Fly Fishing for Beginners: A Guided Trip on the Poudre River

Casting my fly out, knee-deep in the chilly waters of the Poudre River, surrounded by the rugged landscape west of Fort Collins, Colorado I was having a moment of reflection. I wasn’t carving down a mountain in 12″ of fresh powder as I’d dreamed of as a kid, but instead enjoying nature’s serenity as a 40-year old man. As a young adult, I was an avid reader of National Geographic Adventure and recall advertisements for fly fishing. The scenic images of a man in a river appealed to me amidst the magazine’s stories of mountaineering …

Fort Collins Beer and Bike Tour: A Taste of Colorado’s Craft Beer Scene

Entrance to Odell Brewing Co. Fresh from my night alone in a wilderness yurt, I made the scenic two-hour drive east from State Forest State Park to Fort Collins, the craft beer capital of Colorado. The second hour of the drive on Route 14 was fun as the highway swerved through the winding Poudre Canyon, along the Poudre River, where I would be going fly fishing the following day. I checked into a private room at the charming and historical Fernweh Inn & Hostel; a former …

An Epic Street Art and Graffiti Tour in Mexico City

The child to the right is an example of hyperrealism and was painted by a different artist than the other figures Wandering the streets of Buenos Aires’ trendy Palermo Soho district on a graffiti and street art tour was one of the highlights of my six-week stay. I also grew to appreciate graffiti and street art during my three years in Medellin, Colombia. So, it was a pleasant surprise to meet Laura Ainscough, …

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It’s not an understatement to say starting this travel blog 10 years ago changed my life in incredible and unimaginable ways. What began as a way to share my experience planning and embarking on a one-year dream trip around the world turned into a new career, multiple businesses, living abroad in Colombia, and visiting 60+ countries. Along the way, I’ve had the opportunity to work with amazing…

17 Unique Travel Destinations for 2017 and Beyond

Pamukkale (photo: David Lee) Have you already hit up Big Ben? Rolled your eyes at Las Vegas? Admired the backs of people’s heads next to the Mona Lisa at the Louvre? If you’re looking for unique travel destinations, we have 17 unusual suggestions that should make your 2017 travel plans a little more memorable. 1. Cat Islands, Japan The island of Tashirojima, a quick ferry hop off the east coast of Japan, has a small population …

4 Offbeat Things to Do on Australia’s East Coast

Photo: Herald Sun The world is a wondrous place, but when you’ve traveled long and far enough, you try to find more things to do than your typical museum and walking tours. While the Aussie East Coast has some excellent city tours and fine museums, it also has a quirky side where you get to experience some pretty offbeat things. Hang Out With The Cool Kids at Melbourne’s Secret Bars Whether it’s a secret handshake among friends or being in on a surprise proposal, …

RoamingMan 4G Mobile Hotspot: Stay Connected Wherever You Go

Cafe in New Orleans In the 10 years since I began blogging, I’ve experimented with all sorts of approaches to internet connectivity to ensure I can update Go Backpacking and social media from the road. Braving China’s smoky internet cafes, a $1,000 mobile data bill from a week’s worth of roaming charges in Rwanda, and having to buy new SIM cards when arriving in new countries are just a few of the frustrations that spring to mind. That’s why …

Top 10 Things to Consider When Planning an Antarctica Trip

Sea kayaking (photos: Andreas Kambanis) An Antarctic cruise is for the more adventurous traveler. You head to our southern-most continent not because you want to “play tourist” or hit another cruise line port town that is almost the same as any other. You go because you are looking for something unique and clean; a trip you can take pride in. However, what makes an Antarctic expedition so special is also what makes it a little more work than other cruises. Antarctica does not offer tourist amenities, so it pays to make sure …

Trip Cancellation Coverage: A Medical Case for Travel Insurance

It was only supposed to be a pit stop. A warm week in Florida visiting my parents to celebrate my birthday. I began 2015 in Colombia before heading to eastern Europe for the Spring and Summer; next up was Peru. But, concern about breathlessness in Bucharest led me to a doctor’s appointment in the U.S., a…

Revisiting The New York Times Travel Show

Walking down historic Stone Street In early 2010, while visiting New York City, I paid a few dollars and wandered into the New York Times Travel Show, the largest travel trade show in North America. I was curious about what the show had to offer and wanted to use the opportunity to meet some of …

Interview with Amber Young, Travel Videographer

Amber preparing to cliff dive Young travelers heading out to explore the world have more opportunities to work while they travel than many of us thirty-something travelers imagined five to ten years ago. For ambitious women like Amber Young, the chance to combine travel and work can be a dream come true…

Introducing FLYTE, a Non-Profit to Encourage Student Travel

Growing up, it was my parents who introduced me to travel through trips to Disney World, Arizona, Mexico, Hawaii (my personal favorite), and England. Heck, I even have a few fond memories of our driving tour of Pennsylvania Dutch Country! But, for many American families, travel, even budget travel, is considered a luxury they can’t afford. And as I learned at last December’s White House Global Summit for Study Abroad, surprisingly few American students either choose to take advantage of or can …

Bursa Icons: The Grand Mosque and Green Tomb

Entrance to Ulucami in Bursa When my time with Turkish Airlines drew to a close, after having explored Istanbul, Ephesus, and Pamukkale together, it was time to strike off on my own. I paid $8.50 for a ferry ticket from Istanbul to Bursa, a city a few hours south of Istanbul which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site last year: “This property is a serial nomination of eight component sites in the City of…

Pamukkale: Turkey’s Cotton Castle

View from the top of Pamukkale Sneakers and socks removed, I gingerly stepped onto the path with running water which led down the face of Pamukkale (“cotton castle”) in Turkish. My eyes were convinced the ground would be slippery, however, I quickly realized it was only an illusion. Far from hard and slick, it…