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3 Ways to Avoid Total Running Burnout

Maybe you spent thousands of miles chasing a Boston Marathon-qualifying time and finally crossed that finish line elated, but tired, and mentally fatigued. Maybe you’ve been chasing a PR at your local 5K or 10K. Whatever you’ve been up to, the daily grind of hitting mileage goals and specific paces …

The Best Short(er) Thru-Hikes in America

If taking a crack at the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail has been on your mind of late, you’re not alone. But reality check: Most of us are not in a position to hike for five months straight. So don't. There are shorter thru-hikes that can be bagged with significantly less time off work, like …

Spend Cash on Travel, Not Things

Buying something we want but don’t necessarily need brings an undeniable rush. Our overflowing closets, attics, and garages testify to the powerful allure of new toys and gadgets. But what do you think would bring more happiness in the long run: that new curved-screen HDTV or an African …

How Much (and Why) Should I Tip My Guide?

<i>A:</i><p>Guides are the unsung heroes of the travel business. They are storytellers, teachers, and, often, skilled athletes with a true passion for sharing what they love. In many instances, we put our lives in their hands; in turn, they put theirs at risk for us. At the end of a trip, then, why are we …

Fat Biking: For Beaches Too!

Although fat biking is most often associated with snow, it has another, decidedly more chill time and place: the beach. Unlike traditional beach cruisers that limit riders to boardwalks and streets, fat bikes using 4-inch-wide tires can take on or, as David Hunger, the fat biking founder of Teton …

Lessons from Wildlife Photography Guru Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen grew up on Baffin Island in Canada without television or radio. He spent his days outside where the world felt authentic and he could sit and observe wildlife. His love of animals led him to a career in wildlife biology studying species like Canadian lynxes and polar bears. Unsatisfied …

Polar Bears

The Daredevil Photographer Who Gets to Places Nobody Else Can

In second grade, Scott Rogers won $500 in a photography contest. With a disposable camera, he captured a friend in midair while jumping on the bed, hair standing straight up, a look of joy on his face. Rogers wouldn't think much more about photography in the coming years, but he did get serious …

BASE jumping

3 Ways to Maximize Your Strength Workout

<i>A:</i><p>Whether you want to lose weight or add muscle, strength training is a proven way to help reach those goals. As with any workout, though, your results will depend not just on how hard you work, but how smart. Here are three ways to maximize return on your time and energy investment at the gym.<p>Hit …

The Instagram Life: Road Trips, Camper Vans, and Sunsets

The viral Instagram hit these days is something along the lines of a VW camper van perfectly framed in soft light with a dreamy landscape as a backdrop. For photographer Meg Haywood Sullivan, that was her childhood. Growing up on endless road trips with her artist parents, Sullivan has since made a …

Social Media

The Best Adventure Photography: Exposure 2015

Photo: Andrew Peacock<p>High concentrations of calcium carbonate turn the water a vibrant blue-green in Havasu Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River, near Grand Canyon National Park. Peacock captured his wife, Sabina Allemann, and expedition guide Jon Imhoof on inflatable SUPs last June during an …

The 6 Sharpest-Looking Smartwatches

Most fitness bands have a problem. Two problems, actually. They're ugly. And they're uncomfortable to wear. And that's costing wearable tech companies business.<p>It’s true: Beauty matters and <i>sells.</i> Worldwide annual watch sales total $50 billion—a huge business that Apple wants a part of. But the …

10 Tech Gadgets I Never Travel Without – Wild Junket Adventure Travel Blog

1<p>This week, we’re talking all about travel technology. We’ve shared our packing list with you, now it’s time to spill the beans on what technology …

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 …

11 Reasons Why Travel Makes You a Happier Person

So the next time you find yourself heading out on a shopping spree to lift your mood, why not put that money towards a flight instead? Here are 11 ways in which travel can make you happier:<p>Travel is good for lots of things, but it can also increase mental well-being - and not just in the …

Self-confidence

10 places to see before they change forever | CNN Travel

Arabian sights: road-tripping in Oman

Oman is hot right now. Not as in boiling (although it can be at the height of summer when the mercury touches 40C); hot as in 'of the moment'. Its star has risen steadily thanks to a carefully nurtured tourism industry and a growing appreciation for its natural and cultural riches.<p>After all, where …

Arabian Sea

TripAdvisor's picks: World's top 25 destinations | CNN Travel

The 30 Best Things About Winter

Perfect Things<p>We made our own list of what we love about winter, but it's always more fun to ask our readers. Using the #OutsidePerfectThings, our Instagram followers shared more than 1,700 snapshots of their favorite cold-weather things. From deep snow and adult sodas to happy dogs and snowy …

Five Must-Watch Dogsledding Flicks for Wannabe Mushers

There’s a lot going on in dogsledding that’s tough to capture on film: subtle physical demands, the bond between human and animal, the struggle against the elements. Every so often, a filmmaker really nails it; other times, he says the hell with it, does a few bong loads, and makes <i>Snow Dogs</i>. Our …

When Rock Climbing and Terrorism Collide

<i>In August 2000, a year before the September 11 attacks, American climbers Tommy Caldwell, Beth Rodden, Jason Singer, and John Dickey were kidnapped at gunpoint by Islamic militants while climbing Kyrgyzstan’s famous Yellow Wall. Greg Child told their story in the</i> Outside <i>article “Fear of Falling”</i> …

The 30 Best Trips of 2015

Warning: unless you’re an annoyingly carefree bon vivant with a hefty trust fund, reading our annual Best of Travel awards may trigger a deep sense of dissatisfaction with the pathetic state of your mundane life. There are so many cool places to go, you’ll think as you scroll through our 30 epic …

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> …

Six of the Best Emergency Safety Tools

No matter what adventure comes next, the right safety tool makes life a lot easier. Our picks are small enough to fit in your pocket, and more importantly, won't let you down when disaster strikes.<p>SOG PowerLock Traveler ($108)<p>SOG redesigned its original PowerLock—one of the sturdiest and most …