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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 [...]

Getting to Cuba: By Whatever Means Necessary

Getting to Cuba: By Whatever Means Necessary

Cuba isn’t just another island in the Caribbean with fine, white sand beaches. It’s one of the most electric and visceral of all Latin American nations. A history wrought by swashbucklers, revolutionaries, crooks and plenty of soul, it’s a place with mildewed streets where vintage American cars run on Russian [...]

How to Do Laundry in a Hotel Sink

How to Do Laundry in a Hotel Sink

    You’ve been traveling for 2 weeks and though you only packed enough outfits for 3 days, you have somehow gotten away with not doing laundry. At some point you thought you smelled bad, but now you don’t notice. It’s not because your clothes are magically clean. It’s because [...]

5 Ways to Avoid Getting Fat While Abroad

5 Ways to Avoid Getting Fat While Abroad

[iulianvalentin]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Traveling can really screw up a fitness routine. There’s new cuisine to first sample, fall in love with, and then pack into your gut. Booze is a’ plenty. Rabid bastard dogs try and kill you on morning runs. And how the hell do you say “fitness center” in Chitumbuka, [...]

Ayahuasca and the Transcendent Soul

Ayahuasca and the Transcendent Soul

[KalypsoWorldPhotography]/[iStock}/Thinkstock Some would consider it dangerous to trip out on an all-night hallucinogen primarily found deep in the Amazonian jungle that makes LSD and mushrooms look like a sip of alcohol. It goes beyond visions of jagged geometric color portraits to reach states of brain-swilling delirium deep in both the [...]

Culturally Conscious Travel (Through the lens of Vangvieng)

Culturally Conscious Travel (Through the lens of Vangvieng)

[khwanchais]/[iStock]/Thinkstock On the beaten-to-death backpacker’s circuit in Laos, there is a small riverside town named Vangvieng. It straddles the crystal waters of the Nam Song River and is surrounded by stunning karst monoliths that are home to numerous deep – and widely ignored – caves accessible via short hikes into [...]