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The Most Useful Travel Tool Ever

Courtney and H.J. Derr | Posted 08.18.2014 | Travel
Courtney and H.J. Derr

In our last eight and a half months on the road, we've had the opportunity to put all the items in our bag to the test -- some proved useful and worthy investments, others not so much.

Work Abroad: 5 Awesome Hostels

Off Track Planet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Extended periods of time on the travel trail can wear you and your wallet down. One option to offset travel costs, or to settle down in one spot for longer than a minute, is to work at a hostel. We've narrowed your job-search down to five of the best hostels to call home and work.

Guide to Hitchhiking in Burma

Off Track Planet | Posted 06.11.2013 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Responsible tourism can mean a lot of things, but in Burma it means getting down and dirty with locals. Hitchhiking through the country isn't the easiest way to get around, but it's definitely a backpacker badge of honor.

Getting Tattoos Around The World

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.30.2012 | Travel
Off Track Planet

A hell of a lot more permanent than a hostel hookup, travel tattoos are a great reminder of your life-changing adventures abroad. OTP's pinned down wh...

How To Haggle Like A Boss

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.15.2012 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Weird things are for sale out there and making them yours for a good price takes some courage and finesse. Luckily, haggling is a part of every culture and only those afraid to bargain get gypped.

Overpacking: A Traveler's Lament

Suzan Crane | Posted 01.08.2012 | Travel
Suzan Crane

To be honest, I'm a bit of a "bourgeois hippie," which basically means that while I can sleep in tents, crash in squats and otherwise rough it, I maintain my inviolable right to pack personal style alongside my sleeping bag.

The IQ of America's Entrepreneurs

Alexia Parks | Posted 10.25.2011 | Denver
Alexia Parks

In the world of today's entrepreneurs, the term IQ doesn't refer to how intelligent one is. Instead, it refers to the Innovation Quotient of companies...

National Magazine Awards 2009: New Yorker, Esquire, Wired, Backpacker Win Big

WWD | Irin Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The New Yorker, Esquire, Backpacker and Wired were the big winners at the American Society of Magazine Editors' National Magazine Awards on Thursday e...