Travel Advice

Megan Michelson
Tipping is part of life, but it often feels confusing and stressful. Whether you’re on a river trip, a safari, or taking a ski lesson, we asked all the hard questions to provide these guidelines on how much to give—and how to do it right.

It’s possible to visit the stunning Hawaiian island even if you’re on a budget, especially if you’re willing to get adventurous

This feature from Gaia GPS allows you to search recent satellite images for the best leaf peeping in your area 

When the celebrated singer-songwriter moved to this adventure hub nearly ten years ago, she instantly fell in love with the small-town feel and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Here are her tips for where to hike, grab a meal, and go dancing afterward.

Everything you need to know about how the burning West will affect your summer

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A unique outdoor experience is waiting for you in this epic southern mountain town

Wildlife adventures can do wonders for conservation—but the wrong tours put animals at risk. Here’s how to find a responsible outfitter so your trip can help protect the creatures you’ve come to see.

Tips and products to make your stay in the terminal a whole lot more bearable when your flight gets canceled

Car rental companies have been struggling post-pandemic with a surge in demand and limited supply—but don’t let that stop you from going on the trip you’ve been dreaming about during lockdown

Don’t be afraid of ice climbing. It’s a fun winter skill to pick up, and we’ve got all the intel on how to get started.

Whether you want to explore public or private lands, these maps demonstrate landownership lines for the entire U.S.

Take these steps to ensure you know what you’re getting before clicking the reserve button on that cute mountain cottage or condo by the sea

At trailheads and on city streets, thieves are stealing more gadgets than ever. Here’s my solution for stopping them.

Pursue your favorite activities with color-coded trails in Gaia GPS’s U.S. Forest Service roads and trails layer

Whether you’re on a road trip or backpacking through Europe, download these apps to learn more about the culture, weather, and even history of the places you’re visiting

Sometimes paying for camping is necessary, but Gaia Topo helps you find free alternatives that you won’t find with Google

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When you combine stellar terrain, world-class amenities, and spectacularly uncrowded slopes, you get a mountain experience like no other

Vanlifers share their secrets for fending off the stink (with or without finding a shower)

There’s a lot to know before parking your van or pitching a tent on public lands. Here’s how to do it right.

Here are some foolproof ways to ward off ticks, no-see-ums, mosquitos, and fleas—and to find relief if they get you anyway

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These six scenic byways will bring you across the most beautiful destinations on the East Coast

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All the inspiration and know-how you need to make the most of adventures on the open road

A bevy of mapping apps exist to track and plan trips for different outdoor activities. Here’s the best one for running, cycling, hiking, backpacking, climbing, and skiing.

Crowds, lines, and permits. Here’s how to visit a park this summer without melting down.

Photographer James Barkman has been living in his 1976 VW Westfalia van for seven years. The lessons he’s learned can help you on your long-weekend road trip, too.

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Some of our favorite challenging outings in the heart of Colorado’s high country

Elevate your next ­outdoor sleepover with these genius tricks

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Wild, off-the-beaten-path outings in one of Colorado’s most rugged corners

Fuel up for your next adventure with these deliciously portable bento boxes

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Start by figuring out the kinds of experiences you want to have, not where you want to go

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In the Sunshine State, adventures go far beyond roller coasters and theme parks

We came up with a list of the people, places, and trends that matter now, from the rise of outdoor reservation systems and new mountain-biking meccas to where to thaw out this winter

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The region’s sheer variety of landscapes is sparking an adventure renaissance.

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Full of scenic woodlands and more lakes than you can count, the Midwest is vastly underappreciated as a haven for modern adventure.

These eight titles will keep your wanderlust fired up for when it's safe to travel again

These fun and inspiring ideas will bring the world to the travelers on your list—and help out those working in the travel industry who've been hard hit by the pandemic

This season we may not be able to have a post-ski beer at the lodge, but these decked-out tailgate setups will keep things festive

If you plan to explore the backcountry this winter, these certified mountain guides will keep you safe, refine your skills, and bring you to secret stashes

A collaboration with 'The Dark Divide' on how to recreate safely

Stay warm and get outside more during these colder months with smart gear picks

What you need to know about navigating the ski season to come

Our writer reflects on the uncertain ski season ahead

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Whether you have a few hours or a whole week, here's how to fit outdoor fun into your family's routine

Whether you're planning to head on a rugged adventure, a weekend getaway, or an extended expedition, this gear will get you where you're going

Now is a great time to build out a van, truck, or station wagon for adventurous road trips. We consulted vanlifers Grizel Caminas and Eric Hallworth to break down the steps.

With a little extra planning, it's easy to be self-sufficient and safe when it comes to packing food for a long road trip. Here's how we do it.

For those looking to give vanlife a shot, follow these tips on renting and traveling with the family

When an overworked health care professional and her family needed a break, they decided to hit the highway. Here, she explains how they ­­did it.

How L. Renee Blount, a.k.a. Instagram's @urbanclimbr, blended her passions for climbing, travel, and design into a budding photography career

From going big on snacks to active pit stops, here's everything you need to know before taking a long road trip with the whole family

The ins and outs of keeping Fido safe, comfortable, and happy while on the go

Staying connected and productive on the move can be tough. Here's how to make it easier.

Essential items from five full-time road-trippers

We're always looking for that magic outfit that can be worn for days on the road before you need to clean it. Here are some tried-and-true picks.

The OluKai Pehuea work whether you're on the beach, in town, or on a cruiser bike

Hit the road for a memorable summer road trip with these extra precautions

Vanlife has totally mainstreamed. But if you don't have the finances to own a home on wheels, these companies have you covered.

Booking apps, glamping, and tricked-out Sprinter vans: over the past decade, life under the stars has been upgraded. Here's your up-to-date guide for enjoying the ultimate socially distanced weekend.

Enjoy the natural beauty with the aid of educational resources, knowledgeable rangers, actual bathrooms, catered food, and the infrastructure necessary to make your experience safe and comfortable

With states across the country experimenting with phased reopenings, here's what the rest of the summer could mean for outdoor adventure

What a locked-down Outside travel editor has been making to eat her way around the world during the pandemic

We asked professional photographers for the skills you can practice in your own neighborhood

With the coronavirus bringing global travel to a halt, take this time to pare down your dream destinations to the ones that really matter to you

These kayak, sailboat, and yacht itineraries have all the makings of a post-pandemic remedy: wide-open space and time with friends

From Patagonia to South Africa to Yosemite, visit some of our favorite places on the planet in real time via these live webcams—and start dreaming of where you want to go when we can travel again

If you're going to invest in making your home-office setup more comfortable, get items that will pull double duty once we can all travel again

Sorry, but there's almost no way to do this responsibly and safely right now

What a 4,000-mile expedition with her husband taught Caroline Van Hemert, author of 'The Sun Is a Compass,' about navigating a relationship in close quarters

You don't need to invest in a lot of equipment and expensive photography classes to get high-quality shots. Just use these simple tricks, courtesy of a professional travel photographer.

From outdoor games to travel-inspired activities, there's a world of adventure waiting for young ones right in your backyard

From polar explorer Eric Larsen to rock climber Sasha DiGiulian, here's what adventurers are doing with their downtime

Freitag's 85-liter Zippelin duffel packs down to the size of a shoebox. But is it worth the $980 price tag?

Freitag's 85-liter Zippelin duffel uses innovative materials and packs down to the size of a shoebox. But is it worth the $980 price tag?

Once it's safe to get back out there, you and your pups will be long overdue for an adventure. Here's what you need to keep them comfortable—and you sane—on your next road trip.

Because travel is also a state of mind. Here are the movies, books, podcasts, online courses, and virtual tours to get your wanderlust fix from your couch.

This simple cushion that rescued me on a long-haul flight has become my ultimate work-from-home hack

With the airline industry struggling because of COVID-19, summer, fall, and winter plane fares to adventure destinations are hitting unprecedented lows. Airlines are also offering free change and cancellation fees. Should you hop on these deals now or wait and see? We consulted industry experts to find out—and rounded up some of the best fares out there.

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