Zac Cole

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Popular Bikepacking Event Killed by Bad Behavior

Well, that was fast. The party appears to be over for the Oregon Outback ride, a long-distance self-supported “dirt odyssey” across the state that became the victim of its own popularity after just two years.<p>Although the ride’s original organizers at VeloDirt had already stepped away from any …

Five amazing places to experience another culture

Learning about the culture and customs of other people is one of the great experiences of travel. Explore the planet's diversity with one of these locally owned and authentic tribal encounters.<p>Trekking with the H'mong around Sapa, northern Vietnam<p>Negotiate generations-old mountain tracks and …

Responsible volunteering: things to know before you go

When you visit a country, especially if it's in the developing world, often you can't forget what you've seen - and want to give back to a community. Volunteering is an increasingly popular ways for travellers to express that desire.<p>But if you're not careful about how you spend your money or where …

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Ecuador’s alternative adventures

Ecuador has much more than volcanoes and rainforests up her sleeve. The country’s diverse geography provides the backdrop to an astounding range of adventures, and its compact size makes it possible to combine a number of activities in a short time. You can go bird-watching in misty cloud forests …

Living green in Copenhagen

If you want to understand why Copenhagen is Europe’s greenest city, make your way to Dronning Louise's Bro (Queen Louise's bridge) in downtown Copenhagen during morning rush hour. An estimated 35,000 bicycle commuters stream across this bridge every day, making it one of the busiest cycling spots …

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Top 10 sustainable travel experiences

Ditch modern civilisation and go wild! (Just be responsible about it.) In this excerpt from <i>Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, we've got the top 10 feel-good sustainable travel experiences.<p>1. National parks volunteer, USA<p>Fall asleep to a chorus of wolf calls and count bears as your …

How to tell if your holiday is green or just greenwash

You want to book an ecofriendly holiday, but so many travel brochures literally gloss over those thorny issues of environmental impact and 'giving something back'… Lots of hotels bill themselves as 'eco' when in practice the only green thing about them is the sign out the front.<p>So how do you tell …

7 Travel Rules You Should Definitely Ignore

You don't have to listen to <i>everything</i> your mother tells you.<p>As millennials, we've decided that some travel rules are more than okay to ditch.<p><b>"Know before you go."</b><p>Detailing an itinerary before your trip is <i>so</i> last decade. The "must-sees" on travel sites or in guidebooks often turn out to be …

Why Travel Makes You An Awesome Person

People always ask how travel has changed me. If I look back at who I was before I began traveling and compare that to who I am now, I would have to say that travel has made me a better and more well-rounded person. I'm way cooler now than I was at 25 when I first left to explore the world.<p>Simply …

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Why Hotel Brands Should Care About Airbnb's Disruption

Recently, Airbnb has released some super cool stats that prove what I have always believed: <b>they are changing the hospitality business</b>.<p>• They created …

20 Inspiring Quotes from John Muir

<b>Been outside lately? How about a few reminders</b> from the Poet Laureate of the High Sierra? John Muir was ecstatically writing about the mountains 100 …

Empowering employees to integrate ethics and social good into their work

There is a flaw in the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The term suggests something that is planned and managed at the top - specific strategies, priorities, and programmes from the C-suite.<p>But whether a company behaves responsibly or not is largely the aggregate of individual …

How national parks may just end the shutdown

THERE’S some good news coming out today. Yosemite, one of the most iconic parks in California, is turning 123 years old!<p>The park was established way …

20 inspiring quotes on nature and our place within it

THIS PAST SUMMER I was out for a hike and came across a rocky ledge that jutted out over Kootenay Lake. It was just my partner and I with no one else …

Beginners guide to Belgian beer

In Belgium, beer rules. No other country boasts a brewing tradition more richly diverse. Standard Belgian lagers, notably Jupiler, Maes and Stella Artois, are world class. That’s what you’ll get if you ask at any establishment for a <i>pintje/bière</i> (typically €1.80 for 250mL). But what really gets …