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A land of legend far Faroe away

The North Atlantic archipelago is a mystical place where Viking history mingles with Faroe folklore, sheep outnumber humans, and magical elves hide where birds come to roost.

These are interesting times for the Faroe Islands. The rugged North Atlantic archipelago is currently rewriting its history …

Faroe Islands

The Weirdest Roadside Attraction in Every State

By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller

Credit: Shutterstock.com

There's nothing better than a great American cross-country road trip: soaking in the nation's majestic beauty, eating in tiny roadside diners, driving 150 miles out of the way to take a selfie in front of... a giant ball of string! Oh say, can you …

Road Trips

Did Schengen ruin the romance of travel?

The Schengen Agreement came into force 20 years ago today, making overland travel in Europe simpler - and far less exciting

As with many revolutions that redefine landscapes, it started with the stroke of a pen and a firm handshake rather than a rumble of bulldozers or the stomping of troops on the …

Europe Travel

Run through three European countries on Mont Blanc relay challenge

Think you can outrun the sun? Asics is looking for amateur runners to do just that in a relay race around Europe's Mont Blanc on June 21, the longest day of the year.

The Asics Beat the Sun relay race gives teams almost 16 hours to run about 91 miles through France, Italy and Switzerland around the …

Mont Blanc

Vanajeros: The Panamanian Bottleneck

We met the elderly German couple first when we arrived at the well known street campsite in Panama City, patrolled regularly by cops who ignored the …

Bottleneck

One Month on the World’s Longest Train Ride for $1,000

‘It’s like teleporting to a different land every time you wake up’

In the late 19th century, some guy thought it would be a good idea to build a train …

Train Travel

Rare Supertide Turns Ancient Abbey Into Isolated Island

A supertide turned France's famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island on Saturday and then retreated out of sight, delighting thousands of visitors who came to see the rare phenomenon.

The so-called "tide of the century" actually happens every 18 years. Although the tide rushes in and out along the …

France

Top 10 Extreme Environments

Travel (Canada)

The 4 stages of Culture shock and how to beat them

Photo: EIMarto

CULTURE SHOCK. You’re lost, standing baffled in new surroundings with a heavy pack on your shoulders, unable to tell left from right, …

Culture Shock

Films to fuel your wanderlust this year

Finding oneself while traveling: it's a classic literary theme from Siddhartha to On The Road, and a somewhat overused trope in contemporary page-turners-turned-blockbusters.

But the process comes full circle when film adaptations inspire further adventure. Books such as Into the Wild, Lord of the …

Wanderlust

5 Countries That Are Small Enough to See in One Day

Don't have more than a few days to explore a destination? Don't worry; when it comes to the tiniest countries and territories in the world, one day is plenty time for a visit. Here's our list of 10 travel-worthy micro-countries you'll want to explore:

1. Monaco

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Grace Kelly may …

South America Travel

The 5 Most Dangerous Vacation Activities Around the World

By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller

When it comes to cutting loose on vacation, there are two kinds of crazy: there's "Whoa, we raged waaaay too hard last night and now have sweet Ace of Base tattoos", and then there's the, "Yea, I can totally dive off that cliff, why wouldn't I want to swim with sharks" kinda …

Asia Travel

Inside the Mad, Mad World of TripAdvisor

The Koryo Hotel does pretty well on TripAdvisor, all things considered. The Internet never—and I mean never—works. The towels are “thin,” the sheet thread count low, and the milk powdered. Watch out for the “giant mutant cockroach snake hybrid“ in the shower. Guests even have to pay for the …

North America Travel

The world according to Jeremy Clarkson

A guide to the world's most popular travel destinations by the outspoken former Top Gear presenter

It has not been a good few days for Jeremy Clarkson. The notoriously outspoken Top Gear presenter has been suspended from the much-watched motoring programme after an alleged altercation with a …

Jeremy Clarkson

Abandoned architecture of Europe's frontiers

Thirty years ago, a journey across Europe meant a passport full of stamps, a wallet full of different currencies and plenty of time spent waiting in line to be glared at by border officials.

That all began to change in June 1985, when the continent's countries began signing up to the Schengen …

Europe

First Photographs Emerge of New Pacific Island off Tonga

Tonga

World's Best Hikes: Thrilling Trails

Hiking

Go off the beaten path: Great River Road

Last month we brought you two fantastic scenic road trip routes from our friend Rachel Bowes at 4Wheel Drive Hardware. As we inch closer to the …

Mississippi River

The white van man who upcycled his white van into a studio flat

In the summer of 2013, Mike Hudson, a twentysomething electronic-systems engineer, decided to quit his job in Sheffield and go travelling. Yet rather than book a ticket to Thailand, Hudson chose to upcycle a £2,500, 10-year-old LDV Convoy van into a studio flat on wheels.

After five months of labour …

Apartments

10 Of The Most Colorful Places On Earth

Hi. These places exist. No, not in dreams or hallucinations or Wes Anderson movies, but right here on this beautiful, mysterious planet. We just thought you should know.

Lavender Fields, France
In the summer months, the rolling lavender fields of Provence teem with bright purple blooms as far as the …

Wes Anderson

8 New Zealand Sights to Wake Up to (In Your Campervan)

My wife and I recently returned from a two week, try-to-see-everything honeymoon to New Zealand. Subscribing to the "if you visit enough beautiful places, anyone can be a good photographer" school of picture-taking, I took too many pictures, while my wife rolled too many eyes. But we got a few good …

Travel (New Zealand)

2015’s Top Five Overland Vehicles for North America

Knowing their vehicles are destined to be used with a certain degree of abuse, many overladers tend to purchase pre-owned trucks. It also represents …

8 Bridges That Leave Behind the Familiar

“To cross a bridge, a river or a border is to leave behind the familiar, personal and comfortable and enter the unknown, a different and strange world where, faced with another reality, we may well find ourselves bereft of home and identity.”

—Jean-Pierre Vernant

You cannot think of land without …

Architecture

Debrett's guide to Airbnb … or how to behave when one is home-sharing

Just when we thought social media and the sharing ethos were beginning to break down traditional attitudes towards travel, holiday accommodation and life in general, the elite etiquette guide publisher Debrett’s has thrown its hat into the ring.

The historic firm – best known for what some may …

Airbnb

20 of the world's most remote homes, structures, and towns

Located on the island of Vágar in the Faroe Islands, this tiny village only became accessible by car in 2004. In 2012, Gásadalur had a population of …

Asia Travel

Rocky Mountain National Park - Part 1

Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Tour

Dates:

6 days, 5 nights; (Mon - Sat)

7/6 - 11

9/7 - 12

Assembly Point: Denver, CO

(airline, rail and bus service …

Hiking

Overland International Spring Sale!

Spring is here and we’ve decided to discount some of our products to get you and your family outfitted for summer adventures! Overland Journal polos, …

Why everyone hates your travel blog

Photo: Jakob Renpening1. The things you’re blogging about aren’t worth blogging about.Instead of pulling that monk aside and blogging about this …

Sistine Chapel