People flock to Tuscany's "year-round coast" in the summer months for wine and food tourism. But if you know where to look, you'll also find solitude here in nature.
When you think "adventure travel," Tuscany, Italy is probably not the first place that comes to mind. It might not even be the last place that comes to mind. Even though it's one of the world's premier destinations for food, wine, art and history, somehow the secret isn't yet out that it's a great place for outdoor adventure, too.
Here's why Tuscany should be your next adventure travel destination.
Read the full story at Travel Channel.
Skip the madness of Black Friday shopping and #OptOutside with out-of-town relatives on these hiking trails. If you’ve never hiked before, don’t worry. All of these spots offer more than one trail, so you can choose a difficulty level you’re comfortable with (and go back for more the next weekend if you catch the hiking bug).
Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned backpacker or a high schooler who’s just starting to venture outdoors and get into camping, we’ve got gift ideas to make everyone on your list psyched to head out on the trail before they’ve even finished opening the box.
Read my full guide, of 40 products for men and women, at gearinstitute.com.
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At this year’s Solar Decathlon, 11 teams of students from the United States and Europe competed to build the most efficient and best-designed solar-powered homes. They built their homes in their own communities, then took them apart, shipped them to Denver, and reassembled them on the site of the competition, run by the Department of Energy. Here are just a few of the innovative touches that make these homes unique.
We all know Tuscany, Italy, has great food and wine. But did you know there's great outdoor adventure there, too? Here's just a taste of what you'll find throughout the region.
For someone like me who often lets speed get in the way of planning, easy food options eat up my budget, fast. Sometimes, I end up spending $40 or more on lunch and snacks in a single week. I always feel guilty for it.
So when my editor here at Earnest challenged me to eat for a whole week at Trader Joe’s with $50, I was up for it. It seemed like a good way to keep from spending too much money, and a good way to force me to plan ahead a little better and eat much healthier.
The Blue Lagoon might be the most well-known hot spring in the entire world. But if solitude and nature are what you're looking for, you're not likely to find it there. Check out these other spas and natural springs on and off Iceland's Ring Road for a more serene adventure.
Read the whole story at TravelChannel.com.
Silverthorne is often seen by travelers as little more than a rest stop on the way to their mountain destination. But the town’s leadership wants to change that, and some big improvements are on the way.
Think of all the ways you wish your house was more efficient, more minimalist, more sustainable, or, maybe, more mobile. Imagine buying that home at IKEA, in a kit you could assemble yourself.
Chances are, there’s a team of students working to solve your housing woes right now, for the 2017 Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Taos, New Mexico, is a vibrant community about an hour and a half from Santa Fe. At the heart of the town, you’ll find more art galleries and chile dishes than you’d think possible for a population of just over 5,700. And beyond the city limits, you’ll be thrilled to find ample opportunities for adventure.
It was a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon in Boulder, Colorado, and I wanted two things: a hammock in the shade and ice cream.
But there was a catch. Any bum can laze away a day in the backyard; I wanted those hallmarks of summer in a killer creekside spot tucked away in quiet woods.
Hostels: You either love them, or you’re terrified of them. These warm, welcoming, and sometimes extravagant hostels will make you question everything you think you know about them.
Less than a year out of college, making barely enough to cover my student loans and no-frills living expenses, I only wore shirts that covered my elbows.
I desperately wanted to put money aside to travel internationally, move for a better job, and get ahead. So twice a week, I drove to a clinic at the edge of town, rolled up my sleeve, turned my head and squeezed my eyes shut as a technician stuck a needle in the crook of my arm and siphoned my plasma. I was not proud of this. It felt shady. It probablywas shady.
This was the price I paid to pursue a writing career in journalism.
At the end of the ninth switchback of Old Rag, I sat on a rock to drink in the view as I nibbled on fruit leather. I talked for a little while with a woman who seemed to be about my age. I don’t remember anything that we said, but I remember being fulfilled by it. We would never see each other again, but the kind pleasantries we exchanged mid-gruel were enough.
We each, on our own, were enough.
Hot springs feel extra rewarding when there’s a killer view you had to work to find.
If you think of small piles of sand on the beach when you hear “dunes,” you’re missing out. These massive sand mountains around the U.S. are worth taking a few vacation days.