty minutes to Essex. From there, you can catch a ferry ride to Charlotte, Vermont.

It’s also minutes away from storied Ausable Chasm, a gorge carved out by the Ausable River over hundreds of years. The chasm is full of history and attractions. Go rafting through the chasm walls, strap on a harness and learn how to climb, or drive down at dusk for a guided tour by lantern light.

Crown Point Campground, on Lake Champlain’s southern narrow stretch, is another option. It places you closer to historic attractions in the Ticonderoga area. You can still see traces of 18th century forts on the campground property, as well as a lighthouse built shortly before the Civil War.

The campground itself was built in 1915, strategically overlooking the lake and the Vermont border. You’ll be right next to the Lake Champlain bridge, which promises easy access to Vermont’s rolling pastures and day trip destinations like the town of Vergennes.

Ticonderoga, the restored site of New York’s most famous French and Indian War fort, also played a major role in the American Revolution, and is open to the public.

When you’ve had your fill of history, Giant Mountain is less than an hour to the west. Top off your summit challenge with a late lunch at Noonmark Diner in Keene Valley, or take one of their freshly baked pies back to the lake with you.


Paddling Through

POV shot from inside a canoe on a clear lake in the mountains.Driving in is often the only way to get to most of the Adirondacks’ best camping destinations, and some sites won’t be accessible without four-wheel drive.

With that said, it’s possible to make your Adirondack getaway at least partially car-free—as long as you’re willing to put in the effort and some extra planning.

Combining your drive with other forms of transportation, like boat or canoe, gains you access to less-frequented areas with the comfort of knowing you won’t have to paddle all the way home.

The Nine Carries in the very north of Adirondack Park is a well-known route that can take up to three days if you’re not in a rush (beginning canoe travelers can do a much shorter portion of the trail, if necessary).

The route is part of the St. Regis Canoe Area, which has 50 ponds open to kayaks, canoes, and shoreline camping. For easy roadside access, choose from multiple primitive sites available along Floodwood Road.


Final Tips for Camping in the Adirondacks

View from Mount Darcy in the Adirondacks with range visible in background, vanishing into rolling fog.

Most newcomers to the Adirondacks are bent on conquering the park’s highest peaks, like exceedingly popular Mount Marcy. Some plan to relax in tourist hotspots like Lake George Village, in the south of the park.

If you can, visit those classic destinations in early spring or fall, before and after the crowds at the height of the summer. During the busier months, do some research and hit the road (or trail) less traveled.

This might mean staying away from summits and popular beaches, but having just a small part of the Adirondack wilderness to yourself will be worth it. Many wilderness areas go unnoticed because they don’t play host to a famous peak. The Sentinel Range Wilderness near Lake Placid is one example that often gets overshadowed by Mount Marcy to the south. If you’re in the area on a summer weekend, it might be best to forgo Marcy or Whiteface and give Sentinel’s Pitchoff Mountain a chance instead.

Adirondack Park is bear country—and should be kept that way. The park’s population of black bears are known for their foraging, as opposed to aggression, so follow good bear practice to avoid interaction altogether. Bring odorless bear bags and string to hang them from, or keep your food and scented products sealed in your car.

Temperatures can drop quickly at higher elevations, so keep layers handy, especially in the High Peaks area. A detail that’s easy to overlook when shopping for gear is the temperature rating on not only your sleeping bag, but your sleeping pad as well.

Sleeping pads have their own rating system called “R-value,” which corresponds to temperatures. The general rule is that higher R-values lose less heat, therefore keeping you warmer. Your sleeping bag could be the softest, plushiest cocoon ever, but if your sleeping pad is not fully insulating your back from the ground, you’re in for a rough mountain night.

June in the Adirondacks means tons of black flies in your personal space. Arriving around the same time every year, these bugs live to bite. It’s painful, irritating, and often draws blood, so be prepared before venturing out. Carry insect repellent, cover arms and legs when temperatures allow it, and consider wearing a hat with a bug net.

Lastly, make sure you don’t leave the park without a bottle of local maple syrup—and that dream Adirondack chair!



For more camping and travel guides, check out these buyers’ guides for tents or camping packs, the best national parks bicycle trails and loops, or the coolest places to travel this year.

List of Chipotle Hacks and Secret Menu Items

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Since the early days of Chipotle, there have been ways to get “extra” from this amazing restaurant with secret hacks and hidden menu items to take your usual order to the next level.  Here are some must-know Chipotle secrets to try next time you hit the grill.



Extra Meat

Grilled chicken sliced and stacked in a white ceramic dish.

By asking for “half-and-half” with two different meats on your entree, you usually end up getting at least 25% more meat than if you stick to one type. Half chicken and half barbacoa is a big favorite,


Stirred Up Burrito

A mixed up burrito, secret menu item from Chipotle, with background blurred.

Once all of the ingredients have been added to your burrito, you can ask the server to mix up all the ingredients within the tortilla before rolling it up. This is nice if you prefer a consistency of flavors throughout your burrito.



Unseen person grating cheese onto a cutting board.

At the quieter Chipotle locations that don’t have as much foot traffic as a New York, Los Angeles, or San Diego location, you can usually ask to server to line the tortilla with cheese before heating it up. They can then build the burrito on top of a layer of cheese which is really quite delicious.

Rumor has it that some Chipotle restaurants are now charging extra for this. It’s always worth asking if they’ll do it for free, and it’s sometimes worth paying for too.



Pretty Asian woman bites into burrito at outdoor restaurant.

Similar to the quesarito, a burritodilla has its fillings layered between cheese. You then ask your server to fold it, flatten it a little, and cook until the tortilla is lightly browned. If the quesarito proves too messy for you, this secret Chipotle menu item is the way to go.


Extra Everything

Wooden table filled with a plate of corn chips, burritos in foil, and dishes of salsa, queso, and guacamole.

Besides the meat and guacamole, you can literally ask your server for “more” of any ingredient that’s going into your burrito, bowl, salad, or nachos. They won’t charge extra either. This isn’t really a secret, but something that some are unaware of. You should never feel that your portions are too small at Chipotle.


Less soft ingredients = tighter burrito.

A burrito cut in half and stacked with a blurred bokeh background.

Tempting as it is to load up on the salsa and sour cream, it’s tough for employees at Chipotle to roll a burrito tightly when there are too many soft or liquid elements.

For a tighter burrito you can eat on the go, limit the salsa, sour cream, or guac—or order some on the side for dipping/pouring on yourself while you eat, instead.


Use the app to get your order way faster.

Young Black woman in winter coat and slouchy knit hat smiling at her phone with sunlight glare behind her.

Ordering your meal via Chipotle’s mobile app means you can skip the line and pick up your food at your convenience. Chipotle also offers reward points for discounts and freebies later.


Vegetarian orders get free guac.

A black ceramic dish of fresh guacamole and cilantro.

Guacamole usually costs extra on most Chipotle menu items, but not if you order a vegetarian item. Save some money—and calories—by going meatless now and then.


Skip the tacos.

Unseen person holding a taco in the air against gray background.

Taco meals tend to get less meat and fillings than if you order a burrito bowl with the same ingredients, then add taco shells on the side.


Turn your burrito bowl into nachos.

White plate filled with tortilla chips topped with tomatoes, meat, jalapeno slices, and queso.

Ask your server to sub the rice in your bowl for chips. Extra cheese can help hold more of the toppings together for easy dipping.



As with all “secret menu items” from any chain, keep in mind there’s often a reason they aren’t on the menu. They’re usually harder to make, or time-consuming. Sometimes the upgrades are just too expensive to fit with the rest of what that restaurant has to offer.

If you use these Chipotle hacks, use them wisely—consider tipping your server for going above and beyond, and try to limit the secret menu items to times when the line isn’t snaking too long behind you.


Best Places to Shower on a Road Trip

Brunette woman in bathing suit takes a shower at an outdoor fixture during a road or camping trip.

Once you go on your first long road trip, you quickly realize that showering is a problem. If you travel in long stints, go on hikes, or just tend to sweat a bit, you might get stinky and crave a shower. Without a game plan, your idea to travel cheaply goes out the window as you splurge on last minute hotels to get some comfy sleep and a shower.

But we’ve got you covered. We’ve been on a road trip or two and found the best ways to get a good shower on the road without breaking the bank.




Tips For Showering on the Road

  • Travel with light, rubber sandals that don’t absorb water. Make sure they dry quickly, as well, and have enough tread to prevent slipping.
  • Carry your own shampoo. Chemical-free is best, since you can use it in lakes and other natural water sources without disturbing wildlife.
  • If your water is limited, do a quick rinse, turn off the water, lather up, then turn it back on to rinse quickly. Skip washing your hair and only focus on the important body parts, or opt for an all-natural dry shampoo.
  • “Don’t forget to bring a towel.” -Towelie



Best Places to Shower During Road Trips


Travel Gas Stations

A young blonde woman in a bathing suit showers in a stall with blue tiles.

There are several gas stations that offer more than gas and snacks. They actually offer showers too! The places you can find these showers include:

  • Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers
  • Love’s Travel Centers
  • Travel America

Of course you have to pay a little bit, but this is a much cheaper option than hotels.



A row of showers in a gym or camping facility with white tiles.

Many, but not all, campgrounds offer showers. Many of these will ask for a small fee when you stay overnight, but this is usually less than $15 if you are not in a highly popular area. And to use the shower, you must pay the fee to stay, so you may as well get some time at the campground or nearby hikes if you plan to use the shower facilities.



A dark wall of showers in a gym or campground with heavy shadows.

Gyms are a great place to get in a good workout our sauna session. But most also offer showers, which make them a great option for travelers.

If you have a membership to 24 Hour Fitness or Anytime Fitness, you can get the benefit of visiting facilities across the U.S. and showering there. Otherwise, most gyms offer day-passes for a small fee or trial memberships if you plan to be in the area a while 😉

Don’t forget that you’ll need your own shampoo, soap, and towel. You’ll also want to bring some rubber sandals because people can be kinda nasty.


Motels or Hotels

The outside of a two-story motel with light orange paint and white stair railings.

It’s the last resort for travelers on a budget. But when you’re tired, achey, and smelly, sometimes it’s worth the dough. We suggest driving to an off-the-map region if you’re really road-tripping on a budget and plan to do this. Don’t go miles out of the way, but map the route accordingly, and check your favorite hotel apps to see where you can get the best deal.


Solar-Heated Travel Shower

An outdoor shower head amongst green branches.

When you go camping, you may be sure to bring your favorite tent or backpack, but can you pack a shower? Yes! These shower bags usually hold up to 5 gallons of water and can heat up with solar energy. These tend not to heat up very quickly, but are a good option nonetheless. You can also purchase these on Amazon very cheaply, such as the Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower or the Sportneer 5-Gallon Solar Shower Bag.




20 Things to Do When You’re Bored


When 500 channels have nothing good on and you’ve read all the books on your Kindle, you’ve got two options. One, get on Facebook and stare at what everyone else is doing (and eating, apparently), or choose one of these fun, helpful, or unusual things to do when you’re bored.

Learn a new language.

The French word "L'amor" spelled out in red neon light in a dark room
Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to speak Spanish or French? You can even learn Chinese, Japanese, or Russian. There are a wide variety of great language apps you can use, most of which are free.

Some of the most popular are Rosetta Stone, Duolingo, Babbel, and Memrise.

Caution: the Duolingo owl will soon become an ever-present threat in your life.


Draw something.

An artist wearing glasses, a hat and a brown coat sketching a pair of eyes on a blank sheet of paper on a clipboard
Anyone can draw—even if you completely suck, you can always improve through focused, intentional practice.

Just get a pad of paper and pencil, and draw something out of your head or an interesting object nearby.

You could also take a walk and draw a favorite building. Try out a perspective tutorial to get the angles just right.


Paint something.

Paint brushes that were dipped in red and orange lay on a white canvas with various other colors blurred in the background
If you don’t like drawing, grab a paintbrush instead: the simple motion of brushstrokes encourages getting into a “flow state,” which can be more relaxing to some than the tiny, more technical stroke of a pencil.

Painting is more forgiving as an art form, as well.  While charcoal or pencil might encourage too much realism, painting tends to veer towards surreal or whimsical interpretations.

It’s more about capturing the overall feeling of your subject—not the exact details.

Studies also show it improves cognition and memory, too.


Organize your cabinets.

Uncooked pasta, walnuts are kept in separate glass jars next to a folded brown paper bag on top of a metal table
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to see everything and not have to worry about cans falling on you when you grab something?

It may not be a fun and exciting thing to do, but the end result is supremely satisfying.

If you’re looking for an in-depth, simple method to organize, consider the Konmari method.

The founder, Marie Kondo, suggests arranging objects by purpose and size, left to right (the direction in which “joy rises.”) A little out there, but you can’t beat the aesthetic.


Clean the fridge.

A refrigerator stocked and organized with various healthy food produce
While you are at it, why not clean out your refrigerator and freezer?

You will probably find all sorts of things you forgot you had. You can even embark on that pantry week trend to save some cash: making meals out of whatever you’ve got on-hand, to avoid food waste and creeping grocery bills.


Empty those closets.

A closet filled with coats and sweaters
Not to beat the cleaning horse, but your closets could probably be a lot more organized, too.

Try on and donate any clothes you haven’t worn in over a year, no longer fit into, or just plain don’t like.

It’s another tip from KonMari: if you don’t truly cherish an item, thank it for its service and chuck it in the donation bag.

Imagine how much easier your mornings will become when every single outfit you own is your favorite, fits perfectly, and makes you feel great.


Clean your computer’s hard drive.

An image on a person typing on a laptop
Get rid of all of those old files you no longer need. Put all your photos on the Cloud so you can delete your drive copies. Rename messy file extensions, empty the Download folder and overflowing recycling bin, and get yourself a snazzy new desktop photo that will make work on Monday feel just a little more fun.



A man wearing a jean jacket and dark pants dancing in the middle of the street by clicking his heels together and arms raiseed
Even if you dance like an idiot, the movement and music will get those endorphins flowing and promote energy and positivity.

What’s more, the newly emerging field of neuroscience in dance indicates that dancing improves one’s sense of self and interpersonal relationships, and can help you recognize changing rhythms in music.


Start a journal.

A woman wearing a gray sweater opening a journal next to a cup of coffee and a coffee pot on a wood table
This may sound like a silly thing that only teenage girls do, but journaling is a popular therapeutic tool.

Before you get caught up in some stereotypical “Dear Diary” format, keep in mind that you can write about anything you want: the room around you, your own relentless boredom, or your goals for the upcoming year.

You might also consider “Morning Pages”—three handwritten pages, every single morning the second you wake up, concerning whatever thoughts are in your head.

It’s a nonstop, stream-of-consciousness entry, and will promote creativity through your day.

Even if all you can think to write is, “I can’t think of anything to write,” over and over and over…keep going. New thoughts will pop up, very soon.


Try a new recipe.

A plate of vegetable consisting of broccoli, lemons, and other greens being prepared
Take a crack at these budget friendly dinners, ways to spice up instant ramen, or some healthy smoothies with that withering produce you purchased with the best of intentions, but still haven’t eaten.

Alternatively, use a site like Supercook to enter all the ingredients you’ve got in your house. It will generate recipes you can make from the things you already have.


Listen to some music.

A girl wearing dark clothing laying back with her right foot up against on older style boombox radio
If others are home and you don’t want to bother them, put in your earbuds and jam.

Go-to playlists leaving you more bored than ever?  Revamp that stale library!  See if old favorite bands have released anything new you’ve missed, or use a site like Gnoosic to find similar artists to your current go-tos.


Make some slime.

neon pink slime being squeezed through a clenched fist against a deep black background
Even if you don’t have kids, slime is fun and addictive!  You’ll need a 4 oz. bottle of white glue, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 ½ tablespoons of saline solution.  Mix it together and go nuts.

Even better: add glitter!  Seriously, who can be bored when there’s glitter involved?


Write your own book.

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Any book—your memoirs, a collection of short stories, fan fiction, or that random idea for a novel you jotted down two years ago, but never got around to fleshing out.


Get free or super cheap books.

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Sign up for Freebooksy or BookBub to score heavily discounted or free ebooks in your favorite genres.  With daily deal emails packed with titles, you’ll never get bored with your Kindle library.


Call a friend, or your parents.

A brunette girl wearing a white blouse talking on a wall-mounted red pay phone style phone
Video chats are great too.  Reconnect with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while; ask them about their latest projects or hobbies.

Their excitement—and the smile on their face—will obliterate your own bored feelings.


Visit a different country….online.

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Yes, you can see the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal without leaving your house via Google Earth!  Some places aren’t mapped out in detail, but most are.

You can saunter along the world’s most famous riverbanks, or see famous landmarks with just a few mouse clicks.


Check out the online experiences now offered from Airbnb.

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It’s impossible to be bored while learning—assuming, of course, that the topic interests you.

Airbnb now offers online experiences, from virtual classes to tours from real locals and experts, all over the world.

You can learn to make Mexican street tacos from a professional chef, experience Paris with a virtual tour from a real Parisian, or take a coffee masterclass, all without leaving your house.


Write a letter.

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It can be to a relative, distant friend, or someone in need of cheering up.


Make something.

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Sort through your old craft and project supplies, or that junk drawer that keeps getting jammed up, and create something cool with your findings.

Beads and string can replace that broken pull cord on your bedroom fan; old takeout menus might make for some interesting found poetry.


Go on a bike ride—or a whole tour.

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Dig that bike out of the garage and hit some local trails, or plan an entire bike tour to log some miles and see the sights.




The next time you’re in need of things to do when you’re bored, revisit this list for inspiration—sometimes the old standby of Netflix binging just won’t cut it.

Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

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You know how to escape the clutches of a category 5 storm, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake, or even a contagious virus…but you’re clueless when it comes to a zombie attack? Come on! Just like a natural disaster, an undead invasion can strike at any time. All those zombie movies, apocalyptic films and books just make it look easy to survive. Add this guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse to your bug-out bag to give you the best shot at long term survival.



Even the CDC Has a Plan

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It’s highly recommended that you start coming up with an emergency plan now before it’s too late. But do not panic. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) advises to “never fear.” They’ll be doing their part in the advent of this very possible scenario.

According to their website, they would first conduct an investigation if zombies were to suddenly appear on your doorstep, eager to feast on your brains.

“CDC would conduct an investigation much like they do for any other disease outbreak. They would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation.

This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine),” their website says.

If the CDC’s got a plan, what’s your excuse?


Your Guide to Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

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Do not rely too much on the CDC, however, as their action plan is city-scope. You and your family should be prepared to take care of yourself.

After all, it might be awhile before the CDC guys get to you—and you need to be alive to tell the tale.
Besides…what’s to keep the living dead from taking over the CDC, too?


Invest in Weapons

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It’s important to get some armaments as soon as possible.

But choose wisely, as not every weapon is effective against fending off a zombie, especially the crawlers (ankle-biters) that suddenly jump on you.

And no, a hammer is not enough: it leaves plenty of room for a zombie to get to your arms, or even your back.

  • Home tools. Multitools, such as crowbars, are your best bet. They’re light (even your kid can swing one) and can be used as a lock to create a barrier between you and a crowd of walking-deads. A screwdriver is also handy.


  • Machete. Cheap, lightweight, and ultra-sharp, this is perfect for a one-on-one combat with a persistent zombie. It can also decapitate with startling precision.


  • Grenade. Use this only against a swarm of zombies, since grenades are hard to come by. Throwing a grenade in a sea of flesh-eaters is spectacularly destructible, and will cause zombie heads to explode. Some will definitely survive, so that’s when you get your machete or crowbar ready.


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  • Shotgun. This is effective in close-range combat, especially if a group of the undead were to invade your home. Its projectile is heavier, making close-range shots powerful. That translates into zombie brains, blown off into smithereens.


  • Chainsaw. This is another effective way to make those zombie heads roll. Just make sure to do a neat decapitation, since semi-attached heads will send them into full-blown rage.


  • Bat with barbed-wire. You can DIY your weapon, especially if you are currently strapped for cash. Knock off heads and tear into the flesh of your rotting enemy.


Make Your Own Survival Kit

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  • Fire starters. Throw in some petroleum jelly, lip balm, and a bottle of hairspray, and you can get a serious flame going. Tampons are great alternatives, too. Simply unwrap, unfurl, smear with petroleum jelly, and light the string.


  • Plastic bottles. You need to be constantly hydrated, and a plastic bottle is very handy. You can easily clean this using “solar disinfection,” or leaving it out in the sun for a day. Keeping two bottles is wise, as you’ll likely need one while disinfecting the other.


  • GPS device. Power grids will definitely go down during a zombie apocalypse. When that happens, your smartphone signal will be nada. Go for a GPS device, or an old-fashioned physical map.


  • Canned goods. Food that won’t spoil for years on end will tide you over between risky supermarket raids or foraging trips. Remember to pack a can opener, too.


  • Medicine. Stock up on maintenance meds, like asthma inhalers or insulin. You’ll also need painkillers (if you have access to morphine, that’s best), bandages, and disinfectant.


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  • Alcohol. Not to be used for liquid courage. Douse yourself with alcohol when a zombie is nearby and you have no place to hide. These walking corpses are repelled by the scent.


  • Flashlight. A reliable light source is crucial to your survival. You need to see zombies coming at you in the dark, navigate rough terrain, and explore abandoned buildings or sprawling woods. Also, be sure to buy the water-resistant type: you don’t want your flashlight to die in the rain.


  • Bandage protector. Injuries are inevitable after zombie evasions. Prevent further infection or exposure by adding a layer of protection to your bandages.


For the Love of God, Leave the City

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Naturally, civil society will collapse during the zombie apocalypse. These monsters will spread like the plague and take over military, government, and health institutions.

Without basic needs and technology, the city will no longer be habitable. Head for the wilderness (the more hostile, the better), as zombies don’t head into unfriendly zones. They like congregating where populations are high.


Act Early

Experts say that once a zombie outbreak happens in your area, you have less than two weeks to survive. As soon as a zombie outbreak has been confirmed, you need to act fast to survive.

  • Distribution centers. This is where you can grab as many canned foods as you can. Abandoned supermarkets are okay, too.


  • Abandoned roadworks. You’ll most likely find a mobile generator somewhere there. Get it.


  • Renewable energy. Your diesel will surely run out. Before you head into the deep wilderness, scavenge for solar panels. If you can’t find any, wind turbines will do.


Acquire New Skills

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It’s better to have a mindset that you will survive the zombie apocalypse. You and a few other survivors will surely start building a community in a hidden forest or wilderness.

Weapons handling, first aid, hunting, trapping, knitting or weaving, mechanics, and other homesteading practices will keep you useful (a.k.a., indispensable) in your new society.



It is crucial to add a guide to surviving a zombie apocalypse to your collection of how-to-survive manuals. When it comes to a widespread zombie pandemic, ignorance and unpreparedness will get you killed. Fast.

The History of Skateboarding and Its Best Skaters

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Skateboarding is a pastime enjoyed by many, from youngsters learning on their first board, to seasoned pros whose performance and handling leave spectators in awe. It’s so popular, in fact, that it’s now an Olympic event.

The history of skateboarding is, unsurprisingly, rooted in a very similar sport: surfing.

The 1950’s

Skateboarding got its start in the 1950s, in Hawaii and California, when athletes who sought the feeling of riding waves on dry land. It’s believed that skateboards already existed, in some form: crate scooters were already invented, and some people modified them to make wheeled boards.

Once surfers were involved, though, the sport really had legs. Early boards were rudimentary and comparatively slow to later versions, but this new class of “sidewalk surfers” loved them. Many even skated barefoot, the way they’d surf, and translate their maneuvers from ocean to land.

When the toy industry got wind that people were using a board to surf the streets, commercial skateboards came into fashion.


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The 1960’s

Roller Derby first launched the first mass-produced commercial skateboard in 1959, which marked its transition from “toy” to sports equipment. More companies followed suit, most notably surfing manufacturers who knew the sports’ crossover appeal was huge with current clientele.

Skateboarding competitions became more popular, with downhill races in San Francisco and other valley cities, but ultimately dipped in the mid-1960s when in- and outdoor roller derbies started.

The media painted skateboarding as dangerous, and the sport saw a decline in popularity.


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The 1970’s

Like any sport, skateboarding changed constantly to make it more fun, challenging, and more welcoming to newcomers.

Frank Nasworthy introduced the urethane wheel with the company Cadillac Wheels. These plastic upgrades glided along city streets, instead of gripping them like clay wheels. They also lasted longer and, most importantly, were smoother and much faster. Suddenly, skateboards were both safer and more exciting.

Skateboarders started magazines; competitions took root; and the first man-made skate parks—rather than abandoned or repurposed construction sites—were born. Riders with different styles began clamoring for more, and customization shops popped up.

The 1970s and 1980s also saw the advent of tricks like the ollie. Thus, modern skateboarding was born.


The 1980’s

VHS cassettes featuring training techniques and new tricks became widely available. Magazines also detailed tricks and tips; new shops continued to pop up, offering new features on skateboards. Some boards became wider and longer. Depending on what you wanted, you could customize a board to suit your exact riding style.

Sponsorships, cash-prize contests, and the overall rising popularity of skateboarding made it possible for athletes to get paid skating.

The sport continued to spread, despite—or, arguably, because of—its reputation as a counter-culture activity: skate parks were now magnets for injury lawsuits, and boarding was banned in many public areas.


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The 1990s

The introduction of the “Street League” for international racers helped skateboarding grow further as a professional sport, with cash prizes upwards of $200,000.

The televised X Games and its high flying aerials made skateboarding even more well-known. New skateboards and safety equipment meant newbies and seasoned skaters alike could attempt the tricks pro-skaters displayed on screen.


The 2000’s

Now that skateboarding is a professional sport and mainstream, few innovations have occurred in recent years.

The sport itself has continued to grow, though, with training videos readily available on YouTube, more X Game-esque competitions, and video games like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise, now boasting an impressive 21 titles.

Skateboarding is close to the height of its technical abilities, and has changed a bit for competitions like Red Bull’s downhill series, featuring serious downhill races on regular streets.


The Boarders

Tony Hawk

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Tony Hawk is almost a household name, even if you don’t skateboard. Hawk landed the “Trick Heard Round the World” in the 1999 X Games by completing the first professionally landed 900 spin. That’s 2.5 revolutions mid-jump, a trick no skater had ever landed correctly in a professional competition.

Hawk is also well-known for his self-titled video game franchise, which was popular with skaters and non-skaters alike for not only the visuals and game physics, but its killer videogame soundtrack.


Paul Rodriguez

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Rodriguez won a total of eight medals at X Games competitions, and later launched his own skateboard deck company, Primitive (https://primitiveskate.com/). He’s also a rapper and recording artist, as well as the owner of his own private skatepark.

Rodriguez last won a professional competition in 2012, and now focuses on acting, music, and his businesses.


Eric Koston

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Despite being featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games, Koston is part of the generation of skaters who came before Hawk. He placed first in the X Games in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

He was featured in many videos for the Girl skateboard company and garnered many sponsorships, including a Nike shoe named after him. Koston now owns his own business, Fourstar Clothing.


Skateboarder Eric Koston performs a trick in the bowls of a skatepark by the beach

Skateboarding is now fairly mainstream and accepted (though you probably still can’t get away with skateboarding down the library rails). Its transition from a humble hobby to competitive powerhouse is, in large part, owed to professional skateboarders innovating both the equipment and the sport itself. As you’re riding your board, and hopefully not taking too many spills, find yourself listening to the best pop-punk songs or the best albums on Spotify.

The History of Elon Musk: A Timeline

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Since he was a child, Elon Musk has been doing some really impressive stuff. To describe Musk as a visionary would simply be an understatement. Many people (especially the Redditors on r/wallstreetbets) are huge fans of Elon, but it can be difficult to map his life, let alone his success. As with both magnates and tech visionaries, the easiest way to get the full picture is to start at the beginning.


Elon Musk: the 70s through 90s

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June 18, 1971:

Elon Musk’s legacy begins when he’s born in Pretoria, South Africa.



At just 10 years old, Musk begins teaching himself computer programming.



Two years after his quest to master programming, Musk creates a video game written in BASIC called “Blastar”. He sells it to a company for $500.


1988 – 1989:

At the start of his adulthood, he dodges the mandatory South African Military Service by moving to Canada where he studies at Queen’s University.



Wanting to pursue the American Dream, Musk transfers to the University of Pennsylvania and studies both Physics and Economics.



After receiving his two Bachelor’s degrees, Musk co-founds and codes a software called Zip2 with his brother Kumbal.


Musk sells Zip2 to Compaq for $307 million and gets a 7% cut leaving him with $22 million.

Later in 1999:

Looking to start the next big thing, Elon creates an online bank named X.com


The New Millenium

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March 2000:

X.com proves to be successful when it merges with competitor Confinity. The two ultimately form PayPal, and Musk is designated as CEO of the company.


Sep 2000:

Elon marries his first wife, Justine Wilson; however, due to a disagreement on how to code the online bank, his honeymoon goes sour when he gets removed from his CEO position at PayPal.



Looking for his next endeavor, Musk discovers his interest in rockets. He conceptualizes the grandiose Mars Oasis, a project that involves putting a greenhouse on our sister planet. His first step was to look into missiles, so he travels to Moscow, Russia to explore intercontinental ballistic missiles.


February 2002:

Following through with his rocket ship fascination, Musk makes plans to buy the ICBMs but ultimately thinks they’re too expensive.


March 2002:

After his excursion to Russia, Elon forms Space Exploration Technologies (aka SpaceX) with the hopes of developing affordable rockets that will be used to advance rocket technologies and explore space. Musk assumes the CEO and CTO positions.


October 2002:

PayPal gets purchased by eBay for a whopping $1.5 billion in stock. As a result, Musk receives $165 million.


February 2004:

Musk joins Tesla Inc. as the Chairman on the Board of Directors after he leads the Series A investments.


Later in 2004:

Musk and his wife Wilson give birth to twin boys through IVF.

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2006 is a busy, but successful, year for Musk. SpaceX finds success after earning several contracts with NASA to deliver cargo to the International Space Station – this was the start of the Falcon-9 project. Later, he begins SolarCity with two of his cousins. Towards the end of the year, his wife gives birth to triplet boys via IVF.


March 2006:

SpaceX attempts their first rocket launch but fails.


March 2007:

SpaceX attempts their second rocket launch and fails again.


Early 2008:

Musk and Wilson separate and share custody of their five children. SpaceX attempts their third launch, but they fail and destroy several satellites in its demise.

Later in 2008:

As SpaceX and Tesla are running out of money, Musk steps up to become CEO of Tesla, Inc. In a last-ditch effort, SpaceX launches a rocket for the fourth time and finally succeeds. Just barely escaping bankruptcy, SpaceX is awarded a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. Tesla also receives funding just moments before it goes broke.


2010 to Present

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June 2010:

Tesla launches its IPO at $17 per share and closes the day at $23.89 – a 40.53% increase.


Later in 2010:

Musk marries actress Talulah Riley after two years of dating.



Elon Musk announces his biggest plan thus far: to send humans to Mars. He intends on accomplishing this goal by 2031. Additionally, SpaceX unveils a revolutionary concept: reusing rockets to make space travel cheaper.


March 2012:

Musk and Riley divorce.


May 2012:

SpaceX makes great progress as Dragon docks with the ISS.


June 2012:

Tesla begins shipping out their Model S vehicles at $75,000.


Later in 2012:

SolarCity and Tesla come together in an attempt to stop global warming by using electric car batteries instead of energy-consuming rooftop solar panels.


July 2013:

Musk and Riley remarry.


August 2013:

Once again, Musk has a new groundbreaking project. He reveals his plans and designs for Hyperloop, a high-speed underground transportation system.


April 2014:

Elon Musk and the SpaceX team attempt to land (from orbit) a rocket onto a ship.


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December 2015:

The SpaceX team reaches a milestone for reusing rockets when they successfully land a rocket from orbit. Musk starts a new project, with others, termed OpenAI that aims to advance artificial intelligence for the world’s benefit.



Tesla, Inc. acquires SolarCity and becomes a subsidiary. Musk co-founds yet another brilliant company called Neuralink, whose goal is to connect the human brain and artificial intelligence. Elon’s goal of colonizing Mars progresses as he releases details of the architecture.


May 2017:

Elon Musk starts another company that would support his Hyperloop project: The Boring Company. Its main purpose is to dig tunnels.


July 2017:

After forming PayPal, X.com was essentially dissolved; however, Musk purchases the domain from PayPal for an undisclosed amount citing that it has sentimental value.


August 2017:

Musk and Riley divorce for the second time.


February 2018:

Musk decides to leave the board of OpenAI due to potential conflicts that may arise while he operates Tesla, Inc. Elon also launches a Tesla Roadster into space via a SpaceX rocket.


March 2018:

The Boring Company sells 20,000 flamethrowers cleverly named “Not a Flamethrower.”


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May 2018:

Elon Musk begins dating Grimes, a Canadian singer/songwriter.


July 2018:

Shortly after the Thai soccer team gets trapped in the Tham Luang cave system, Musk attempts to save the day by designing a mini-submarine that ultimately went unused.


September 2018:

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges Musk after he posts a tweet falsely claiming that Tesla will go private at $420. As a result, Elon has to step down from his chair position and pay a fine of $20 million. Additionally, the visionary was seen on the “Joe Rogan Experience” smoking a blunt.


October 2018:

Elon and his foundation donate $480,000 to install new water filtration systems in Flint, Michigan schools.



November 2019:

The Tesla Cybertruck is revealed, leaving many Elon fans in awe and many more in confusion, especially when the unbreakable windows break during a demonstration.


December 2019:

Musk tweets out “Woah … the stock is so high lol” as TSLA trades above $420 for the first time.


May 2020:

Musk makes waves in social media when he and Grimes’ son, X Æ A-XII, was born. Later in the month, Tesla and NASA pair up for a historic launch of astronauts to the ISS.


November 2020:

With a net worth just shy of $130 billion, Elon Musk dethrones Bill Gates for the title of the second richest person in the world. A dethronement that will likely only go back and forth like an east vs. west coast rap battle.




The Complete Guide to Tesla, Inc.

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The concept of electric vehicles was merely science fiction before General Motors first rolled out the EV1 in 1996. They later crushed most of them in 2003 citing unprofitability, leaving the electric vehicle market essentially empty.

Immediately recognizing the potential that the EV1 electric cars failed to reach, engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning founded Tesla Motors—an ode to inventor Nikola Tesla.


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Elon Musk Joins Tesla Motors

With hopes of creating highly efficient battery-electric cars, Tesla Motors sought funding from investors. In 2004, Elon Musk joined and led the Series A investments by putting up $6.5 million of the $7.5 million raised.

As a result, Musk became the chairman of the board of directors. The vision for Tesla Motors now became clear: to become “a car manufacturer that is also a technology company.”

During the design process of their first vehicle, the Tesla team wanted to incorporate a lithium-ion battery, as opposed to the lead-acid battery that GM’s EV1 used.

Being the first automaker to use such technology in a vehicle, Tesla figured that it would be more powerful and less expensive to manufacture than traditional batteries.


The First Electric Sports Car

Tesla’s first official project was the Roadster: a high-margin, high-performance, and completely electric sports car.

Though the young company’s long-term goal was to create affordable electric vehicles, they wanted to start with manufacturing high-end cars to help fund their future endeavors. In 2006, Tesla revealed this groundbreaking automobile to the public.

From this point until 2008, Tesla Motors entered its next several rounds of investments. These rounds found great success, having earned over $100 million from numerous investors such as the Google co-founders and the former eBay President.


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A Change in Leadership at Tesla Motors

Sometime during this success, Eberhard was asked to resign as CEO to join the advisory board. Shortly after, he left the company.

Almost simultaneously, Tarpenning, the other co-founder, stepped down from his position as vice president of electric engineering and left the company as well in 2008.

Elon Musk then began his tenure as CEO of Tesla Motors, where he made drastic changes and secured a $465 million loan from the United States Department of Energy.

In 2008, Tesla Motors began producing the Roadster. The vehicle was able to travel an unprecedented 245 miles on a single charge, accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about four seconds, could hit a top speed of 125 mph, and, of course, use no gasoline.

The company IPO’d on the NASDAQ in 2010. On its first public day of trading, the stock opened at $17 per share and closed at $23.89. As an aside, the current price of TSLA is north of $700.

In 2012, Tesla Motors ceased production of the Roadster and shifted its attention towards the Model S, an affordable electric sedan.

Soon after its release, however, Model S drivers found their vehicles combusting into flames after hitting road debris.

This event led to a significant drop in their stock, but customers continued to craze over the innovative Tesla Motors.


Rapid Growth and Massive Success

Over the next couple of years, Tesla Motors saw rapid growth as it reached many milestones.

To keep up with their demand for lithium-ion batteries, Tesla unveiled ambitious plans to develop the aptly named “Tesla Gigafactory.”

This massive factory would be used to manufacture lithium-ion batteries at a large scale with hopes of making their batteries, and thus electric vehicles, more affordable.


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In the following year, Tesla rolled out its powerful (and controversial) autopilot feature for the Model S.

Revealed in 2015, the Model X was the next electric vehicle in Tesla’s line. The Model X was a roomy SUV with an impressive range of nearly 300 miles on a full charge. With this release, Musk and the Tesla team showed just how powerfully versatile they are.

While seeing success, Tesla Motors decided to expand and acquire a handful of other companies.

One was SolarCity, a solar panel company. Tesla previously had ideas of using solar energy in their technology, but ultimately found SolarCity to be a worthy subsidiary.

Finally, Tesla released its most popular electric car, the Model 3, in 2016.

This four-door sedan could travel for 220 miles (the newest model has a range of about 350 miles). It also boasts a shockingly affordable price tag at just $35,000.


A Fitting Rebranding: Tesla Motors Becomes Tesla, Inc.

On February 1, 2017, Tesla Motors ceased to exist, and Tesla, Inc. was born.

The Tesla team wanted the public to know that it’s more than just an automobile manufacturer. It’s also a tech company.

Shortly after the name change, one of China’s most powerful and valuable companies bought a 5% stake in Tesla, valued at $1.8 billion.

It wasn’t long after that Tesla surpassed Ford in market capitalization to hold the title of the most valuable American automaker.


“Woah … the stock is so high lol.”

As the Tesla stock quickly rose, Musk Tweeted that he might take Tesla private when the stock reached $420. He further stated that the company already secured this funding.

In September 2018, the U.S. SEC found this Tweet to be fraudulent and sued Musk. As a result, Musk stepped down as chairman and received a fine of $20 million.

Regardless, Tesla decided to keep the company public.

Looking to expand its lineup, Tesla revealed its first truck—the Cybertruck—in 2019.

The futuristic vehicle made waves on social media when its indestructible windows shattered during a live demonstration. Tesla plans to release the boxy electric six-seater in 2021.

Just a couple of days before Christmas Eve, Tesla’s stock reached $420. Tesla fans rejoiced as Musk Tweeted, “Woah … the stock is so high lol.”


Tesla’s Growth During the Pandemic

In March 2020, a year later after its unveiling, the Model Y electric car went public for deliveries.

The vehicle is essentially an upgraded Model X. It can recharge half of its 326-mile range in just 15 minutes.

Several more Gigafactories broke ground around the world, including Shanghai, Berlin, and Texas. Musk later ambitiously claimed that the Berlin location will eventually be the biggest battery factory in the world.

To close out 2020, Tesla officially joined the S&P 500 Index on December 21.


Meteoric Rise

Tesla’s growth and innovation appear not only limitless, but also inextricably linked. As the company releases new electric cars, each more powerful and accessible than the last, its stock will continue to rise.

Furthermore, its hold on the electric vehicle market will only strengthen. Where previous automakers saw little to no profitability, Tesla saw opportunity.

Its rapid growth and astounding novelty are, perhaps, owed to Tesla, Inc.’s original goal: to be a car maker and tech company in one. The respective keystone principles of each industry’s most successful titans—productivity and creativity—continue to keep Tesla at the top and will undoubtedly do so for decades to come.

For more on magnate and visionary Elon Musk, check out this timeline of his accomplishments and personal lift which include his time on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

Guide to Kombucha: Benefits, Brands, and How to Make It

Varieties of Kevita brand kombucha.

Kombucha is a hot trend these days, and with good reason. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also believed to promote good health and naturally energizing. It may be a better morning alternative for some than instant coffee.

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn key information about kombucha and its health benefits.  It also covers the most popular brands and flavors, as well as how to brew your own.



What is Kombucha?

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Kombucha is a beverage made by fermenting bacteria and yeast with black or green tea, as well as sugar. While alcohol is usually present due to fermentation, the amount tends to be minimal.

It is enjoyed around the world for its health benefits and unique flavor, which is highly adaptable to personal tastes and preferences.


Health Benefits of Kombucha

  • Kombucha is rich with probiotics that aid the digestive process, as well as antioxidants.
  • It contains polyphenols and acetic acid, which help to prevent growth of undesirable bacteria.
  • In some studies, it has been shown to improve cholesterol levels.


What Is a SCOBY?

SCOBY stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.”

It is sometimes referred to as a mother, mother culture, kombucha culture, pellicle, pancake, or mushroom.

This gelatinous mat of bacteria and yeast is a living body, similar to a coral reef in the ocean.  You can often see pieces of the SCOBY present in both homemade kombucha, as well as store-bought, although some manufacturers filter it out.

This great video by YBK explains SCOBY in more detail:

How to Make a SCOBY

Unseen person's hands holding SCOBY from homemade kombucha.

  1. Boil 1 gallon of water in a large clean pot.
  2. Once the water is to a boil, remove it from heat, and add / mix in 1 cup of sugar.
  3. After the sugar is evenly mixed into the water, drop in the 8 bags of black or green tea, and let the tea steep into the hot water. You only need to steep the tea for 3 to 4 minutes.  While steeping for longer is OK, the blend might become bitter.
  4. Allow the sugary tea to cool until it reaches room temperature.
  5. Transfer 3 1/2 quarts of the tea mixture into an empty 1-gallon jar.
  6. Add 2 cups of unflavored and unpasteurized kombucha.  This can be store-bought, or reserved from another batch.
  7. Place the woven cloth, or two layers of a paper towel, over the jar.  Secure it using a rubber band.
  8. Set the jar out of direct sunlight, then let it sit for 2-4 weeks.
  9. Wait for a 1/4-inch gelatinous disc to form near the top of the jar.
  10. Inspect the new SCOBY. Make sure the jar doesn’t smell rancid or off-putting. If it does, restart the process.


GT’s Living Foods

GT’s makes a variety of “living beverages” besides its organic and raw kombucha, including adaptogenic tea, water kefir, non-dairy coconut yogurt, and probiotic shots.

Their kombucha comes in several varieties:

  • Enlightened Kombucha: This is brewed with living cultures, yielding a light and smooth tasting probiotic powerhouse.
  • Enlightened Synergy: This is brewed with living cultures, and contains fresh-pressed organic juice or fruit puree, making it the smoothest of their offerings.
  • Classic Kombucha: This combines their Organic & Raw Kombucha with complex blends of vegetable juices, spices, herbs, and botanics. It is brewed with heirloom cultures to bring the same signature, small-batch taste that GT’s first introduced in 1995. This is for kombucha drinkers 21 and older, because the fermentation gives this an alcohol content above 0.5%.
  • Classic Synergy: This combines their Organic & Raw Kombucha with fresh-pressed organic juice or fruit puree.  Like the Classic Kombucha variety, its alcohol content is above 0.5%, so it’s for ages 21 and older.


Best GT’s Kombucha Flavors

Rank Flavor
#1 Gingerade
#2 Trilogy
#3 Grape
#4 Lavender Love
#5 Pomegranate Power
#6 Watermelon Wonder
#7 Ginger Berry
#8 Passionberry Bliss



Kevita’s flavors are not as pungent as others on the market.  For that reason, don’t go reaching for your favorite smoothie just yet! Kevita is a great gateway for new drinkers who haven’t quite acquired the taste for kombucha yet.

Additionally, the bottles typically contain no SCOBY.  Their flavors are more like flavored sparkling water, rather than a probiotic beverage.


Best Kevita Kombucha Flavors

Rank Flavor
#1 Pineapple Peach
#2 Tart Cherry
#3 Pomegranate
#4 Ginger



Health-Ade is a very popular brand, brewed in Los Angeles, California. You can likely find this brand anywhere from large supermarkets to your local gas stations while your grabbing your favorite snacks.

The company boasts that their brewing process is “All Glass,” meaning they don’t use any metal or plastic containers to prevent leaching of the materials into the brew.

Health-Ade also brews in 2.5-gallon batches.  This small size yields quality results for every serving.

Best of all, they use high-quality ingredients, and cold-pressed juices from organic produce.


Best Flavors of Health-Ade

Rank Flavor
#1 Bubbly Rose
#2 Pomegranate
#3 Grape Vibes
#4 Cherry-Berry



Founded in Bend, Oregon, Humm is a brand built on inclusion and communication, with a vision of peace, mutual respect, and equality.  It’s available in all 50 states, as well as Sweden and Guam.


Best Flavors of Humm

Rank Flavor
#1 Blackberry
#2 Pineapple Tumeric
#3 Hopped Grapefruit
#4 Pomegranate Lemonade
#5 Lemon Ginger
#6 Strawberry Lemonade
#7 Mango Passionfruit
#8 Coconut Lime
#9 Raspberry Hops
#10 Ginger Juniper


How to Make Kombucha at Home

Large jar and bottle of homemade black tea kombucha and SCOBY.

Brewing your own kombucha sounds far more complicated than it really is, once you’re accustomed to the process.

Many drinkers prefer their own brews in both taste and quality, in fact, and rarely—if ever—purchase store brands again.



  • Gallon of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 8 bags of black or green tea
  • 2 cups of starter kombucha tea (unpasteurized/neutral flavor; can be store-bought, or reserved from a previous brew)
  • 1 SCOBY, or the ingredients to make one:
    • Gallon of water
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 8 bags of black or green tea
    • 2 cups of starter kombucha tea


  • Large pot
  • 1-gallon jar
  • Tightly woven cloth (or paper towels)
  • Rubber bands
  • Small funnel
  • 6 16-oz glass bottles

If you need to acquire any or all of these things, this Kombucha Starter Kit has everything you need. The kombucha tea blend is easy to use as your favorite protein powder!



1. Make the tea base for the SCOBY

The SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) is the key to the entire process, and where the probiotics and many health benefits of this drink stem from.

To make the tea base for your SCOBY, boil a gallon of water in a large clean pot. Remove from heat, then mix in a cup of sugar.

After the sugar is evenly mixed into the water, drop in the 8 bags of black tea.  Let the tea steep into the hot water.

You only need to steep the tea for 3 to 4 minutes.  Steeping for longer is fine, although the blend can become bitter if steeped too long.

Finally, let the sugary tea cool until it reaches room temperature.


2. Add the starter kombucha

Add 2 cups of unflavored and unpasteurized kombucha.  This can be store-bought, or reserved from a previous batch of kombucha.


3. Add the SCOBY

Gently place the SCOBY into the jar with the tea mixture, and cover it with the tightly-woven cloth.  Two layers of paper towels will work fine, as well.  Secure with a rubber band.


Two large jars of homemade kombucha covered with cloth and rubber bands.


4. Ferment for 7-10 days

Let the mixture sit, out of direct sunlight, for 7-10 days.

After 7 days, you can begin to taste the kombucha every day. When it reaches a flavorful balance of sweet and tart, the batch is ready.


5. Remove the SCOBY

At this point, you’ll want to remove the SCOBY from the jar. If you’d like to make another batch, you can re-use this SCOBY in this same process.


6. Transfer to bottles

Using the small funnel, transfer the liquid into the glass bottles, then seal them shut.

If needed, use a ladle or small cup to move the liquid from the large jar into the funnel.


7. Store at room temperature for 1-3 days

This is where the kombucha will carbonate. Keep the bottles out of direct sunlight for 1-3 days during this process.

It might be helpful to put some of the new kombucha into a plastic bottle before this step.

This will help you gauge how long the drink takes to carbonate, by feeling the firmness of the bottle—once the plastic bottle becomes very firm, the drink is sufficiently carbonated.


8. Refrigerate

Refrigerating the kombucha will stop it from carbonating further. And once it’s cold, it’s ready for you to drink!


Hand pouring pinkish purple kombucha into an overflowing glass.

While it’s definitely an acquired taste for many, most kombucha enthusiasts will tell you it’s not just the taste you’ll fall in love with—it’s how this drink makes you feel that’s so irresistible.

Many claim their digestion, mood, sleep, and overall health improve noticeably, once this fizzy drink joins their fridge lineup.