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The Yamamoto Neoprene Wetsuit You Can Afford

We live in a golden age of wetsuits. Your shallow pockets have only a measley $180 to spend? That’ll still buy you a super-stretchy budget suit …

Northern California

The 15 Best Books of 2015

Rewarding reflections on time, love, loss, courage, creativity, and other transformations of the heart.<p>In the spirit of treating my annual best-of reading lists as a sort of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse, reflecting not aspirational priorities for the new year but what proved most worth …

Scientists discover oldest words in the English language, predict which ones are likely to disappear

The oldest words in the English language include "I" and "who", while words like "dirty" could die out relatively quickly, British researchers said …

National Geographic Travel

Meet the 10 Most Inspiring Adventurers of the Year

For 12 years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find the Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, or humanitarianism. A record number of votes were cast this year to determine the 2017 People's Choice …

Watching This Awesome Backpacking Couple Will Give You A Serious Case of Wanderlust

Need something to spark the travel bug in you? Just check out the video above. Shot by Norwegian director Johan Kaos during a backpacking trip with his then-girlfriend (now wife!), the four-minute video is both inspiring and exhausting. (I especially appreciate Kaos’ exaggerated sigh once he …

5 Essentials for Outdoor Adventure Seekers | Women's Health

<b>Fuel</b><br>Stay hydrated with a reusable, BPA-free water bottle that’s good for the environment and good for your body. Don’t forget to pack healthy and energizing snacks like nuts, peanut butter and fruit that will fuel your body all day long.<p><b>Warmth</b><br>Getting caught unprepared in cold weather is one of the …

How Learning Through Immersion Can Ignite Your Passion

When I was a boy, at the encouragement of my grandmother, I stood up for the church altar call. The pastor--a large, black man with a voice like thunder--boomed, "Who of you would like to be baptized to become a member of God's church." My grandmother nudged me. "I would," I quivered. He flashed …

Pablo Picasso

6 Amazing Websites to Learn a Language If You're Too Busy

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re a busy person.<p>Either you’ve got a job you work hard at, a business you run yourself, or perhaps …

Traveling Is the Hardest Therapy I've Ever Had

<i>Some of them are jealous. Others tell me I'm lucky. Optimists say that my life is a dream. Realists say that I should have different ambitions. I am told that I am brave, that I shouldn't travel while I have debts. They say a big bunch of blah, blah. I would love to tell you that my life is a</i> …

Employment

Hiking Kyrgyzstan: a trekker's guide to the Tien Shan

Bishkek has many moments of beauty, but it's the Tien Shan mountains that are the real scenic draw of Kyrgyzstan.<p>Bishkek serves as a de facto visa capital of Central Asia, so many travellers find themselves with a bit of extra time here, passing the painless few days for a Kazakh tourist visa or …

Hiking

Reciting Sagas in the Westfjords of Iceland

By Alison Kinney November 30, 2015<p>Arts & Culture<p><i>Reciting sagas in the Westfjords of Iceland.</i><p>All photos by Karl Steel<p>Haymaking time had come, warm, dry, and cloudless, on a late summer’s morning roughly a millennium ago. All the men had gone out to mow, except for Thorkel, who lingered in bed, …

Literature

How Can Stories Help Children Explore Difficult Subjects?

During a recent Twitter chat about children's fiction, I was surprised to see someone ask the question, 'Do the rules of children's writing create …

Books

Top 15 Books of 2015

2015 marks my tenth year choosing the best books of the year, and it was the most difficult of them all. Non-fiction Christian book publishing …

Patagonia 8K: Southern Chile and Argentina like you've never seen them before! (video)

Martin Heck at Timestorm Films, who we featured in the past because of his work capturing the beautiful eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Chile, has …

South America

17 Perfect Gifts for the Outdoorsman

Picking a gift for the outdoorsman in your life can be extraordinarily difficult. They always have the latest and greatest gear and are often very …

Outdoors

Historical sites in Latin America: send us your tips

From Mayan temples in Central America and Inca ruins in the Andes, to colonial towns in Brazil and Colombia, we want to hear about the best historic sites you’ve visited. The best tip will win a £200 hotel voucher<p>This week we’re searching for tips on historical sites in Latin America, from …

South America

The best public high school in every state

Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, just released its 2016 rankings of the best public high schools in the US. We took a look at which school earned the top slot in every state.<p>The ranking examined over 100,000 schools based on 27 million reviews from more than …

College & University

How to explain linguistics to your friends and family this holiday season

This time of year often involves leaving the cozy sanctuary of your linguistics department where everyone knows what a wug is and spending quality …

Linguistics

trail running Archives - adventure journal

Shed plenty of wind in the Patagonia Air Shed<p>For many, climbing the Grand is an adventure of a lifetime, why not squeeze three lifetimes' …

Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide

Buying ultralight backpacking gifts is difficult if you’re not an ultralight backpacker yourself. So I’ve assembled this list of recommended UL gifts …

Backpacking

Child brides in Mozambique: ‘an affront to human rights on a massive scale’

Almost half of young women in Mozambique are married by the age of 18, limiting their academic prospects and leaving them vulnerable to poverty and maternal mortality. But hopes are high that the African Girls’ Summit on ending child marriage, which begins this week, can put a stop to the …

Human Rights

15 Tips and Tools for Teaching Grammar

Who doesn’t love grammar? Well, most people as it turns out. The subject is often regarded as tedious by students, if not also by many teachers. …

Language Learning

Pedal your way through Glacier National Park on a new bike excursion

Next year is the centennial of the National Park Service, and to mark the occasion. Trek Travel is offering a new bike trip in Montana's Glacier National Park.<p>The six-day tour features cycling on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and through the Blackfeet Reservation as well as a ride through Flathead …

Lessons From The Ancient Chinese Text You Never Knew You Needed

The Tao Te Ching is an ancient Chinese text that puts forth a set of practices and guidelines for living in utter flow with the universe. What that means in practice, though, is not always clear. And the text, itself, contains some confounding gems of wisdom.<p>Consider this portion of Chapter 22:<p>To …

Spirituality

16 for 2016: The Best New Mountain Bikes of 2016

Over the past six months, we evaluated (and drooled over) dozens of the most promising mountain bikes of 2016. From new models with 27.5+ wheels to racey 29ers and go-anywhere trail bikes, these are 16 of the best mountain bikes of 2016.

Cycling

18 Dreamy Gifts For Anyone Who Is Obsessed With Traveling

Warning: You just might find yourself looking for plane tickets after seeing this list.