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Can travel romances last? These “digital nomads” describe the highs and lows

Claudia Canu arrived in Bansko, Bulgaria filled with anticipation. She was about to meet Sebastien Pelletier, the man she had been chatting with on Facebook Messenger for months.

Canu and Pelletier met during a beta test of an online speed dating platform for so-called “digital nomads,” a group of creative class workers who work remotely while traveling. Canu had logged onto the test call from Bali, where she had been for a month. Unlike many digital nomads, she likes to keep a home base — hers was usually Barcelona — but post-Bali she planned to relocate to Bansko, Bulgaria. That

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How a Plus-Size Hiker Found Her Footing on the Trail


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“How do you tell Long Trail hikers from Appalachian Trail hikers?” the man who went by the trail name Trash said, holding three fingers in the air.

I looked up at his tall, trim physique. He smirked, highlighting crow’s feet wrinkles on his perfectly sun-kissed face in a way that showed he thought the answer would be hilarious. “It’s BBB.”

“Boots?” I answered, looking down at my own, woefully inadequate, pair. My toes banged against rocks in the otherwise cushy trail runners I wore to

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Kenwood backpacker writes cookbook for those who love camping

After buying a food dehydrator, Aksamit started mixing her own trail meals, blending ingredients she dehydrated with plain, freeze-dried vegetables and meat that she bought. The DIY pouch meals ended up being healthier and more filling, with less salt and chemicals and more protein and flavor.

“While hiking the High Sierra Trail, I realized I needed more protein, so I can control that and I can make it flavorful by making my own tomato powder,” she said. “It still looks like an MRE (meal ready to eat), but it is better quality.”

To be inclusive, the author provided vegetarian/vegan variations

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They met on a tall ship in the Baltic Sea

(CNN) — American student Nicole Erickson was about to embark on an epic round the world trip. Ahead of her lay two years of adventure that could change her life forever.

But fate had different ideas. The life-changing event happened before she’d even departed: she encountered a total stranger on a ship, and something unexpectedly clicked.

It was the summer of 1999 and 24-year-old Erickson, having just finished a two-year Fulbright scholarship in Germany, was in no hurry to head home.

“I wanted to travel around the world,” she tells CNN Travel today. “So, I took all my savings and
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Lightning Out of the Blue is a Danger for Hikers


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Most hikers know that thunderstorms pose a serious threat. We’re taught to be wary of lightning strikes, and to get off high peaks and seek shelter when we hear the rumble of thunder. You may have been taught the old counting rule: Count the seconds between a flash of lightning and a rumble of thunder. Each second you count represents a fifth of a mile between you and the storm (15 seconds means the storm is 3 miles away, 5 seconds means the storm is a

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How to Face Your Fear of Backpacking Alone

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Confession: I’ve never been solo backpacking. I’ve hiked and trail run by myself plenty of times, but the thought of sleeping completely alone in the woods makes my scalp prickle. Part of me tells myself that I haven’t made the leap to solo camping because I have more fun with company. The other part of me knows it’s because I fear the vulnerability that darkness brings. 

But I’ve decided to challenge that fear, and you should, too: Solo trips can bring you solace, confidence in your abilities, freedom to go

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Engineer to Professional Backpacking Guide in 1 Year

At the beginning of 2017, I’d never been backpacking. Never. I was an office-dwelling engineer with only the occasional day hike to get me outdoors. By 2018, I was a professional backpacking guide in the Pacific Northwest. That intervening year was extraordinary.

I’d found my love for hiking and turned it into an epic career that took me from Norway to Nicaragua. Along the way, I discovered – or incidentally stumbled across – the answers to the most common question I’m asked: “how do you become a professional backpacking guide?”

Guiding a Crew of Hikers in Nicaragua with Momotombo

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No More Yard Sales: Our Favorite Products for Backcountry Gear Organization

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The freedom of the outdoors doesn’t mean you should just dump all your gear into your backpack and hope for the best. The weight distribution of your pack is going to be off, you might forget things at home or in camp, and it’s going to be hard to find what you need without taking everything out. These five organizers will help you keep track of your gear so you can focus on the trail ahead.

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Best for Clothes Storage: Therm-a-Rest Stuff Sack Pillow

This is no ordinary

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Emerging Gear: Accordion Backpack, Modular Cast Iron, Ibex Return, and More | 2021-05-06




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Allbirds Dasher Relay Slip-On Runner

On the heels (ha!) of its first purpose-built running shoe, Allbirds updates the knit Dasher by stripping the laces. That’s right, according to the brand, “from running errands to running a 5k, the style is easy to slip on

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Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards in May 2021 | Personal Finance

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All of these will depend on what level of card you qualify for as well as how much you’re willing to pay in annual fees, so consider what the perks are worth to you personally.

Best No Annual Fee Credit Card

Although it is important to look at annual fees, when it comes to choosing among travel rewards cards, the annual fee generally should not be a deciding factor. Oftentimes, an annual fee is offset by other benefits, such as travel vouchers or lounge access.

However, if you don’t want to pay

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