Our campsite in the Namibian desert. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods. There is rapture on the lonely shore. There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar. I love not man the less, but Nature more.”
–Lord Byron

An immersion in nature is a gift to the soul.  Enjoy the outdoors with a backpacking or camping trip and allow nature to be your teacher.  But embark on your journey a prepared adventurer.Whether a first time or seasoned backpacker or camper, it is important to know about the best destinations, gear, hiking trails and travel tips.   What should you pack?  What are the best weigh limits for your gear? What equipment has received the best reviews?  What do you need for mountain trails vs beach trails vs forest trails?Find some of the best practices, equipment reviews and tips here for backpacking and camping.


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Ellijay, Georgia: Extraordinarily out of the Ordinary

By Kathleen Walls

Set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Ellijay, a city in Gilmer County Georgia, is very different from the urbanized America that most visitors picture.   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping History
Winter Camping Log Cabin photo by Nikki Gillingham

Don’t Let a Socially-Distanced Winter Keep You Inside: Camping at Dee Lake Wilderness Resort

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Winter camping, even in relatively mild temperatures, isn’t something to take lightly. It requires planning, preparation, and a bit of spirit to get you through the evening!   Read more

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Go With the Flow: Life Lessons From Backpacking to the Pandemic

By Natasha Tucker

Some of you may ask why I chose Guatemala — especially if you’re like my parents whose idea of adventure is an all-inclusive trip to Cuba.   Read more

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Top Tips for Campervan Travel (AKA #Vanlife)

By Tara Tadlock

As country borders remain closed and travel restrictions show very few signs of lifting, many people are turning to domestic travel alternatives. Instead of flying to far-flung places, tourists are taking to campervan travel. While campervanning is nothing new to tourists in destinations like New Zealand or Australia, there has … Read more   Read more

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Canoe Camping. Photo: Nikki Gillingham

Canoe Camping: Tips to Survive The Ultimate Physically-Distanced Adventure

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If you haven’t tried canoe camping yet and are on the hunt for new physically-distanced activities, you may want to find a spot for it on your list of things to try before winter officially arrives.   Read more

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Backpacking Through India

By Brita Penfold

A few years back, I had the opportunity to travel to India to go to my good friend’s wedding. It was a chance to get a glimpse of the culture that I just couldn’t pass up.   Read more

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NY Ruins in Franny Reese State Park. Photo: Terri Marshall

Discovering My Home State Treasures

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Having lived in New York City for the past 13 years, I’ve fallen in love with my new city. The bright lights of Broadway, innumerable restaurants, museums of every variety, my favorite Irish pub, and the gym where I work off my indulgences are all just a subway ride away. … Read more   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping
Laguna de los Tres, El Chalten. Photo: Devon Older

Path through Patagonia without a tent

By Devon Older

Patagonia is the southern region of South America, covering a large part of the continent’s tip, straddling both Argentina and Chile. Like the rest of the continent, Patagonia is filled with breathtaking views, delicious food, and abundant wildlife. However, due to its growing popularity, it is the most expensive part … Read more   Read more

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What to do about Racism and Bigotry as Travelers of Conscience and Culture

By Ian Fitzpatrick

With everything taking place in the world from the coronavirus pandemic, global recession, and America’s racial reckoning, even a brief escape from these problems can be an elixir for the body, mind, spirit, and soul.   Read more

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Adopt a Backpacker: Seeking Refuge During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Ann-Marie Cahill

For many long-term backpackers, it has been a new adventure in survival and endurance as their usual fallback job opportunities have also been affected by the shut-down.   Read more

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Big Sur photo by Torrance McCartney

Silence in Big Sur, silence in between

By Torrance McCartney

As I write this, the majority of the world is in isolation; the pandemic of COVID-19 has forced us indoors and away from each other.   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping
Author Derek Cullen along the Pacific Coast Trail

How Spending Time Alone on the Pacific Crest Trail Changed My Life

By Derek Cullen

I recently spent five months hiking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. It was an incredible backpacking trip through stunning deserts, mountains, and forests but also a journey of self-discovery. At the same time, my trips were now motivated by self-growth rather than deficiency. That is to … Read more   Read more

North America Backpacking & Camping Off the Beaten Path
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Russian Begpackers Caught in Cambodia

A Russian family was recently cautioned by police in Cambodia after being caught begging in the town of Battambang, raising the issue of the growing trend of begpacking and the effect it has on the countries where people practice it. Traveling can be expensive and it’s not unusual for people … Read more   Read more

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The East Coast Trail: How far are you willing to go?

By Derek Cullen

Lesser known and far less populated than the long distance trail in British Columbia, the East Coast Trail stretches for more than 300 kilometers from Cappahayden in the south to Cape   Read more

North America Backpacking & Camping Off the Beaten Path
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Hello Kitty Could Be Your New Glamping Partner

In the past four decades of its existence, Hello Kitty has grown in popularity emerging as a global marketing phenomenon that ranks close to $7bn a year. The product was coined and brought into existence by the Japanese company Sanrio, the white bobtail kitty has been etched onto almost every … Read more   Read more

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