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15 grilling tools with a cult following—and why they’re worth it

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Once the weather …

BBQ

Escapod

The DREAMSCAPE<p>On the 9-5 grind? We know your most precious commodity is TIME. Wasting hours organizing gear for the weekend camping excursion can be …

Water Heater

35 trips every couple should take in their lifetime

There's nothing quite like travel to put any relationship to the test, no matter whether you and your SO are adventure-seekers, lovers of luxury, or …

Costa Rica

10 of the Best Hiking Trails near Seattle

Fill up on Seattle's famous coffee before you head out to explore these trails in and outside the city. From beginner routes to challenging inclines, …

Marinated Grilled Shrimp Recipe

"A very simple and easy marinade that makes your shrimp so yummy you don't even need cocktail sauce! Don't let the cayenne pepper scare you, you …

Grilling

5 incredible places you have probably never heard of, according to a woman who traveled 100 countries

Traveling is always an exciting experience, but nothing quite compares to discovering something new.<p>Unfortunately, the prospect of visiting uncharted territory is becoming increasingly rare in this Instagram-saturated world. However, if you really want to feel like one of the first few tourists to …

National Parks

Top 10 Fun Things to Do at Pike Place Market in Seattle

Pike Place Market is way more than a farmers market, offering a real variety of fun things to do. The Market sprawls across several city blocks …

Top 10 Life-List Adventures

Raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon<p>This is no spur-of-the-moment getaway. You’ll need to book the trip at least six months ahead, take a …

Hiking

12 Mind-Blowing, Affordable Adventures for Your Bucket List

Start planning your next vacation now.<p>Are you an adventure hound who lives for trips that test your physical limits? Have you fantasized about …

Cabo San Lucas

The Ultimate Europe Bucket List

<b>Planning a trip to Europe? We’ve compiled the ultimate Europe bucket list. Your go-to guide to the top 100 things to do, see and eat across the</b> …

The World's Most Epic Day Hikes

These tremendous treks don't require an overnight bag.<p>Every trail offers a fresh adventure, whether you meander along a river, through a forest, or into a valley. With these 10 treks from around the globe, you'll take in views of gorgeous landscapes, challenge your abilities, and see a new part of …

Hiking

10 best places to go in Africa (and what to do there)

With 54 countries calling it home, Africa’s topography, landscape and activities vary drastically by region. I’ve been to the continent 26 times, yet each time I go I’m surprised at just how many new things there are to see and do.<p>To make it easier for you to plan a trip, I’ve highlighted some of …

Bucket Lists

26 stunning natural wonders everyone should see in their lifetime

There may only be seven official natural wonders of the world, but there are plenty more breathtaking natural sights all over the globe worth exploring. From the rushing waters of Niagara Falls in New York and Canada to the snowy peak of the Matterhorn in Switzerland, it's hard to narrow down the …

11 travel secrets from a 29-year-old who has visited every country on earth

Where to visit, eat and stay — even if you’re on a budget<p>It took 29-year-old travel blogger Henrik Jeppesen eight years to visit every country on …

The One Piece of Road Gear You Can't Live Without

The Luci Lux is an affordable, solar-powered lantern fitting for wherever you go<p>In a 23-foot Airstream like Artemis, it’s possible to carry a lifetime’s supply of gear: four bikes and all our riding equipment, fly rods and waders, hunting gear with rifle and bows, running shoes, climbing rope and …

Airstream

The Best Summer Car-Camping Gear of 2017

Make weekend getaways that much easier.<p>Nemo Puffin Luxury Blanket ($150)<p>This cushy cover has become a camping ­essen­tial, with nylon face fabric to add ground protection for picnics and syn­thetic fill for cool nights.<p>The North Face Thermoball Booties II ($80)<p>Say hello to the most versatile piece …

Camping

The best Hawaiian Island for every type of traveler

Summer is on its way, and if you're looking to do some traveling during the season, now is a good time to start planning your vacation.<p>For those looking to venture to more tropical climates, Hawaii is a great destination.<p>The Aloha State's eight islands offer something for every type of traveler, …

Don't Call It Glamping: 10 Amazing Luxury Camping Adventures

Who says you have to rough it to enjoy the great outdoors? Here are 10 ways to head for the hills, beaches, and mountains without leaving behind your favorite amenities.<p>Glamping has given luxury camping a bum rap for far too long. The extravagant, posh term referring to experiences where glamour …

27 Borderline Genius Ideas For Anyone Who Camps With Their Car

Where are *you* gonna go?<p>“Car camping" just means there are roads that let you drive your car directly up to your campsite — instead of, say, parking further away and hiking to it. Some car campers sleep in their cars, some prefer to set up tents. Some sites even have communal bathrooms with …

Vistabule Teardrop Trailer

Some teardrops can feel claustrophobic, but not this one (starting at $18,000). A giant front window makes the inside feel significantly roomier, and is also great for star gazing from the built-in queen-size bed. Bonus: the trailer only weighs 1,240 pounds, so you can pull it with your Outback or …

Travel

A Frequent Flier's Guide to Travel Gear That Works

I travel a lot. Often to faraway places. Often in bad weather. Often to do active stuff outdoors. And I’ve been doing that for decades. This is the gear that gets me there and the approach that holds it all together.<p>The Bag<p>A few years ago, I flew to Siberia in the dead of winter to visit my …

Camping

5 crazy Caribbean resorts you have to stay in before you die

Now that you've finally decided to take your dream trip to the Caribbean, it’s time to choose where you should stay.<p>Will it be Anguilla, St. Lucia, the Bahamas, or Turks and Caicos?<p>Regardless of where you end up staying, you'll enjoy spectacular views of see palm trees, pearly-white sand, clear, …

People Are Flipping Out Over This Magical Secret Grand Canyon Waterfall

As if you needed another reason to add the Grand Canyon to your American travel bucket list, we have just the cause to put your wanderlusting heart into a trip-planning frenzy. The internet is full-on freaking out about Havasupai Falls, and you'll soon see exactly why.<p>Situated in the southwest …

I grew up in Alaska — here's what I tell my friends to do when they visit

The 49th state certainly lives up to its moniker of "The Last Frontier," but it is also home to vibrant, growing cities, a booming outdoor culture, and mountains that take your breath away. And yes, dog sleds.<p>As someone who was born and raised in Anchorage, the state's largest city, I consider …

Half-cruise, half-cargo ships provide authenticity in place of cocktails and casinos

No one would call the Aranui 5 a thing of beauty. Half cruise ship and half freighter, it has a cockeyed profile that only its maker could love.<p>It may not look like much, but it manages to sail to some of the most beautiful islands in the world.<p>The Aranui navigates the waters of French Polynesia, …

Cruise Ships

The Top Beaches In The World, According To National Geographic

Doesn't get any better than this. ☀️<p>Beaches come in all sorts of shapes and sizes beyond the typical Caribbean postcard.<p>As such, National Geographic’s new list of the Top 21 Beaches in the World includes a diverse mix of shorelines around the globe, from those picture-perfect Caribbean numbers to a …

Beaches

11 Grilling Hacks to Try Before Summer Ends

HIDE ICE CUBES IN BURGERS<p>At a cookout, a dried-out burger is as unwelcome as a swarm of mosquitoes, so some barbecue gurus like to add a single ice …

BBQ

The 12 Best Travel Sites And Apps You Need Right Now

Planning just got WAY easier.<p>It’s a new year, which means it’s time to start planning your next life-changing trip. But with so many options to choose from and so little time to plan, you’re gonna need some assistance.<p>Behold 12 of our favorite travel sites, popular with travel bloggers and …

Google Flights

Times Critics’ Top Books of 2016

The Italian writer Italo Calvino defined a classic as “a book that’s never finished saying what it has to say.” This year, The Times’s daily critics reviewed nearly 250 titles. What follows are their lists of the fiction and nonfiction books that most moved, excited and enlightened them in 2016 — …

Books

Road Trip Gear: 11 Essentials To Travel Iceland

For 11 days this summer my wife and I traveled through Iceland in a camper van to explore the land of fire and ice. Check out our gear list and …