7 Tips for Packing a Carry-On From an Adventurous Globetrotter by Lauren Steele

Checked baggage is a gimmick. Simply to get your belongings where you’re going, you have to pay extra fees, wait in extra lines, and send extra prayers to the travel gods that your belongings will even make it to your destination.Darrell Wade, founder of Intrepid Travel, the world’s largest adventure travel company, has shifted from dusty backpacker to jet-setting CEO taking meetings in New York and Sydney, but one thing hasn’t changed: Wade never checks a bag. “Be it a few days or a couple of months, I only ever have a carry-on these days,” Wade says. Here are his go-to tips for packing everything you’ll need.

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25 State Parks with National Ambitions by Lauren Steele

There are 10,234 state park areas comprising over 18 million acres of U.S. soil. And according to the National Association of State Park Directors' latest count, 720 million visitors checked in to state parks to enjoy the terrain, recreation, and wildlife of state parks. That's more than double the number of people who checked in to National Parks. These folks are onto something. "The gateway to nature and the outdoors has, and always will be, our local and state parks," said Kevin O'Hara, Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs at the National Recreation and Park Association. Look out Yosemite and Yellowstone, here are the top 25 state parks that are giving you a run for your money.

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Airbnb For Tents: 15 Campsites That Prove Booking by App Is Worth It by Lauren Steele

New services like HipcampGamping, and Tentrr are offering campsite bookings via a smartphone app. Yeah, we were skeptical, too, so we poured through hundreds, maybe thousands, of listings to see if they’re really worth it. Our conclusion: it’s time for your next camping trip.

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France's Wingsuit Graveyard Claims a Ninth Life by Lauren Steele

On August 22, 2016, Alexander Polli jumped off the cliffs of Le Brevent, adding to his near countless tally of flights down the French peak near Chamonix. Donning a wingsuit and action camera, the BASE jumping pioneer was filming another of his seemingly death-defying videos as he descended through the narrow, rock-strewn ENSA couloir. But while exiting the gully — with a barrel roll, no less — the YouTube star clipped a tree, lost control, and crashed, dying on impact. He was Le Brevent's ninth wingsuit fatality.

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How to Win at Beer Festivals by Lauren Steele

The Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the oldest, biggest, and most loved beer fests in the country. It kicked off this week and is serving up 112 different craft brews for fest-goers to imbibe and enjoy. That’s a lot of beer to sample in a mere matter of days, and navigating what to drink, when to drink, and how to drink can be overwhelming — but it shouldn’t be. As Chris Crabb, the woman who organizes the nations greatest and most-attended beer festivals (including the Portland Brewers Fest and the North American Organic Brewers Festival) puts it: “You don’t go to a beer fest in a bad mood. If you do, that will change really quick because everyone at a beer fest is happy. What’s happier than celebrating beer?”

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5 Luxury SUVs Actually Built to Go Off-Road by Lauren Steele

When it comes to 4x4s that get you off the beaten path and into your next adventure, practicality always trumps luxury. But if you have enough money to not fear scratching the paint on a half-million dollar SUV, why not splurge? These five extravagant, adept, and badass SUVs are the best — and most expensive — vehicles you’ll find off road.

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ESPYS 2016: THE BEST DRESSED WOMEN AND MEN ON THE RED CARPET by Lauren Steele

One night a year, the biggest names in the sports world and the best athletes get to shed their sweaty jerseys and workout gear to spruce up, get spiffy, and come together under the same roof to celebrate. And some players show up to win on the red carpet, too. Here are our picks for the best dressed men and ladies at the 2016 ESPY Awards.

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Today's Beer Atrocity: Heineken Fakes Draft Beer for KLM Airlines by Lauren Steele

The stress of air travel often calls for a glass of alcoholic relief. Commonly, your respite comes in the form of a pungent G&T, Scotch, or, increasingly, a tasty craft beer. But as U.S.-based airlines gradually bolster their beer offerings, European airline KLM (typically a more comfortable way to cross the Atlantic) is investing in gimmicks instead of better brews.

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Every Single Trail in California, on One Map by Lauren Steele

Americans love hiking. In 2015, 38.7 million of us spent time hiking and backpacking off the beaten path. And from the Pacific Crest Trail to the John Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park, California is a trail-goers mecca. And until recently, hikers and backpackers in the Golden State had to mix and piecemeal trail information and maps together from multiple resources — such as the U.S. Forest Service, National Parks Service, and Google. But thanks to one man, anyone who wants to explore the trails of California now has access to a single comprehensive map that documents every trail in the state.

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The New, Free Passport App That Lets You Skip The Customs Line by Lauren Steele

Before, the only way to skip lines was to pay a $100 application fee for Global Entry, and then wait for it to be processed before you could enjoy the ease of breezing through customs. But now, a new government technology will get you through even faster than the Global Entry group — for free.

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Are You Fit Enough to Be a Marine? by Lauren Steele

The Marine Corps updated its fitness standards for combat jobs this year, and the requirements truly test just how strong, tough, and able candidates are. The update comes on the heels of previously restricted jobs — tank crewman, infantryman, artilleryman — being opened to male and female service members, leading the Marine Corps to create new gender-neutral standards for combat roles.

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The Mystery of the 79,000-Bottle SweetWater Beer Heist by Lauren Steele

Late Monday night, maybe even early Tuesday morning, two loaded freight trailers disappeared from the SweetWater Brewing parking lot in Atlanta, Georgia. Though the trailers and some beer were recovered within hours, the brewery and police are baffled at why anyone would steal so much beer.

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