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If receiving a post-trip mobile phone bill has you practicing newly learned swear words in foreign languages, here are a few tips for keeping your bill out of the cuss-worthy category:  Sign up for a global plan with your current provider. Most carriers offer plans for international…

Although travelers might be drawn to Puerto Rico for its beaches and nightlife, the island’s outdoor recreation opportunities outshine its other attractions. Rainforest Adventures El Yunque National Forest’s status as the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest system earns it the top spot on most…

If packing for a trip means throwing a pair of running shoes and some clean underwear in a suitcase, meet sightrunning: destination sightseeing via group runs. Athletes with an indie streak can build their own routes around a city’s attractions, but a growing number are joining preplanned outings that allow…

Budget-friendly prices, and the freedom and comfort of staying at a home-away-from-home have made vacation rentals popular alternatives to hotels. Property owners list their homes on sites such as Home Away and the associated VacationRentals.com, VRBO, and Flipkey, the latter of which is…

For American Olympic fans, biathlon is overshadowed by blockbuster sports, such as alpine skiing and snowboarding. But biathletes are just as badass as the downhillers—these cross-country skiers race to average heart rates of 175 bpm, then fire five precision shots in as few as seven seconds,…

If you have Olympic yearnings, be advised that the luge is within reach for amateurs. But, despite a low bar of difficulty to begin sliding, it might take years to master the sport. Jon Owen, Western Regional Program director for the United States Luge Association, says it takes about eight…

A longtime favorite of the X Games, slopestyle joined the Olympic ranks at Sochi this year. Freewheeling American snowboarders Jamie Anderson and Sage Kotsenburg won gold over the weekend, and strong competitors on the skiing side taking to the course this week (watch the women’s…

The days of waiting for Old Yellows to appear are gone, replaced by smartphone apps that make catching a ride only a few taps away. With TaxiMagic, travelers can book a ride with a nearby taxi or schedule a pick up. Then, track the taxi’s progress (no…

Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia have the biggest mountains among the 14 states on the Appalachian Trail. The southern portion of the Appalachian Trail. Although the promise of southern temps might draw spring break hikers to Georgia, sleet and snow are common here in March. Georgia is better hiked in…

The Mid-Atlantic section of the Appalachian Trail includes New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Surprisingly, this portion is known for the hottest weather—even more so than the southern section of the trail—due to lower elevations. The Mid-Atlantic portion of the Appalachian Trail. The Virginia section of the Appalachian…

The Appalachian Trail is one of 11 National Scenic Trails and—along with the Continental Divide and Pacific Crest trails—one of three popular, near-border-to-border treks in the U.S. The New England portion of the Appalachian Trail. Through-hikers on the AT have a roughly 2,180-mile journey in front of them. However, the…

Francis Sheil, lead chef at the Palmer Station in Antarctica, has spent a total of 62 months of “ice time” and two complete (nine-month) winter seasons at the South Pole. Sheil has plenty of advice for cold-weather cooks, even if they don’t encounter Antarctic conditions as he…

Here are five choices worth traveling for: Eat and drink in a Mexican cave at Alux Bar and Lounge. At approximately 6,000 years old, the Sunland “Big Baobab” is the widest of its species. The inside of the tree is cavernous and contains the world-famous Baobab Tree Bar. Tip…

Called the purest form of climbing, deep-water soloing (DWS) is free rock climbing practiced on sea cliffs, lakeside ledges, or climbing walls above pools. In deep-water soloing, water serves as the safety net. In deep-water soloing, water is your safety net. “It’s an exciting type of climbing; usually you can’t…

Skate skiing is classic cross-country’s edgier cousin—literally. Propulsion comes from pushing off the edge of the ski with a duck-footed stance, similar to how speed ice skaters drive off their blade edges. Couple that with gliding on the flat of the ski and thrusting with chin-to-toe poles, and skate skiers…

Kloofing is the South African version of canyoneering. The term comes from the Afrikaans (Middle Dutch) term “kloof,” meaning “a steep-sided, wooded ravine or valley.” Thought to have developed in the 1920s, kloofing is the art of following gorges—and the rivers that flow through them—by walking, swimming, floating, jumping, bouldering,…

Who wouldn’t want to eat a fresh lemon while hiking the trails in Cinque Terre, Italy? Or a jackfruit growing in the courtyard of a wat in Thailand? Unfortunately, the skin of fresh fruits and veggies are breeding grounds for microbes—some of which can cause disease. If you’re traveling where…

Cliff diving traces its roots to Hawaii, where, in the 1760s, King Kahekili initiated his warriors with the tactic, thus proving their loyalty and bravery. Cliff diving is now a sanctioned sport under the World High Diving Federation (WHDF), but no measure of officiousness can take away its homespun daredevil…

There are few species more in need of a helping hand than the sea turtle: All seven species are on threatened or endangered lists. And thanks to the turtles’ penchant for secluded, sandy beaches, altruists planning volunteer trips have exotic vacations in store—bonus! Most volunteer work involves working at a…

Recommending multi-day hikes in Hawaii is a bit of a challenge—the islands just aren’t big enough to for many long distance treks. Kalulau Trail sign. But the hike that best fits your wish list is the Kalalau Trail through the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park on Kauai.

The all-mighty budget is a hurdle for many travelers. Couchsurfing (CS), an online network where travelers exchange free lodging, allows you to leap this obstacle. But couch surfing isn’t just about getting a free place to stay; it’s about fostering connections among a community of, now, seven million…

I want to ride an elephant, but I also want to ensure the animals are cared for well. Where should I go?

I want access to prime powder outside the resort but don’t want to hike in for ski-touring. How do I find the right heli-skiing guide?

I want to come home with both my devices and my identity in tact.

A friend and I are planning to hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail next summer. We'll have a week; what are the best sections for a trip like this?

Where's the best place for a novice to learn? How do I select an outfitter?

I'll be in Banff, Alberta, from October to December. What shouldn't I miss?

I want to take lots of photos during my holiday adventures. What do I need to know before hitting the road?

Side effects ranging from nausea to hallucinations make some travelers question whether they should take preventative medicine for the mosquito-born parasitic disease.

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