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In Search of Good, Budget Mountain Bikes – Part 1

I might be the world’s weirdest mountain biker: I simply don’t care about super-expensive, shade-grown, organic, gluten-free artisan bikes. There are so many great $5,000 bikes that there’s no possible way to decide between them, even if you divide them into smaller categories – full-suspension, hardtail, steel, carbon fiber, titanium, bamboo (yes, that exists) or…

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The Great List of Non-Obvious Travel Tips

Every time I see a list of travel tips, I brace myself to expect the obvious – from the practical “remember your ID” to the goofily gooey “be open to new experiences,” I’ve seen every element of a travel tip listicle before. I’ve set out to create the ultimate list of non-obvious travel tips that…

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Win a ZUS and Never Lose Your Car Again

The car’s gone, stolen! We’re stuck! We’d scoured the parking garage for more than 30 minutes, and there was no sign of our rental car anywhere. This was about to put a serious damper on our vacation plans. Fortunately, a friendly local happened to walk by. He told us there was another parking garage nearby,…

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How to Buy a Modern Steel Road Bike

This post is really outdated. The bikes here are no longer modern. This post has what you REALLY want. Awhile ago, I let you in on the bike industry’s big secret: the secret of steel, that strong, relatively light, reliable, repairable, smooth-riding wonder material. Fact is, you can’t find a steel road bike like my…

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Get a Great Deal on Luci Solar Lanterns

You might remember my Camping Lantern Review of 2015 that I published last week – and the MPOWERD Luci light that took top honors. If you’ve had the urge to get a bunch, MPOWERD has some deals for you. Shipping is also free for orders $75 and up during the promotion, which runs through June…

hemp clothing

Random Cool Stuff – May Edition

I can’t believe May is almost over already. But the good part of a month flying by is getting to share a some random cool stuff I gleaned this month – from the Internet, from books, wherever. Up first, let’s talk about some interesting things I’ve started to do with stuff out of my foods…

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The Great Camping Lantern Review of 2015

A few months ago, my neighborhood had a blackout. And true to Murphy’s Law, I had a much harder time than necessary finding any of my flashlights or candles. It took some irritating groping in the dark – and I don’t mean the fun kind – before I found a flashlight. This got me thinking…

Review: Bhujang Collection Men’s Yoga Gear

Finding men’s yoga gear isn’t an easy task. Ever since I first learned how to down dog back in 1999, I’ve been pretty much wearing regular athletic shorts. For years, my go-to shorts for yoga were the cotton/bamboo blend shorts from tasc performance. I also have a pair of Prana shorts that I use often….

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Hemp Clothing For Urban and Outdoor Adventures

I love hemp clothing. They’re unbelievably comfortable and seem to resist all my attempts to make them stink while hiking, camping or traveling. Right now, I have a pretty wide variety of hemp clothing that I put through the ringer, even some hemp underwear that get a blog post of their own. I hope with…

HolidayPhone prepaid SIM card review

HolidayPhone Prepaid SIM Card Review

I have a great guest post from Debbie Lee for you today. Debbie is the community manager at Trippy.com, a really fun travel site that I frequent. She was headed to Germany just after HolidayPhone asked me to review their product. Since I didn’t have any upcoming travel plans, I asked Debbie to write this HolidayPhone…

Recycled Airplane Stuff – Why So Expensive?

I believe 100 percent that, as a global society, we can’t afford not to recycle. But I also wonder why it’s so hard to afford recycled goods, especially those made from recycled airplane surplus. For travel enthusiasts like me, there are all sorts of aviation bits that are being recycled into everything from handbags to…

Sol Republic Tracks Air Headphones Review

After too many miles of travel and too many good, hard hits, my old JVC headphones broke. Not too surprising – they’d traveled from New Zealand to Norway with me. With their demise, I was stuck in that limbo of indecision that comes from being under-equipped in audio gear knowledge. Then Sol Republic offered me…

Test a HolidayPhone Prepaid SIM Card

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I’m willing to answer nearly any travel question – unless it’s about SIM cards and smartphones. I’m reasonably tech-savvy, but I’ve yet to unravel the mystery of having a fully functional smartphone no matter where in the world I go. My typical method is to use Wifi calling, which leaves…

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Best Passenger Planes Flying Today

Some people will tell you that an airliner is an airliner. Don’t believe them. When I book an intercontinental flight, I base my purchase on price, schedule, airline/alliance and – you’d better believe it – aircraft type. Once you read a bit about my observations about the best passenger planes, I dare you to stick…

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2014 Holiday Gifts for Adventurers

I have a rule – I won’t even start talking about holiday gifts until after Thanksgiving. Well, we’ve passed that milestones, and now I present one of my very few gift lists. This one is my Holiday Gifts for Adventurers list. I’m going to break it out by price, from the high-budget items to the…

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What Good Are Primitive Living Skills?

You might think primitive living skills experts like Cody Lundin and his co-instructor Mark Dorsten would have a specific end game in mind when they pass their knowledge to students at the Aboriginal Living Skills School. And you’re absolutely correct. But the end game isn’t what you might expect. They’re not – repeat, not – aiming…

Match Your Travel Style to Your Luggage

Some of the most-frequent questions I get from new travelers revolve around luggage. That’s reasonable – the right luggage makes a huge difference. People often ask me whether they should go backpacker style, or opt for something more traditional like a suitcase. But there’s just no one-size-fits-all answer. Is a Backpack the Right Luggage for…

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