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Navigating Costa Rica at a “Pura Vida” Pace

  Costa Rica is a country with many personalities. Retired snowbirds come to escape winter and find solace in the warmth of swinging hammocks, while wild beach parties catcall out to college students on break. With everything from luxurious infinity pools to machete-wielding coconut dealers, Costa Rica drips green with ecological wonder and has something […]

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Trekking Through One of the Least-Visited Regions of Mexico

  It’s closing in on noon, and the day couldn’t be more perfect. The morning started out in a cool, mist-covered shroud, but now the sun is shining bright, trickling down as the pine-needled carpeted trail gently meanders uphill, past peeling madronas draped with Spanish moss. The thin air up at 8,000 feet makes for slow […]

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Exploring the Cuban Countryside: A Day Trip from Havana to Viñales Valley

  In the past couple years, former President Barack Obama and the U.S. government have eased travel restrictions that have kept most Americans from visiting Cuba for more than 40 years. For me, that meant booking a trip as soon as I could—before the country, which currently seems like it’s almost stuck in time, inevitably […]

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February Toadscopes

  Believe it or not, we’ve got a cure for what ails ya. As our Toadiac (see what we did there?) continues, take our February/March predictions and use them to your advantage. It’s written in the stars, after all. Every month we’ll be offering up our Toadscopes to cut through the cosmic fluff and deliver your […]

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10 Amazing Places to See Along the Oregon Coast

  The Oregon Coast is one of those places that somehow gets prettier with every visit. From incredible lighthouses and shipwrecks to hidden coves, stunning beaches, and impossibly gorgeous panoramas, the Oregon Coast captivates and inspires, placing it as one of America’s best areas for outdoor exploration. For 363 miles, US Highway 101 runs along […]

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Demystifying the Aurora Borealis: Where and How to Find This Must-See Phenomenon

The Aurora Borealis is a mystical phenomenon that tops bucket lists around the world. Known in Roman myths as the “dawn of the north,” these stunning light displays have captivated people for centuries. Although this natural wonder is a must-see for most, it can be surprisingly difficult to nail down. Here’s a quick lowdown on […]

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7 Underrated Ways to Leave No Trace in the Outdoors

  Everyone knows about packing out your trash, or what to do when nature calls in the wilderness. These are number one and number two (literally) in the leave-no-trace playbook for those of us who care about preserving outdoor spaces for future generations to enjoy. Well, okay, apparently not everyone knows. We see trash (and […]

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