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  • REI Boosts Used Gear Store With Trade-In Credits for Your Old Stuff

    REI Boosts Used Gear Store With Trade-In Credits for Your Old Stuff

    REI joined the used gear marketplace in 2018 with their program that sold recently returned gear at a pretty solid discount. When people returned gear that they’re recently bought but didn’t like, for whatever reason, REI cleaned it up and sold it at a discount, keeping it from landfills. As a returner you didn’t get […] More

  • Making Your Own Outdoor Toys Is the Best Kind of Addiction

    Making Your Own Outdoor Toys Is the Best Kind of Addiction

    Until the past five or so years ago, when it came to my own DIY ethos, I’d drawn a line well in front of making surfboards, even though I’d been buying and riding them for two decades. Sure, I’ve brewed my own beer, fermented my own sauerkraut, and wrenched on my own trucks like the […] More

  • A Local’s Guide to Naples, Italy • The Blonde Abroad

    A Local's Guide to Naples, Italy • The Blonde Abroad

    Ciao! My name is Madelaine So, a military spouse travel blogger based in Naples, Italy. I write about travel guides to dream destinations and tips for living abroad. In this post, I’m going to share a local’s guide to Naples, Italy. Including sights to see, things to do, areas to stay, and how to get […] More

  • How Much to Budget for Your Dream Honeymoon • The Blonde Abroad

    How Much to Budget for Your Dream Honeymoon • The Blonde Abroad

    This post was written in partnership with You Need A Budget — as always, thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Given what’s happened this year, the future of travel is a hot topic. My best advice (right now) is to focus on budgeting for the future and saving up for those dream […] More

  • The Election of 1876

    The Election of 1876

    Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon | RSS | Patreon Transcript If you think the current American political climate is contentious, then you need to take a step back and take a close look at American history.  The most controversial, divisive, and probably corrupt election in US history was the election […] More

  • Bikepacking (and Backpacking) Is Running Away from Home for Grown-Ups

    Bikepacking (and Backpacking) Is Running Away from Home for Grown-Ups

    Though spring and summer are more typically associated with striking out on adventures, fall too calls the restless, the abrupt change of season hinting that we’ve only a few weeks before old man winter sets in, better get on it when the getting’s good. Which brings us to this lovely essay from Hilary Oliver we […] More

  • Bikepacking the Nordic North Sure Looks Cool

    Bikepacking the Nordic North Sure Looks Cool

    October 20, 2020 Bikepacking the Nordic North Sure Looks Cool Cyclist Tobias Woggon has long been fascinated with the north—and, well, duh—and he recently combined his loves of cycling and food with a series of bikepacking trips to Greenland, the Faroes, and other northern latitudes. This video gives a short glimpse of those upper-planet climates, […] More

  • Looks Like La Niña Plans to Serve Up a Dry Winter

    Looks Like La Niña Plans to Serve Up a Dry Winter

    October 20, 2020 Looks Like La Niña Plans to Serve Up a Dry Winter It sure is dry out there. Most of the West is locked into drought conditions and there’s no rain on the horizon through early November for California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and western Colorado. And longer term, it’s not looking […] More

  • The Best of What to Do on Mo’orea

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    Sometimes life blows my mind a little bit. Just a week ago I was swimming in turquoise water with docile stingrays and reef sharks, and then came home to fall colors in Reno and binging on the Great British Bake Show (and I don’t even bake!), wondering if it was all a dream. Mo’orea in […] More

  • The Purchase of Alaska

    The Purchase of Alaska

    Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon | RSS | Patreon Transcript In 1867, United States Secretary of State William Seward signed a treaty with the Empire of Russia to purchase the territory of what would be called Alaska. The United States purchased it for 2 cents an acre.  At the time […] More

  • How Nature Sounds Different After Climate Change—A Podcast

    How Nature Sounds Different After Climate Change—A Podcast

    October 19, 2020 How Nature Sounds Different After Climate Change—A Podcast We’re big fans of Undark here at AJ HQ, and their excellent podcast series recently focused on acoustic engineers who point their sensitive microphones at wild spaces to chart how climate change has altered the songs of nature. New species move in, the cries […] More

  • No Roof Rack? Pssh, No Problem, Says Sea to Summit’s Inflatable Rack

    No Roof Rack? Pssh, No Problem, Says Sea to Summit's Inflatable Rack

    The best piece of gear isn’t always the sexiest, most flashy thing on the online marketplace shelves, but it always solves a problem. That’s the case with Sea to Summit’s Pack Rack, a smart little soft rack system for any vehicle. The rack is simple. Inflatable tubes cushion your cargo and protect the roof of […] More

  • Will Colorado Bring Back Wolves? It’s Up to Voters

    Will Colorado Bring Back Wolves? It’s Up to Voters

    Colorado voters will decide on Nov. 3 whether the state should reintroduce gray wolves (Canis lupus) after a nearly 80-year absence. Ballot Proposition 114 would require the state to develop and oversee a science-based plan to restore wolves, focused in Western Colorado and initiated by the end of 2023. Restoring wolves is a contentious topic […] More

  • The Kingham Plough – Accommodation – Tips – Luxury Travel Diary

    Review: The Kingham Plough

    When I need to indulge in an English countryside stay, I always feel the lure of the Cotswolds. There I seek out cozy, character-rich pubs where I can feast on steaming plates of deliciousness, enjoy welcoming service, and beautiful, relaxed surroundings. The Kingham Plough received a huge tick in all of these boxes and more […] More

  • This Week in Travel – Episode 268

    This Week in Travel - Episode 268

    This Week’s News The parts of America cut off by the pandemic More Destinations Start Offering Free Medical Coverage to Attract Travelers: Will It Bring Them Back? Travellers With Ebola “Moon Suits” Remains 2020’s Most Bizarre Airport Trend The bizarre change we could see to Heathrow and Gatwick planes to stop coronavirus Tourist returns stolen […] More

  • Operation Mincemeat

    Operation Mincemeat

    Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon | RSS | Patreon Transcript On April 30, 1943, a Spanish fisherman came across the floating body of Major William Martin of the Royal Marines. Handcuffed to the corpse was a satchel with top-secret plans for the Allied invasions of Greece and Sardinia.  With the […] More

  • 22 Days with Whales – Be My Travel Muse

    22 Days with Whales - Be My Travel Muse

    The waves that day had been fierce, the current strong, and the searches had mostly been busts all morning.  The wild Humpbacks we sought are the gentlest giants I’ve ever met – aware of their bodies and dancing through the water so effortlessly, in ways few animals can.  Captain Onoi’s coffee brown eyes widened as […] More

  • The Best Destinations in the United States for Leaf Peeping • The Blonde Abroad

    The Best Destinations in the United States for Leaf Peeping • The Blonde Abroad

    Do you love seeing all the gorgeous colors of changing fall foliage? If you’re a big fan of autumn like me, you’ll definitely want to check out the best destinations in the United States to visit in the fall. Predicting when exactly the autumn leaves will change is quite tricky, so if you’re planning a […] More

  • Best Luxury Hotels In Cape Town – Accommodation – Tips – Luxury Travel Diary

    Best Luxury Hotels In Cape Town

    The best luxury hotels in Cape Town include Taj Cape Town, Camissa House, Cape Heritage Hotel, Cape Town, Compass House, Kensington Place, Steenberg Farm, The Residences Cape Town, Tintswalo Atlantic, Westin Cape Town. Auctions Sort By Cape Town lies on South Africa’s southwest coast beneath the magnificent Table Mountain. Rotating cable cars take you to […] More

  • 10 Best Wine Hotels In Tuscany – Accommodation – Tips – Luxury Travel Diary

    10 Best Wine Hotels In Tuscany

    Hidden in the Tuscan countryside are some of the best wine resorts in the world, offering acres of vineyards, olives groves and forests, spectacular views, and all housed in historic Italian Estates. This is my pick of the top 10 best wine hotels and resorts in Tuscany. Auctions Sort By Wherever you decide to stay, […] More

  • Best Hotel Club Lounges In Berlin – Accommodation – Tips – Luxury Travel Diary

    Best Hotel Club Lounges In Berlin

    The hotels with the best executive club lounges in Berlin include Ritz-Carlton Berlin, Berlin Marriott, Hilton Berlin, Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, InterContinental Berlin, Sheraton Grand Esplanade, and Sofitel Berlin Kurfuerstendamm. Auctions Sort By Wherever you decide to stay, in Germany or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and […] More

  • The Curious Case of Kaspar Hauser

    The Curious Case of Kaspar Hauser

    Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon | RSS | Patreon Transcript On May 28, 1828, a 16-year-old boy mysteriously appeared in Nuremberg, Bavaria. He had a letter in his hand and could only speak a few words. No one knew where he came from, who his parents were, or why he […] More

  • Diary of a First-Time Hotel Manager — The Agenda by Tablet Hotels

    Diary of a First-Time Hotel Manager — The Agenda by Tablet Hotels

    Many people dream of dropping everything and starting a new life somewhere different. Rebecca Schönheit did it. She traded a law career and the familiarity of her home in Berlin for a tiny island in the Wadden Sea. That’s where she and her husband decided to start over as directors of a small hotel — […] More

  • The Island That Humans Can’t Conquer

    The Island That Humans Can’t Conquer

    This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems, and is republished here with permission. St. Matthew Island is said to be the most remote place in Alaska. Marooned in the Bering Sea halfway to Siberia, it is well over 300 kilometers and a 24-hour ship ride from […] More

  • The History of Ketchup

    The History of Ketchup

    Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon | RSS | Patreon Transcript It the one of the world’s most commonly used condiments. Even though it is most often associated with the United States, it has a pedigree that is extremely ancient and global.  I am of course talking about ketchup.  Learn more […] More

  • Number One at Being Number Two: Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa

    Number One at Being Number Two: Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa

    Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon | RSS | Patreon Transcript History remembers the rulers and the leaders. We know of Napoleon, Caesar, Elizabeth, Ghengis Khan, and Captain Picard. However, for every one of the people I just listed, their success was due in large part to the people who worked […] More

  • 10 Awesome Online Photography Classes To Improve Your Photos • Expert Vagabond

    10 Awesome Online Photography Classes To Improve Your Photos • Expert Vagabond

    Best Online Photography Classes of 2020 Photography Tips Want to become a better photographer? Stuck at home in lock-down? Try joining these great online photography classes & courses created by pros to improve your photos. So, you’ve bought a nice camera. You’ve watched a few YouTube videos. But why doesn’t your Instagram look as good […] More

  • 85-Year-Old Thru-Hiker Dale Sanders Just Lapped The Grand Canyon

    85-Year-Old Thru-Hiker Dale Sanders Just Lapped The Grand Canyon

    Last Saturday morning, 85-year-old Dale Sanders strode up to the Bright Angel trailhead, between the bus turnaround and a tourist lodge on the Grand Canyon’s south rim, and with a huge grin splitting his extravagant white beard, shook his trekking poles triumphantly and hollered “I survived!” Truth is, he didn’t even look tired. As a […] More

  • Dean Goes Surfing, and Fills Your Stoke Tank for the Week

    Dean Goes Surfing, and Fills Your Stoke Tank for the Week

    “Dean is a teenage boy who loves breakfast, Rihanna, and finding freedom in a wave,” says the description of this video. But there’s definitely more to it than that. Press play to watch about the purest display of joy you’ve seen in some time. Source link More

  • How Can Traveling Change Our Perspective?

    How Can Traveling Change Our Perspective?

    15 Oct How Can Traveling Change Our Perspective? Posted at 13:27h in Blog by Victoria Brewood You may think, why even bother yourself with planning trips, booking hotels, and trying to understand the weather in the chosen country in the era of the Internet, when all of these can be reached out on the screen […] More

  • 21 of the Best Places to Travel in December (USA Edition)

    21 of the Best Places to Travel in December (USA Edition)

    With the end of the year comes a new world of travel possibilities. You can spend December fully embracing the chill of the season, or find a warm getaway if that’s more of your style! Good thing the United States offers opportunities for travelers of all types, with destinations scattered throughout the country. Starting from […] More

  • 21 Best Places to Travel in December (USA Edition)

    21 Best Places to Travel in December (USA Edition)

    With the end of the year comes a new world of travel possibilities. You can spend December fully embracing the chill of the season, or find a warm getaway if that’s more of your style! Good thing the United States offers opportunities for travelers of all types, with destinations scattered throughout the country. Starting from […] More

  • A Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide

    A Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide

    15 Oct A Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide Posted at 04:44h in Blog by Victoria Brewood Trek to Everest base camp, the base camp of the world’s highest mountain- Everest (8848m) is obviously a trip of a lifetime,  Everest Base Camp Trek sounds like an adventure and yes it is, this trek is physically […] More

  • Episode 100!

    Episode 100

    Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon | RSS | Patreon Transcript Every so often you need to step back and take an assessment of where you’ve been and where you are going. This is the 100th episode of the podcast, so I figured now is a good time to take a […] More

  • Lawsuit by Tech CEO Over Failed Everest Bid Could Be Big Problem for Guides

    Lawsuit by Tech CEO Over Failed Everest Bid Could Be Big Problem for Guides

    The autumn climbing window at Everest is short, unpredictable, and dangerous. It’s rarely summited in autumn, the last successful climb was in 2010. But it can offer the chance to climb a much less crowded peak for those willing to gamble. In late September, 2019, Garrett Madison of Madison Mountaineering led an expedition that included […] More

  • Georgian Chicken in Garlic Sauce • The Blonde Abroad

    Georgian Chicken in Garlic Sauce • The Blonde Abroad

    Melanie Hamilton of Savor & Yore is bringing a delicious garlic-infused dish from Georgia (the country, not the state) to the ‘Recipes Around the World‘ series! Scattered across Georgia’s northwestern highlands is a mountain village heaven known as Racha. The region is famous for its rugged alpine scenery, medieval ruins, gorgeous Orthodox churches, and of course […] More

  • Renaming Offensive Route Names Is Popular, According to Survey

    Renaming Offensive Route Names Is Popular, According to Survey

    In collaboration with outdoor adventure experience site 57Hours, a recent SNEWS survey asked readers just one question: Have you ever encountered a [climbing] route name that you consider to be racist, sexist, discriminatory, or otherwise offensive? 91 percent of the voters responded with “yes, several times.” Only 4 percent answered “no, and I wasn’t aware […] More

  • The Earth’s Most Extreme Places

    The Earth

    Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon | RSS | Patreon Transcript Earth is a big place. Really big. And on it are mountains, deserts, rivers, and swamps.  Some of those points are higher than others, some of the deserts are drier than others, and some of the rivers are longer than […] More

  • Bring On the Emissions-Free Overlanders, Like The New Mercedes EQC 4×4 EV

    Bring On the Emissions-Free Overlanders, Like The New Mercedes EQC 4x4 EV

    For the 2021 model year, Mercedes has introduced the all-electric EQC, an SUV with all-wheel-drive and roughly a 200-mile range. It’s luxurious and expensive and very much a Mercedes. Cool. But what’s attracted our attention is the off-road version of the EQC, the 4×4². It’s basically the EQC, just with twice the ground clearance, off-road […] More

  • Going Over the Falls of Fear

    Going Over the Falls of Fear

    Lots of news out there this week. A river of news, you might say, threatening to knock you out of your boat, pin you to a rock, hold you under. It’s scary out there. But life doesn’t stop, there are adventures to be had, and a little fear isn’t going to get in the way. […] More

  • Night Surfing Should Be Way, Way More Common

    Night Surfing Should Be Way, Way More Common

    I used to night surf often. Growing up in Morro Bay, California, my regular spot was just in front of the local high school, which was right on the beach. In the fall, football games on Friday nights would light up the whitewater enough to add a bit more visibility when paddling out, and illuminate […] More

  • 50 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe

    50 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe

    Lake Tahoe, which sits on the California-Nevada state line, is one of the most popular destinations in the western United States, and with good reason. The massive lake is stunningly beautiful and crystal-clear, the surrounding mountains are a winter sports heaven, and the alpine forests between the two make for a hiker’s paradise. In my […] More

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