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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.

Andy discusses what the term "Third World" means, and what it is like to travel in these countries.
Andy recounts his experience on the Rio (river) Gallegos in Argentina, including some typical foods.
Made famous by history, and travel agents trying to sell a tour. Travelers will nonchalantly say words like Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, Usuahia, Torres de Paino, and Cape Horn. They have a nice sound to them, but is it worth the trip?
Hannu is a 32-year-old Swedish male who has been on the road since April 1998. He has visited the Middle East, Africa and now South Asia, and then the rest of the world. Currently, he is backpacking Asia and teaching English as a second language. Watch for updates on Hannu's whereabouts, thoughts and experiences.
Follow Marty's classic, gap year adventure around the world. Marty hails from Australia and you'll find his journals funny, charismatic and insightful.
Rio, an exotic mix of cultures from all over the world, people wanting to love, and play, and enjoy the sun, and hoping for something strange to happen in their life.
This Mount Everest adventure story is one of our first real-time adventures back in 2000 broadcast via satellite phone. Doug reports six people die on Everest.
This is the story of one woman, and how her real education began the moment she set out to travel the world.
Follow the adventures of Linda and Mike. They are on an 18 month trip. They’ve been through Central and South America, New Zealand are now in Australia and heading for Southeast Asia.
Traveling around the world for tens years after college left her with an enormous craving for more adventure. “Once you start it’s hard to stop,” Janine explains.
Cheryl Friedman can’t hold the same job for more than three years. This isn’t because she’s irresponsible, or untalented, it’s because she can’t let three years go by without taking a long trip.