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Overnight sleeper trains: 10 of the best trips

Travel

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 …

Aston Martin Rapide

Overland Skills: Going Solo

Whether you go by way of truck, motorcycle, or even on foot, going alone takes careful planning.<p>It’s not that I don’t have friends, quite the …

Mountaineering

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, …

Addis Ababa

THE GRAND ADVENTURE: The North Rim of the Grand Canyon

An 8 day, 500-mile journey for a front row seat to the world’s greatest view.<p>The last few months of meticulous preparation had led us up to this …

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

Batteries

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, …

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 …

Travel

This woman is travelling the world with her dog in a van she customised for the trip

Ever felt like leaving the world of the nine to five behind and just hitting the road with your best friend? Well one intrepid traveller made that wanderlust dream a reality, leaving her job and converting a van for herself and her dog Odie to explore the world in.<p>Marina and her travel companion …

Travel

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

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 world views us. …

Travel

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?

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 thing over and over again:<p>…

Travel

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 …

Sierra Snow

We hit the first big snow of the season at the Winter Fun Festival.<p>There are certain events that trigger an irresistible urge to dust the summer …

Travel

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

Eventually you’ll need to get un-stuck and traction mats could be the perfect tool for the job.<p>Spend enough time plying the road less traveled and …

Campers

The Top Ten of 2016

2016 wasn’t all doom and gloom, so lets look at a few positives<p>If you’ve been paying attention to social media or the news, it seems like 2016 has …

Campers

You Can Fly to Europe for $69, Meaning You Have No Excuse Not to Travel This Year

Start packing.<p>You may remember a while back when we shared the news that $69 flights to Europe were going to be a thing come 2017.<p>Good news: We've …

Airlines

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

Tracing the Continental Divide through Southern Colorado<p>“Give it another crank!” he yelled pulling the remaining piece of the exhaust from the bike. …

Outdoors

A Look Back at 2016

Before we ring in the new year, the team takes a look back at 2016<p>Well, it has certainly been one crazy year. Twelve months ago we were still …

Autos

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 - save 20% at the Telegraph Bookshop until Dec 24</b><p>I was delighted to see this win the 2016 Wainwright Prize. It’s a wonderful …

45 Most Beautiful Places in the World

<b>E</b>ach and every day professional photographer discovers new and amazing places fully loaded with nature. Most of you had never seen everything what …

Did Roof Top Tents Spark The Overlanding Craze?

Or was it the other way around?<p>http://www.matthewhahnel.com<p>Evan YatesView Evan Yates's Articles<p>twitter.com/evanyates_instagram.com/evan__yates<p>My …

Daredevils race classic planes across Africa

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 1928, Irish pilot Lady Sophie Marie Heath made history with the first solo flight across the length of Africa, an 8,000-mile journey from Cairo to Cape Town.<p>Africa was a hotspot for pioneers during the early years of aviation, and this rich history is to receive an update.<p>On November 11, …

Africa

Land Cruising Adventure: The Jesuit Missions Route in Bolivia

From dirt roads to polychrome missions<p>Dusty streets lead to the church of San José de los Chiquitos. The baroque-style building lies along the …

Travel

Expedition Portal’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Presented by<p>It’s time again to make your wish list. Over the course of the last year we have found dozens of items which we believe are perfect gifts …

Waterproofing

‘Slow down, wander and be amazed’ – Malachy Tallack on Fair Isle's timeless beauty

After living on Fair Isle, the singer and author says visitors should pause to appreciate this tiny island with a big sense of community<p><b>Geographically speaking, Fair Isle is the most remote inhabited island in the UK.</b> It’s about 25 miles from the Shetland mainland, and there are many days when no …