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Costa Rica hasn't used any fossil fuel in over two months

It's been 75 days since Costa Rica's power grid last had a sip of petroleum. Thanks to heavy rainfall at the start of the year, the Central American nation has been able to provide 100 percent of its energy needs via renewable resources. This certainly represents a major milestone in green energy …

One Month on the World’s Longest Train Ride for $1,000

‘It’s like teleporting to a different land every time you wake up’<p>Written by Derek Low<p>Follow me on <b>Facebook</b> and <b>Instagram</b><p>In the late 19th century, some …

15 Coolest Solar Powered Camping Gadgets.

Collection of 'Coolest Solar Powered Camping Gadgets' from all over the world.<p><b>Portable Solar Rechargers</b>: These solar rechargers come in three sizes …

6 reasons a travel agent is better than any search engine

<b>Published on</b> March 21st, 2015 | <i>by Emma Hackwood</i><p>1<p>Dear Internet,<p>We see your search engine, and we raise you a human. Actually, almost 1,000 of them.<p>You …

6 Stand-Out National Wildlife Refuges

America’s national parks get plenty of laudatory ink, but what about its wildlife refuges?<p>As the name suggests, these wild sanctuaries were created to safeguard the habitats native animals need to survive and thrive in an ever developing world. Together, they protect 150 million acres of land and …

The 5 Best Travel Guides

A good guide is a jack-of-all trades—so personable they could be your best friend, an expert on the terrain's gear and safety, and able to elevate an adventure destination beyond the usual tourist fare. Whether you're looking go on a safari, river rafting, cycling, skiing, or backcountry …

The 5 Best Pieces of Gear for the Road

Going light is rule number one when it comes to packing, and that means taking only the essentials. Whether it’s strong but easy-to-carry luggage that’ll protect your valuables from the toils of travel or a camera that can put your shots over the top, the best travel gear can seriously upgrade your …

The Best Thru-Hikes for 2015 (That Aren't the PCT)

If you’re thinking about tackling the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trails this year, you might want to revise your plans. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which monitors the AT, is expecting record numbers of thru-hikers this year, thanks to the popularity of movies featuring thru-hikes, like <i>Wild</i> …