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Adventure 101: Hiking an American Treasure

“The Appalachian Trail is both intimate and majestic,” says hiker and author <b>Jennifer Pharr Davis</b>, who has through-hiked the megatrail three times and holds the speed record (46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes).<p>Completed in 1937 and stretching 2,180 mountainous miles from Georgia to Maine, the</b> …

23 looks at New Zealand’s stunning geographic diversity

FOR A RELATIVELY compact nation (it’s about the size of Colorado), New Zealand packs in a striking array of landscapes and biomes.<p>From the 10,000ft …

Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

Being deposited by helicopter in the wild for a far-off hike may sound extreme, but those who undertake the adventure do it for the payoff: mile after mile of remote mountain spots absent trails, other hikers, or any sign of civilization. Known as heli-hiking, this kind of wilderness trek was …

Hiking

The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

Yellowstone National Park

Top 5 alternative New Zealand road trips

<i>Who can resist the urge to hit the open (and almost empty) road in New Zealand? Certainly not us...but don't forget that the country has urban adventures aplenty, too. Check out our selection of lesser known (but no less wonderful) road trips, then head over to BBC Travel to find out about the</i> …

Travel

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Hiking

Watching Australia's wildlife

Wildlife is one of Australia’s top selling points, and justifiably so. A network of national parks, state forests and reserves is home to unique and fascinating native fauna, and although many of the furry mammals are nocturnal, during the daylight the birdlife is vibrant, noisy and colourful.<p>If …

Australia

Cruising for the Backpacker

image by jcoterhals<p>That feels a bit like writing "war for the pacifist" or "ice cream for the anorexic".<p>I'd been traveling in Central America and Mexico for five months, teaching English, working at hostel receptions, cutting the sleeves off my long sleeved tops rather than buying new ones, and …

Swimming Pools

Antelope Canyon In Arizona Is The Star Of The World's Most Expensive Photo

This is Antelope Canyon, a stunning rock formation in northern Arizona. An especially epic photo of the canyon, shot by photographer Peter Lik, sold for a record-breaking $6.5 million last month, making his photo the most expensive image ever sold.<p>And as you may have guessed, the place behind the …

9 Amazing Cave Villages You Can Still Visit

Since the dawn of time, caves have held a special attraction for people the world over, whether as a site for religious rituals, the den of legendary monsters, a place for some weekend exploring, or, simply, a cozy place to live. And due to their permanent nature, cave homes also happen to be …

Archaeology

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

Western Australia