Exploration Filter
  1. “Nothing opens the mind and heart to a spiritual experience like solitude. It may not always be easy, and there will undoubtedly be some lonesome, wistful moments, but it is these very moments that allow a spiritual journey to unfold.”

    Books
  2. TRAVELAUREL

    Pittsburgh native Laurel Munshower left Steel City when she hopped on a plane to Dubai — and hasn’t looked back. Her travel writing is offbeat and thoughtful, and will help you flesh out your own travel bucket list.

    Exploration
  3. Exploring #Vanlife and Writing About Social Media Celebrities

    A Q&A with Rachel Monroe, who wrote about nomads in a vintage Volkswagen: “The idea of incorporating longer stints of rootlessness, even if there is a home base to come back to, is something that appeals to both professional vanlifers and people who are watching the trend from afar.”

    Culture
  4. Ellie on the Appalachian Trail

    Follow the adventures of Derrick, Bekah, and 12-month-old baby Ellie as the family traverses all 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

    Exploration
  5. snowmads.blog

    Jason and Kristin Snow left their traditional jobs to explore North America in an RV. Living in a vintage airstream, three RVs, and now a place in Springfield, Missouri, to call home in between trips, these “snowmads” love to embark on — and share — their adventures.

    Exploration
  6. 10,000 Kilometers: Quintin Lake on Walking and Photographing Britain’s Coastline

    Photographer Quintin Lake is walking and blogging his way around the coast of Britain.

    Architecture
    Venus above camp at Penbwchdy, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Glow from Ireland across the sea. Photograph by Quintin Lake.
  7. 8Duffels & 2Mutts

    This family of six (two parents, two toddlers, and two mutts) left Iowa for Ecuador, selling everything they owned and leaving behind everyone they knew. “This is our story, the tale of our evolution. The journey of our quest to live with less stuff and more ‘us.’”

    Exploration
  8. Notes to self

    It’s easy to lose track of time on Ranga Rohini’s site, where visual storytelling takes multiple shapes, from striking monochrome photography to sketches based on her wanderings around Chennai, India.

    Architecture
  9. The Complicated Past and Present of a California Utopia

    “And yet, like all utopian experiments, Esalen’s cracks widened as it grew in popularity and began to attract this wealthier set. Today’s guests hardly care about any sort of counterculture; they care, as Wolfe pointed out, about self-improvement.” Cody Delistraty spends a weekend at Big Sur’s Esalen Institute, once a bastion of hippie counterculture.

    Culture
  10. The Agony and Joy of the Great Scottish Outdoors

    Beautiful and unforgiving, Scotland’s countryside offers Alex Cochrane, a travel and history blogger, a chance to savor extreme emotions and masochistic bliss.

    Essay
  11. Huck Magazine

    From surf and skateboard culture to music, art, and activism, Huck Magazine shares stories from the people on the countercultural frontlines.

    Culture
  12. Ruffwear Explored

    “Every dog is an explorer.” Ruffwear produces a line of performance dog gear. The company blog, Ruffwear Explored, publishes stories that inspire exploration for outdoor adventurers and their human companions.

    Animals
  13. Mark Johanson

    Travel, food, and culture writer Mark Johanson is based in Santiago, Chile, and has written for publications such as Newsweek, GQ, the Guardian, CNN, BBC, and Lonely Planet. He also photographs people, nature, and landscapes from his travels.

    Exploration
  14. Goat Rocks Wilderness: 8 days and 80 Miles on the Pacific Crest Trail

    “With Elu by my side, I am never lonely or afraid of other people. She really is the best adventure buddy.” On the blog of Ruffwear, writer Tenley Lozano recounts her experience backpacking with her dog, Elu, on the Pacific Crest Trail.

    Animals
    Photo by Tenley Lozano
  15. Architecture