My Run-In With A Notorious Mexican Drug Cartel

My Craziest Travel Story Somewhere In Mexico… This is the story of how I accidentally wandered into an extremely remote Mexican village that was openly controlled by a ruthless drug cartel — and what happened next. No, this is not an April fools post. Posted April 2nd! Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking … [Read more…]

Equipped for adventure: Conrad Anker

Lifestyle 5 ways to stay physically equipped for adventure Kitt Doucette Mar 30, 2019 Outdoor Ice climbing with Conrad Anker Kitt Doucette Mar 31, 2019 Lifestyle 5 ways to keep yourself mentally equipped for adventure Kitt Doucette Mar 31, 2019 Over the last 30+ years, Conrad Anker has climbed some of the most remote, dangerous, forbidding, and beautiful … [Read more…]

How to see wolverines in Washington

When you tell folks that you’ve volunteered with a group that monitors wolverines in the North Cascades, their response is usually one of confusion. No, they don’t think you’re busy saving mutant X-men with retractable claws. They are amazed, though, that wolverines — stocky animals in the weasel family that look like small, bushy-tailed bears … [Read more…]

What Happened to the HotelTonight Clones?

Sam Shank, CEO of HotelTonight, speaking at the Skift Global Forum in New York City on October 9, 2014. Skift Skift Take: In light of Airbnb buying HotelTonight, Skift looks back at the many copycats of the mobile-first hotel booking agency. Where are they now? — Sean O’Neill Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID … [Read more…]

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…]

Japan’s New Mobile Payment Tech and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

A consumer scans a QR code using WeChat Wallet, the second most popular method of payment in China, behind Alipay. Philip McMaster / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Japan shifts its payment method as the numbers of Chinese tourists surges, a Spanish online travel company struggles to stay afloat, and Google allows … [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…]