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The EarthCruisers We Cannot Have in the US

If you haven’t notice, Australia has an almost unfair amount of cool stuff. I’m not just talking about kangaroos, didgeridoos, or places like Coober …

12 Secret Hideaway Islands in Europe

Whether you arrive by plane, ferry or a little taxi boat, there's something particularly romantic about marooning yourself on an island. Europe's most popular vacation islands - including Mallorca, Corfu and Ibiza - are well known, but there are hundreds of other smaller, less developed islands …


VW Might Fix Diesels With Software or Entire New Cars

The fix is not yet in for Volkswagen's emissions-test-cheating diesels, but when it does arrive, there could be more than one. Bloomberg reports that some models might be able to come clean with only a software update (although how that will affect performance and fuel economy is unknown), whereas …


Five Possible Long-Range Effects Of The VW Emissions Scandal

How the cheat will ripple

Thus far, it's a been a quiet start to the third week of the Volkswagen diesel-emission cheating scandal.

Eight years' worth of VW TDI models, both new and used, have been taken off sale at the company's North American dealerships.

We surmise its engineers are working around …


These Are America’s Coolest Ghost Towns

Just in time for Halloween

Some ghost towns are protected by parks departments. But Bodie, Calif., protects itself—with a curse.

For years, visitors to this ghost town have learned that bad luck will befall anyone who makes off with an artifact—a curse that is lifted only when the piece of contraband …

Ghost Towns

Cape Town’s Best Walking Tours

Cape Town’s beautiful city center—an easy-to-navigate grid brimming with historical monuments and quaint Victorian architecture aplenty—is in the throes of a revival. The streets have been cleaned up, hip new restaurants and boutiques keep opening, and a monthly art exibition and cultural program …

South America Travel

Our 10 Favorite Short Axes, Hatchets, and Tomahawks

Photo by Adam Levey

1. Wetterlings Cruising Axe
A graceful combination of design and function, the Cruising Axe features a hand-forged carpenter’s …


Ten of the world’s most intriguing wine regions

We’ve all experienced it on our travels – whether watching a sunset in Italy with a glass of chilled Prosecco or at a barbeque in Australia with a beefy Shiraz – when a local wine could not be more perfectly suited to the moment.

Lonely Planet’s new book Wine Trails plots a course through 52 of the …


Today we'd rather be hitting the trail with some mates...

Spectacular Geology: Amazing Photos of the American Southwest

Southwest of Moab, Utah, is an area of the American Southwest that is truly a showcase of geology. Check out these stunning images of one of the most …

Earth Science

Reports: VW investigation focusing on development managers

BERLIN (AP) — As the U.S. Congress prepares to question Volkswagen officials in Washington over its manipulation of American emissions tests, German media are reporting the company itself is focusing on three development managers who have been suspended.

Bild newspaper reported Sunday that …


Why 4x4s Are Better In Australia

Australia is filled with poisonous shit that’s constantly trying to kill you. But it’s also filled with the world’s best four-wheel drive vehicles. …


Exploring Palau: what to do when you're not diving

Palau is famous for its underwater wonders, but there's more to Palau than just diving. This tiny country has lots of activities and attractions to keep travellers happy when they're not fully submerged. Kayaking, off-road driving, camping and scenic flights are all options. There's also plenty to …


Up, Up and Away: The 15 Best Places for a Hot Air Balloon Safari In Africa

There's no more thrilling way to see Africa's incredible landscapes and animals than from a hot air balloon. Silently float over herds of game and see picturesque vistas from the ultimate vantage point -- the air! Here's a roundup of the best places for a hot air balloon safari in Africa.

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The Best National Parks for Fall Foliage

From the Eastern Seaboard to the towering mountain ranges of the American West, these National Parks are the best places to fulfill your fall foliage wanderlust.

Leaf-peeping season is about to peak, and there’s no better place to appreciate the radiant foliage than in the one of our nation’s 400 …


From highway to high waves: five offbeat coastal road trips

California’s Big Sur and Australia’s Great Ocean Road may get all the headlines when it comes to coastal driving but they’re not the only places where you can lose yourself in spectacular scenery, glowing sunsets and glistening surf.

The following routes are equally impressive and also offer quirky …

European Travel

Cairn Is A Monthly Subscription Box For Outdoor Gear Lovers

For a true outdoor enthusiast, is there anything better than getting new outdoor gear? Nothing quite beats the feel of picking up a new piece of …


Colorado's Hwy 50: The Best Road Trip You'll Take This Fall

Colorado is famous for outdoor playgrounds like Aspen, Boulder, Telluride, and Vail. But venture away from the big names and the Centennial State …

Road Trips

18 Beautiful Places To Go Camping Around Sydney

All within a three hour drive from the CBD.

1. Patonga Camping Ground, Gosford

Distance from Sydney CBD: An hour and 25 minutes drive.

About 25 kilometres south of the Gosford CBD, this ground offers 36 powered and 45 unpowered camping spots. Go bushwalking in the Brisbane Water National Park, and …


Volkswagen scandal: France opens inquiry into 'deception'

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French authorities have opened an inquiry into Volkswagen over the rigging of emission tests

The Paris prosecutor said it was investigating suspicions of "aggravated deception".

Last month VW admitted that 11 million of its vehicles were fitted with devices which allowed …


Via Ferrata Climbing in Austria


t took three gondolas to get to base camp. Then we walked a half hour above the treeline, over and through the snow-covered rocks. At the junction …

Rock Climbing

The Happy Truck Camper: 17 Great Tips for Better Trips On a Budget

Our resident camping experts are spread across the country from New England to Oregon. We asked them for their favorite camping tips for sportsmen on …


A collapsible bucket can be used for lots of things. First thought: fill it with ice & beers. Or maybe bail out the sinking canoe, wash-up after the hike; you’ll think of something. This very packable silicone bucket holds 2 gallons and folds down to less than 2-inches tall and has a stainless steel handle.

Infusion Living Reforms Collapsible Bucket

A collapsible bucket can be used for lots of things. First thought: fill it with ice & beers. Or maybe bail …


South Africa's New Visa Rules Cost $540 Million a Year in Lost Tourism Revenue

South Africa’s new visa requirements could cost the economy about 7.5 billion rand ($540 million) a year in lost tourism revenue and should be …


Why Diesel Needs to Die

​Geoffrey Chaucer says of the Prioress in his Canterbury Tales that her grasp of French was limited to the way it was spoken in rural England. So too is my knowledge of French limited to the way it was taught to me at an Ohio university by an Egyptian expatriate. Really, I should keep it to myself, …

World Health Organization

Volkswagen's Real Victims -- And Who's Really Responsible

Maybe now was not the right time for the television commercial for Volkswagen I saw over the weekend. The tagline was: "Isn't it time for German engineering?"

It's German engineering that created software specifically designed to provide false information in emission inspections. The magnitude of …


5 Alabama state parks set to close: What you need to know

The five state parks Alabama just closed were small and did not make money. All are in south Alabama. And like the remaining 17 state parks, these …


22 Camping Hacks from REI Experts

After generations of sleeping outside, you tend to pick up a few tricks. Since 1938, REI employees and members have been creating and tuning pro tips …


26 Best Waterside Campsites in South Africa

Summer is almost upon us and you all know what that means, right? It’s time to haul out the camping gear, dust off the old skottel braai and head …