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solar power gadgets for traveling

The Solar-Powered Adventure Traveler

A reader asked me back in 2008 if there was a way to travel around the world without ever plugging into a wall socket. The answer was “sort of” and it has not gotten much better since then, unfortunately. If you
Coca leaves on the Inca Trail in Peru

The Good/Bad Coca Leaf in Peru

If people make a plant product into candy, chocolates, and tea, can it really be all that bad? Well, if you’re U.S. Customs, yes, but for people in the Andes, the coca leaf is life. If you don’t process it into
trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Gearing Up for Hiking the Mountains of Kyrgyzstan

Do you have what it takes to go trekking in Kyrgyzstan? The rewards you get in terms of scenery, solitude, and physical strength building are huge, but hiking there takes some preparation and attitude adjustment. If you search online for information
Bosnia hiking near Sarajevo

Hiking the Mountains Near Sarajevo, the Ridges of Visocica

We walked along the spine of a ridge single file, the path barely wide enough for one person, with a steep drop on each side. A tossed stone would have tumbled down a very long way before coming to a stop
Huaynu Picchu hike

The Toughest Two Hours in Peru

I’ve done a lot of hiking in Peru. I’ve gone on the Inca Trail, done the Salkantay Trek, and just finished up a version of the Lares Trek. But the hike that made me the most uneasy is one that up