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12 Travel Map Apps That Beat Google Maps Whether or Not You Have WiFi

Chunky GPS units are a thing of the past. These days, everyone is finding their way by using their smartphones. Although we’ll be the first to admit that we love the industry standard, Google Maps (especially with the new pit stop function), there are a few things that GM just can’t account for. …

The 5 ‘Please Don’ts’ of Lightweight Backpacking for Beginners – Mistakes to Avoid

So, here you are. You drank the Kool-Aid so to speak and are convinced that lightweight backpacking is the way to go. Well, congratulations because …

Backpacking

5 Futuristic Motorcycle Technologies That Make Riding A Breeze

Among countless motorcycle enthusiasts, heritage matters. A bike’s pedigree is often a key selling point, and the legacy of a manufacturer can stir brand loyalty that lasts throughout a rider’s two-wheeling life. However, the presence of a storied past doesn’t mean that builders have shied away …

The New Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

Motorcycle marques are a bit like football teams. If your dad was an Arsenal supporter and you went to the matches as a kid there’s a jolly good …

Motorcycles

CAFÉ CRUISE: Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight vs. Kawasaki Vulcan S Café vs. Star Bolt C-Spec - COMPARISON TEST

As I rolled out of bed lethargically, it was clear a bit of a pick-me-up was in order. This trio of hip café-inspired <b>cruisers</b> percolating in the <i>Cycle</i> …

Help Me Understand The Adventure Bike Thing

It’s time to have a little talk. Again. I’ve come to realize that, despite my best efforts, I just don’t get the adventure bike thing in the way that …

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 …

For the first time, the former CIA chief in Benghazi is speaking out about the attacks

The movie, an action film directed by Michael Bay and based on a 2014 book by Mitchell Zuckoff, notably revives the claim that security contractors at the Benghazi compound were given an order to "stand down," delaying their rescue mission — ostensibly with fatal consequences.<p>But the base chief at …

Benghazi

The 13 Naughtiest Hotels in the World, Ranked

Thanksgiving has passed and you now have less than a month to redeem yourself for your holiday debauchery before Christmas. (Santa saw that you had a few too many glasses of spiked cider, and got into an argument with your uncle over gun control -- again.) We think you stand a chance, but some …

Dominican Republic

The Morning After the Paris Attacks: Pictures

Krakow

Soldiers on Patrol in the Streets of Paris: Pictures

Islamic State (ISIS)

The Ultimate Bourbon Cocktail You've Never Heard Of

The Paper Plane—a straightforward box-step of a recipe made with precisely equal proportion of four ingredients—may be the best bourbon cocktail that …

Homebase

The Best Whiskey Cocktails for Fall

Make good use of your liquor cabinet with these recipes.<p>A drop in temperature pairs deliciously well with a deep, smoky whiskey. Whether it's Irish, Scotch, bourbon, or rye, these whiskey cocktail recipes will carry you through the change in weather and make good use of your liquor cabinet.

10 Cocktails Every Coffee Lover Should Know

Because sometimes a little caffeine is all your drink needs.<p>Because sometimes a little caffeine is all your drink needs.

15 American Campsites To Visit At Least Once In Your Life

Camping may not be your “thing.” It’s not for a lot of people. They prefer hotels with heated swimming pools, nice restaurants, and the comforts of …

National Parks

Learning to Love Loneliness: Tips for Traveling Solo at 25

<i>*This post was originally published on Cool Gear's The Cool Down.</i><p>Three months ago, I decided to risk it all for the sake of travel. I had hit a rut -- that "quarter life crisis" slump, which is apparently a thing. I hated my lack of self confidence, the nagging heartbreaks that happen post-college, …

America's wars have introduced thousands of words to English usage in the US

Speech, much like the world, is in a constant state of flux. The way that wars alter the world, they also modify the way we speak and redefine the way we think.<p>As troops have invaded nations, slang too has invaded our vernacular.<p>As early as the Civil War, military reporter R.W. McAlpine wrote about …

War

Review: 'The Martian' is just the movie space travel needs

You get the impression that Ridley Scott read Andy Weir's 2011 hit sci-fi survival novel <i>The Martian</i> -- with its detailed descriptions of chemical …

How I Quit My 9-5 to Do What I Love and Travel the World (Whenever I Want)

<i>This article was originally published on Making Sense of Cents</i><p>When I was 18, I remember thinking that if I only I could make $15/hour, I'd be set.<p>At the time, I had just started my first year of college, and was working full-time to pay for it. I was making $12/hour all in, including commission, my …

23 Pieces of Essential Gear for the Serious Hiker

Any experienced hiker knows that a good (or bad) piece of gear can have a huge impact on a trip. The off-brand tent that seemed like an awesome deal …

4 scientifically proven methods to increase your productivity

The way we are working isn’t working anymore, and hasn’t been for some time. Checking email in bed the moment we awake, chugging too much coffee, hour-long commutes twice each day…they all take a toll on the quality of our work and our lives.<p>Not to mention that when we get to the office, many of us …

The CIA’s insidious Hollywood propaganda: New report highlights alarming details about “Zero Dark Thirty”

<b>Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"</b><p>The award-winning film depicting the death of Osama bin Laden was guided more by the government than we thought<p>Jack Mirkinson<p>September 11, 2015 3:59pm (UTC)<p>"Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's film about the killing of Osama bin Laden, is a frighteningly …

13 Top Scientists' Favorite Books And Movies

Everything from comic books to classic films inspired these bright minds.<p>There's a big difference between science and science fiction, but sci-fi books and movies have inspired some of the greatest minds of today.<p>"The best of the science fiction films will stimulate a curiosity and an interest in a …

Science Fiction

Sick Of Light Pollution? Head To A National Park, Study Says.

It turns out we can actually do a lot toward fixing light pollution.<p>Some 99 percent of the world's skies are polluted with light, scientists say -- meaning some man-made form of brightness has overshadowed the night sky's brilliance across most of the planet. That means health impacts on plants, …

New All-in-One Sleep System Combines Tent, Sleeping Bag, and Sleeping Pad

The three essential elements for getting a good night’s sleep in the backcountry are a tent, sleeping bag, and a sleeping pad. Each plays a role in …

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Moving to the Nordic Countries

<i>This (incomprehensive) list will hopefully enlighten you about some aspects of living in Norway, Sweden and Finland. (And yes, I know that I've forgotten all about Denmark and Iceland, but I'm not that familiar with these countries, so I'm going to focus on the other three, though there are, of</i> …

US pressured Norway to arrest & extradite Snowden, seize all devices – documents

The US repeatedly asked Norway to detain and deport whistleblower Edward Snowden if he tried to enter its territory in the aftermath of his leaks on …

19 Hikes That Should Never Make Your Bucket List

But if the taste of blood and dirt turns you on, then this is for you.<p><b>Disclaimer:</b><p>The following trails are extremely demanding and require extensive training, advanced gear, and expertise with highly technical terrain. Many of these hikes also require the fitness and ability to perform strenuous …

10 Adrenaline-Pumping Outdoor Activities in the West

<b>buck·et list</b><p>noun, informal<p>A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.<p>The diverse climate and terrain of the Western U.S. make it a popular destination for adventurers and adrenaline junkies. Quick to mind are the deep slot canyons of Utah …

A Better Bivouac: The 7 Best Backpacking Tents

Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5<p><b>Pro:</b> 37 square feet when setup<b><br>Con:</b> Velcro fasteners make opening and closing the door annoying<p><b>Rookie Refuge:</b> Beware of the …