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Five Inexpensive Souvenirs That Don’t Suck

Five Inexpensive Souvenirs That Don’t Suck

  It’s the last day of your trip and as you’re admiring the photos you’ve taken and the few items you’ve managed to snag for yourself, you suddenly remember that you haven’t picked up any souvenirs for anyone else. Oops. That’s when it happens. You rush around the stores near [...]

Five Little Luxuries for Backpacking Travelers

Five Little Luxuries for Backpacking Travelers

  When you’re a backpacking traveler, you learn to let go of life’s little luxuries pretty quickly. Anything that can’t be shoved into your backpack and easily carried gets left behind for weeks, months, or years at a time. You learn to live without more than one pair of shoes, [...]

Signal Fires: Don’t Set the Whole Place Ablaze

Signal Fires: Don’t Set the Whole Place Ablaze

  Say you’re hiking some remote island by yourself. You fall and break your foot and toil through the island’s foliage in misery for three days. No one knows you’re there and no one’s coming to rescue you, so what choice do you have? A signal fire. A big one. [...]

How to Show Travelers Your City

How to Show Travelers Your City

  Any traveler knows the delight of being invited to see a place through a local’s eyes whether it’s through a friend, a tour guide, or a benevolent stranger. So why not do the same for other travelers and open your home or offer your time to someone visiting your [...]

Wingsuiting: A New Professional Sport

Wingsuiting: A New Professional Sport

Wingsuiting, the act of jumping off cliffs, out of airplanes, from hot-air balloons, or any other high-elevation apparatus, to then take flight via a flying squirrel suit, is about to become a professional sport. Jeb Corliss, perhaps the sport’s most recognized madman, wants to bring some organization and money to [...]

Adventure Travel: Tips on Getting Started

Adventure Travel: Tips on Getting Started

  Adventure travel is the genius combination that satisfies the wanderlust’s desire for new places and the outdoorsman’s thirst for adrenaline and adventure. As gratifying as it can be to run to the top of North Africa’s highest peak or to kayak around the island of Corsica, planning and executing [...]

The Moroccan Hammam: What to Expect

The Moroccan Hammam: What to Expect

  It’s hot, dry, and dusty. You’ve been wandering for hours through the medina of Marrakech. Your feet are tired, you’re covered in the dusty sand of the desert, and if one more vendor jumps out at you to come and look at the wares in his shop, you’re going [...]

Traveling Grandmothers Kick Major Ass

Traveling Grandmothers Kick Major Ass

  I once did a triathlon (read: only once and never again) that also had other running events alongside it. The usual suspects were there, dudes with enormous calves and aerodynamic bikes and helmets, thousands of dollars worth of gear and Ironman t-shirts. A big scene. Big egos. Everyone was [...]

Ice Cream Around the World

Ice Cream Around the World

  Ice cream, in all its glorious forms, is the best part of summer. Is there anything more fabulous than strolling down the street enjoying a waffle cone packed with your favorite flavor of gelato? No, there’s not. Unless you’re lactose intolerant. Then it’s probably not so fabulous. Not to [...]

The Delicious Coastal Villages of Cinque Terre, Italy

The Delicious Coastal Villages of Cinque Terre, Italy

  Italy’s Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands” is a collection of seaside villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) placed intermittently along an 18km path of jagged cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea in the Italian Riviera. The mountains are choked with dry-stone-wall vineyards (where growers still use monorail mechanisms [...]