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Five Inexpensive Souvenirs That Don’t Suck

Five Inexpensive Souvenirs That Don’t Suck

  It’s the last day of your trip and as you’re admiring the photos you’ve taken and the few items you’ve managed to snag for yourself, you suddenly remember that you haven’t picked up any souvenirs for anyone else. Oops. That’s when it happens. You rush around the stores near [...]

Five Little Luxuries for Backpacking Travelers

Five Little Luxuries for Backpacking Travelers

  When you’re a backpacking traveler, you learn to let go of life’s little luxuries pretty quickly. Anything that can’t be shoved into your backpack and easily carried gets left behind for weeks, months, or years at a time. You learn to live without more than one pair of shoes, [...]

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 [...]

Winners of the Travel Out Loud Contest!!!

Winners of the Travel Out Loud Contest!!!

We spend a lot of time browsing our favorite travel photos but last month, we decided it would be a good idea to get yours. So we launched a contest, asked Pacsafers around the world to submit their best travel pics, and now we’re picking winners! Here’s our winners and [...]

Tips on Learning a New Language

Tips on Learning a New Language

  The inability to communicate is definitely one of the more intimidating aspects of traveling. Whether you’re staying in a place for a few months or a few days, stumbling over the vowels and consonants of a foreign language can leave even the most composed individual retreating from a conversation [...]

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 [...]