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10 Essential Hiking Tips Every Beginner Hiker Should Know

Liftopia | Posted 07.21.2015 | Travel
Liftopia

Unlike walking on a treadmill or paved path, hiking involves more, sometimes unpredictable, variables. Of course, these variables are part of what makes it so enjoyable! Use the following hiking tips to make your first treks successful.

16 Idyllic Hot Springs for You to Relax In

The Outbound Collective | Posted 07.20.2015 | Travel
The Outbound Collective

Can you think of a better way to revitalize yourself than soaking in a natural hot springs in the great outdoors? Neither can we. Here are 16 hot springs that are ideal for that much needed rest and relaxation.

One Way to Find Out Whether Someone's Got Your Back

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 07.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

The Appalachian Trail is 2,175 miles long and runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. The trail was finished in 1937 and in 1...

15 Swimming Holes You Need to Visit ASAP

The Outbound Collective | Posted 07.10.2015 | Travel
The Outbound Collective

If the summer heat has you stuck inside clinging to your air conditioning, this list was made for you. Whether you want to sweat a little before your swim, or jump straight in from the parking lot, we've got you covered. Get outside this summer and beat the heat at one (or all!) of these beautiful and refreshing swimming holes.

Top 10 Hacks That Turn Your Normal Road Trip into an Adventure

Quora | Posted 07.10.2015 | Travel
Quora

Here are a few of my favorites tips & tricks for making a road trip that is the adventure rather than just a road trip that just gets you to a destination.

America's Best 20 Hikes

The Outbound Collective | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
The Outbound Collective

Distance: 3.2 miles round trip; Elevation gain: 1,050 ft.

A Backpacker's Guide to Months of Travel

College Tourist | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

By College Tourist; Author: Nicole Darian, University of Iowa Purchasing and packing your backpack Backpacking: no set route, just buying a one way...

5 Things You Learn After Quitting Your Job and Backpacking Around the World

Quora | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel
Quora

I quit my job at Dell, crammed some stuff into a backpack, and went to Southeast Asia (and a few other places) for about six weeks. Not exactly "traveling the world" as we only went to a few countries, but it was more of a backpacker/adventure travel experience than I had ever had previously.

Why I Travel the World. And You Should Too.

Kat Gal | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Kat Gal

The first time I traveled I was less than one when my parents took me along for their holiday to Lake Balaton. The first time I went abroad I was four-years-old visiting Greece with my parents.

The Pain I Didn't Think I'd Survive

Ayesha Vardag | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Ayesha Vardag

I tried to get on with normal life, but I'd find myself at a party in London and just be seized with the need to get away, to get to Roger's tree, to water it and make sure it was thriving.

The Most Useless Travel Products To Pack

Map Happy | Posted 06.15.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 05.21.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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!