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The Most Useless Travel Products To Pack

Map Happy | Posted 04.17.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

There's the good, bad and ugly of travel gear. I bristle when I think about all the gear I've purchased thinking I'd "need" it and then went untouched for months.

10 Beautiful Spring Hikes In Oregon

Brittany Wilcox | Posted 04.16.2015 | Travel
Brittany Wilcox

These are my top spring hikes. If you haven't seen the movie Wild yet, then you probably have no idea that one of these breathtakingly beautiful hikes is used in the background during a scene in the movie. It comes as no surprise to me, being my all-time second favorite hike in Oregon.

6 Things You Can Only Learn About Life By Traveling

Anita Wing Lee | Posted 04.13.2015 | College
Anita Wing Lee

Growing up in Canada, I always knew that I wanted to explore the world. I researched doing a student exchange in high school, and was always fascinated by National Geographic. It wasn't until university that I got the chance (and the motivation) to pursue this dream.

Photo Travel Diary of a Sustainable Designer

Melissa Henderson | Posted 04.03.2015 | Style
Melissa Henderson

Sustainable designer Laura Siegel shares her journey in becoming conscientious about clothing from backpacking all over the world and finding that the best talent and inspiration lies within each unique destination.

When Someone Is Murdered on Your Backpacking Trip

Nathaniel Mueller | Posted 04.01.2015 | Travel
Nathaniel Mueller

The first time I saw someone killed I was 25 feet away. I was in my early twenties and the two things I remember most, other than the actual event, was the uncontrollable shivering and the pack of cigarettes my brother and I nervously chain-smoked trying to calm down.

5 Cures for a Long Work Week

The Outbound Collective | Posted 03.21.2015 | Travel
The Outbound Collective

These five adventures provide you with amazing daydreams and bucket list options, if not the inspiration to get you outdoors this weekend. Hit the trail, watch a sunset, take a scenic drive, and breath in some fresh air!

Breathtaking Winter Camping in Washington

The Outbound Collective | Posted 03.19.2015 | Travel
The Outbound Collective

This eight-mile roundtrip trek through old-growth forests to the snowy mountaintop of Mount Dickerman rewards you with breathtaking views of the of the Cascade region.

The Best Way to Experience Machu Picchu

The Outbound Collective | Posted 03.19.2015 | Travel
The Outbound Collective

Wander among the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Although some travelers may choose to arrive at the ruins by train, backpacking the 44.5 mile Salkantay Trek allows you to explore Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu in ways many never get to experience.

To Hike Alone

Carla Moreno | Posted 03.11.2015 | Travel
Carla Moreno

One of my favorite things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the scenery. The mountains, the skies, Puget Sound, all these things and more provide the perfect backdrop to my life.

Packing for Seven Countries With Three Kids: A Joy or a Nightmare?

Michael DeSa | Posted 04.26.2015 | Travel
Michael DeSa

Packing for an international trip can be tricky. Packing for a seven month expedition to a new continent, spanning seven different countries and three seasons, with five family members is overwhelming.

5 Easy Places to Feel Like a Backpacking God

Dan Miles | Posted 03.29.2015 | Travel
Dan Miles

Who hasn't wanted to break loose with nothing but a backpack? But what if you can't just quit your job to go and sell coconut jewelry on a beach? Where can you get maximum traveling kudos for minimum outlay of time and energy?

11 Cities You Must Backpack At Least Once

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 01.22.2015 | Travel

There are almost too many must-see cities in the world -- and the most seamless way to hit them all is by backpacking. With little luggage and a huge ...

How to Land the Best Holiday Jobs Abroad

Dan Miles | Posted 03.23.2015 | Travel
Dan Miles

I recently worked out that I have spent 15 of the last 20 years working abroad; ranging from tending bar and waiting tables, to teaching, to working on a stall that sold missiles at an arms fair (no experience necessary apparently).

An Aussie Out of Water: 3 Nights in the Outback

Dominique Kane | Posted 02.07.2015 | Travel
Dominique Kane

It was a blistering 35 degrees Celsius, but I was so preoccupied by my new surroundings that I barely noticed the heat. As I started the ignition of my rental car, my nerves tingled. I'm alone, in the desert. I'm going to be driving around in the desert, alone.

Travel Tips: Convenient Packable Goodies

Sonia Gil | Posted 02.01.2015 | Travel
Sonia Gil

One of the challenges of traveling is finding items that are super wearable, super packable and super useful. Because I am a sucker for anything travel-sized, I have come up with a few super tiny packable goodies you must have!

Bali Time

Matjaz Tancic | Posted 01.10.2015 | Travel
Matjaz Tancic

It has been some time since my last visit to a tropical destination. Gloomy October days are perfect for for a quick escape closer to the equator. A c...

19 Things You Only Know If You've Been Backpacking

Dan Miles | Posted 01.10.2015 | Travel
Dan Miles

1) However many photos you think you can take of a waterfall, you are not even close. 2) Wherever you go you are never far from a pizza, an Iri...

What I Learned From 10 Days Without Shampoo

Grace Li | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Grace Li

Backpacking has taught me a lot, and I will carry all of those lessons with me into the future, but here's the thing -- I don't plan on carrying much else.

Pain: A Gateway to Transcendence

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion
Mario Tenaglia

God is a concept by which we measure our pain. - John Lennon According to Hesiod, an ancient Greek poet who wrote The Theogony aroun...

Dutch Woman Fakes Trip To Southeast Asia, Surfaces Universal Truth

Ravishly | Posted 11.12.2014 | Travel
Ravishly

Doesn't dear Zilla's little project, instead of angering you, only serve to make you feel better about the global nature of this reality?

Isaiah Cooper Shares Life On The Appalachian Trail

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 09.02.2014 | Green

Vine user Isaiah Cooper posted his first trail Vine when he started a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail four months ago. Since then he's entertained ...

10 Great Options If You Didn't Get the College Course You Wanted

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Ruairí McKiernan

Didn't get that college place you wanted? Don't stress, you have options, lots of them. Now might not be the right time for college, and you may need more time to figure out what you want to do.

How This Boomer Couple Found Love And Meaning By Backpacking The World

John Tarnoff | Posted 10.19.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Shifra Raz and Benny Rubinstein seem like just another happily retired couple living in Santa Monica, CA. Shifra was a teacher for much of her career, while Benny was trained as an engineer and worked as a project manager in the Southern California aerospace industry. Both Israeli immigrants to the U.S., they met and fell in love 17 years ago, on the heels of Shifra's divorce from her 31-year marriage.

What Backpacking Alone in Europe Taught Me

Amy Yao | Posted 10.18.2014 | College
Amy Yao

I wanted to know why I make the mistakes that I do, why I still desperately feel the need to have a name-brand university pedigree, why I chase approval, why I will never be satisfied with myself. I wanted to find it in myself, as if the answers had been hidden deep down.

Cheap Stays: Where Are the World's Most Popular Hostels?

HotelsCombined.com | Posted 10.14.2014 | Travel
HotelsCombined.com

Hostels are usually found in the most convenient of locations and increasing numbers of travelers -- both young and old -- are recognizing the benefits booking into such affordable accommodation.