The Importance of Heat Awareness And Sun Care On Your Gap Year.

Most travellers enjoy the sun and the heat on their gap years – and they should – but too much sun and heat do have health risks that need to be carefully managed. It is important that all travellers understand the risks of being in the sun, hydrate well, stay cool and take the right sun care precautions before the sun and the heat have a …

The 23rd Annual Blue Ridge Burn

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine is proud to present the 23rd Annual Blue Ridge Burn on Saturday, October 6, 2018! It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate the changing of the seasons by hitting the trails for the annual Blue Ridge Burn trail run. This race is part of a host of events taking place at this year’s Festy Experience. The course for this 5k/10k trail run will…

50 Fascinating Facts About the Dhole (a.k.a. Indian Wild Dog)

When people think of endangered animals, it’s usually the charismatic megafauna that first comes to mind. Folks envision lions and tigers and bears (oh my!). We think of massive herbivores such as elephants and rhinos, or marine mammals such as whales and whale sharks. Of course, many of us may also picture cute animals. People love the more charismatic side of the endangered species group, such as penguins and pandas, …

How to Survive Oktoberfest

Updated: 9/10/2018 | September 10th, 2018 “How many days are you at the Wiesn (Oktoberfest) for?” the German girl wearing her Bavarian dirndl across the table asked me. “We’re here for five days,” I replied, putting down my umpteenth stein of beer. Her face became a mix of shock, disbelief, and horror. “Five days! That is crazy! You’re a bit insane, huh?” she said. “You only need one day for the Weisen. I hope you survive.” And she was right. My friends and I were a bit insane to think five days…

5 Things to Know Before Visiting Cornwall

Bedruthen Steps in Cornwall (photo: Ed Webster) Cornwall has been a popular holiday destination for people across the UK for generations. From families looking for a seaside holiday with the kids, to couples after a romantic retreat, Cornwall has plenty to offer for every type of trip. The fantastic beaches on both the north and south coasts, picturesque towns and villages, …

How To Travel The World And Still Get A Degree At The Same Time.

Too many people struggle with the life decision of what to do after college, whether to go to university or take a gap year. It is important to remember that there is no right or wrong decision, but if you really can’t decide then there are ways you can have the best of both worlds, take a gap year and get a degree at the same time! Here’s how. Deciding what to do for the next few years of your life after college …

Live Outside and Play Fall Festivals and Events

It’s hard to believe September is almost half over. We’re counting down the days until summer finally fades into fall. It’s been a hot one… The days are getting shorter but the leaves haven’t quite started to change yet. With that being said, we’re looking forward to cooler days and some really great events. Here is a rundown of where we’ll be this fall. Gauley Fest September 13th through…

40 Best Backpacks for Travelers

As responsible travelers who travel light and never check our bags (unless the airline forces us to), carryon luggage is essential for transporting our gear. The value of a good rolling bag can never be overstated, but having a great backpack is arguably even more important. Think about it: Your carryon roller takes a leading role in getting your gear to your destination. But your backpack plays a major supporting role. We use our packs for storing things like snacks…

World Nomads Travel Insurance Review: What’s Included & What’s Not

Updated: 9/11/18 | September 11th, 2018 For as long as I’ve been traveling the world, I’ve used World Nomads as my travel insurance provider. Though I’ve written about travel insurance in the past, I’ve never properly reviewed World Nomads as a company. So without further ado here is a review of World Nomad’s Travel Insurance. Who are World Nomads? World Nomads is a travel insurance company based in…

Summer in Austin: Staying Cool with Columbia Sportswear

Thank you, Columbia for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Columbia, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.  Mid-day walks around Ladybird Lake One of my greatest pleasures since moving to downtown Austin, Texas in 2016 are my walks around Ladybird Lake. The hike and bike trail encircling the lake (technically a tributary of the Colorado River) is well-used…

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting The Pyramids Of Giza In Egypt.

The great Pyramids of Egypt, the last remaining ancient wonder of the world and one of histories greatest tourist attractions. Learn everything you need to know to travel to Egypt and visit the Giza plateau with this ultimate guide to the Pyramids of Giza. The Pyramids of Giza are on most travellers bucket lists, and it really isn’t difficult to see …

Review of System76 Oryx Pro Linux Laptop

I switched from MacOS to Linux about two months ago. The transition wasn’t a big deal as I was already familiar with the Linux environment through web development. There’s been a bit of a learning curve and adjusting to new applications but overall I’m happy with my decision. I’ll have a separate article on the applications I use and what the transition was like for me. My initial impression of System76 and Pop!_OS …

Biking in Virginia’s Heart of Appalachia

The Heart of Appalachia region, located in the mountains of Virginia at the western corner of the state, offers a variety of mountain biking trails and backroads perfect for road trips. These biking opportunities provide low valley roads through valley farms, rolling hills and historic places. The new Spearhead Trails System are now open for Mountain…

75 Christmas Traditions Around the World (with Fun Christmas Facts)

It’s no secret among friends and family that we’re nuts for Christmas traditions, decorating our house from wall to wall and immersing ourselves in local holiday celebrations. In fact, it’s the one time of year that we simply refuse to travel. But even we didn’t know much about how Christmas is celebrated around the world until we began researching this story…