The exposed rock and scattered trees of Sentinel dome.

Getting Fit for Treks in Yosemite and Elsewhere, Part 1

The natural world provides geographical challenges that ensure some of the most exciting, inexpensive ways for travelers to get into shape and prepare for a variety of adventures. Laura Martone introduces readers to a fitness plan that will get them ready to get outdoors.

A Kennedy Space Center Tourbus with the launch platform visible in the distance.

Two Travel Contests Worth Mentioning

People all around the world dream of traveling to exotic destinations, and on any given day, the list of available travel contests could go on and on. Author Laura Martone introduces readers to two new travel contests that caught her eye.

A gout of flame ignites as a hot air balloon is being filled.

Celebrating the Marvel of Hot Air Ballooning

Throughout the year and around the world, spectators can watch vibrant hot air balloons take flight at a wide assortment of annual festivals and events. Laura suggests some festivals across America and resources for balloon enthusiasts worldwide.

Product image of a woman's coat with simulated view of where items can be stored.

The Coolest Traveling Coat Ever

Laura Martone is no stranger to the topic of trip essentials. In this article she reviews the stylish and practical Penny Coat by travel apparel company SCOTTEVEST.

Book cover of Moon Road Trip USA, 6th edition.

Top 10 Gifts for Road Trippers

With the winter cold at our doorstep and the holiday season in full swing, now is the perfect time to start dreaming of all the fun spring and summertime travel possibilities the New Year will bring. Jamie Jensen, author of the best-selling Road Trip USA, offers his top 10 gift ideas for road trippers.

A leaf-strewn path winds between tall leaves with foliage just starting to turn yellow.

How the Travel Industry Has Changed Since 9/11

Since the September 11th attacks, for most travelers, much has changed, including an increase in costs, inconveniences, and security measures. Laura Martone interviews travel industry veteran Bob Diener for more insights into fees and changes to expect in the future.