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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Edition Tackles the Rubicon

If anyone were to say we have the best jobs in the world, they’d be right. This week I found myself in Northern California on the Rubicon Trail with …

Rubicon

How to Find Free Camping in the US & Canada

Whether you’re traveling long term or camping on a budget, learning how to find free camping is an essential skill.<p>We’ve spent the past nine months …

Camping

Georgia’s new Caucasus trail will link Black and Caspian seas

‘Hiking the Caucasus for a few months would be incredible, like going across a continent in miniature. The spectacular terrain ranges from Georgia’s dense forest and glaciers to the rugged pasturelands of Azerbaijan. But it’s the hospitality of the locals that makes trekking here really …

Caucasus

Rainforest wonder and remote villages in northern Brazil

Tumbling waves rocked our small wooden boat. I clung on, struck by surf spray and fear, while Jose, our skipper, just smiled at me, knowingly. I was coursing across the Tapajós river, as wild and as wide as the sea, a tributary of the clay-brown Amazon where I’d been entranced by slinking pink …

Brazil

Ditch the car: how to visit America's national parks without the congestion

If you’ve ever visited an iconic national park like Yellowstone, Yosemite or Glacier, your first glimpses of arresting, postcard-perfect vistas were probably framed by a car window. That’s how I first glimpsed Yosemite’s Half Dome. After driving through the tunnels on Big Oak Flat Road, the road …

Adventure Travel

La Aduana: Bio-Diesel Toyota Dyna Firetruck Overland Camper

Have you ever thought to yourself how cool it would be to have a right hand drive Japanese firetruck with a bio-diesel engine and a covered rooftop …

Campers

News: Thompson/Center Ram Compass Project

Thompson/Center and Smith & Wesson have assembled a Ram truck project, the vehicle to be awarded to a new Compass bolt-action rifle customer (you can …

Smith & Wesson

The Best Backpacking Loop You’ve Never Heard Of

Mineral King is a quiet corner of what is becoming an increasingly busy Sierra Nevada mountain range. And though it has been enjoyed and frequented …

Adventure Travel

Conqueror Off Road Campers Now Available in North America

In the last few years the North American trailer market has exploded. A dozen new manufacturers have entered the fray and existing brands are …

North America

Cres, Croatia: island of ghosts and vultures

If there is one thing to learn about Croatian islands, it’s that they are all different. Pag, for example, is all cheese and chalk, while Hvar is lavender and langoustines. But Cres is new to me and I want to know more about the joint-largest of the country’s 718 islands (only 47 of which are …

Croatia

The Best Camping Grills

“Never cook inside.” That was the admonishment of the previous owners of Artemis when they handed us the keys. The heat, grease, and lingering food odors weren’t worth it. In two years, they said, they’d never used the oven and only lit the stovetop for boiling water.<p>We thought they were …

Camping

Buyers Guide: Portable Fridge-Freezers

Fridge freezers are by far one of the most welcomed additions to any overlanding kit. They absolutely change the way you eat in the back country and …

Washington D.C.

We Drove A Lot Of Kilometers To Photograph Beautiful Spring In Italy.

For a long time together with my father we planned a distant trip to beautiful spots in Italy, especially Tuscany and the famous Cinque Terre …

Italy

Araras, Brazil’s new ‘Gourmet Valley’

Just over 100km north of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic stadiums is the valley of Araras, an emerging foodie destination in the Serra dos Órgãos mountains. Hidden beneath overhanging trees and marked only by overgrown restaurant signs measuring the metres to your next meal, a single stretch of …

Portugal

Bikes for sale: Adventure special

Not all adventures have to be epic and break-the-bank, which is why we've picked some adventure bikes on a budget to help you feed your travelling …

Motorcycles

family wine beach holiday France Atlantic coast

‘That doesn’t sound very interesting,” says my five-year-old son with a frown. I’ve just broken the news to him that we’re going on a vineyard tour. “To find out how they make wine!” I say, as if we’re going to see a spacecraft, hoping he’ll catch my enthusiasm. He doesn’t. He’s struggling to …

Wine & Spirits

Wild Scandinavia: adventure without breaking the bank

With some of the largest remaining tracts of true wilderness in Europe, Scandinavia and Iceland offer a multitude of adventure opportunities and, if you head off the beaten track, they can work out a lot cheaper than you might expect. The centuries-old tradition of <i>allemansrätten</i> (every man’s right) …

Adventure Travel

10 California Backpacking Trips on My Bucket List

I remember my first backpacking trip in California like it was yesterday. I was working at a summer camp on Fallen Leaf Lake and my day-off crew …

Backpacking

Argentina still sets the heart – and engine – racing for Emilio Scotto

<b>I travelled 735,000km in 10 years</b>. This is almost as much as travelling from Earth to the moon and back. Starting in 1985 and arriving back in Argentina on 2 April 1995, I circled the globe twice on a Honda Gold Wing 1100 motorcycle after quitting my job. I had only $300 in my pocket. I had never …

Travel

Five Ways to Kill Time With Kids While Camping

Like the moment before the soon-to-be victim pushes the door open in a horror movie, I could see my sister's patience about to explode before it …

Camping

Living with the Maggiolina Extreme Tent

I have never been bashful on my dislike of roof top tents. Sure, I love the image of a Defender camped with one in the Serengeti, or the romance of a …

Mattresses

Five reasons to visit Ethiopia - on the world's newest passenger plane

Ethiopian Airlines has launched the first regular scheduled Airbus A350-XWB service from the UK.<p>This is the latest and most technologically advanced model from Airbus, and on Sunday Ethiopian began using it on its daily Heathrow-Addis Ababa route.<p>Passenger benefits include the widest cabin of any …

Travel (UK)

Why This Family Bought a ‘90 VW Westy as the Ultimate Mobile Home

It was the day before Halloween in 2013, and Brendan and Chloe Couvreux were cruising through rural Nevada in their 1987 VW Westfalia Syncro. Chloe was behind the wheel, while her husband, Brendan, was in the back with their two young boys. The couple had purchased the van two years earlier and …

Outdoors

26 Gorgeous NorCal Camping Spots Within 100 Miles of SF

The Big Sur River runs adjacent to the campground(Photo by Aron Bosworth)<p><b>PFEIFFER BIG SUR STATE PARK CAMPGROUND</b><p>If Big Sur redwoods, riverside …

Camping

Janna Irons and Johnny Stifter's 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500

Last summer, Irons and her boyfriend Stifter realized a couple of things. One: they were probably in it together for the long haul. Two: after years of working in the Southern California outdoor-sports media industry, they were in the mood to travel—a lot.<p>Irons, a cousin of the late surfer Andy …

Outdoors

Over The Hill At 50? Not In My World.

This past week I celebrated my 50th birthday.<p>"You're 50...?? You?! Nooo. I thought maybe 37 at the most," a younger Facebook friend posted. "You're only 50? Ahh, so young," came a post by an older relative. It's funny how our perceptions of age depend on where we are on the timeline of life.<p>Turning …

Bucket Lists

The man who drove from England to Afghanistan… to play a game of cricket

Jon Beardmore doesn’t like cricket - he loves it. So much so the London-based adventurer drove halfway across the planet for a few overs in Afghanistan, an odyssey that took him through some of the most hostile places on Earth, including Ukraine, Pakistan and, obviously, Afghanistan.<p>A bit of a …

Road Trips

No Silver Bullet Will Save the African Lion

It has been just over a year since the senseless killing of Cecil the Lion ignited a worldwide firestorm of outrage over trophy hunting. The tragic event spurred conversation and debate in many public spheres and became one of the most widespread conservation stories in history. It was a defining …

Conservation

Abandoned Orient Express Train Reminds Us Of The Luxury Travel Of The Past

A Rotterdam-based urban photographer who goes by the name of Brian has managed to capture a piece of history that’s slowly fading into oblivion, …

Historical Photography