Backpacking

Heard Of Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba? Probably Not, But That May Change Soon

Thursday, July 26, 2012

When you think hydroelectric dam build in the 1950’s by an Italian company in Zimbabwe, you probably don’t think environmental wonderland in Southern Africa, but this may change soon. Lake Kariba, located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is experiencing a resurgence of sorts. As the economic and political situation in Zimbabwe improves, more […]

The Other Face Of India

Monday, July 23, 2012

A group of smiling young faces stare back at you from the photograph. Their bodies are thin and semi-clothed, and they are sitting in filth; a stagnated water puddle serves as a befitting background. Kids of slum dwellers in Kolkata are extremely excited at having their picture taken. Their joviality belittles their circumstances. This shot […]

My Trek Into The Utah Desert For Two Weeks With Only The Clothes On My Back

Sunday, July 15, 2012

“I haven’t felt like this since I had malaria,” Doug mutters. Doug extends a hand toward an archaic sight: A figure wearing a buckskin skirt perches motionless on a rock. The figure takes a stick from the weary grasp of Doug’s hand and suggests a diagnosis. “Your energy drop is not due to less food […]

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 […]

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