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Swiss Woman Treks 10K Miles Over 3 Years

Sarah Marquis endured dengue fever, sandstorms, Mongolian horsemen

(Newser) - When Sarah Marquis tells people what she's done, they usually tell her she's crazy. But neither those words nor the harsh weather, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, or even intimidating Mongol horsemen can keep the 42-year-old Swiss explorer's wanderlust in check: For three of the past four years, Marquis... More »

Man Wraps 23-Year Voyage Around World

Mike Spencer Bown hit every nation on the planet

(Newser) - A 44-year-old deemed the world’s most-traveled man says he’s ready to return home to Calgary after visiting every country in the span of 23 years. The journey started back in 1990, when then-21-year-old Mike Spencer Bown decided he wanted to visit every single country in the world. He... More »

Holidays in Hell Writer Picks Top Travel Books

PJ O'Rourke dishes about the travel writing he most admires

(Newser) - Who better to recommend a good travel book than the author of Holidays in Hell , a self-described guide to the "world's worst places"? Now that PJ O'Rourke's follow-up, Holidays in Heck , is on shelves, O'Rourke reveals his six favorite travel books in the Daily... More »

12 Lost Treasures You Can Search For

In the mood for an adventure? Here are a dozen places to begin your search

(Newser) - There are still some places in the world where X marks the spot. The Huffington Post lists a dozen locations ripe for real-life treasure hunting:
  1. Superstition Mountains, Ariz.: The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine is supposedly hidden somewhere in these mountains ... and full of ancient Apache treasure.
  2. Kaliningrad, Russia: The Amber
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9 Kid Adventurers With Crazy Parents

Would you let your teen sail around the world?

(Newser) - Abby Sunderland’s dad may or may not have been attempting to cash in on his daughter’s solo sailing trip with a reality show—either way, should her parents have let her go? The Daily Beast thinks not, and offers up a list of other youngsters whose daredevil “... More »

Whisky Maker Revives Booze Treasure Hunt

Six cases of Canadian Club just waiting to be found

(Newser) - Assuming polar bears haven't guzzled it, a case of Canadian Club whisky stashed near the North Pole decades ago is still waiting for an adventure-seeking drinker to find it. The company has revived the "Hide-a-Case" promotion it began in 1967, and is offering drinkers a chance to join expeditions... More »

How to Make $96K as a Travel Blogger

Successful 20-something shows how it's done

(Newser) - Matt Kepnes is a 28-year-old Bostonian who's turned his passion for travel into a blogging gig that earns him up to $8,000 a month. He explains how in a New York Times interview. (Good publicity helps: His site, , is down temporarily because of a traffic surge from... More »

Genre-Setting Travel Author Dies at 47

Dave Freeman visited about half the sites on his adventurous list

(Newser) - Dave Freeman, co-author of 100 Things to Do Before You Die, died at age 47 after falling and hitting his head at his California home last week, the Los Angeles Times reports. Published in 1999, the free-spirited travel guide, among the first to offer a sight-seeing agenda based on adventure... More »

Gnome Tours World, Returns

Cliché comes to life for one British woman

(Newser) - Months after her lawn gnome went missing, a woman in England got a huge surprise when it returned, accompanied by a photo album and immigration stamps from all over the world, the Gloucestershire Echo reports. Accompanying the prodigal lawn ornament was a note describing his adventures "across three continents,... More »

Branson's Aircraft: Beyond Space Tourism

Applications include satelites, drones and studying climate change

(Newser) - Though space tourism is an exciting feat in itself, it’s just the beginning of the possibilities for Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two, the Economist notes. The carbon-composite plane doubles as a spaceship’s first stage, and is capable of launching satellites, transporting replacement engines, and facilitating the study... More »

Branson Rolls Out Space Plane

Craft could make first commercial flight—at $200K per ticket—by decade's end

(Newser) - At a remote airfield in the Mojave Desert today, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson unveiled the flagship of his new venture, an aircraft that will carry the first passenger space rocket to its launch height of 48,000 feet, the Los Angeles Times reports. Tickets are going for $200,000-plus,... More »

Fossett Search Is on Again

Missing adventurer declared dead in February

(Newser) - Ten months after Steve Fossett disappeared, a new search for the adventurer's body began yesterday under the guidance of a Canadian geologist and adventure racer who is scouring the Sweetwater Mountains on the Nevada-California border with a team of 10, reports the Reno Gazette-Journal. A competing search party has narrowed... More »

Grand Canyon Is No Disneyland

It takes 6,000 workers to keep park visitors safe

(Newser) - Every day from before dawn until around midnight, a staff of thousands unites to keep the Grand Canyon in good condition and its 4.4 million annual visitors safe. NPR travels to the iconic destination to see how it works. "I hope that you are not imagining a pony... More »

Time Slows on Easter Island

Ancient culture thrives despite tourism surge

(Newser) - Tourists have left no stone unturned on Easter Island, flocking at rates of 50,000 a year to arguably the world’s most remote habitation. Five hours of flying over uninterrupted Pacific Ocean lands you on this mostly undeveloped volcanic rock with its haunting stone figures (moai), but today it... More »

Essentials for Your Survival Kit

You'll be glad you packed this gear if that 3-hour tour hits a snag

(Newser) - A GPS unit and satellite phone may be handy if you're lost in the wild, but Wired offers a simpler list of cheap essentials for any survival kit:
  1. Knife, vital for shelter, food prep, campfires, and countless other tasks.
  2. Lighter and tinder, like waxed cotton, to start fires in wet
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8 Girls-Only Retreats

Forget trips for two— grab a group of gal pals for these fun getaways

(Newser) - More and more women are traveling alone or with their gal pals, industry figures show. MSNBC suggests these getaways that cater specifically to women:
  1. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
  2. Northwest Women's Surf Camp, Seaside, Ore.
  3. River's Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips, Healdsburg, Calif.
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