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Underrated: Krakow, Leave Your Inhibitions at Home

Andy Steves | Posted 04.28.2014 | Travel
Andy Steves

As one of the few places still left in Europe that is untouched by English-speaking tourists, Starbucks chains and menus in 10 languages, I'd say Krakow is a destination worth checking out.

17 Unique Quotes From Young Travelers That Will Make You Want to Pack Up and Go

Stephanie Be | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

Travel: we love it. Feelings: we have them. But there's an omnipotence to words, that's sometimes stripped by clichés. Here's a look at original mantra from the everyday person -- young travelers - on the phenomenon that re-defines life.

Celebrating Easter in the Eternal City

Andy Steves | Posted 04.21.2014 | Travel
Andy Steves

When making plans to attend this momentous occasion, it's important to know what to expect in order to make the most of your experience!

Hey Man, Why Are You Surfing on a River?

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

When land's got you locked and your surfboard is ready to go, there's no need to get your shorts in a knot because inner city rivers are the new waves...

Top 5 Tips for Planning an Incredible Weekend Adventure

Andy Steves | Posted 04.14.2014 | Travel
Andy Steves

You're in a new city and new culture -- the sky is the limit in terms of how much you can take away from your trip! When you open yourself up to new experiences, you never know what situations you might find yourself in!

OTP's Guide to Getting Laid in Italy

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.12.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Italy's a country of aphrodisiacs; Casanova himself got juiced on dark chocolate before bedding his conquests. Whatever you're inhaling -- be it truffles, Calabrian chilies, Chianti, oysters or salami -- chances are, it'll prime you for lovin'.

Why The F*ck Aren't You In Koh Rong?

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.12.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

The islands of Thailand are notorious for their hoards of tourists that think they're visiting something "exotic" along the beaten pancake trail. Ready to really get off the been-there-done-that, Full Moon Party track and claim you were there then?

8 Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Weekend Getaway

Budget Travel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Escaping for a long weekend can be the best, right? But these tragic -- and totally avoidable! -- blunders can turn your quick getaway into "get me outta here!"

As the Sun Sets

Andy Steves | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel
Andy Steves

Hopping from country to country, wherever my work takes me, can be exhausting and exhilarating. Each city has its own personality and living, breathin...

OTP's Guide to Street Art: Poland

Off Track Planet | Posted 03.22.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

All around the drabbest parts of Poland, most visibly in Lodz, imaginative street art is changing the landscape and attracting artists from around the world to come paint up the scene (and likely down a few dozen pierogies in the process).

6 Things Do in Tokyo When the Train Stops Running

Off Track Planet | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Just because the train left your broke ass in the dust doesn't mean the party is over. Photo by: luxtonnerre Instead of curling up in a corner and ...

Ten Things I Learned From Hitch-hiking Around Ireland

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Travel
Ruairí McKiernan

During July 2013 I hitch-hiked around Ireland, recording people's voices and visions for the country, on what I called the 'hitching for hope' listeni...

10 Cheapest Backpacking Cities In South And Central America

Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

South America and Central America are meccas for backpackers seeking an adventure, without spending a lot of money. But with so much to see, how do yo...

OTP's Favorite Travel Apps of 2013

Off Track Planet | Posted 02.25.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

New apps to color the road from point A to point B (and one to keep you alive should point C be passed-out drunk in a ditch.)

OTP's 9 Favorite Travel Bloggers of 2013

Off Track Planet | Posted 03.04.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

This year, we turned away from analyzing website traffic and rank-o-meters, choosing our travel bloggers on merit alone.

Why I Love Cheesy and Overrated Tourist Activities

Matt Kepnes | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Matt Kepnes

I think a lot of people think too deeply about travel, as if every moment on the road has to have profound impact and meaning. I've always found travelers who shun anything "cheesy" to be some of my least favorite.

Top 10 Backpacking Destinations For 2014

Off Track Planet | Posted 02.25.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Whether you're into being a mere spectator, or looking to experience new sights and sounds, our list of Top 10 Backpacking Destinations for 2014 has a place to fit your broke-fancy.

10 Unique Places to Celebrate New Years in 2014

Off Track Planet | Posted 02.25.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

This year, New Year's Eve is on a Tuesday. Instead of figuring out how to trick your boss into thinking you're alive on Wednesday morning, pull the cork out and send 2013 off properly by getting as far away from the office as possible.

Poveglia Island: Like Hell, But in Italy

Off Track Planet | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

The final restless place of thousands of diseased, murderous and insane people, Poveglia is the convergence of everything we know about evil. So what's the deal with this island of spooky terror?

Why Travel Makes You An Awesome Person

Matt Kepnes | Posted 02.02.2014 | Travel
Matt Kepnes

Travel makes people better people. When you learn more about the world and the people in it, push your boundaries, and try new things, you become a more open, outgoing, and awesome person.

What Backpacks Reveal About Gendered Marketing

Adrianne Wadewitz, Ph.D. | Posted 01.27.2014 | Women
Adrianne Wadewitz, Ph.D.

The assumptions behind these marketing strategies reinforce stereotypical ideas of gender: that women are physically weak, that women are fascinated by fashion, that there is one specific female body type, and that women are "soft."

5 Bone Palaces In Europe That Will Scare the Sh*t Out of You

Off Track Planet | Posted 01.27.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

All those dusty skulls staring at you were the people who built the incredible places where we like to get drunk and stumble around as we travel through this amazing continent. That's a pretty cool connection, make no bones about it.

A Guide to Feasting on Brains, Balls, and Eyeballs Around the World

Off Track Planet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Sure brains, balls, and eyes get dressed up in fancy sauces and come with snobby sides just like other foul-smelling, weird-textured chunks in the offal bunch. But these particular gross parts are unique in that they're all surrounded by a common superstition...

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.

A Guide to Showering Abroad

Off Track Planet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Cleanliness is next to godliness... which is right next door to the nude public bath that got you clean in the first place.