We love travel for two reasons: an appreciation for this beautiful Earth we live on, and the people who inhabit it. We strive to make a positive impact on both through conscientious consumerism. Which is why when REI reached out to us to create a sponsored sustainable gift guide, we were thrilled! REI is one of our absolute favorite earth-friendly, responsible, and sustainable companies. We’ve pulled together a list of eco-friendly gifts – from sustainable clothing to stocking stuffers – that are ethical and responsibly made (and sold), so both you and your gift recipient can have the warm fuzzies…both literally and figuratively!
Snowy mountains. Powdery slopes. A shimmering alpine lake. Semi-creepy frontier history. Every year for the last 7 years, we’ve visited Lake Tahoe for a weekend of snowy fun, skiing, and hot tubbing! Although Lake Tahoe has a reputation for being pricey, it absolutely does NOT have to be! We’ve created the guide we wished we had when we moved here almost a decade ago, with ALL the things you need to know about planning a Lake Tahoe winter trip on a budget. From how to plan a trip to Lake Tahoe affordably, to which ski resorts to visit, to what to do if you don’t ski or snowboard, to all the things nobody tells you about visiting Lake Tahoe, this massive guide has everything you need! See you on the slopes this season *insert guitar riff and cringey 80’s ski montage here.*
Snowy mountaintops reaching into the sky. Gently bellowing yaks. Fluttering prayer flags. That was my mental image of Nepal before I visited. But now that I’ve been there, my new mental image of Nepal is quite different. It turns out that all the things I thought I knew about Nepal were .. not wrong, exactly, just like … overly simplified. This semi-useful Nepal travel guide addresses questions like: What’s up with squatty potties, though? Is Nepal Hindu or Buddhist? What does “namaste” actually mean? What foods should you definitely try in Nepal, and what should you avoid? Here are 34 things about traveling in Nepal you never thought to ask!
Crisp mountain air. Shimmering lakes. Scenic drives. Colorful fall foliage. Welcome to June Lake, California: a rustic, quirky little mountain town in the high Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains packed with scenic trails, awe-inspiring views, and alpine lakes. This Eastern Sierras getaway has some of the best fall foliage in the state, plus skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, hot springs, and more! Also, it’s kinda haunted, which we consider a major plus. Here’s 12 things to do in this charming mountain village getaway!
“What should I pack?” is one of the most common questions we get asked. And while we’ve written a bunch of very specific packing guides for everything from cold weather to the beach, we have yet to create a big ol’ chunky ultimate travel packing list. So we’re finally laying out all of our favorite must-have travel items, from travel gear to camera gear to the equipment we bring with us to work on the road – everything a full-time travel blogger (or just like, regular traveler) needs!
When I was invited to speak at a conference in Graz, Austria, I was like “yes. Where?” Several months later, I found myself staring down a giant platter full of fried meat while two Austrians in lederhosen yodeled and five travel bloggers began a round of German drinking chants. Welcome to Graz: Austria’s most undiscovered city is undeniably quirky, deliciously foodie, full of art, history, & design, and incredibly adorable! This photo guide will have you booking the next ticket to Austria (just bring us back some schnitzel, please).