Nathan Borchelt has been writing about travel for the last ten years for such publications as The Washington Post, Outside, and Backpacker, splitting his obsessions between skiing, cycling, backpacking, hiking, scuba diving, and almost anything else. He's dived Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Roátan, Bonaire, Grenada, and Grand Cayman; skied in Japan; hiked the game trails of South Africa's Imfolozi National Park; biked through downtown Bangkok; and wandered the beaches of Sri Lanka. He's a contributor and editor at The Away Network, and recently co-authored a guidebook to Washington, D.C., Alexandria, and Arlington for Countryman Press. He has a Masters of Writing from American University, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
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How to Ski in Utah
This state has some of the best snow, skiing, and snowboarding in North America. Follow our guide to get to the best of it in the easiest, most efficient way.
Anthony Bourdain Shares His Top Five Travel Tips
Anthony Bourdain, author of No Reservations, suggests five travel tips to keep you safe on the road.
The Adirondacks Snapshot
Cayman Brac Snapshot
Joshua Tree National Park Snapshot
Ambergris Caye Snapshot
Puerto Rico Snapshot
Shenandoah National Park Snapshot
The Best Child Bike Seats
Two models rebel against putting the kids over the back wheel by placing your cycling companion front and center. We put them to the test.
Step into Spring
As the season shifts, the snow-kickers get swapped out with lighter footwear fare. Heres a cache of the latest travel-friendly kicks on the market.
Its Always Hot Somewhere
and if you’re where that is, then wearing the right clothes can make the difference between the perfect trip and a vacation in hell. Here are our picks for the best travel apparel ideal for globetrotting through the high-mercury days.
The New Ancient Inca Trail
Mountain Lodges of Peru takes a Life Listerhiking to Machu Picchuand reinvents it into a classic, lodge-to-lodge experience.
A New Breed
The latest carry-on rollers, duffels, day packs, and messenger bags introduce both style and function to your next weekender outing.
The Twist Portable Espresso Maker
For refined coffee drinks who want their tent-side espresso perfectly prepared.
Rock Creek Park
Lions into Lambs
These sport- and travel-specific selections will help you endure the taunting, unpredictable weather of spring.
The Right Goggles: The Dragon Rogue
When seeing well also means looking good.
The Land of the Rising Sun holds a bounty of winter delights, from Olympic peaks to hot springsand at prices that don't break the bank.
The Right Glove
Kombi has been making gloves since 1961, and the mass of knowledge shows in two models: the Freeform Glove for men and the Pheonix Mitt for women.
Seal Line Urban Tote
The Perfect Wet/Dry Bag
Leatherman Serac Flashlights
Your next highly packable light source
Therm-a-Rest ProLite 3 and Trekker Chair
The best sleeping pad and chair-maker
The Gear You Need: Mountain Trekking in Peru
Save for dense snow cover and crampon-required icefields, if you're looking to outfit yourself for trekking in places like the Peruvian Andes, we've got the goods.
The Best of Washington, DC
If Time Is Short: The Best of the Best
The River Shoe: New Balance 920
Amphibious footwear that gets everything right
Learn the basics of underwater photography and you expand the experience of scuba diving and snorkeling. Our ten tips will help keep things crystal clear.
The Unseen Florida
Spring break spots like Panama City, Destin, and the rest of the Redneck Riviera may get the lions share of visitors to Floridas panhandleand for travelers lusting for a little crowd-free romance, thats just the way they want it.
The Right Ski Helmet
The Hot Zone
These three ski jackets come with high-tech details, low-profile silhouettes, and gender specificity to really let their merits (and its owners) shine.
Walking Ireland's Western Isles: A Photographic Tour
This virtual exploration across portions of Ireland's western archipelago successfully evokes the world of Old Ireland
'Tis the Season
An All-Natural Fit
Eco-friendly outdoor apparel can be both comfortable and attractive, blending the best natural fibers and recycled materials
Nau Hear This
The best in outdoor apparel melds technology with a sustainable philosophy and a fashion-forward aesthetic.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera
Ski All of Utah
For once a PR term"The Greatest Snow on Earth"rings true.
Casio GzOne Type-V Cell Phone from Verizon
Vintage Velos Marino-Wool Cycling Sweaters
The Pool Is Open
Think of yourself as an intrepid, globe-trotting traveler that’s been everywhereand then some? Unless you’re certified to scuba dive, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Timberland Power Lounger Low
Drifter T-Shirts and Sweatshirts
Tropical Paradise in a Vine-Tangled Web
The Lodge at Pico Bonito transforms one of Honduras' most impenetrable national parks into a quiet rainforest retreat with equal measures of adventure and leisure.
Sennheiser CX300 Headphones
Jack Spade Waxwear Field Bag
Victorinox 3.0 Trek Pack Plus 24" Bag
Travel Logistics Kit by Anthony Logistics
Cocoon 100% Silk Travelsheet
Rapha Tricolor Jersey and Stowaway Jacket
The bold new world of road-cycle apparel is both functional and refreshingly fashionable.
Leatherman Juice XE6
Bright colors join the ultra-faceted multitool scene
Pappa's Got a Brand-New BagSeveral, In Fact
When it comes to carrying your goods, does there really need to be such a distinction between traveling for business and for pleasure? When you're on a business trip, don't you sneak away for at least a little fun? We do. And that's why a functional and fashionable travel bag is essential. Here's a look at four of our favorites.
Swiss Army ST 4000
The overwhelming world of adventure- and travel-oriented watches receives blissful, high-functional simplicity
Chaco Sport Sandals
High-performance, warm-weather sure-footedness has never been easier.
Zirh Basics Travel Kit
Sensitive-skinned travelers rejoice. Introducing a line of male-focused skin-care products thatll leave you feeling refreshed and free from razor burn on the road.
Mountain Hardwear's Maestro Backpack
New innovation creates the ability for days of comfortable backcountry mobility.
Stand out amid the standard-sweater scene by donning one-or several-of these fashionable après items and you won't have to rely on those little white lies about plying the slopes.
Gear Up for Winter
Innovations, stand-by tech apparel, and other must-haves to keep you away from the lodge and on the pistewhatever the conditions
Reaching Winter's Next Frontier
Learn to live in—and love—the backcountry surrounding three of Utah's premier ski resorts, with equal emphasis on education and deep-powder turns.
For the Outdoor Enthusiast: Leatherman Blast Multitool
The Rain Wear: EMS Thunderhead Jacket and Pants
The Headphones: Bose Acoustic QuietComfort 2 Noise-Cancelling
West Virginiaï¿½s Snowshoe Resort offers a dreamland staging ground for the modern revolution that is downhill mountain biking.
The Outback Made Personal
We unveil the myriad tourist trappings of the Red Centerand how to avoid most of them en route to Kings Canyon, the Olgas, and that big ol’ rock known as Uluru
At Home in the Wild
Civility and wilderness meet at Little Lyford Pond Sport Camps
At Home in the Wild
Civility and wilderness meet at Little Lyford Pond Sport Camps
Four-Season Adventures at Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Melting snow means the adventurehiking, mountain biking, horseback ridingis just getting started at this Mid-Atlantic hotspot.
And Look Good Doing It
How to put some flair into your fair-weather, high-tech gear obsession
Into (the Inexpensive) Africa
How to put that dreamland destination into your own reality.
Into the Belly of the Best
In Stowe, Vermont's quintessential New England ski town, you'll find serious slopes, tree-bashing trails, in-town après attractions, genteel locals, and a good example of Mother Nature's competing personalities.
The 21st-Century Skier
Technology has merged with the stalwarts of fashion and function in ways you've never imagined. Whether you prefer the backcountry, the terrain park, or the slopes at the nearest five-star resort, the future of snow-sport apparel and accessories is here.
Australian English: A Quick-Glance Glosssary
Don't chuck a berko, mate. Just remember: i before e--especially when abbreviating Aussie English
Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef
In a realm populated by deadly box jellyfish, crocodiles, stinging trees, and more plant and wildlife diversity than anyplace else on the planet, Australia’s Daintree Rainforest will reinvent your understanding of the Land Down Under.
Getting to Know Alice
Alice Springs: An Introduction
Some of the best hiking, rock-climbing, and abseiling in New South Wales are a short jaunt from the wilds of Sydney, uniting the granola set and the city-chic crowds.
The City by the Sea
A marathon plane ride is a small price to pay when you're delivered unto one of the most scenic cities in the world. And then there's the gregarious natives, the national parks, the nightlife, the beaches, the kayaking, the hiking. Those afflicted with ADD, consider yourself warned.
Urban Mountain Biking: A Guide
Stylin' on the Singletrack
Fashion and function need not be disparate obsessions. Read on.
The Wonders of Oz
The Attainable Australia
Putting the Wild in Whitewater
Rafting West Virginia's Most Furious Rivers with the Region’s First Outfitters
For the Love of Mountains
In a town best known as a warm-weather entry point to the southern end of Yellowstone, Jackson Hole is the Rocky Mountain alternative for the crowd-weary...even if you don't get one of the region's epic deep-powder dumps
A Midnight Scream
Lake Placid's Mountain Bike Clinic at Mount Van Hovenberg
Dispelling the myth that we're all just accidents waiting to happen
Lake Placid by Mountain Bike
Over 2,500 Feet of Vertical Regret: Mountain Biking Lake Placid's Little Whiteface
A riveting, two-wheeled descent of the East Coast's most revered—and feared—mountain
Bunny-hopping Along the Adirondack's Jackrabbit Trail
Pedal along Lake Placid's revered cross-country singletrack
Horseback Riding Along South Africa's Long Beach
Finding "the quiet within" along the Noordhoek Valley
Imfolozi National Park: Wilderness Trekking With the Big Five
KwaZulu-Natal's premier national park and Africa's oldest game reserve
The Cape of Good Hope: Africa's Metaphorical Southernmost Point
Stomping along Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Sea Kayak in Hout Bay
A paddle-perfect cove, a seal-crowded isle, and cold, cold water
Table Mountain: Abseil Off South Africa's Ubiquitous Landmark
Motherless at 1,066 Meters
The Wondrous Side of the Road: Australia's Great Ocean Drive
Luxury Small-Group Safaris in Botswana
Expand Your Mind: The Top Cultural Learning Vacations
Rise to the Challenge
Activate the Body: The Top Active Learning Vacations
Rise to the Challenge
Love Takes a Holiday
Transform obligation into inspiration with these romantic adventures.
A Photography Packing List