Braving Tepito: My Trip Inside Mexico City’s Infamous Barrio

“Don’t go there. You’ll get robbed.” This was the popular advice given to me by taxi drivers and hostel managers when I asked about Tepito, Mexico City’s most notorious neighborhood. I’m usually great at listening to advice from locals, but this particular day I decided to keep asking until I got the answer I wanted. … Read more

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Review: An Elite Hiking Boot?

Price: $230 MSRP – Check Price on: REI | Amazon Noel’s Rating:  4.6 of 5 stars Pros: Very comfortable; no break-in period; excellent ankle support, traction Cons: Relatively expensive; potential durability concerns; bulky Weight: 52.6 oz | 1.49 kg Women’s Model: REI | Amazon Lighter Option: Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 GTX: 36.5 oz | 1.04 kg … Read more

JBL Charge 3 Review: A Capable Travel Speaker?

JBL Charge 3 Speaker in front of a brick wall

Price: $150 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars Pros: Powerful! Great sound quality, impressive battery life, waterproof, able to charge devices Cons: Size/weight not ideal for lightweight travel, exposed subwoofers Weight: 28.2 oz (800 grams) Lighter/Smaller Option: UE Boom 3: 21 oz | 608 grams Budget Option: Anker Soundcore 3 Overview: JBL Charge … Read more

Denver in One Day on a Budget [Cheap Traveler’s Itinerary]

Looking to make the most of one day in Denver, but need to stay on budget? Worry not, Denver can be done on the cheap. I’m a Colorado native who has spent years getting to know Denver on a traveler’s dime, and I want to tell you all about my favorite spots. Lucky you. Denver … Read more

Backpacking the Atacama to the Ghost Town of San Bartolo

Red, jagged desert hills with white salt deposits and Incan ruins at the base

Sunblock and sweat run into my eyes as I trudge through a harsh, unearthly landscape. Ahead, the trail is fading away and a blast furnace sun beats down. A whisper of self-doubt reminds me that I’m completely alone in the middle of the driest desert in the world. I take a slow, deep breath and … Read more

How to Hike Patagonia’s Huemul Circuit (Without a Guide)

Two hikers look out over the South Patagonian Ice Fields on the Huemul Circuit

Profound Patagonian winds tear into my tent as I begin to realize that sleep is a fleeting possibility. Rest, however, is of little concern. Because I will soon be watching the sunrise over a pastel-blue bay of untainted water. The mountains at my back will burn orange as calving glaciers crack softly in the distance. … Read more