Best things to do in Guadeloupe

“Most people, they think we’re in f**king Mexico,” my guide laughs over rum punches on my first night in Guadeloupe. “Like we’re gwa-da-LOOP-ay or something.” Such is the struggle of Guadeloupe (pronounced gwa-da-LOOP), the French Caribbean island that sits smack in the middle of the Lesser Antilles near St. Maarten and Dominica. AKA nowhere near … [Read more…]

Influential black women in travel

From hosts on well-known travel programs to popular travel bloggers on Instagram, the travel industry has not been representative of people of color. Over the past few years, there has been a surge of black millennial travelers documenting their travels online known as the Black Travel Movement. Now, there are many prominent black travel bloggers, … [Read more…]

Ice climbing with Conrad Anker

Conrad Anker first picked up an ice axe in 1982. He’s been climbing on ice ever since. “When I’m at home in Montana,” Anker says, “I absolutely live for ice climbing.” With the world-class Hyalite Canyon just a few minutes outside his hometown of Bozeman, Anker spends a lot of time every winter doing just … [Read more…]

5 ways to keep yourself mentally equipped for adventure

If elite climbers and mountaineers all have one thing in common, it’s mental toughness. They don’t give up. They can push their bodies and minds through extreme conditions, maintaining mental sharpness under duress in an incredibly hostile environment for days, if not weeks, at a time. One faulty knot, misplaced piton, or other mental bobble … [Read more…]

5 ways to stay physically equipped for adventure

Conrad Anker’s accomplishments in high-altitude climbing are astonishing. For over three decades he’s been an elite climber and world-class mountaineer, often leading expeditions with climbers half his age in tow. His list of first ascents is both lengthy and impressive, the pinnacle probably being the 2011 summit of India’s Meru Peak via its Shark’s Fin … [Read more…]

Best Chinatowns in the North America

There’s a certain generic image that’s associated with the word Chinatown. The neighborhoods can be found around the world and have, in many ways, made the switch from immigrant communities to full-blown tourist attractions. Chinatowns in places like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and LA are prime examples. But Chinatowns aren’t limited to what you … [Read more…]

Tribal Gathering festival in Panama

The knowledge and traditions of indigenous cultures around the world is invaluable yet always at risk of disappearing in the face of both systemic oppression and younger generations losing interest in maintaining these traditions. One festival is trying to celebrate and preserve this indigenous knowledge by bringing together 60 tribes from 30 different countries to … [Read more…]

Traveling solo in your 20s

In my first year post-graduation, I had time, potential, and no clue what to do with myself. The options were endless, and the only thing I knew was that I wanted to travel. The early 20s were a confusing time of life for me, and at the time I had a much better idea of … [Read more…]

Best places to visit in Thailand

Thailand is among the most talked-about destinations on the planet — though what people have to say varies dramatically. Some travelers come home claiming to have found themselves on long, white-gold beaches. Others turn up their noses at the Thai islands, claiming they’ve been overrun by backpackers. Still others rave about the diving, mountain scenery, … [Read more…]

Best things to do and see in Xi’an

Visitors from China and around the world pass through the ancient city of Xi’an on their way to the Terracotta Army in the nearby Lintong District. While the Terracotta Army is indeed a marvel, many visitors don’t realize the bustling, modern city of 13 million has a lot to offer. With thousands of years of … [Read more…]