Nature lover’s road trip in North America: 25 best destinations

Nick Paquette and his girlfriend completed an epic road trip in North America, driving 35,000 km / 21,700 miles in six months. The couple wanted to explore the natural wonders of the continent, and returned with a stack of fabulous images and a ranking for the best nature destinations in North America.

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A short film of a campervan road trip in Iceland

The most exciting natural sights in Iceland are outside the capital Reykjavik, and experiencing them requires a road trip. For long road trips with freedom to choose where you stay the next night, hiring a campervan from Reykjavik is a good option for moving around the island. The writers of Autoblog decided to do just that, and while on the road, they created a short film from their experience.

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A cabin for the Mercedes pickup truck turns it into a small motorhome

Ever since I read My Travels with Charley: in Search of America by John Steinbeck I wanted to know how the author converted his pickup truck into a campervan. Well, in the US, it was possible to buy a readymade cabin on a pickup truck. Now, a company in Germany is making cabins especially for European and Japanese pickup trucks. The latest model fits on a Mercedes Class X pickup, turning it into a small motorhome.

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A road trip in an electric vehicle at majestic desert landscapes in January 2018

If you have always wanted to make a road trip in an electric car, here is an opportunity for you even if you don’t own one. Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) is an organized group trip where all vehicles are electric. In January 2018, the road trip participants will travel along the roads of United Arab Emirates and Oman.
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Where to travel for, how to view and photograph the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is a spectacular phenomenon that occasionally lights up the sky in the far north. Green, blue, red, violet and shades of these colors dance in the sky, forming shapes and pulsating like a work of art. Seeing the lights is a magical moment that you won’t ever forget. No photograph or video can reproduce the impressive play of lights. Here are tips (extracted with permission from the travel guidebook to Lapland) to finding, viewing and filming the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights in Kilpisjarvi, Lapland, Finland. Photo by Carsten Frenzl Read the story “Where to travel for, how to view and photograph the Northern Lights”

For steady outdoors and travel videos, Google Pixel 2 smartphone has an amazing stabilizer

Good cameras come with optical image stabilization (OIS) feature that reduces handshake and general movement caused by the person who is holding the camera. The result is smoother video clips and sharper still images. OIS has its limits, and that’s why stabilizers have been made available as accessories both for large cameras and smartphones. These electronic stabilizers let the photographer walk, cycle or drive while shooting a video. Now, Google’s engineers have managed to pack all the modern image stabilizing technology into the new Pixel 2 smartphone.
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The greatest hiking trails on the mountains around the world

In reality, it is impossible to name the greatest hiking trail in the world, because every outdoors lover has his or her own favorite. In addition, what are the criteria to be nominated as the best hiking trail? Scenery, level of experience and fitness required, safety, frequent signposts, or services? Karen Berger decided to choose 80 routes around the world for her book The Great Hiking Trails of the World, and here, she picks the best ones from random categories.
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Planning to travel in Europe? Here are the priciest and most affordable Euro countries

One important thing that makes traveling in Europe, especially in countries that have joined the Euro, easy is the common money. You can cross borders, for instance, from France to Italy or from Estonia to Finland without having to worry about currency rates or having to search for a currency exchange kiosk. For travelers, the Euro is the best thing since the bottled water was invented, but also statisticians can take advantage of the common currency, because it makes comparisons between regions easier. Now, Luxembourg has been ranked as the most expensive country in the Euro zone.

Gardens in Luxembourg. Photo by Kristoffer Trolle. Read the story “Planning to travel in Europe? Here are the priciest and most affordable Euro countries”

View the characteristics of districts in a city you are planning to travel to

When you travel to a city where you haven’t been before, it takes quite some time before you can identify the different districts in the destination. You know: business center, shopping district, students tend to live in a certain area, artists have discovered a specific region of the city, those who have money like to live close to one another, and hipsters hang out somewhere, too. Hoodmaps is a smart online service that can show you the characteristics of neighborhoods of cities on a map.

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Ultra-long distance road cycling: around the world in 80 days

Mark Beaumont from Scotland has ridden his bicycle around the world in less than 80 days. Even Jules Verne, whose book was the inspiration for the target of 80 days, envisioned that engine-powered vehicles would have to be used for the feat. Mark Beaumont had a support crew with him all the time, so he didn’t have to carry anything on his bike, but he had to pedal on average 390 km / 240 miles, and about 16 hours a day.

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