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Climbing In Thailand

Climbing In Thailand

  Thailand, that steamy jungle of riotous fun, with its bleeding sunsets, delicious beaches, provocative nightlife and aggressively delectable cuisine, is also a land of stellar rock climbing. People started heading to Thailand to climb in the eighties, and word got around quickly. But the real spike in interest came [...]

How to Travel With Your Outdoor Adventure Gear

How to Travel With Your Outdoor Adventure Gear

It was Hemingway who argued that the best way to get to know a country is to explore its contours on bike, however, he didn’t give any indication as to whether you should bring your own bike or rent one. Travel and the pursuit of outdoor adventure is a combination [...]

The Mongol Rally: “Traveling Is for Sissies”

The Mongol Rally: “Traveling Is for Sissies”

  No support crew or medical professionals will be available for assistance. You’ll ruin your vehicle and get hopelessly lost. You’ll suffer heat stroke and frostbite alike. You might be terribly injured, become permanently disfigured, or otherwise disabled. You might even die. But isn’t that appeal enough already? If you [...]

Ditch the Camera, It’s Not A Travel Requirement

Ditch the Camera, It’s Not A Travel Requirement

  What? You might be thinking. Don’t take a camera on the dream trip you’ve been planning for years? But that’s like playing soccer with a stick instead of a ball, a Cuba Libre without the rum, birding without binoculars. Well, no, it’s not. Despite the trend, a camera may [...]

Finding the Perfect Bag

Finding the Perfect Bag

Narrowing down the perfect bag can be a difficult endeavor. Almost as important as selecting the perfect traveling partner, having the right bag for the trip can make a big difference. It can’t be too big, but you don’t want to have to sit on it to get it to [...]

Cordillera Blanca: Peru’s Mountain Wonderland

Cordillera Blanca: Peru’s Mountain Wonderland

Peru is a unique gem of a country for vagabonding outdoor enthusiasts. There are waves to surf, canyons to explore and deserts to wander in. Ancient ruins offer hints of a rich history and neon-lit disco dance parties reveal the spice of the modern youth. But, perhaps more intriguing and [...]

Busking 101: Making Cash On the Road

Busking 101: Making Cash On the Road

    There was a time when two friends and I found ourselves in the town of Escalante, Utah bordering the vast, void and canyon-riddled Escalante Wilderness, without much cash and no food. Escalante is one of those rare, delicious Utah towns that despite essentially only occupying a short stretch [...]

Skip the Flight: The U.S. Is a Great Place to Travel Too

Skip the Flight: The U.S. Is a Great Place to Travel Too

  People are spending over $700 billion on travel to and within the U.S. every year. According to the U.S. Travel Association, nearly 60 million people visited the United States in 2010 to wander around, check out what we have going on and in general delight in a place with [...]

5 Awesome Ecotourism Destinations

5 Awesome Ecotourism Destinations

  There’s a soft spot in my heart for green travel. Eco-tourism usually means ruggedness, simplicity, adventure, community, low-impact and most of the time, quite comfortable. This is an oversimplification, of course. Eco-tourism can shoot in many different directions. It can be in a remote jungle with tree houses for [...]

5 Rules to Follow in Italy

5 Rules to Follow in Italy

  I love Italy, but sometimes being there makes me feel like I just transferred to a new middle school where I don’t know that I’m not supposed to sit in the front row of the classroom or that ordering chocolate milk at the cafeteria is only acceptable for first [...]