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Rent an RV for the Weekend Cheap With This 'Airbnb for Camper Vans' Rent an RV for the Weekend Cheap With This 'Airbnb for Camper Vans'

If you want to rent a car or a place to stay you have a lot of options. But what if you want to rent a car that doubles as a place to stay? Then your options get a but more limited.

Why You Can’t Rely on Your Phone in the Great Outdoors Why You Can’t Rely on Your Phone in the Great Outdoors

If you’re old enough, you may remember carrying maps in your car and telling family the phone number of the place you’re going. But who does that these days, when you just have your phone on you at all times? Well, if you’re heading out for a hiking or camping trip, you may need to resurrect some old-school habits.

How Do You Make Perfect S'mores? How Do You Make Perfect S'mores?

Hello, and welcome back to What’s Cooking?, the open thread where you get to share your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things food-related. Today I wish to talk about a wonderful summertime treat: the s’more.

The Best Burning Man Travel Tips From Our Readers The Best Burning Man Travel Tips From Our Readers

This week Hack Your City went to Black Rock City, the seasonal settlement that fills up every August for Burning Man. Readers gave tips for surviving the heat, the dust, and the sensory overload. Honestly it sounds like literal hell to me, but people seem to have a good time there! Read all the comments on the…

The Best Yellowstone Travel Tips From Our Readers The Best Yellowstone Travel Tips From Our Readers

We took the city out of Hack Your City this week, collecting reader tips on Yellowstone National Park. You can read all the best comments in the Staff tab under the original post. We’ve collected highlights below.

Tell Us Your Yellowstone Park Travel Tips Tell Us Your Yellowstone Park Travel Tips

This week on the increasingly inaccurately named Hack Your City, we’re collecting your tips for Yellowstone National Park. This place is nuts! Most of the world’s geysers are in Yellowstone. So are features like mountains, waterfalls, canyons, and hot springs (like the Grand Prismatic Spring, shown above not…

Six Weird Ways to Start a Survival Fire Without a Lighter or Matches

The times when you need a fire and the times when you have things to start a fire easily don’t necessarily coincide. For those instances, when your survival depends on you keeping warm, you have to get creative with what you can find. These six methods use some unusual tools to turn dry tinder into a toasty campfire.

Plan a Weekend Trip With the Fall Foliage Prediction Map Plan a Weekend Trip With the Fall Foliage Prediction Map

Pumpkin spice and chunky scarf lovers, rejoice: fall is on its way. And if you’re planning a trip to see the leaves change, you no longer have to rely on the luck of the draw or geotagged Instagram posts to tell you the best time to take a drive, thanks to a prediction tool that tells you the prime time for leafy…

How to Get Into National Parks for Free This Fall How to Get Into National Parks for Free This Fall

This year, there are ten days the National Park Service is offering free admission and the last four of those days are this fall. The next of these free days is this Friday, August 25th, so here’s how to make the most of your free fall visit.

Is Trader Joe's Pour-Over Bag the Ultimate in Coffee Convenience? Is Trader Joe's Pour-Over Bag the Ultimate in Coffee Convenience?

People who really love their coffee are always looking for ways to drink good coffee in spaces that are not conducive to brewing good coffee, and Trade Joe’s seeks to fill this need with a handy little brew-in-the-bag coffee pouch, complete with spout.

You're Probably Going to Get a Tick This Summer. Good Luck.

When you find that tick on yourself—or worse, on your kid or on a loved one’s hard-to-reach body part—don’t reach for the matches. Check out these six myths about ticks, so you’ll know what not to do.

The Important Precautions You Should Take If You've Been Bitten by a Tick The Important Precautions You Should Take If You've Been Bitten by a Tick

Lyme disease is one the rise, especially on the East coast. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect it to get worse this year as the weather warms up. Here’s what to do if a tick, the blood-sucking harbinger of the disease, makes a snack out of you.

How We Plan Frugal Family Vacations in National Parks How We Plan Frugal Family Vacations in National Parks

It’s never too early to start thinking about your travels, particularly if you want to enjoy the beauty of the world on a nice, tidy budget. One of the best ways to do that is to camp and, at the same time, take advantage of one of the best bargains offered to American citizens, our national park system.

Make a Zip Line for Your Dog to Let Them Explore Safely Make a Zip Line for Your Dog to Let Them Explore Safely

Taking your dog along when you go camping, hiking, or to the park is fun for both you and your pup, but they can wander off and get into trouble. Here’s a way you can give them freedom to explore without wandering too far while outdoors.

Make DIY Fire-Starter Pills With Paper and a Plastic Syringe Make DIY Fire-Starter Pills With Paper and a Plastic Syringe

Good kindling makes starting any type of fire easier, whether it’s your barbecue, fire pit, or a campfire under the stars. These compact fire-starter pills make for great kindling and are super easy to make.

A Travel Photographer Reveals the Best Hidden Spots in Popular U.S. National Parks A Travel Photographer Reveals the Best Hidden Spots in Popular U.S. National Parks

National parks are some of the most scenic, historic places you can visit. National Geographic photographer Jonathan Irish visited every U.S. national park last year to find hidden gems most travelers don’t often reach. He shared a few of his top finds with Travel + Leisure.

The Most Epic Long Hiking Trails In the U.S. The Most Epic Long Hiking Trails In the U.S.

If you’re looking for some true outdoor adventure, these long, scenic trails cover anywhere from 100 to nearly 7,000 miles.

Make a Fish Hook Out of a Zipper, and More Useful Survival Tips Make a Fish Hook Out of a Zipper, and More Useful Survival Tips

If you’re lost in the wild and in dire need of food, you can make a fish hook out of something you’re almost guaranteed to have on you.

Make a Cheap and Portable Camping Stove From Shelving Brackets Make a Cheap and Portable Camping Stove From Shelving Brackets

When you’re out camping and want to cook something in a pot or pan, all you really need is a way to hold the vessel above hot coals. One cheap and portable solution is to bring along a few metal shelving brackets.

Draw Bitterness Out of Cheap Coffee With an Egg Draw Bitterness Out of Cheap Coffee With an Egg

Unless you carry around your own beans everywhere you go—and I know people that do—chances are you will one day find yourself in a situation where only cheap, bitter coffee is available. Luckily, there is an easy way to turn bitter coffee into a rich, smooth brew. You just need an egg.

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