Adventure Travel

Uluru In The Rain: How The Worst Weather Can Make For The Best Vacation

Sunday, October 14, 2012

As the plane shook and bounced its way through the remnants of Cyclone Yasi, the strongest storm ever to hit Australia, I began to wonder if I was on the right flight. Inside my head were postcard-inspired visions of the Outback: the looming red rock, the dry red desert, the baking sun. Outside my window […]

Antarctica Is Just A Flight Away, What Are You Waiting For?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

In 1820, Nathaniel Palmer discovered Antarctica when he was merely 22. Palmer was the captain of sealing ship Hero, and when he was in the area seeking more seals to fill the insatiable New England appetite for seal skins, he spotted the Antarctica Peninsula. In addition to imparting all 20-somethings with feelings of inadequacy (what […]

How I Found Colorado Atop Crestone Needle

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It was Thursday morning and my cell phone lit up. I had a text. “Look up Crestone Needle and let me know if you have the balls for that one.” It was from my climbing friend Nick. I typed “14ers.com” into my browser — the go-to website for all things pertaining to Colorado’s storied fourteeners […]

Into The Andes: The High Road Through Ecuador

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pan-American Transmissions: Part 8 “Pan-American Transmissions” is a travel series from Special Contributor Diego Cupolo as he travels south from Nicaragua to Argentina. He has few plans, a $10-a-day budget and one flute-playing gypsy companion. Check back as new dispatches are posted from the road. When Ania was a little girl in the Quebec countryside, […]

The Quest For Calm At The Monkey Temple

Monday, September 10, 2012

“So apparently there’s this crazy monkey temple in the hills that I’ve been meaning to hike up to. It’s called Galtaji. Are you guys in?” asked Sam. She’d been living in Jaipur for the past month or so and was already well versed in the main tourist attractions: the Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, City Palace, […]

Some Ideas After You’re Done With Halong Bay

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chances are your visit to Halong bay will likely involve an armada of small boats jammed with backpackers and local tourists navigating the waterways between the limestone outcrops that make up Vietnam’s most recognizable landmark. But if you’re interested in seeing some other just as interesting but less crowded sites, Lonely Planet has a few […]

Hiking Through The Past In Kauai

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Day two of our mini-adventure was not off to a good start. Megan’s hiking boots were soaked and covered in the pasty red sludge that had become the Kalalau Trail. My declarations to “look at the view” were met with, “just stop talking to me for 30 minutes and I will try to pull myself […]

What Island Was Tom Hanks Stuck On In “Cast Away”?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Did you find yourself watching Cast Away and think to yourself, I wouldn’t mind being stuck on that island for a few years myself, sans the tooth ache and anthropomorphic sporting goods. Which begs the question: Where exactly was the Cast Away island anyway? (You know, just in case you get a few years off […]

Why A Holiday On Horseback Is Definitely Not Just For Kids

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The dry river bed curves away into the distance, walls of the steep ravine closing in on either side, towering up to meet the cloudless intensity of blue arching above. My vision blurs. I can taste the warm air as it rushes into my nose and mouth, the smell of speed and animal sweat is […]

Get To Burma By 2013 Or Don’t Bother Going At All?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

There is a predictable pattern for the emergence of new travel hot spots around the world. First, that country must be mired in civil war or be under the thumb of an oppressive dictatorship that frowns upon outsiders entering their country (which has the perverse effect of staving off over-development and preserving culture at the […]

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