Natural Or Chemical Mosquito Repellents. Which Is Best For Travellers?

With so many travellers at risk of mosquito borne diseases on their gap years, using a mosquito repellent seems like a no brainer, but which is best? Natural or Chemical? The answer may surprise you.  The debate on whether travellers should use a chemical mosquito repellent on their gap year or a natural mosquito repellent alternative has been raging for years now. Many travellers swear by DEET and…

How To: Folly Beach, South Carolina

The Road Team has made it to the “Edge of America,” Folly Beach, South Carolina. While we may be far from the Blue Ridge Mountains, we like to celebrate the entire state that the Blue Ridges run through. There is still plenty of adventure to be had on the beach!Starting out as the home of the Bohicket Tribe, settlers became interested in “The People’s Beach.” Nine families moved here, followed by many more and Folly Beach came to be the quirky, bright, little beach town we know…

Permaculture Design Principles (12 Steps to a More Productive Garden)

A permaculture garden differs from other modern farming techniques because its focus is on more than merely growing food. Permaculture practitioners seek to find balances between the give and take of nature– animals included– and the needs of humanity. From sustainable homes and renewable energy sources to food forests, the permaculture movement is about much more than gardening. However, creating your own permaculture garden is not a bad way to start yourself down the road to sustainable living. It was how my wife Emma and I began our journey, and how we like to introduce and share the practice with …

How to Spend a Week in Vienna

Vienna. Home to schnitzel, Freud, Mozart, the Hapsburgs, opera, art, coffeeshops, and so much more. Over the decade I have been coming in and out of this city, I’ve watched it change from a stiff capital city to a cool, hip, foodie, and arty paradise. Ok, it’s always been an arty paradise and maybe the “stiff capital” was just my incorrect first impression. See, when I first visited Vienna, I wasn’t a fan. It felt too stiff. Too proper. It had the air of a city too long steeped in imperial …

Top-Rated Tourist Destinations in the USA

Chautaugua Meadow – Boulder, Colorado (photo: Jeff Turner) The United States is a country of diverse landscapes, and while relatively young as a nation, full of historical attractions. If you live outside the USA and are thinking of visiting on your next vacation, there’s plenty of places to choose from. The large cities…

The Ultimate Travellers Guide To Malaria And Antimalarials.

Malaria is a potentially fatal tropical disease spread by mosquitoes that is still largely misunderstood by many travellers. This ultimate guide is here to give all backpackers all the information they need to protect themselves against malaria on their gap year and understand the importance of antimalarials. Malaria is an potentially …

Getting There Is Half The Fun: Must Do Hikes In Our National Parks

We live in one of the most photogenic regions of North America, probably the world. Photographers travel here to shoot from all over. They are born here, raised here, and fall in love with taking pictures here. They spend hours climbing thousands of feet in elevation to capture sunsets. They camp …

My Stupid Mistake While Hiking Corcovado National Park (Costa Rica)

My Stupid Mistake While Hiking Corcovado National Park (Costa Rica) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Located on Costa Rica‘s remote Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park has been referred to by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity.” At 164 square miles, it’s the largest national park in Costa Rica, the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline, and one of the few remaining large areas of lowland …

TravelCon Updates: Speakers, Sponsors, and More!

Hey everyone! I’m super-duper excited about TravelCon, our upcoming conference to teach people how to build sustainable careers in the travel industry. It’s going to be the biggest — and best — travel media event of the year! I have some exciting updates: 1. We’re sold out! I had to increase the number of tickets to 600, but we are now at our max capacity. I think it’s incredible that it took…

Adventure High: Schools that are revolutionizing outdoor education

In recent years, the experiential education movement has surged in popularity. We looked to our literal backyards of Charlottesville, Va., and Asheville, N.C., to see how the movement is providing more outdoor opportunities for middle and high schoolers and what that’s doing for the next generation of leaders. Pulling into the Miller School of…

Top 20 Things To Do In Jamaica for Nature Lovers (Ecotourism Guide)

Top 20 Things To Do In Jamaica for Nature Lovers (Ecotourism Guide) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. When talking about the most beautiful islands in the world, everyone has their favorite. Personally, I’m in love with Jamaica, which was one of the first travel destinations I ever visited. I love Bob Marley and lots of other Jamaican music, and had several Jamaican friends when I lived in London. Before I visited, I thought the island was all about the rich culture …

My 7 Reasons to Visit Iceland

Iceland. It’s a land of sheep, the northern lights, volcanoes with unpronounceable names (try saying Eyjafjallajökull), majestic waterfalls, craggy mountains, and otherworldly landscapes. To me, it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. How can such a tiny island have such a diverse and beautiful terrain? It changes every few feet — from verdant fields, snowy mountains, and brilliant glaciers to looking like Mars. It never ceases to amaze me. I had high expectations when I first visited. I’d seen movies …

Festival Recap: Tom Tom Founders Festival 2018

Charlottesvillians unite! We’ve finally made it to home base #1 for the 2018 season. We’ve spent the last few days sorting, packing, unpacking, and then repacking gear for the tour. We’ve been working on the van a lot too. Roxy finished our backsplash while I organized our gear drawers and made sure that we have all of the toys that we might want this spring. We also had the pleasure of taking …

40 Amazing Costa Rican Animals (Photo Essay)

40 Amazing Costa Rican Animals (Photo Essay) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. The other day, during a conversation about the places we’ve traveled to and would never re-visit, we were flabbergasted when a friend suggested that Costa Rica had nothing further to offer her. We’ve explored ecotourism in Costa Rica three …