Smart Travel Gear

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 [...]

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 [...]