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The 10 Commandments for Girls with Long-term Travel Plans - Vagabondish

Packing for a two-week beach holiday is easy as pie. Packing for a six- or twelve-month trip, fitting it all into a backpack that suddenly seems too …

Norway In All Its Insanely Beautiful Glory

"Remote rural areas are photographically as interesting as the lifestyle and architecture of urban melting pots. Both worlds fascinate me and so I try to capture my individual view of these changing and challenging environments," says Kilian Schoenberger on his website.<p>If his goal is to unveil the …

Climbing in Afghanistan: Adventure Beyond the Lifeline

The last time Dylan Taylor saw his climbing partner, Aiden, they were peering at each other from either side of a razor-wire fence between the border of Afghanistan and Tajikistan, having set out on a climbing expedition 36 days earlier. At the start, neither one of them imagined that the hardest …

Leaving the US is the best way to appreciate it

We Americans like to think we’re special. We throw around epithets like “the land of opportunity” and “melting pot” all the time, but it’s hard to …

Race Relations

Climbing Patagonia's Glaciers With My Dearest Strangers and One Lone Instant Coffee Packet

Sometimes I stick in earbuds when my iPhone is dead and listen to silence just to avoid talking to strangers.<p>When my dearest friends had to cancel their trip to join me in Patagonia, I packed two sets of earbuds for my journey, just to be safe.<p>The village of El Chalten, Argentina, is surrounded by …

On a 9-day mission in Fjord Norway

THE NORWEGIANS really mean it when they say, “You have to be here to believe it.” I didn’t even know that was a legit tagline until after my trip, …

Things I Learned Wandering Around Europe for 7 Months

<i>These things, traveling taught.</i><p>After five years a slave in the consulting world, I booked a oneway ticket to Iceland, and negotiated a seven-month sabbatical. Yes, in that order.<p>It's common to wonder: What did you learn? How did you change? What impacted you the most?<p>These are a few of the things …

Quit Your Job and Travel The World: Reddit Users Reveal Their Final Straw

Quit your job and travel the world. <i>So much</i> easier said than done.<p>Sure, there are signs that clue you in, but how do you know when you’re ready? The final straw, that defining moment you decide to leave behind life as you know it and face uncertainty, all for the desire to explore the big, unknown …

Trolltunga, Norway Is The Scariest Instagram Spot On Earth

We've seen a lot of scary spots in Norway, but this is the hands-down scariest. It's called Trolltunga, and it's the edge of a cliff. Waaay back in the ice age, glacial water froze a hunk of this mountain and caused it to break off, leaving what locals call "the troll's tongue."<p>Crazy hikers make …

Google Unveils Tour Builder That Lets Tourists Map Their Travels

Google unveiled a new product yesterday that lets users map their travels with photos, videos, and text using Google Earth. The Google Lat Long blog …

3500 photos in under 3 minutes in this gorgeous Iceland timelapse

I love a good NatGeo video. Especially when it’s composed of stellar time-lapse shots of a country I admittedly used to routinely confuse for …

Time-lapse Photography

15 Ways The iPhone Has Sucked The Fun Out Of Traveling

He can be incredibly helpful, it's true. But we've also gotta say that the iPhone -- along with his friends the Internet and the laptop -- has snuck in and sucked some of the best parts out of travel.<p>Remember when you had to unfold a paper map and ask a new friend for directions? Or when you were …

Airbnb Hospitality Guru Explains Hospitality to Travel Bloggers

In 1987, Chip Conley launched Joie de Vivre Hotels when he was just 26 years old, beginning with the Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco. The retro …

Dublin, Travel Secrets From a Local

<i>Global Yodel sent Lorcan Finnegan out with a DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Ireland to get his perspective on what it means to use a travel guide in his hometown. He sent back this amazing locals guide and a beautiful photo series of the streets of Dublin.</i><p><b>Global Yodel: Place you live?</b><p>Lorcan Finnegan: …

Around the World in Six Mind-Expanding Bike Tours

On my bicycle trip around the world, I pedaled through 19 countries and across three continents, and on each leg of my journey, I discovered something new, valuable and useful about myself. While not every experience was what you might call comfortable or even pleasant, I always came away with a …

Where is Home?

In an inspiring TED talk by the famous Pico Iyer about the concept of home, he said, ““<i>Where you come from now is much less important than where</i> …