Interesting Facts about Taxis in Paris

Avenue de Villiers – Paris (photo: Francisco Anzola) Beyond their rivalry and its effects on customers, how much do you know about the taxis in Paris? Do you know how they work, their rights and duties, troubles and jargon? Here are some interesting facts about Paris taxis and their drivers. A very masculine profession 93 percent of Paris taxi drivers are men. More men work as…

Top 10 Gap Year Myths Debunked!

Anyone who is everyone thinks they know what it is really like to take a gap year, and the stereotypes pushed by the media and the expectations that so many people put on going backpacking around the world sometimes couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are the top 10 myths of taking a gap…

Appalachia’s $84 Billion Secret

China and the U.S. are planning a massive petrochemical hub in West Virginia. The biggest energy project you’ve never heard of commonly goes by the acronym ASTH—the Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub. This massive petrochemical hub in West Virginia and Pennsylvania would be the largest infrastructure in the region’s history, consisting of hundreds of miles of pipelines, fracked gas processing facilities, and underground…

Biking the Mekong Delta in Vietnam

I met Matt and Kat in Ninh Binh in northern Vietnam. They were a British couple cycling across Southeast Asia for six months. Being the only people in our guesthouse, we spent a couple evenings eating, drinking beer, and talking. We became friends out of necessity, less for them because they…

5 Tips to Ensure You Book the Cheapest Flights

Jetting off on vacation is one of the most exciting things we look forward to in life. It’s also one of the most costly. It can often be a battle against luck when it comes to booking flights. There are so many things to factor in when it comes to calculating the price, whether it be school holidays or significant events taking place. Prices can fluctuate drastically, so how do you get the best deal? We take a look at the simple steps you can take to make sure you get the best deal when…

How To Travel Overland From Singapore To Malaysia.

Flying between Singapore and Malaysia is cheap and easy, but getting to Malaysia from Singapore overland is a great alternative way to slow travel and backpack your way across south east Asia and take in more of the countries you are visiting as well. Here is the perfect guide to crossing the border from Singapore to Malaysia. Being one of the best transport hubs in the region, many Backpackers travelling through south…

How to Pack 4,000 Calories Into 2 lbs of Food (Ultralight Backpacking Meal Plan)

A common rule of thumb among lightweight backpackers is to pack food that provides at least 100 calories per ounce. For this meal plan, I wanted to take it to the next level. One day of food includes over 4,000 calories and weighs just 32 ounces (over 125 calories per ounce.) These kinds of calorie-dense foods are ideal for long…

The Tree Sitters’ Last Stand

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) in October. Both are intended to run fracked natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields in northern West Virginia to markets in the Southeastern United States. After FERC’s approval, MVP was given a green light by Virginia and West Virginia’s environmental agencies, and a judge awarded MVP immediate possession of more than 300 properties through eminent domain. The pipeline’s construction crews began clearing swaths of trees along the route. Then, in late February, two anonymous individuals stationed themselves in trees…

How to Spend 24 Hours in an Airplane

I’m an aviation geek, which means I love all things related to planes (even if I’m terrified of flying). Planes fascinate me. They have like 8,000 parts and weigh multiple tons but still manage to stay up in the sky without falling apart! I mean have you ever seen one of those bolts holding up a wing? It boggles my mind how such a tiny thing can hold so much weight. Thank you, aerodynamics, engineering, and the workers…

10 Travel Hotspots That Prove You Shouldn’t Miss Malaysia On Your Gap Year.

South East Asia is one of the hottest gap year destination hotspots in the world, with countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia permanent fixtures on the banana pancake trail, but why do so many backpackers overlook and ignore Malaysia? Here is exactly why they shouldn’t! Every backpacker knows to head to south east Asia for their gap years, the mixture of easy going backpacker communities and infrastructure, perfect island paradises, hedonistic nights out, varied cultures and some of the…

Festival Recap: CKS Paddlefest

It’s that time of the year, folks. The Live Outside and Play team has landed in Colorful Colorado for the Elevation Outdoors portion of our tour. We spent our Memorial Day weekend on the banks of the beautiful Arkansas River in Buena Vista, Colorado. For many years now, CKS Paddlefest has taken over the town of Buena Vista during the official kick-off to the summer weekend. This was our second year and we were stoked to…

How to Overcome Your Travel Fears

Fear. It’s what often keeps us from living our lives and achieving our dreams. And it is one of the most common reasons why people don’t travel. Whenever I talk to people about long-term travel, so many tell me they wish they could do what I do. They tell me all their travel dreams and grand plans then when asked why they don’t pursue them, they come up with a plethora of …

11 Things to Know Before Visiting Marseilles 

Marseilles (photo: Fred Romero) Marseilles is the second largest city in France and one of the biggest port-cities in the Mediterranean. Many of us have some knowledge of Marseilles. The first thing that comes to mind is Alexandre Dumas and his world-famous novel “The Count of Monte-Cristo.” The main hero of the story was born in Marseilles, and it was the place of the legendary Chateau d’If. Another association is less pleasant. Marseilles is known as the …

7 Better Island Alternatives To Bali In Indonesia.

Bali is one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia, that is undeniable, and it is okay. Just okay, nothing more nothing less. It’s nice enough, for some. For others it is overly touristy and has been ruined by Australian package tourism. The thing is so many backpackers head there on their gap years and totally miss out on dozens of far better Indonesian alternatives. So where else…