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26 reasons why camping is amazing

What is it about camping that makes us love it so much? <i>Camping</i> magazine editor Iain Duff shares his top reasons for heading out in a tent<p><b>1</b> …

Video: Five years sailing around the world in five beautiful minutes

<b>The crew of a 72ft bluewater cruiser document their remote travels sailing around the world in this breathtaking short video</b>Sailing around the world …

Sailing

14 photographs that prove everything you've seen on Instagram is a lie

Instagram permeates all walks of modern life, and many of you may be familiar with the fine art of employing just the right photographic filter to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary (and then pass it off as the ordinary).<p>For those previously unaware, the slightly cycnical skill is the modus …

How We Plan Frugal Family Vacations in National Parks

It’s never too early to start thinking about your travels, particularly if you want to enjoy the beauty of the world on a nice, tidy budget. One of …

National Parks

A Perfect 10-Day Southwest Road Trip Itinerary

If you ask me about the best way to explore the United States, I won't hesitate to say a road trip. Road tripping is by...The post A Perfect 10-Day …

Road Trips

The traveller trying to change the world

Jeff Shea has a quixotic goal: preserving vast areas of the world for people to roam free.<p>If you ask Jeff Shea where he’s going or where he’s been, you better grab a drink, sit back in your favourite chair and brace yourself for a long story.<p>The 60-year-old California-based adventurer has walked …

Travel

10 romantic sleeper trains that still survive

Switzerland's Furka Pass Is Driving Heaven

James Bond chased Goldfinger up this route in 1964. What more do we need to tell you?<p>If you're trying to get between the Swiss cantons of Valais and Uri, there are two routes. Most people take the short route–a drive-on train that tunnels under the Alps to get you there quickly. But for folks …

Trains

Overland Skills: Going Solo

It’s not that I don’t have friends, quite the contrary. I tend to travel alone because after several decades of analyzing it, I have deduced that I …

Six Ways I Built A Career Traveling The World In My 20s

Elaina Giolando’s career has taken her to 50 countries and counting before turning 28–virtually by accident.<p>At 27, I have almost a decade of meaningful international experience. I’ve worked professionally in more than a dozen countries, including Mongolia, South Africa, Turkey, Qatar, and Nigeria, …

Inspiration

The Grand Adventure: The North Rim of the Grand Canyon

The last few months of meticulous preparation had led us up to this point. It was a trip of over 4 years in the making for us, as we could never find …

Adventure Travel

Crossing the Congo: 'We were arrested, robbed by soldiers, and had an AK-47 pointed at our necks'

<b>Four​ years ago Chloe Baker and two friends ​set off on a journey they had been told was impossible: the north-south crossing of the Congo River Basin. The tale of their journey, published last autumn, has just been shortlisted for the Stanfords Adventure Book of the Year award. Here Baker talks to</b> …

Landcruising Adventure: Tips on Buying Starter Batteries

“Ah, Sahib, there seems to be a low level of water in your batteries.” In Pakistan we had been having some starting problems for a number of weeks. …

From Powder to Parties: The Top 10 Après Ski Towns in North America

Serious skiers and snowboarders look for so many factors when choosing a destination: the best powder, highest concentration of black diamonds, …

Skiing

The Ultimate Guide to Cruising Australia's Great Ocean Road

If there’s any stretch of road in Australia more iconic than the Great Ocean Road, we’ll eat our hats. Winding its way along spectacular coastal …

Australia

7 ways you’ll be stereotyped for living in a van

Photo by author.<p>Living in a van throughout 3 continents has led us on one hell of a ride. But it’s also taught us a lot about how the rest of the …

The places that ‘don’t exist’

Extreme traveller Kolja Spori frequents conflict zones, lonely ice roads in Siberia and unrecognized breakaway republics.<p>Kolja Spori packs light. For a short trip, it’s nothing more than a travel jacket, the pockets stuffed with underwear and a toothbrush. For longer trips, he carries an attaché …

Travel

Which author made you first love travel writing?

Photo: Thierry Ehrmann<p>ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES in my 20s was <i>The Good, The Bad and the Ugly</i>. Throughout the movie, the characters keep saying one …

A Backpacker’s Theory of Life

What I learned my first summer in the Sierra Nevada—and since<p>I’m in the autumn of my life now, a first-year baby boomer, not yet retired but given to …

Camping

Sierra Snow

There are certain events that trigger an irresistible urge to dust the summer grime off our rigs, load up the Gore-Tex, and head for the hills. This …

The Best Backcountry Bucket List Adventures in Canada

Canada is constantly reaching the top of “best places to travel” lists and attracting more and more explorers and travellers each year, and with the …

Buyer’s Guide: Traction Mats

Spend enough time plying the road less traveled and you will eventually get stuck. While there are innumerable ways to restore forward momentum, one …

The Top Ten of 2016

If you've been paying attention to social media or the news, it seems like 2016 has been the worst year ever. It's true, the past 12 months have had …

Those $69 Flights to Europe Are Coming in June

Norwegian Airlines has been teasing $69 flights to Europe from select spots in the United States for almost a full year now.<p>And while they promised …

Air Travel

The ultimate Australian road trip: Adventurer quits his job to travel the country in his red truck picking up thousands of Instagram fans (and a girlfriend) along the way

• <b>Australian Raf Horemans quit his job as a graphic designer to travel around in his pimped out drivable home</b>• <b><br>He added a two-person mattress in the back</b> …

36 Hours of Adventure: Hills and Hydrolock

"Give it another crank!" he yelled pulling the remaining piece of the exhaust from the bike. The other man pressed the starter once more causing …

A Look Back at 2016

Well, it has certainly been one crazy year. Twelve months ago we were still scrambling to plan our adventures for 2016, and now in what seems like an …

The 20 best travel books of 2016

From Australia to America, and Bulgaria to Burma, Michael Kerr draws on the year’s travel books to find the ideal Christmas gifts.<p>The Outrun by Amy Liptrot<p><b>Canongate, £8.99</b><p>I was delighted to see this win the 2016 Wainwright Prize. It’s a wonderful book though hardly conventional, whether you …