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Canoeing The Boundary Waters: A Guide

This post was written by Bear J., who recently spent a week in the Boundary Waters with his brother. Read more about their trip, or read on...

Canoeing New River in Boone

Going on a day-long canoe trip with a toddler doesn’t seem like the most relaxing way to spend a weekend for most, but relaxation...

The Johnson Brothers’ Canoe Trip

August, 2015 was a monumental month in the lives of two brothers. Although they disagree on the optimal facial accessory of beard or...

The Best Backpacks For Traveling

Best Wheeled Backpacks For travelers who spend a good deal of time in urban areas, or flying a great deal, a wheeled backpack is a great...

Six Songs for a Bachelor Holiday

If the boys are going away, the jams will be played frequently and loud-- but what to put on your iPad? We've got you covered there with...

Financing a Year on the Road – How we did it

One of the most common questions we get is about financing our travels. We left Shanghai, our apartment there and our jobs in May of 2009....

Resources for Resourceful Travelers

We get a lot of questions about how we manage different aspects of full-time travel. To answer them, we’ve put together a special...

A Reflective Look at ATC’s Past Two Years

Abandon the Cube has been around since 2008. While we’re not into celebrating a massive birthday party for the website or the...

Influential, but Perhaps not so Famous Adventurers

When ever you get to the point, if this actually happens, that you feel like there isn’t anything else you could do to top what you...

The Redwood National Forest in California

I’ve always wanted to go to the Redwood National Forest in Northern California.  While we were out in the Pacific Northwest, we...

The Oregon Caves and the Mystery of the Greyback

After a great two days in Eugene, we packed up the old trusty mini van once again and decided to hit the road and head south. With all four...

Review: REI Stores

REI -Recreational Equipment Incorporated- started out as a club of like-minded outdoorsman who wanted equipment that was not being provided...

Book Reviews: Travel Literature on the Road

On the road last year I read several travel books. Below are a few reviews of some of the amazing adventure tales I’ve enjoyed...

Book Reviews: History on the Road

Traveling is a great way to learn. Every new city visited is a deeper insight into the region’s past and why it developed as it did....

Mt. Rainier National Park

From my family’s home in Washington State you can see Mt. Rainier. It’s one of the most majestic sights on the West Coast at almost...

While not Traveling – Fixing up your Home for Cheap

When you are on the road, you occasionally find yourself in between places or in limbo waiting for the next leg of your trip.  That is...

Book Review: Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts

If you have ever entertained the idea of long-term travel, or ‘Vagabonding’ as Rolf Potts terms it, then this book is an...

Across America by Land

Not many people make backtracks like we do! To make my point, our trips inside America in the last several months have been hectic,...

Book Review: Lost on Planet China: One man’s attempt to understand the world’s most mystifying nation, by Maarten Troost

If you have ever been to China, then Lost on Planet China will be full of inside jokes only you and other China travelers will understand....

Book Review: Smile When You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer, by Chuck Thompson

Chuck Thompson is an infamous name in the travel industry. He has been a long-time critic of how Americans perceive the rest of the world,...

Book Review: The Geography of Bliss, by Eric Weiner

If you are interested in social psychology and how the conceptual understanding of happiness varies between cultures, then The Geography of...

Abandon the Cube Featured on Lonely Planet

Good news for travel buffs, Lonely Planet now has a program that features great travel blogs. This program has exploded in the travel...

Where are those guys?

I suppose reading the blog might have been confusing recently for some of our more attentive readers. We posted blogs from Canada and...

How to raise money and find sponsors for the Mongol Rally

Having done quite a bit of research on how to find sponsors for our team in the 2010 Mongol Rally, we thought it might be helpful to write...

Mexico: A gringo story

Having always loved Latin music, food, clothing and culture, my first trip to Mexico was dreamt about for years before it actually...