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.


Acadia National Park

Exploring Acadia National Park

By JenLyn Fitz

Acadia National Park is one of the fifty-eight National Parks in the United States and it is in the state of Maine.  The park’s original   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping Family Travel History
Traveling with portable generator

Why Do You Need A Portable Generator For Your Next Trip?

Going on an off-grid trip, such as camping, can be both an exciting and stressful experience. Among other things, you must consider food, safety, and entertainment. Another stressful aspect of such trips is the power supply, as you must keep your devices and appliances running. It’s where a portable generator … Read more   Read more

Backpacking & Camping Health & Wellness Safety

A First-Timer’s Guide To Winter Camping

Winter is a great time to get out of the city and into the wilderness. If you’ve never been on a winter camping trip before, this guide will help you prepare for your first one so that you can have a safe and enjoyable experience.  Follow these basic tips to … Read more   Read more

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
KOA Campsite

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

United States Backpacking & Camping Insights Social Responsibility
Peru overlooking Machu Picchu in appreciation of our planet

Best Backpacking Trails with Amazing Sceneries

From narrow canyons to rocky mountains, the Earth is a wonderful place to live on. Travelers enjoy being connected with nature while witnessing unique flora and fauna along the way. Mesmerizing waterfalls and movie-like ice fields add value to any trip inside our beautiful planet. Below, we have a list … Read more   Read more

The World Backpacking & Camping Nature & Outdoors
Backpacker facing a mountain in Asia

An Adventurous Backpacking Route Through Southeast Asia

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The Southeast Asian region, particularly Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos has become increasingly popular among adventure backpackers. Travelers visiting the region, however, are frequently faced with a dilemma: which path to take.   Read more

Asia Adventure Backpacking & Camping
Photo of Carters Lake in Ellijay by Kathleen Walls

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

By Nikki Gillingham

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

Canada Backpacking & Camping Nature & Outdoors
guatemala

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

Central and South America Backpacking & Camping Experiences
motorhome

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

The World Backpacking & Camping Budget Travel
Canoe Camping. Photo: Nikki Gillingham

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

By Nikki Gillingham

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

The World Backpacking & Camping Insights
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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

India Backpacking & Camping
NY Ruins in Franny Reese State Park. Photo: Terri Marshall

Discovering My Home State Treasures

By Terri Marshall

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

Central and South America Adventure Backpacking & Camping