Skip to Content

Is point.me the Best Way to Search for Award Flights?! It Just Might Be!

We recently discovered a new, multi-airline, travel search platform called point.me, which bills itself as a better way to book airfare with points. Naturally, we had to dive in to see how it works, if it’s any easier than the other search options out there, and whether it’s worth the membership fee! The answer: It depends. Intrigued? You should be. Read on to learn more about the award search website and who will benefit most from using it.

Read More about Is point.me the Best Way to Search for Award Flights?! It Just Might Be!
Sonya and Nakota Staples of Staples InTents overlanding and camping.

5 Ways to be a More Sustainable Overlander (and Camper)

We recently connected with experienced outdoorist Sonya Staples, Co-founder of Staples InTents, to talk about how anyone can get involved in Overlanding (and do it more sustainably). And just in time for their special event, no less: The Gathering, a weekend of outdoor adventure, nature, and skill-building in Colorado designed specifically for black and brown folks, who are frequently underrepresented and excluded from outdoor activities (Aug. 18-22). And since we can totally get behind people and projects that promote equality in the outdoors, we invited Sonya to tell us a bit about her and her husband Nacota, their journey, and how to be a more sustainable overlander. So read on for the 5 easy and useful tips!

Read More about 5 Ways to be a More Sustainable Overlander (and Camper)
A woman in backpacking gear looks out over the landscape and the ocean on Catalina Island, California.

What is Sustainable Travel? What Does it Mean and How to Travel More Sustainably.

We get the question frequently: “What is sustainable travel?” Usually it is uttered after we introduce ourselves as sustainable travel bloggers. At first, the question was surprising. What do you mean “what is sustainable travel?!” You know what “sustainable” means, right? Apply that to travel! But when people kept asking, we thought maybe the concept wasn’t as straightforward as we thought. Or it’s still such a new one to most people that it did, in fact, warrant an explanation. So allow us to explain! We’ll dive into what sustainable travel is, what it isn’t, and how we can all travel more sustainably.

Read More about What is Sustainable Travel? What Does it Mean and How to Travel More Sustainably.
view out an airplane window above the clouds.

How to Offset Flights (and more) for More Sustainable Travel

Want to plan more sustainable travel? Leave a lighter footprint when you jet across the country or around the world? Plan a more eco-friendly drive/hotel/experience? You can! While making more sustainable choices like flying in coach, staying in sustainable hotels, or renting a hybrid are often the best first course of action if you want to reduce your carbon footprint, you can also offset flights, stays, road trips and more to balance your carbon usage when you travel–or even tip the scales into the negatives. We’ll tell you how to do it easily–and why you should.

Read More about How to Offset Flights (and more) for More Sustainable Travel
Sprawled out in the UST House Part 4 Tent.

Choose the Best Camping Tent for You: Tips to Pick the Right Size Tent

Shopping for your first tent? Or maybe your first in a while? Chances are, you’re a bit overwhelmed by all the options out there. We get it. There are scores of brands making quality tents, and each one has a full lineup of different options, meaning there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of tents out there to choose from. So how do you pick? Well, what you pick is ultimately a cross-section of a whole bunch of different features and functions that are suited to your style of camping and outdoor adventures, but one of the most important to consider: size. We’ll help you figure out the best camping tent for you. Not too big or too small, but juuuuust right.

Read More about Choose the Best Camping Tent for You: Tips to Pick the Right Size Tent
A momma and baby moose in Glacier National Park.

Animal Encounters in the Outdoors! What to do When You Encounter Animals in the Wild

It’s one of the most common fears people cite when asked what they’re most afraid of when contemplating spending time outdoors: animals. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, mostly mountain lions, bears, and snakes, but you get the picture. That said, those aren’t the only animals you should be cautious around when out and about in wilderness areas (don’t forget about bison, moose and alligators)! So if you want a quick cheat-sheet for what to do when you encounter a wild animal on the trail, we’ve got you covered. Read on for how to respond to the 8 most common animal encounters you’re likely to experience in the wild.

Read More about Animal Encounters in the Outdoors! What to do When You Encounter Animals in the Wild
Finding the perfect campsite often means one with great views. Like this sunset view at Inks Lake.

How to Find the Perfect Campsite (No matter Where you Roam)

We all want the perfect campsite every time we pitch our tent: an amazing view, a nice shade tree, safe surroundings, a secluded spot so you can poop in the woods without worrying whether anyone is going to wander past…But finding the perfect site is easier said than done. Fortunately, there are ways to locate just what you want (or need) no matter where you find yourself. So here are some tips for how to find the perfect campsite whether you’re headed deep in the backcountry or setting up at a nearby state park.

Read More about How to Find the Perfect Campsite (No matter Where you Roam)
adventure in guatemala, 7-day guatemala itinerary

Vegan Travel Tips – 7 Vegan Bloggers’ Tips for Traveling While Vegan

A vegan diet is the single most impactful thing an individual can do to make a difference when it comes to climate change. So maybe you’re thinking of trying a vegan diet to reduce your footprint. Maybe you’re going all-in with a full vegan lifestyle. Or maybe you’re just trying to cut back on meat because of the serious environmental ramifications of factory farming. But maybe you don’t think you can eat vegan and travel the world. These vegan bloggers beg to differ. So no more excuses. Eat sustainably when you travel, no matter where in the world you are, with these vegan travel tips from seven adventurous and sustainable vegan travel bloggers and influencers.

Read More about Vegan Travel Tips – 7 Vegan Bloggers’ Tips for Traveling While Vegan

Sustainable Travel Tips – Tips for More Sustainable Travel

While it’s true that most of us aren’t traveling extensively right now, many of us are still tooling around our respective states in our trusty road-trip-mobiles, camping at nearby state parks, or playing outside in our own (sometimes literal) backyards. And it’s probably safe to say that most of us are looking forward to the day in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future when we can hop on a plane and enjoy some proper adventure travel again. Either way, it’s always a good time to talk about sustainable travel. So whether you’re just milling around town, road tripping across the state, or flying off for an international itinerary (one day…), here are some sustainable travel tips for more eco-friendly adventures, wherever they might be.

Read More about Sustainable Travel Tips – Tips for More Sustainable Travel
road trip essentials

Road Trip Essentials – What to Pack For an Epic Road Trip

A lot of travel plans got canceled this year. International travel is largely off-limits and most people aren’t too keen on the idea of flying across the country, either. So naturally, a lot of folks are shifting travel plans to include road trips. And while we can’t in good conscience recommend you embark upon “The Great American Roadtrip” this year, a close-to-home jaunt may be an acceptable alternative (as long as you do it safely and responsibly). But driving across the country or across the state still comes with its own set of complications (even if you don’t require a passport), so we’re gonna break it down. Here’s a solid list of road trip essentials that we’ve compiled based on years of experience (and more than a few flat tires and empty peanut butter jars) and an assumption that you, as we do, will be avoiding crowded hotels in lieu of socially distant campsites this year.

Read More about Road Trip Essentials – What to Pack For an Epic Road Trip