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The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke

Ignore “travel experts” who swear yielding the cheapest fares means flying on a specific day, searching alternate routes, comparing search engines, …

Travel

9 Breathtaking Road Trips You Must Take & Be Mesmerized

One of my most favourite ways to explore is by car. When we visited the USA we went to the Grand Canyon by car and to Las Vegas and California. Even …

The Ultimate Road Trip: Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Road trip season may be dwindling, but there’s still time to get behind the wheel and have a whirlwind adventure. While North America is no stranger …

Road Trips

Capetown to Cairo: An Airstream Caravan Takes On Africa

Although many have come to recognize the Airstream as an icon for the American nomad, few realize just how far these trailers have reached beyond our …

Africa

The Rise of Car Camping: What You Should Know

With our fast pace and time sensitive lives, planning a weekend backpacking trip can often slip our schedule. However, more an more people are …

9 of South America's Most Legit Road Trip Routes

The Pan American Highway (or PanAm) links Alaska with Chile – except for a small stretch between Panama and Colombia called the Darien Gap – and is a …

Road Trips

10 of the best US road trip stopoffs – readers’ travel tips

<b>Winning tip: Freight car motel, Pennsylvania</b><p>Visiting Amish Country on our road trip from Philadelphia to Chicago, we stayed in an old caboose (railroad wagon): the <b>Red Caboose Motel</b> in Ronks. The motel consists of a string of old carriages in bucolic countryside. On the farm beside our caboose we …

Road Trips

Explore South America For 180 Days, Without Quitting Your Job

If you’re travel obsessed and your days are starting to feel like the first 30 minutes of <i>Office Space</i>, then it’s time to quit and go off the grid. If, however, you’re travel obsessed and working in a stimulating career that you really love, it’s easy to feel torn in two. Allow us to introduce The …

Latin America

Land Rover Defender versus the Congo

The Land Rover Defender is tough; that's no secret. But is it tough enough to, at 27 years old, drive through the jungle of the Congo?<p>It could be a …

Land Rover

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 …

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 …

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 …

Travel

The most efficient road trip to visit every national park in the lower 48 states

There isn’t a better time than right now to go visit national parks. Considering this August the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th …

Road Trips

A Quick Look Back at the Roofless Trucks of Overlanding

Overlanding has existed about as long as the automobile itself. Long before the interstate highway system, motorists traveling to and from towns and …

Henry Ford

Satisfy your wanderlust (and Instagram) with the best vehicle rooftop tents

Rooftop tents are growing in popularity with camping enthusiasts and for good reason. While Thoreau may have ventured into the wilderness “to live …

Camping

Watch 17 Air-Cooled Porsche 911s Run a Grueling 3000-Mile African Rally

The East African Safari Rally courses across Kenya and Tanzania. It's the perfect venue for Tuthill Porsche's rally-prepped vintage Porsches.​<p>Tuthill Porsche is a world-renowned Porsche rally shop in the United Kingdom. For years the guys at Tuthill have been building race-prepped P-cars to compete …

2016 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge: Epic Photos from the 36-Day Journey

The thought of taking a modern car on an 8510-mile, 36-day slog across the Asian and European continents sounds hard, but imagine tackling the challenge in a pre-1975 vehicle. Or a prewar beast. That’s the Peking-to-Paris Motor Challenge, put on by the Endurance Rally Association. The 2016 race …

The adventure doesn't have to stop: Here's how to travel with baby

When I was pregnant and living on a sailboat in the South Pacific, my friends back home told me to "get my kicks in" before our first baby arrived. It made me nervous. The thought of waiting a decade (or more?) to adventure over high peaks, open ocean and fast rivers made me more nauseated than …

Uganda: Bikes, Blood and Dirt

In 2012 we cycled from Cape Town to Tanzania. You’d think that a single big African cycling trip would be enough for one lifetime. For some folks, …

Africa

Landcruising Adventure: 14 days to cross a border (Venezuela), part 1

Karin-Marijke and our Colombian friend Mauro were studying the road map of Colombia to sort out routing options. Colombia has a number of border …

Latin America

What a round-the-world train trip taught me about life

It was five hours since we had broken down a few miles past Tham Krasae bridge, and tensions were, remarkably, low. Within 15 minutes of our rolling to a standstill, the aroma of fried butter had billowed through the carriage when an opportunistic hawker had wheeled over her cart and begun to make …

Travel

Chasing the Dream: How to Live the Ultimate #VanLife

Many of us dream of hitting the open road in the perfect adventure vehicle—a vintage Land Cruiser or a tricked-out Westaflia. Customizing your machine takes dedication, but as these obsessives can attest, once you go all in, you never look back.<p>The Overlander<p>Mike Sandone; 1986 Land Rover Defender …

Outdoors

This video is all about the joys of life on the road

In November 2012, James Campbell and Rachel Goldfarb closed their apartment door for the very last time, loaded their bags into a 1976 Volkswagen bus …

Road Trips

A2A Expedition: Traveling the Planet with Children

I met a wonderful couple at the recent Overland Expo West held in Flagstaff, Arizona. This is the second time we have met and I am glad we did. They …

Accounting

Four Road Trips to Unexpected Places

It's summer, which means it's foggy in the Outer Richmond. While the avenues "enjoy" a long string of projected highs in the upper 50s, the rest of …

Road Trips