Articles written by: Bryan Schatz

Signal Fires: Don’t Set the Whole Place Ablaze

Signal Fires: Don’t Set the Whole Place Ablaze

  Say you’re hiking some remote island by yourself. You fall and break your foot and toil through the island’s foliage in misery for three days. No one knows you’re there and no one’s coming to rescue you, so what choice do you have? A signal fire. A big one. [...]

Wingsuiting: A New Professional Sport

Wingsuiting: A New Professional Sport

Wingsuiting, the act of jumping off cliffs, out of airplanes, from hot-air balloons, or any other high-elevation apparatus, to then take flight via a flying squirrel suit, is about to become a professional sport. Jeb Corliss, perhaps the sport’s most recognized madman, wants to bring some organization and money to [...]

Traveling Grandmothers Kick Major Ass

Traveling Grandmothers Kick Major Ass

  I once did a triathlon (read: only once and never again) that also had other running events alongside it. The usual suspects were there, dudes with enormous calves and aerodynamic bikes and helmets, thousands of dollars worth of gear and Ironman t-shirts. A big scene. Big egos. Everyone was [...]

The Delicious Coastal Villages of Cinque Terre, Italy

The Delicious Coastal Villages of Cinque Terre, Italy

  Italy’s Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands” is a collection of seaside villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) placed intermittently along an 18km path of jagged cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea in the Italian Riviera. The mountains are choked with dry-stone-wall vineyards (where growers still use monorail mechanisms [...]

Packing Tips For Surviving Unruly Regions of the World

Packing Tips For Surviving Unruly Regions of the World

  The zombie apocalypse we’ve all been so enamored by is never going to come, but that doesn’t mean our world doesn’t regularly resemble it anyways. Spontaneous protests sometimes turn violent, governments crack down on their citizens, and Mother Nature gets pissed off and brings the pain through earthquakes, tsunamis [...]

Traveling to Mexico: Is it Safe?

Traveling to Mexico: Is it Safe?

In the past six years, Mexico’s drug cartel wars have left nearly 50,000 people dead. In 2011 alone, 12,180 people were murdered. The killings aren’t always quick or painless either, and plenty of uninvolved bystanders have been caught in the crossfire, or, cross-beheadings, as the case may be. Yet, Mexico [...]

The Child-Eating Ogre of Bern, Switzerland

The Child-Eating Ogre of Bern, Switzerland

We went to Bern, Switzerland for one reason. We were traveling in Europe, doing the whole mid-college obligatory backpacking trip thing, when my good pal Dan the Man saw a wild photograph. It was of an ogre with a rotund, powerful belly; the ogre was adorned with a green and [...]

Get Out the Door! 5 Awesome Travel Videos

Get Out the Door! 5 Awesome Travel Videos

There’s a certain form of torture that us travelers can’t help but inflict on ourselves. It’s watching other people do amazing things and then moping around for weeks because of this simple fact: it’s not us out there in the great blistering nowhere, screaming into the mad winds or sailing [...]

Going On Long Walks: An Interview with Travel Writer Rolf Potts

Going On Long Walks: An Interview with Travel Writer Rolf Potts

    My copy of Rolf Potts’s first book, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, is full of coffee stains and ripping at the seams. The cover is tattered, faded by the sun and may have the dirt of several continents ground into its pages. [...]

Steps To Skydive Certification

Steps To Skydive Certification

  I’m sick of being limited to a terrestrial existence. Could things be any blander? It’s time to take to the sky. Feel the harsh winds blistering across my face and see the ground advancing like the fist of Hades to crush my skull. But then I’ll pull the chute, [...]