Hiking and Backpacking

Hiking is a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. Hiking and walking are the preferred terms, in Canada and the United States. In the United Kingdom, the word “walking” is used to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or backpacking in the Alps. Rambling is an old-fashioned term, and hillwalking, and fell walking are more obscure. The term bushwalking is endemic to Australia. In New Zealand, a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping. Hiking is a popular activity with numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest that all forms of walking have health benefits. And long soul-searching journeys on foot are often called a pilgrimage. And if you bring a backpack, you’re called a backpacker.

Andy Graham Hobo Traveler

Hobo Traveler: Why go to Patagonia?

Location: PatagoniaElevation: 0 feetLatitude: 51.633 degrees southLongitude: 69.217 degrees west Made famous by history, and travel agents trying to sell a tour. Travelers will nonchalantly

Hannu’s Adventures

Hannu is a 32-year-old Swedish male who has been on the road since April 1998. He has visited the Middle East, Africa and now South

Marty Pages Gap Year

Marty’s Gap Year Adventures

Follow Marty’s year-long adventure around the world. Marty hails from Australia and you’ll find his journals funny, charismatic and insightful. The Gap Year is the

Doug Sovern Kala Pattar Mount Pumori

A Real-Time Adventure to Mount Everest

This Mount Everest adventure story is one of our first real-time adventures back in 2000 broadcast via satellite phone. Doug reports six people die on Everest.

Mike and Linda’s Adventures

Follow the adventures of Linda and Mike. They: quit their jobs, sold their car, rented their condominium and took an 18-month journey to disconnect and

Camel Festival in India

For the Love of Travel

Traveling around the world for tens years after college left her with an enormous craving for more adventure. “Once you start it’s hard to stop,” Janine explains.

Joshua Tree, California. Rocks and sky illuminated purple and pink by the sunset.

A Traveler Honors Her Soul

Cheryl Friedman can’t hold the same job for more than three years. This isn’t because she’s irresponsible, or untalented, it’s because she can’t let three years go by without taking a long trip.

>

Looks like your enjoying our site

Join our bi-Annual Newsletter
to get premium content

Get the
latest news

Sign up for our biannual newsletter to get updates, discounts and premium content.