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The High-Life at The Sebastian

The High-Life at The Sebastian

My girlfriend and I had just checked into The Sebastian hotel in Vail. Our bags had barely hit the floor when there was a knock at the door. I opened the door to be greeted by a welcome gift of chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. And this was only the [...]

Expert Tips for Identifying and Avoiding Pickpockets

Expert Tips for Identifying and Avoiding Pickpockets

We all know about the ‘clumsy’ passerby who bumps into you and rifles through your pockets, or the ‘helpful’ photogue who offers to snap a few shots of you and your loved ones, only to make a daring escape once the camera is in his hand. Many of us even [...]

Top 6 Stand-Up Comedy Bits on Air Travel

Top 6 Stand-Up Comedy Bits on Air Travel

It’s hard to find someone that isn’t made at least a little bit nervous when flying. Tight connection times, cramped spaces, expensive chicken salad sandwiches and turbulence will put even the most seasoned traveler on edge. The best way to deal with that anxiety is to have a professional make [...]

Q&A with Matt Gibson: Finding the Best Ski Hills in the U.S.

Q&A with Matt Gibson: Finding the Best Ski Hills in the U.S.

Adventure writer and photographer Matt Gibson has spent the last portion of his life traveling around the USA looking for the sickest ski hills. Doesn’t sound half bad, does it? When I heard of his ambitious endeavor, I knew I had to get the inside scoop. Alec Ross: Tell me [...]

The Swankiest Slaughterhouse in Patagonia

The Swankiest Slaughterhouse in Patagonia

Three days of airplanes, buses and hostels brought me from Colorado to the banks of Last Hope Sound in Patagonia, Chile, where I blinked sleepily into the icy wind and wondered why my hosts had sent me on a tour of an old meat packing plant on the way to the iconic [...]

6 Reasons to Travel With Your Honey

6 Reasons to Travel With Your Honey

Traveling abroad with the one you like/tolerate/booty call regularly/love can be very revealing. Nothing tests new relationships like a week long backpacking trip, or a month-long trek through some exotic land. While the prospect of traveling with a potential mate can be intimidating and may end in disaster, it can [...]

Hitchhiking Is the Only Reasonable Form of Transportation. Period.

Hitchhiking Is the Only Reasonable Form of Transportation. Period.

It’s true. You might get picked up by a dude in a van with a knife. Can’t argue the possibility. Odds, however, are another thing. Unfortunately there are no statistics available regarding the number of hitchhikers who’ve had weapons pulled on them, though I’m here to guess that it’s a [...]

5 Ways to Travel by Boat

5 Ways to Travel by Boat

When the temperatures rise, humans do three things. First, we complain about it. Then we get ice cream (go here for tips on ice cream treats around the world). Once we have those two obligations out of the way, we head to the water. And rightly so. Sitting on the [...]

6 Reasons to Brave the Rain

6 Reasons to Brave the Rain

The Pacific Northwest often gets a bad rep: home to several of America’s most infamous serial killers, hipsters around every corner, and let’s not forget the incessant drizzle. However, the PNW is also home to

The 5 Best Places to See Mayan Ruins

The 5 Best Places to See Mayan Ruins

The Mayans were a fascinating civilization known for their amazing architecture, unique written language and advanced knowledge of the stars. They inhabited a large region of what is now Mexico and the northern countries of Central America. The decline of their civilization is still something of a mystery, but their [...]