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Road Trip Tips

Road Trip Tips

  My Grandparents weren’t from the U.S. Hailing from England, they resettled to the U.S. after WW2 and moved around from state to state before my Grandfather accepted a job in Illinois. With my Dad and I settled comfortably in California, summer was the time I headed toward the land [...]

What’s in My Venturesafe?

What’s in My Venturesafe?

While my family and friends are under the impression that working as a travel blogger consists primarily of searching out and consuming gelato, they’re only partially correct. Ok, fine. They’re mostly correct, but I can blog and search out gelato at the same time. I’m very talented where desserts and [...]

Life Is What You Make It: Interview with Filmmaker Sebastion Montaz-Rosset

Life Is What You Make It: Interview with Filmmaker Sebastion Montaz-Rosset

Sebastion Montaz-Rosset is producing some of the most inspiring and mind-blowing films to come out in recent years. He follows the lives of various extreme sports athletes as they venture to mountain peaks where they BASE jump off of pendulum swings from the summits; they hop in hot-air balloons and [...]

Mac and Cheese for the Travel-Hungry

Mac and Cheese for the Travel-Hungry

  Just because you can’t afford to go to Europe, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the refined flavors of its variety of cuisines. And just because you also can’t afford to go to European themed restaurants doesn’t mean you can’t have those tastes close to home. For the [...]

Five Reasons to Study Abroad

Five Reasons to Study Abroad

In college I was required to study another language for at least one year. For some unknown reason, I chose to study German. After two semesters, I stayed after class to ask my German professor a question. She had one for me too. “Why don’t you study abroad in Germany?” [...]

Dr. Bronner’s Magical Soap – Vagabonds’ Best Friend

Dr. Bronner’s Magical Soap – Vagabonds’ Best Friend

Over 150 years ago, Dr. Emanuel (Emil) Bronner strayed from his German–Jewish relatives and one of their fundamental family traditions. They were in the business of making soap the old fashioned way: from rendered animal blubber and flames. But this didn’t jive with “the Doctor” (a title he awarded himself [...]

War Tourism: Yeah, It’s a Thing.

War Tourism: Yeah, It’s a Thing.

Not to be confused with “battleground tourism” (where history buffs and older folks peruse WW2 battle sites and such), “war tourism” is when the danger of regular adventure just isn’t enough. Increasingly, those looking to head far away from the beaten path are going clear off the reservation. Destinations like [...]

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 [...]