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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.

10 Places You Must Have Sex Around the World in 2013

Off Track Planet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Beds are made for sleeping. Bangkok's giant swing, New Zealand's Hobbit holes and Japan's monkey-infested hot springs are made for sexin'! Try your luck at getting laid at some of these places from all around the world.

Columbia for the Broke and Fancy

Off Track Planet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Even the strongest backpacker renegades need to put down the pack, throw back a few cold ones, and stretch those weary legs now and then. Treat yourself to a hint of luxury, without shelling out the big bucks, at these five backpacker resorts in Colombia.

Episode 8 - Wellington With a Rock Star

This Is My City | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
This Is My City

Wellington is windy and it knows it. Wind sculptures of all kinds greet you as you make your way from the airport into the heart of this small, blustery city. The place is alive and constantly in flux. Suitably enough, our weekend in Wellington was action-packed.

5 Things You Must Do in Valencia, Spain

Off Track Planet | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Valencia may not be the first city you visit in Spain, but it will definitely leave a lasting impression. With mountains of paella to bust your gut and enough fire to burn your beard straight off, this city is well-versed in showing you a damn good time.

Life Is Good in Melbourne

This Is My City | Posted 12.07.2013 | Travel
This Is My City

Traveling from Tokyo to Melbourne, we also traveled from winter to summer and from all things foreign to all things more familiar. We were surrounded by people speaking English for the first time in over two months on the road and this felt strange to us.

Sleeping in a Nicaraguan Canyon

Rosa Lia June | Posted 11.30.2013 | Travel
Rosa Lia June

I'd bought a plane ticket and it had taken me to this place. The rain fell and the river flowed. You put one foot in front of the other and they take you to different places, people and moments.

Episode 6 - Tokyo With Three Local Characters

This Is My City | Posted 11.26.2013 | Travel
This Is My City

Tokyo is a megalopolis. If you get to a vantage point like the top of the Mori Tower, in Roppongi, the city stretches out as far as the eye can see in every direction. Only Mt. Fuji in the distance suggests that there is an end to the urban undulations.

This Is My City: Beijing With Lin Lin

This Is My City | Posted 11.18.2013 | Travel
This Is My City

We arrived in Beijing and were quickly enveloped by the haze of fog-smog that the city is known for. This wasn't all bad though. The fog-smog made everything look good through our lenses and it also created an atmospheric, almost eerie vibe.

7 Ways to Travel Spontaneously Like a Savvy Digital Native

Triposo | Posted 11.13.2013 | Travel
Triposo

Mobile technology has changed our lives in a myriad of ways, including completely transforming the way we travel. Ttoday's smartphone-savvy mobile traveler is much more spontaneous than the guidebook-reliant travelers of yore, for example.

The Forest for the Trees

Ari Andersen | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

Living in the information-saturated world that we live in, it is much more of a choice. The choice where to put my focus, my energy, my attention, when there are so many things to think about and do and get accomplished.

Episode 4 - Artists and Musicians in Beirut

This Is My City | Posted 11.11.2013 | Travel
This Is My City

Beirut was known as the "Paris of the Middle East" before the civil war and you can still see why. Unfortunately, things have deteriorated again in Lebanon and its neighboring countries since we filmed there.

Why People are Flocking to Berlin

This Is My City | Posted 11.09.2013 | Travel
This Is My City

Berlin is distinctly anti-capitalist and it puts humanity and culture before money. It's a city where people go to live for cheap while they make things -- art, music, cultural output in general. It's also a place where people go to dance the night away.

Belgrade with a Local and a Bodyguard

This Is My City | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel
This Is My City

There is a point in every world trip where things start getting a little bit strange. Belgrade was that point for This Is My City.

Cruising for the Backpacker

Rosa Lia June | Posted 11.05.2013 | Travel
Rosa Lia June

I'd been traveling in Central America and Mexico for five months, teaching English, working at hostel receptions, cutting the sleeves off my long sleeved tops rather than buying new ones, and generally trying not to spend any money ever.

Lisbon Through the Eyes of Locals

This Is My City | Posted 10.30.2013 | Travel
This Is My City

Lisbon is a beautiful city and the vibe is bright and airy. Yellow trams, espressos, ornate Azulejo tiles, sunshine, seafood and drinking on the streets at night. It's a hilly city and this makes for spectacular viewpoints everywher