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How to Get on Russia's Sh*t List

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

If a stampede of angry drunk Russians is your idea of adventure, get on the Soviet sh*t list and unleash the beast. Photo by: Kyle Taylor If there ...

Crimea in Sunnier Times

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

It's never easy when a nation is divided by ethnic identity, something difficult to understand as an American. I can only empathize after a few weeks spent in Eastern Europe, having merely scratched the surface of identity conflicts in the region.

Who Ruins the World? Travelers? A Chat with "Gringo Trails" Director Pegi Vail (Part 1 of 2)

Adedana Ashebir | Posted 05.18.2014 | Travel
Adedana Ashebir

"Perhaps the time has come that guidebooks highlight newer destinations in favor of one that's overrun to allow them some breathing space."

27 Travel Tips to Help You Become a Master Traveler

Matt Kepnes | Posted 05.17.2014 | Travel
Matt Kepnes

Below are my 27 golden rules for travel. If you follow them, you'll be a master traveler, able to travel the world with swashbuckling zeal and expert ninja-like knowledge... all without breaking the bank so you can keep cutting a path forward through the world for longer

Alcohol Etiquette: A Guide to Getting Drunk Around the World

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.17.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Getting drunk is easy. Being a worldly, respectable drunk takes practice.

9 Places You Must Have Sex Around the World in 2014

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.10.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Now that Obamacare is keeping an eye on your pulse, you're free to spike your heartbeat by any means you please. Start breathing hard; we've pinned down nine new places for you to plant your pervy seed in 2014.

OTP's Guide to Partying Your Ass Off in Prague

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.03.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Prague's party scene is more beer and jazz, less ecstasy and techno. Although not as cheap as it once was, Prague's beer-brewing skills are amongst the best on the planet and you can still party like a king on a peasant's budget.

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.