Backpacking

Finding Bliss In Hualcayan, Peru

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The air is cold and clear at night. Small, white puffs of smoke float drearily away from my lips, relenting to the frigid temperature. As I stare up at the brightly dotted night sky, I see something that grips my senses: The moon rising over a mountain peak. The mountains are a darker shade of […]

Why The Fiesta Del Agua In Lanjaron Is Not To Be Missed

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What do you get when you take 20,000 people and give them each a bucket and an infinite supply of water? The Answer: A bloody epic water fight. And the annual Fiesta Del Agua y Jamon (festival of water and ham) in Lanjaron, Spain, is just that: A water-based battle of truly gigantic proportions (with some […]

Top 5 Reasons Travelers Are Sexy

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

As if you needed another excuse to travel. A recent survey conducted by an Australian-based travel agency revealed that traveling may be the single most important attribute you should advertise on your sketchy online dating profile. Apparently traveling is one of the most attractive traits for single coeds. I mean come on, tell us something […]

All Those Months On The Road Were Actually Making You Sexier

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

“Tell me baby, where have you been?” “Oh, baby, I’ve been everywhere. From the temples of Tibet to the beaches of Barcelona. Do you like that?” “Oh yes! Tell me more. Please tell me more.” “After college I took a gap year — went all over Europe.” “Yes. Keep going!” “I studied abroad in Norway […]

National Park Nomad: Q & A With Guidebook Author Michael Joseph Oswald

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sometimes we get caught up planning out our next epic adventure to exotic lands and far-off cultures, driven, in part, by eating extraordinary cuisine, meeting those that call the corners of earth home and seeing sites one has only heard about. This idea of exploration reaches out its age-old fingers to pull in even the […]

5 Great Places To Camp In The American Southwest

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Campsites vary from the most primitive of settings to truly exceptional sleeping quarters. Some may only have simple pit toilets (nose-pinching and breath-holding required), while others have full-on hot showers, laundromats and convenience stores with coveted goodies such as Clif Bars and miniature bottles of bourbon. While no summer road trip is complete without a […]

Is The Best Hostel In Spain In Cordoba?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What makes a good hostel? Just ask Jose Fabra Garrido, proud proprietor of the newly opened Bed & Be in Cordoba, Andalucia, because he has nailed it. Absolutely. Are there more aesthetically impressive buildings in the world? Yes. Are there more dramatic locations? Certainly. But traveler Jose has managed to achieve something many hosts claim […]

How To Volunteer With WWOOFs

Sunday, June 24, 2012

What are WWOOFs and How Do You Volunteer With WWOOFs? Although volunteer travel has been booming for the last few years years, WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), or as it is known in some locations, Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is one of the last great strongholds of inexpensive volunteer travel. It’s the […]

Have You Played Backpacker Bingo Yet?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Every notice how you see some of the same kinds of people and sites when you’re backpacking around the world? Ever wish you had a handy printable Bingo card to make a game of seeing those things? Well, you’re in luck. As featured in our book, The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World, Backpacker Bingo will undoubtedly […]

Top 10 Things To Do In Nicaragua

Monday, June 11, 2012

Nicaragua is beginning to appear on the radar of travelers, with its natural beauty and old-fashioned charm that neither tourism nor internal strife has ruined. It’s a low-key, slow-moving Latin American culture, inexpensive to travel and live in, and is often referred to as “Costa Rica 30 years ago.” Nicaragua is easy to travel within […]

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