Urban Dictionary defines “dirtbag” as “a person who is committed to a given (usually extreme) lifestyle to the point of abandoning employment and other societal norms in order to pursue said lifestyle…dirtbags are seeking to spend all of their moments pursuing their lifestyle.” While I’ve never been unemployed, I do seek to spend all of …

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I’m the first person to admit it: I’m addicted to buying Lonely Planet guidebooks. When I’m preparing for a trip, one of the first things I do is head to BookPeople, my lovely local bookstore, to snap up the latest version of my chosen travel bible. I love perusing a freshly-cracked Lonely Planet: gazing at …

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Let’s get one thing straight: your mom’s not going to like this. Deciding to be a firefighter is a tough decision, made even tougher by the look your mom will inevitably give you when you first tell her about it. I spent years conditioning my mother for this moment — extended climbing/skiing/backpacking trips without cell …

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Living or traveling in a van has exploded across Instagram. #vanlife is rolling up to a million posts, and the popular Instagram account, @vanlifediaries, has more followers than the Grand Canyon National Park, Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings, and Modern Family. But is it really all sunsets out the back doors and little mint VW vans? …

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I was 10 the first time I saw snow. We lived in southern California, and one Saturday morning drove two hours from the outdoor malls just to pull off a mountain highway and gaze wondrously at an icy patch on the asphalt just big enough for a few snowballs. Now beneath my plane there is …

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In honor of International Day of the Girl 2016, we asked photographer and international guide Christine Armbruster to share her experience introducing girls and young women to the extraordinary experience of worldwide travel and adventure. Next time you see a Girl Scout selling cookies, ask them what they are raising money for. You might hear that …

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Elyse DeFranco chronicles her time working on wildlife conservation in Kenya, with photos from a combination of wildlife reserves in Laikipia near the base of Mt. Kenya, Samburu in the north, and the Maasai Mara in the south. [divider] Guest Contributor [/divider] Elyse DeFranco is a wildlife ecologist, photographer, and modern nomad of sorts, who has lived at research …

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I think we can all agree that Jimmy Chin looks amazing in a sweater vest. From there, the GQ Style photoshoot — “We Took Fall’s Crunchiest Designer Clothes Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park” — fell flat for me. Here’s why: I was three when I fell in love with Joshua Tree National Park. I fell instantly …

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I have officially lived in New York for one year. I moved from Los Angeles fresh out of college with a journalism degree; an open mind; and a dream, like the many thousands before me. I began interning three days a week, 9-5, for a magazine publisher in the beautiful Hearst building. I woke up very …

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The famous Italian director, Federico Fellini, was often known to frequent one of his favorite cafés, Canova, in the Piazza del Popolo in Rome. The hefty bar sits on the edge of the piazza, surveying the gaping hole below the Borghese gardens that circulates traffic, careening cocktail tables, and, of course, people. The recent influx …

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