A First Timer’s Guide to Great American Backpacking Treks

Trekking through America’s vast wilderness provides a chance to strip down to basics, cast off distractions and reconnect with nature and ourselves. If planning your first backpacking trek seems intimidating, read on as TPG Contributor Liz Song of wilderness backpacking site Snowqueen & Scout highlights five trails that will challenge, empower and fill you with awe — and offers tips for feeling both prepared and safe along…

DUFL Makes Your Luggage Magically Appear at Your Destination

No packing required: a new startup business called DUFL will eliminate packing from your travel routine altogether. For $10 a month, DUFL will store your selection of travel essentials—clothing, toiletries, underwear, etc.— in a special suitcase at its warehouse in Tempe, Arizona (where they’re hiring, FYI). Every time you travel somewhere, use the app to choose…

6 Things I Already Hate About the Apple Watch

Just got confirmation that my shiny new Apple Watch has arrived in New York, but since I’m on my way to Cuba—follow my trip on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram—I’m paying attention to the early reactions from its first users from the last day or so. While I am looking forward to experiencing its wearable functionality, there…

4 Things I Can’t Wait To Do With My Apple Watch

Today’s the day—Apple Watch is here! But only if you pre-ordered it, like I did: my $699 model, the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Classic Buckle, is supposed to come sometime between today and May 8. Some people say “the Apple Watch is the same thing as the iPhone,” but it’s actually more. I’ll be doing a full review later, but…

Selfie Sticks: Travel Tool or Tourist Nightmare?

Though Mashable recently declared 2015 “the year the selfie stick took over,” it’s official—we here at TPG aren’t the only people in the world who find selfie sticks annoying. For fear of poking someone’s eye out, ruining priceless artwork, or inciting violence in crowded areas, these extendable boom arms designed to hold your smartphone camera way out in front…

Best Travel Bookshops in the U.S.

Even though e-readers and tablets are becoming increasingly common, brick-and-mortar bookstores (and paper-page books, for that matter) aren’t quite yet a thing of the past. Excellent independent bookstores are not only still open for business in cities and communities throughout the country, some even specialize—and thrive—in the travel niche. TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel shares some of the best travel-focused bookstores in America that serve…

Free United Miles, Hotels.com Discount, 2x AA Business Extra

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: American Airlines Business Extra Members Earn Double Points LAX–ATL Business Extra members can earn double Business Extra points when traveling on American Airlines between Atlanta and Los Angeles using the promo code LAXATL15. You must first register for the promotion, and your…

Mom and Baby Booted Off Frontier Flight For “Rudeness”

Crawling right behind Air Asia’s “Hot Watergate” and the Korean Air “‘nutroversy,” Tennessee mom Nicki Gazlay and her baby were kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight yesterday for arguing with a flight attendant. Gazlay and her five-month-old son were boarding their connecting flight from Denver (DEN) to Memphis (MEM) when a flight attendant demanded Gazlay take her son out of…

5 Great GoPro Accessories For Every Adventure Traveler

Do you have a hankering for adventure travel? If you’ve got a GoPro camera or you’re considering buying one, TPG Contributor Ryan Gargiulo of Pause The Moment shares the best GoPro accessories to capture those incredible moments on the go. As an avid adventure traveler and self-proclaimed tech geek, deciding which gadgets to take along with me…

Top 8 Sites for Discounted Travel Gear

Shopping online rather than at brick-and-mortar stores can save you a good deal of money, especially when it comes to expensive travel gear like luggage, carryalls, outdoor wear and seasonal sports equipment. TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled this list of the top sites for discounted travel gear to help you get properly outfitted for your future trips – without spending a bundle.  Discount sites…