Topographic maps have always been able to show the highs and lows, paths and tracks, rivers and gorges of wilderness regions in great detail. Reading and understanding a topographic (printed and digital) takes some time because many things have to be displayed as symbols. Now, outdoor activities can be planned on a PC (if you want to view the area where you are going on a large screen), and once you have reached your destination and start your adventure, you can navigate and track your route on a mobile device. The service is called Fatmap.
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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If you know the quiet back roads and cycling lanes of Europe, you have a fantastic opportunity to cycle in many countries. The best thing with cycling is that during the daily pedaling journey it is possible to see many sights and absorb local culture. But where are Europe’s best cycling routes? EuroVelo has mapped 15 routes that let cyclists explore Europe along cycling-friendly roads.
When you are riding a bicycle in an unfamiliar place, you need something to help you navigate. Dedicated bicycle navigators are available, for instance, from Garmin, and many riders use their smartphones to find their way to the destination. The smartest product for cycling navigation may well be a tiny puck that does nothing else but points the rider to the right direction.
Rail travel is a wonderful way to explore regions of the world, because you often get to see something unexpected. In cities and villages, you can scan the backyards of houses and how people live. In the countryside, you can view sceneries that are not necessarily visible for road travelers at all. Especially, in mountainous regions the sceneries can be spectacular. For instance, in Europe. Here are seven magnificent European train trips for those travelers who want to see the best sceneries from a train window.
Canada is one of the largest countries in the world that stretches about 4800 km / 3000 miles from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast. When a coast-to-coast hiking trail was recently created in Canada, it became the longest trail in the world: 22 000 kilometers / 13 670 miles long.
It is not only humans who like to travel to distant destinations, but some animals travel long distances twice a year. I am not talking about your dog that you may take along for road trips in your motorhome, but birds that migrate every spring and autumn. Movebank has created a fascinating animation that shows the routes birds fly.
If you are planning to make a long road trip to the northernmost region of Europe, Lapland, here are 5 scenic drives to include into the tour plan. Summer months July and August are the best period to tour the large wilderness above the Arctic Circle. Top 5 scenic routes were suggested by the travel guidebook Lapland.