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Luxury Cruises Are More Affordable Than You Think

This post was created in partnership with Celebrity Cruises and all photos are courtesy of Celebrity Cruises, but all opinions are my own.

Although most of my writing focusses on adventure travel, like most people, I occasionally dream about taking an indulgent luxurious cruise vacation. And, like most people, I find the dream quite pleasant, right up to the moment it’s ejected from my mind by an invasion of realities like work, bills, and my bank balance.

I recently learned, however, that I’ve been overestimating the cost of taking a luxury cruise. I think most people do. Continue Reading →

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5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Flint, Michigan

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Lower Michigan is known for popular midwest travel destinations like Detroit, Ann Arbor, and the state’s capital city of Lansing. Michigan’s seventh largest city, Flint, is often overshadowed by its neighbors to the south, but that’s part of what makes it so special. Those who travel to Flint are pleasantly surprised by the automotive history, museums, charming hotels, parks, and beaches (yes, beaches) the area has to offer. The following are five things you probably didn’t know you could do in this underrated midwestern city. Continue Reading →

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The Great Big List of Cheap Gear For Outdoors Sports and Travel

The Great Big List of Cheap Outdoors & Travel Gear Websites
(Last updated September March 12, 2018)
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Outdoors sports gear seems to be getting more and more expensive all the time. For those of us who love our adventure sports, but don’t have a ton of money, the Internet does have a solution. There are a number of cheap gear websites selling everything from cheap camping gear, to cheap climbing gear, to cheap ski and snowboarding gear, to cheap hiking gear, and this is my personally compiled list of the best websites for buying every kind of cheap gear you can imagine.

Want to know what I keep in my bag?

CHECK OUT MY FAVORITE TRAVEL GEAR

How These Websites Sell Such Cheap Stuff

By buying selloffs and promotions in bulk and avoiding the overhead costs of physical stores (leases, employees, bills, etc.) discount gear websites are able to offer incredibly cheap travel and outdoors gear.  Seriously. You can find good brand-name products for 40-80% off on these websites on any given day.

I shop almost exclusively at these stores these days. More and more of these stores have sprung up in recent years, but some are much better than others, so I’ve kept a list of the best ones. This is it. Continue Reading →

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14 Surprising Facts About Kyrgyzstan


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Most people don’t know much about Kyrgyzstan. Hell, most people don’t even know how to spell Kyrgyzstan. When you ask westerners about the country, the most common response is that it’s the country where Borat came from.

And that’s wrong too. Borat was from Kazakhstan.

Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian country about the size of South Dakota that’s nestled between China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. It may be small in size, but it’s it’s full of surprises, and astoundingly beautifulContinue Reading →

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Why Every Traveler Needs To Visit Borneo Once

When I was young, the word Borneo conjured in me vague ideas of exotic wildlife and remote, unexplored India Jones-worthy jungle. I’m not sure where I got those ideas from, but when I finally did visit Borneo they turned out to be pretty accurate.

Borneo isn’t a country. It’s an island divided among three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. The northern province of Sabah, Malaysia, is really where the good stuff is. That’s the part this blog post is about.

I got to do some pretty amazing things during my trip, which I’ll mention below. The even cooler thing is that most of the stuff I didn’t do there (yet) are the things the province is most famous for.

So, this blog post is divided into three parts: 1) the stuff I did in Sabah, 2) the other stuff Sabah is famous for (that I didn’t do), and 3) the most amazing thing in Sabah that barely anybody has heard about (and which I really, really want to go back for).

Here’s why everybody needs to visit Sabah at least once. Continue Reading →

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