Packing guides will often list trekking poles as "optional," but they are lying to you. They are as important as a backpack, if not more -- after all, backpacks can't really double as lightsabers to aid in the settling of disputes.
Heading somewhere far off means running smack into a spectrum of new sights, new sounds, new tastes. But along with these comes the inevitable oven-fresh batch of eye-rolling, mind-blowing, completely incomprehensible Mysteries of Travel.
We've all fantasized about going on an around-the-world trip but would you do it without a single bag? That's exactly what travel author Rolf Potts is attempting do on his six-week trip starting Saturday, August 21st.