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Five trekking options for adventurers with bad backs

Five trekking options for adventurers with bad backs If you've got a bad back or neck--and many of us do--it can make certain aspects of travel challenging, especially if you're otherwise healthy and active. Perhaps the most frustrating issue for adventure travelers such as myself is being limited to day hikes, unless there...

Wanted: Fire truck for 10,000 mile road trip

Wanted: Fire truck for 10,000 mile road trip In July, the Mongol Rally takes off on a nearly 10,000-mile road trek from the UK and Czech Republic, finishing in Mongolia. Far from just a long road trip, Mongol Rally is about the vehicles, the distance and the teams from all over the world that will take part. ...

Top five things to look for in a travel doctor, and why you should have one

Top five things to look for in a travel doctor, and why you should have one Despite writing about food and adventure travel for a living, I used to be somewhat blasé about the concept of travel medicine. Multiple incidents of Giardia/dysentery/traveler's diarrhea/full-body outbreaks of mosquito and sand fly bites just taught me to carry a...

National Geographic Traveler announces 2011 Tours of a Lifetime

National Geographic Traveler announces 2011 Tours of a Lifetime National Geographic Traveler magazine has announced its annual list of their picks for Tours of a Lifetime, selecting 50 fantastic journeys to the far flung corners of the globe. For each of the past six years, Traveler has examined thousands of tours in a variety of...

Are you ready for a once in a lifetime cycling holiday?

Are you ready for a once in a lifetime cycling holiday? Pedalers Pub and Grille may sound like a place where you'd stop for some grub after a long day riding your bike, but in actually, its an adventure travel company that specializes in cycling holidays to some of the best destinations on the planet. To celebrate their 25th...

REI Adventures offers members 25% discount on select trips

REI Adventures offers members 25% discount on select trips In 2011, REI Adventures, the travel arm of outdoor gear retailer REI, is celebrating its 25th year of offering great outdoor and active journeys to adventure travelers. To commemorate the occasion, they're passing on a substantial discount to members of the REI Co-Op, giving...

New photos released of remote Brazilian rainforest tribe

New photos released of remote Brazilian rainforest tribe Survival International, a UK-based rights group dedicated to protecting indigenous communities worldwide, has just released new photographs of an "uncontacted" group of indigenous people living on the Brazilian-Peruvian border. This is only the second time in two years...

Travelocity video contest awards winners $5,000 voluntourism vacation grants

Travelocity knows you work hard. That's why the online travel company would like to give you a $5,000 grant to go on vacation. Calm down now. You have to work to win your just reward. And by work, I mean you or a team need to submit a winning video. Then you have to...

Bolivia campaigns to legalize coca

Four Loko, meet Coca Colla. CNN reports that Bolivia has launched a campaign to legalize coca, a native plant that has been used for medicinal purposes and as a mild stimulant by the indigenous peoples of the Andes for thousands of years. And yes, coca does contain trace...

Five easy ways be a philanthropic traveler

Five easy ways be a philanthropic traveler Voluntourism is the newest warm fuzzy of the travel industry. Under ideal circumstances, it's a sustainable, experiential way to see the world and give back at the same time. Whether you're helping to build a new school or clearing a trail, a working holiday is, for some,...

Gadling's favorite hotels for 2011

Gadling's favorite hotels for 2011 Where do your loyal well-traveled Gadling contributors especially love to spend the night? We polled Gadling writers on their favorite hotels in 2010. Think of Gadling's favorite hotels for 2011 as our version of a hotel tip sheet. Laurel Miller. The Kirketon in...

Gadling's favorite destinations for 2011

Gadling's favorite destinations for 2011 We travel a lot, to destinations both well-known and unfamiliar. In our defense, it is our job to travel like mad, to explore the world and then write about our discoveries. Though most travel writers find something or other of interest in most places we visit, there...

Top ten cities to visit in 2011, according to Lonely Planet

Top ten cities to visit in 2011, according to Lonely Planet Another decade is about to bite the dust, but the savvy travelers at Lonely Planet have given us a jump start on the hot list for 2011. They've just announced their picks for the world's best cities to visit next year, and while you'll find some of the usual suspects (New...

New report says Amazon reveals one new species every three days

New report says Amazon reveals one new species every three days 2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity to help raise awareness of the vast numbers of species that exist on our planet and the challenges that now threaten many of them with extinction. There is no place on the planet that exemplifies the concept of...

Q & A with travel and fiction writer Hilary Davidson

Q & A with travel and fiction writer Hilary Davidson I recently chanced upon a copy of Hilary Davidson's The Damage Done and found myself smitten. Davidson's story, which centers around a glamorous if complicated travel writer embroiled in a messy family mystery, is a compelling read. It's also of particular interest to travel...

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Five, going to Racchi, Tipon, Pikillacta, and off the tourist trail

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Five, going to Racchi, Tipon, Pikillacta, and off the tourist trail After croissants and café con leche in the elegant restaurant of Inkaterrra La Casona, looking onto the hotel-home's green and graceful interior courtyard, I met Manuel in the sitting room. He had been infectiously smiling and enthusiastic every day, but today there...

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Four, visiting Machu Picchu at sunrise

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Four, visiting Machu Picchu at sunrise On Day Four I awoke as the sun was just starting to tint the sky, and made my way to the Aguas Calientes bus stop. With about two dozen Peruvian guides and Western and Japanese tourists, I piled into the bus for the weaving 1500-foot ascent to a place I'd been dreaming of...

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Three, arriving in Machu Picchu

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Three, arriving in Machu Picchu On my third day in the Sacred Valley, I awoke at 5:40 to bird trills and wood smoke-scented air. I could hardly contain my excitement: Today was a day I'd been waiting for most of my traveling life: We were going to Machu Picchu! We hit the highway at 6 am, passing sheep,...

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Two, visiting Moray, Pisaq and Ollantaytambo

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Two, visiting Moray, Pisaq and Ollantaytambo On my second day in the Sacred Valley, I awoke to clear mountain air, the faint sweet scent of distant smoke and the green and bright-blossoming grounds of the Hotel Sol & Luna. Manuel met me over cafés con leche in the hotel's breakfast room, unfurled a map and...

A pilgrim in Peru: Part One, Arriving in Peru

A pilgrim in Peru: Part One, Arriving in Peru I got up at dawn and made my way in the crisp Andean air through the warren of just-opening stalls selling booklets, blankets and bug repellent, to the Aguas Calientes bus stop. With about two dozen Peruvian guides and Western and Japanese tourists, I piled into the bus for...

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