best places to watch the sunset in michigan

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact The Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Michigan August 4, 2020 I’ve watched sunsets from nearly every corner of the state. I’ve also watched sunsets from many different corners of the world. Sure, orange and pink wisps over glacial lagoons and moody deep red accents…

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what to wear hiking

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact What to Wear Hiking: The Best Affordable Hiking Gear for Every Season June 25, 2020 I’m very straightforward when it comes to outdoor gear. I don’t spend hundreds of dollars on brand name equipment from expensive apparel companies. I buy items because they work, they last,…

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longs peak hike

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact Longs Peak Hike: What to Expect When Climbing Colorado’s “Deadliest” Mountain June 15, 2020  In terms of statistics, Longs Peak is only 14th on the list of hardest 14ers to climb in Colorado. There is no class 5 climbing and the trail is well-marked and easy…

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overrated places in the US

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact The Most Overrated Places in The United States (And Where to Go Instead) May 21, 2020 1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee  Although beautifully situated in the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is everything a mountain vacation shouldn’t be. There, I said it. What visitors expect is a quiet cabin in…

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travel questions

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact Shalee Wanders Q&A – Answering Reader Questions February 21, 2020 Last week I asked my Facebook followers to submit any questions they had about travel. Here are my answers: If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give yourself about traveling? PACK LIGHT.…

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hiking old man of storr

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact Three Things to Know Before Hiking Old Man of Storr January 25, 2020 The buzzing of my 4:00am alarm still rang in my head as we loaded the car and began the three-hour journey from Fort William to Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands. We…

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Norway - Backpacking in Europe

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact The Best (And Worst) Countries for Backpacking in Europe December 15, 2019   Best: Norway  Although expensive, Norway’s flexible camping laws quickly offset higher costs for goods and services. More so, backpacking in Norway is completed with ease thanks to its robust train system that allows…

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afford to travel

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact I’m 26 and I’ve Traveled the World. Here’s How I Afford it. September 17, 2019 I’ve been to more countries than years I’ve been alive, which often ignites an interesting conversation that revolves around how I afford to travel at such a young age. Recently while…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact Six Underrated Places to Visit in The United States June 26, 2019 1. Savannah, Georgia What popular cities like Miami, Los Angeles, and New York lack in charm, Savannah brilliantly flourishes in. Blush & blue colored Victorian-era mansions line old squares, covered in vines and displaying…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact A Solo Hike Up New Zealand’s Gertrude Saddle   Updated: March 31, 2020 Around dawn, I peeked my head out from the thin blanket I had spread across myself in the backseat of my compact rental car. The night had lingered in the mid-40s, but my…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact Four Romantic Getaways in Michigan For Every Kind of Couple From sipping wine on the shores of Lake Michigan to candlelit dinners overlooking the Detroit skyline, there is an abundance of romantic getaway options right here in Michigan. You can forget about jetting off to Paris,…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact You Can Come With Me to PERU!   I’ve been keeping something under tight wraps the last couple months. Ever since returning from Colombia, many of you have reached out wondering if they can join the next trip. I heard you loud and clear, and IT’S…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact The Ultimate Guide to Free Camping 1. Free campsites Yes, there are actual camping areas designed specifically for free camping. Don’t expect anything fancy, as 9/10 times the campsite will include nothing but a fire area, but you usually find them in beautiful, off-the-beaten-path locations. If…

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A Weekend in Traverse City

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact The Midwest’s Most Picture-Perfect Town: Traverse City   The first thing I noticed when I was deboarding the plane was the smell. A mid-October scent of thick fall flannels and pumpkin patches. It smelled like home. I was eager for fall color. Let me rephrase. I…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact Four Unique Places to Visit the North Carolina Mountains     I’ve found myself falling more in love with North Carolina every time I explore it.  As a travel blogger, I’ll be the first to admit that it grows harder and harder to be struck with…

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Living in a Van

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact WHY YOU NEED TO GO LIVE IN A VAN FOR SIX MONTHS     I miss it. I miss it every day. I miss pulling over whenever it felt right. I miss having no deadlines or time constraints. We were never held back, because there was…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact How to Support Ethical Animal Tourism   Oh, animals. They’re fluffy and cute, sometimes massively terrifying, and other times mildly so. We’re instinctively drawn to interact and be in their presence. I mean, who doesn’t want to cuddle an adorable Koala or help bathe a baby…

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New Zealand Solo Travel

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact IT TOOK ME THREE DAYS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS COUNTRY     I think New Zealand is the world’s “most wanted” travel destination. Have you ever had someone tell you they DIDN’T want to visit the land of Narnia/Lord Of The Rings? I don’t…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact STORIES BEHIND MY TEN FAVORITE TRAVEL PHOTOS Pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they’re worth much more. Travel or not, we each have photos we cherish that capture a particular moment of happiness. Or perhaps a not-so-happy moment but a story that shaped the…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO TRAVEL THE WORLD FOR A YEAR   The $$$$ of travel is a question I get more often than not. And of course, everyone who asks that questions knows the answer: it varies. But yet, it’s still asked, and that’s…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact HOW TO TRAVEL WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER AND NOT KILL EACH OTHER     I’ve stood on a lot of cliffs with my boyfriend, Josh. Together, we’ve traveled to twenty-some countries and over thirty states. To be honest, I’m surprised he hasn’t thrown me off a…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact 8 TIPS FOR MAKING ROAD TRIPPING EASIER     Whether taking a short weekend trip to Northern Michigan or a trip across the United States, there are a few things I’ve learned about making life on the road easier, more enjoyable, and more convenient (especially when…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact THE CABINS OF SERENITY SPRINGS: ULTRA ROMANTIC GETAWAY   What happens when you get the chance to go to an ultra-romantic, picture-perfect, cabin/glamping resort in Indiana but your boyfriend is 1500 miles away? You invite your best friend, buy multiple bottles of wine, and prepare to…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact A PROPER GUIDE TO ROAD TRIPPING THE UNITED STATES   The vast, wild, and untouched landscapes of the United States draw millions of adventurers to head out on a road trip every year. From the Rocky Mountains of the west, rugged coasts of Maine, and bayous…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact THE MOST INSANE (AND SCENIC) HIKES IN THE UNITED STATES   From hiking on the ledge of thousand-foot cliffs, slippery granite slopes, and white deserts, here are seven of the most insane and scenic hikes in the United States.   Half Dome The first major hike…

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HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact FOUR REASONS EVERYONE SHOULD VISIT SCANDINAVIA   Scandinavia might have words like menneskerettighetsorganisasjonene, and the winters might be brutal, but if you’re looking for awe-inspiring landscapes, friendly people, and saunas with beer, it’s a region not to be missed. Consisting of Finland (which I did not…

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