What is Adventure Travel?

Adventure Travel - Val in Real Life

I’ve been in full-tilt travel mode the last few weeks between three different events. And guess what? Much of that time has been spent riding in the rain, sleeping in a soggy tent, and finding creative ways to extract my motorcycle from mud bogs. It’s been extraordinarity difficult. And I’d do it all again. But make no mistake about the …

Comfort

If you’ve been following along the Pacific Northwest Tour, particularly on Facebook, you know that I just spent eight solo adventure days of camping, hiking, photographing, and relaxing at the astounding Great Sand Dunes National Park. The subtext of that is I also had eight days without a shower, living in a tent, and facing the challenges the weather there …

Postcards from Real Life: Appreciation

Through my blogging and travels, I’ve gotten to meet some truly remarkable people. Some have become friends, others are mentors, some are both. All of them, I cherish for their impact on my life. And now that I’ve been around the blogosphere for a little while, I occasionally meet people who are inspired by what I do. It’s a little …

Discovering Death Valley

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending some time in Death Valley National Park. Unlike a typical lengthy road trip with Fred and George, this was a quickie solo blast out-and-back involving planes, rental cars, and the general travel mayhem I try to avoid. Those necessary evils were well-worth the effort though. The backstory… This trip started …

Val in Real Life takes on Overland Expo…

The first official destination of the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition was indeed, Overland Expo. Go fig right? This event was big question mark for me. I knew fabulous blogger peeps would be there (more on them later) so I wouldn’t be lacking some face-time with some amazing travelers. But in terms of the Expo itself, true overlanding and off-roading …

Postcards from Real Life: Wild Days

We’ve talked about the community in nature before here and today’s post is inspired by a weird mashup of that community and the modern world… in this case, a weekly Twitter chat called Adventure Travel Q&A. So while we discuss exploring outdoors, it happens virtually through the marvels of modern technology. In this way we get to know people and …