A Smith

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The Top 7 Things to Do Around the Eiffel Tower

​When you're a first-time visitor to Paris, seeing the Eiffel Tower is likely to be on your bucket list. And it's generally well-worth the effort, …

Eiffel Tower

Why Every Woman Should Own a Pee Funnel

As I skimmed my suggested gear list for a Rainier climb a few years ago, I hit an item that read “pee funnel (for women). Optional. Practice is critical for the use of this item.” I cringed.<p>I'd never heard of a pee funnel before, and I was skeptical that I'd find it useful. But Rainer was going to …

Backpacking for Beginners

Since 2008, the number of people hiking and backpacking in the United States has risen by nearly 50 percent. It’s easy to see why: The sport appeals to everyone from casual outdoorspeople and aspiring adventurers to endurance athletes and longtime dirtbags. You can crush big distances in a short …

How to Have a Perfect Road Trip

Unlike flying, which is often stressful, a road trip is a journey that can be as enjoyable as the destination you’re headed to, according to Sheryl Connelly, a trend forecaster for Ford Motor Company, who takes road trips often with her family. “In a world of increasing distractions, being in a car …

How to Dine Well — and Properly — in Another Country

When you’re traveling internationally, eating at local restaurants is an opportunity to learn about that country’s culture and customs, says Gert Kopera, the executive vice president of global restaurants for Hakkasan Group, a collection of 41 restaurants worldwide. But, Mr. Kopera said, dining out …

How to Navigate Art Galleries in Any City

Whether you’re vacationing in a big city or a small town, checking out the local art galleries makes for an enjoyable day out, said Natasha Schlesinger, an art historian who created ArtMuse Discover Galleries, an app that guides users through New York City’s more than 1,000 art galleries. “So many …

22 French phrases every traveler should know

Maybe you passed high school or even college French, but speaking like the locals is something quite different from what we learn in the books. I …

5 Tips for Taking Better Photos in a Museum

Travel<p>Our photo editors share their advice, and favorite photos from museums around the world.<p>Lines of Instagram-crazed art lovers circled the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this spring for the hottest ticket in Washington D.C. Toting cameras and phones, the record-breaking …

Big History

What to Read Before You Hit Europe’s Museums

As anyone who has been to the Louvre in Paris or the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid knows, these institutions can have an outsize effect on a city. Travelers are drawn by the art, of course, but also by the architecture and historical relics within its walls. Below, one book looks at how old …

The 5 best adventures in Greece

For a country roughly half the size of Wyoming, Greece has more than its fair share of outdoor adventure. But to really get the full adventure …

The Kimberley: 'We want people to appreciate how long Aboriginal people have been here'

Angela Bell expected her two-week tour of the outback Kimberley region in Western Australia would give her a rich cultural experience, given Aboriginal history in the region dates back at least 40,000 years.<p>The 28-year-old communications manager paid $10,000 for a high-end trip through a reputable …

How to Stay in Shape When You Travel All the Time

If working out is an important part of your routine, frequent travel is likely to blow it into smithereens. You’re thrust into unfamiliar places, …

10 Backpacking Hacks to Make You Look Like a Pro

Everything in the wilderness is trial by error, but impress your friends by embracing your inner Jeremiah Johnson with these backpacking hacks:<p>1. …

Backpacking

Here's What Follow-Me-To Photos Look Like If You Travel Solo

Yeah, Ok, we get it, the classic <b>“Follow Me To”</b> photos captured and created by Russian professional photographer <b>Murad Osmann</b> and his stunning wife Natalia <b>Zakharova</b> are drool worthy enough to make anyone re-think their travel, relationship, <i>and</i> wardrobe goals. Couples (and even “fake” couples) around …

Sri Lanka

The best places to eat, drink, and be merry by the sea in Sydney

<i>All photos by Christian Gustavsson.</i><p>Tell many Australians that you’re travelling to Sydney and they might balk. But hey, so it goes: big city dwellers …

Hikes in Los Angeles: 8 trails with spectacular endings

From waterfall hikes to shady trails near the beach<p>Los Angeles’s wealth of outdoors activities is no secret, and in sunny Southern California, it’s hardly ever a bad time to get outside.<p>Hiking is a great, cheap way to enjoy the fresh air and fantastic weather, but for those more reluctant …

Hiking

BEAUTIFUL DIY CURTAIN TIES BACKS ON A BUDGET // INTERIOR INSPIRATION

Ever since I revealed my room makeover I've had some lovely emails and messages from you lovely lot *blushes and huge thanks!* and quite a few of you …

Floral Hanger DIY

I really like having an organized room, especially my closet. I wish I could splurge on fancy wooden hangers, but alas I have to settle for white …

These Are the Most Colorful Places on Earth

You can find color wherever you go, but there are some places that leave more vivid memories than others.<p>If you’re looking to douse yourself in the …

8 best state parks in Iowa

1. Backbone State Park, Dundee<p>Backbone State ParkStrawberry Point, United StatesIowa’s first state park. I remember getting stuck on the “Devil’s …

Backpacking Gear Repair Hacks

Gear Repair and Maintenance SuppliesI had a reader contact me recently asking about the products I use for gear repair and maintenance, which I do a …

Essential Hiking Gear Checklist

<b>A real hike is a lot more than just a walk in the park.</b> A real hike has elevation. Seclusion. Wilderness. Serenity. And a real hike requires …

5 ways to not die

2. Stay where you got lost<p>It’s not easy to admit when you’re lost—as a general rule, if you don’t know where you are, you’re lost. And when you’re …

How to not die in a crowd crush

I’m not crazy about crowds. Like the rest of the Shoulders of Giants team, I generally prefer lakes, rivers, and trails to nightclubs and concert …

How to Sh*t in the Woods

Years ago, before becoming a full-time journalist, I worked as a wilderness instructor leading trips for teenagers that emphasized leadership, …

Camping

9 Awesome Travel Gadgets That Got Their Start on Kickstarter

The creators of these campaigns aim to make trips less of a hassle for everyone.<p>Traveling can be a hassle, with packing, unpacking, security checks and delayed flights. This year, a number of gadgets designed to make your travels easier have launched on Kickstarter.<p>From portable Wi-Fi to a pillow …

Staying in Beautiful Montmartre, Paris

On my first trip to Paris, I stayed in Montmartre. Accommodation was organised by my friend who has been there before, I just kind of tagged along …

France

The Essential Travel Guide to Paris (Infographic)

Paris is known as one of the most romantic and magical cities in the world, which makes it no surprise that the ‘City of Light’ is one of the best …

Travel Guides

A 3-Day Deodorant That Actually Works

Travelers who pack light need to pare their personal hygiene products down to the essentials. And for many of us, a good deodorant is truly a must-have, especially on trips where you won’t be able to shower daily.<p>Enter Lavilin, a roll-on first developed by an Israeli company that wanted to find a …

Hiking Kilimanjaro: 7 Incredible Ways to scale Africa’s Highest Mountain

Mount Kilimanjaro is the ultimate paradox of ecotourism. At 19,340 feet (5895m), Africa’s highest peak is one of the most visited attractions on the …