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Trekking the W in Torres Del Paine

Glaciers.  Snow-capped mountains.  Turquoise lakes.  Rolling green hills.  Fresh water that you don’t have to filter.  What could be more amazing than Torres Del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia?  (Click here to watch some of my videos from the trip.) This was one of the hardest and most rewarding vacations of my life.  Five…

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Camping and Dolly Sods Wilderness

Dolly Sods Wilderness, in the Monongahela National Forest, is part of the Allegheny Mountains.  The USDA Forest Service provides this description of the area: The Monongahela National Forest was established in 1920. Located in the north central highlands of West Virginia, the Monongahela straddles the highest ridges in the State. Elevation ranges from just under 1000′ to…

A little bit goes a long way (international edition)

Back by popular demand, we’re going to plan a fake trip.  This time, we’re going on an International excursion. From Central Ohio, the cheapest international destinations are going to be ones in Central America, the Caribbean, or Mexico.  You can take an inexpensive cruise to any of these destinations, but you know me… I gotta…

How to save money on travel books

A good guidebook can be the difference between an extremely frustrating trip, and a very simple one.  I’ve had poor guidebooks that have left me tons of unanswered questions, terrible maps, inaccurate pricing information and wrong train timetables. Looking for a good guidebook with the information you need can be a challenge.  Sometimes it involves getting five…

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