In college I shared a bathroom with a girl who made her own cheese. She rode a bike with no brakes and handlebars that you had to hold crooked to go straight. She washed her hair only once a week, and convinced me to do the same. She also composted. One wet spring evening I …

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Fuel your outdoor adventures with delicious recipes and simple ideas for camp cooking: Make Meals in Advance Make casseroles, soups, stews, and other one-pot meals — and freeze them in waterproof, heavy-duty plastic bags. Bake and freeze muffins and cookies, too. When it’s time to load up for the trip, pack your frozen foods strategically …

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Want to visit Cuba? It’s complicated. In 2016 everyone’s favorite communist island nation got its day in the sun when then president, Barack Obama, eased restrictions for U.S. travelers – meaning Americans were no longer required to visit Cuba through a licensed travel group. They could go as individuals, or what’s known as people-to-people travel. …

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There’s nothing I love more than hopping on a plane. But when I land, I need a solid base to rest and relax. I’m equal parts homebody and adventurer. As passionate as I am about travel, I enjoy sinking my teeth into a place and staying for long enough to pick up on the characteristics …

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“Still really scared” is how I would describe my mental state whenever I shut the trunk of the car, giving the fresh pair of undies I laid out to change into upon my return a wistful glance, before heading out for a solo lady backpack expedition. I have gone backpacking in the Pacific Northwest, alone, …

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I’ve spent a good bit of time in wild places this year, mostly with 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Overall, I find this an amazing age, but prime for discomfort about their periods when beyond the world of indoor plumbing and regular trash service. I had forgotten the particular creeping horrific shame of wanting to …

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Flying is probably the worst part of going away for most people. Getting to the airport on time, remembering to pack everything and the actual flight itself – it can all get a bit stressful. But there’s no need to get yourself in a flap. With our top tips, you can stay calm and enjoy …

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The first time Christine and I went kayak camping, we paddled eight miles out into water so calm, still as silk bed sheets, that we heard the humpback whale slice through the surface of the water before we saw her. Too bad we didn’t check the weather. The next morning, the radio was repeating a …

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Although Las Vegas is known as the ultimate destination for urban misadventures there are reasons to visit the city that have little to do with gambling and boisterous revelry. As a hub for major airlines, Las Vegas has become a jump-off point for activities such as boating, fishing, hunting, rock-climbing, and even skiing. With terrain …

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This piece appears in our Winter 2016 print issue. To get more of the print-exclusive content, order a copy! When you think of an “exploring woman” what comes to mind? Is it a version of Lara Croft? A world traveler? The super-toned women on the covers of fitness magazines? In reality, any woman of any …

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