Hiking and Backpacking

Hiking is a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. Hiking and walking are the preferred terms, in Canada and the United States. In the United Kingdom, the word “walking” is used to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or backpacking in the Alps. Rambling is an old-fashioned term, and hillwalking, and fell walking are more obscure. The term bushwalking is endemic to Australia. In New Zealand, a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping. Hiking is a popular activity with numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest that all forms of walking have health benefits. And long soul-searching journeys on foot are often called a pilgrimage. And if you bring a backpack, you’re called a backpacker.

Rim Trail, Grand Canyon Village, United States
Guest Adventures

How my teacher helped me live my life

By Cindy Trillo Location: The Grand Canyon I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, the second-largest population center in the state. It can be tempting to think your home is boring or pedestrian, and for a long time, I did – I grew up in a suburb, went to school in a typical district with a

Napali Coast by boat
Guest Adventures

48 hours in Kauai

Our adventure, Mark Loftin, books a last-minute, solo trip to Kauai, Hawaii, and avoids looking at pictures so the 550 square miles will be a surprise.

A gondola in the canals of Venice, Italy.
Guest Adventures

Explore Venice the City of Water

The Digital Nomad Part 2 I’m Jacob Laukaitis, a 21–year-old digital nomad who’s already been to more than 35 countries in the last almost 3 years. I enjoy making travel videos and sharing them with the world. Here’s my newest one from my trip to Venice. Before coming to Venice, I’ve heard varied opinions about

Tom Allen and Leon McCarron walk heroically again through the mountains of Iran
Guest Adventures

Karun River, Iran. From Source to Sea.

We’ve heard a lot of great things about traveling Iran — history, hospitality, cuisine — and Tom Allen’s unique journey traveling the Karun River from source to sea proves that and more. Be sure to watch the trailer to his film below, a successful Kickstarter project and “Official selection of the Kendal Mountain Festival 2015.

Schmidt Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail Mojave Desert
Guest Adventures

Reflections on a Self-Propelled Summer

With winter weather the current reality it is a natural time to reflect on the past summer and it’s warmth. My past summer was spent walking across the US on the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2660-mile footpath from Mexico to Canada.

First (known) man to walk down the Amazon

Congratulations to Ed Stafford who just finished his epic 2-year walk down the Amazon River. Which Sir Ranulph Fiennes says is “in the top league of expeditions past and present.”

2008 Traveler of the year

This guy makes me super jealous. I mean I can actually feel my skin burn, and get a little angry that he got so “lucky” to attract the media’s attention and go super nova. But then again I could call this same feeling inspiration.

Andy Graham Hobo Traveler
Guest Adventures

Hobo Traveler: Third World Travel

Location: Ecuador I am in Ecuador. Where a USA dollars buys twice as much, and a room cost 3 dollars and 50 cents. I think the basis for long term travel could be separated into 2 categories. Underdeveloped Nations Travel Developed Nation Travel Some people use the term “Third World Travel”, but my research compels

Andy Graham Hobo Traveler
Guest Adventures

Hobo Traveler: Rio Gallegos

Location: Rio GallegosElevation: 767 feet ASL (Above Sea Level)Latitude: 41 degrees northLongitude: 85 degrees west Sorry… No pictures (my Sony Digital camera broke, and I am hobo poor) A city located in the south of Argentina.  Rio means river in Spanish, and the city is located on a river. Go figure. This is a very

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