Costa Rica Unconfined: Downward Dogs And Duck Dives

Published on 07/23/2014

Images Via Drew Zieff

Surfing and yoga go hand in hand: both require flexibility, strength, and breath control, both can be a doorway between the physical and the spiritual, and both have a slew of shockingly attractive practitioners. It’s no wonder that those who enjoy one often enjoy the other. From longboard to yoga mat – nowhere is the connection between surfing and yoga more tangible than in the beachside crossroads of Pavones, Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Unconfined: 3 Travel Essentials For Costa Rica, From Beach Breaks To Cloud Forests

Published on 07/22/2014

Image Via Drew Zieff

A country similar in size to the state of West Virginia, Costa Rica’s bevy of adrenaline-inducing attractions is more comparable to that of an entire continent. With the Pacific on one coast, the Caribbean on the other, and rainforest-covered mountains tucked in between, adventures are in store for everyone from solo surf bums to wide-eyed young families. Whether your idea of a successful vacation is careening through canopies on a zipline or sitting on the beach with a good book, Costa Rica’s laidback vibes and stunning vistas set the stage for your dreams to be bested by reality.

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Hand-Made Spotlight: Cycling

Published on 07/21/2014

For the dedicated cyclist, biking is not merely a means of transport or a weekend distraction. It’s a lifestyle, something that stretches from actually enjoying your daily commute (even in the rain) to decorating your walls with bike-inspired art—even art made from bike tires. This love for two wheels can be witnessed in the modest stream of hand-made products that speak to core enthusiasts, who want the things they use to come from people who feel just as enthusiastic about cycling as they do.

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Costa Rica Unconfined: A Traveler’s Roadmap To Paradise

Published on 07/18/2014

Though parts of Costa Rica have been overrun by tourism in the last decade, Pavones maintains off-the-beaten-track simplicity. The small surf town is situated just north of the Panamanian border, at a spectacular junction of verdant mountains and curving Pacific coastline. Accessible by dirt roads, Pavones is only enjoyed by travelers willing to make the trek. An eclectic flow of surf bums, ex-pats, and soul-searching pilgrims attest to the singular nature of Pavones, while making the town the bizarre crossroads that it is.

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Count to Three And Live: A Trio Of Backcountry Survival Essentials

Published on 07/17/2014

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Give a fast-and-light traveller a deck of tarot cards and, chances are, they’ll get used to light cooking fires. On the trail or river, tragedy is not written in the stars, but it is the result of flawed preparation combined with poor decision-making. No Palm Reader is needed when you grab these three essential survival tools and put the future largely in your own hands.

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Costa Rica Unconfined: Drinking With Taxi Drivers By Night, Surfing Empty Breaks By Day

Published on 07/16/2014

Images Via Drew Zieff

Like many travelers, my conventions fell by the wayside on a bumpy road in Costa Rica. My spirited cabbie, we’ll call him Alvaro, pointed to a rickety roadside bar and asked, “¿Quieres una cerveza?” Would you like a beer?

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Travel Smart: Overcome the unexpected with proven gear

Published on 07/15/2014

Delayed flights and food poisoning are often more reliable than clean water, particularly in far-flung destinations.  A few intelligent, space-savvy picks can carry the day even when the unpredictable is the baseline.  Rather than taking the edge off adventure travel, these Active Junky selections pave the way to embracing memory-making serendipity.

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Bike Commuter Classics: Pants For The Everyday

Published on 07/14/2014

As biking sees a meteoric rise in popularity throughout the country, apparel companies are crafting new products targeted at this rising army of two-wheeled commuters. Products like those from Levi’s Commuter Series and outdoor apparel gurus like Arc’Teryx  demonstrate the variety of companies looking for a slice of the action. Competing with these bigger names are a few companies on the rise that are definitely worth checking out. We picked out a handful of pants from up-and-coming, fashion-forward brands that make it easier for you to transition from the bike to the boardroom.

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Jordy Smith's Jaw-Dropping Perfect 10 Wave In South Africa

Published on 07/11/2014

Breaking waves and breaking news: Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. The latest stop of the ASP World Championship Tour just popped off with a bang. Defending champion and local wunderkind Jordy Smith didn’t hesitate to give the world a show on his home stage – a barreling section of J-Bay aptly nicknamed “Supertubes.” Nearly a minute of powerful, wrapping carves and stylish laybacks topped off with a floating section and a quick barrel, Jordy Smith’s perfect 10 in the first round is just a taste for what’s to come. Keep up with live coverage of the ASP World Tour action here.

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Dana Biosphere Reserve: Unearth Arabia's Most Beautiful Secret

Published on 07/10/2014

Image Via Nathan Borchelt

With 703 plant species, 215 species of birds, 38 species of mammals, and four bio-geographical zones, Dana Biosphere Reserve is the perfect place to subvert your (understandable) impression that Jordan is all desert and mountains.  The largest national reserve in the country, it covers 119 square miles in the south-central region of the country, dropping from 4,900 feet on the Qadisiya Peninsula to the low-lying desert of Wadi Araba, a dizzying intersection of rivers, slot canyons, and overlooks carved into a collage of limestone, granite, and sandstone.

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