Why All Backpackers Should Travel To Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is an independent backpackers dream. Cheap, fascinating and full of adventure, it is a perfect backpacking destination for any gap year traveller. But so few backpackers visit this amazing country despite an embarrassment of cultural, historical, geological and natural riches for them to explore. Here is why all travellers should be adding Ethiopia to their bucket lists.  No longer held back by the past it is so often defined by, Ethiopia is…

Festival Recap: Gunnison River Festival 2018

The water might be temporarily low, but the stoke is always high in the Colorado whitewater community. The 15th annual Gunnison River Festival was a gathering of the tribe. Self-described river rats and whitewater lovers gathered on the banks of the Gunnison River to soak up the sun, meet new friends, and enjoy all of the classic whitewater events…

7 Cheap Ways to Travel Across Europe

Updated: 6/26/18 | June 26th, 2018 Traveling around Europe can be fairly expensive. Airline tickets, high-speed trains, overnight trains, ferries – they can all eat into your limited and precious travel budget. I mean you came to spend money on delicious food and wine, not transportation! However, there are a few recent trends that have helped travelers get around …

How Anthony Bourdain Inspired Me to Eat More Adventurously

Last Friday morning I awoke to the tragic news that Anthony Bourdain, one of my personal hero’s, had taken his life at a hotel in France. He was 61. Bourdain was there shooting an episode for his CNN series, Parts Unknown, with best friend and French chef Eric Ripert of New York’s famed Le Bernardin. Ironically, it was while checking my foodie friend Mark Wiens’ Instagram account that I first caught wind…

Indiana Mike And The Hapless Wandering For The Lost Ark.

A decade long quest across three countries on the trail of one of archaeology’s greatest treasures finally came to a conclusion in a small town in Ethiopia, where the search for the lost Ark of the Covenant led to an adventure of self discovery far greater than anything ever found by Indiana Jones himself.  I have held a fascination with history and archaeology ever since my dad sat me in front of an Indiana Jones film when I was a child and was probably glad that for the first time in forever I finally shut up and gave him…

Gear On The Go: June 2018 | Live Outside And Play

The Road Team has returned to Colorado with a bang! Last month we pointed the van west and couldn’t be happier to reunite with dry air, freezing snow-melt streams, and familiar faces. It’s been a dry spring, and mud season was rather short this year. We’ve been doing rain dances and hiking the high alpine trails we wouldn’t normally be able to. Our fingers are crossed that the …

Now Hiring: Virtual Assistant

Laguna Apoyo – Nicaragua Go Backpacking is looking for a Virtual Assistant (VA) to help with the day-to-day activities required to help grow the business. Our most significant demographic is US readers (and I, Dave, am based in Austin, TX) therefore I’d prefer candidates who are based in North or South America for the majority of the year. This is a part-time, contract position with the potential for growth in both responsibilities and compensation. Responsibilities This role’s primary purpose is to provide …

Top 5 Tips For Beating Culture Shock.

Culture shock is something most backpackers and travellers will deal with at some point, but if not recognized and dealt with properly it can really ruin your trip, or at the extreme even lead to some serious mental health problems. So how can backpackers deal with and beat culture shock on their gap year? The trick to beating culture shock is recognising when…

Fallout 76: Real Life West Virginia Locations in the Apocalypse

The largest and most anticipated chapter in the Fallout video game series takes place in West Virginia, featuring real-world locations. I know, we’re talking about video games on Blue Ridge Outdoors. It’s definitely not our bread-and-butter. We preach #gooutsideandplay, not #stayinsideandplayvideogames, but when a series like Fallout bases their largest and most anticipated game of the franchise in West Virginia, we…

How to Stop Making Excuses When it Comes to Travel (or Anything in Life)

Note: Six months ago, I read Ramit’s “Manifesto for 2018” and got inspired. I ended up cranking this out. Remember New Year’s? When you were going to lose weight, drink less, read more, save more, cook more, and maybe ride a unicorn (hey, anything is possible!)? But deep down you — and I — knew you probably wouldn’t. Time would pass, your excitement would fade, and you’d come up with a plethora of excuses for why you couldn’t stick to your goal: “It’s too cold to walk to the gym.” “It’s John’s birthday…

How to Promote Your Favorite Travel Spots

The world is full of incredible destinations that offer a diverse range of experiences for travelers. It’s inevitable, therefore, that you would have spots that you would consider your favorite. If those spots are not as well-known as you might like and want to give them some exposure, there are ways for you …

How To Plan A Trip To Komodo Island, Indonesia.

Travelling to Komodo National Park to see the legendary Komodo Dragons up close and in their natural habitat is the ultimate bucket list adventure on many backpackers gap year itineraries, but how exactly do you do it? How do you get to Komodo Island? Where do you stay? This article will help you plan your trip to Komodo Island and the surrounding area. Komodo National Park…

Different Strokes: Bellyak founder Adam Masters picks his go-to gear

Adam Masters was born into kayaking. His father, Bill Masters, founded Perception Kayaks in the ‘70s and had a large hand in taking the sport mainstream thanks to Perception’s affordable plastic boats. Adam has been kayaking all his life, but in the last several years, he’s made his own contribution to the world of paddlesports by developing the Bellyak, a kayak you paddle while lying down. “I got into hand paddling in 2004 and loved the connection with the river,” Adam says. “I wondered what it would be like to lay on top of my kayak and…

How Much Does it Cost to Travel Western Europe?

Europe is not a monolithic place, and prices vary greatly depending on how far north, east, south or west your travel. Europe covers a huge area of the world with multiple visa zones and multiple currencies. For 20 euros, you can get a private room in Greece. For that same price in Paris, you may get a 16 person dorm room. You can eat for a few euros in Spain or Hungary, but a sit-down meal in Italy will cost around 15 euros, and triple that in …