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Luxe Rafting Baja

Photo: Towing a raft to to shore in the Sea of Cortez

Blast through Baja's Loreto Bay National Park on a speedy inflatable raft.
Rafting Baja primer


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See amazing trip photos from our readers. Or send us your favorite pics.
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Hiking the Great Wall

Photo: Matthew Power on China's Great Wall

After reading "Astride the Dragon's Back," plan your
own Great Wall hiking excursion by downloading
our map and Adventure Guide.
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Gear: Fall Apparel

Our fall apparel guide gives the goods for an all-purpose wardrobe come rain, shine
or campsite downtime.
Plus: The latest GPS units.
Check out the fall gear


Exotic Explorer Cuisine

Photo: Scorpion on endive

An explorer-inspired menu
of scorpions and tarantulas comes to a table near you.
See the exotic eats


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"Life's an Adventure" Reader Photo Album
Been on a memorable trip? Send us your best photo and travel tip.
Photo: Biking a risky bridge in Pakistan's Hunza Valley
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"Pedaling along the caravan routes of the Hindu Kush, Karakoram, and Pamir ranges, my bike journey traced 1,500 unpaved kilometers (932 miles) from Peshawar, Pakistan, to Kashgar, in the Xinjiang Uygur region of China. This bridge in the Hunza valley of Pakistan connects Pasu village to the fields on the other side. A friend set up the camera on a tripod below the bridge, which was about a 50-meter (164-foot) drop. I was a bit scared because the bridge's cables were rusted steel and some pieces of wood were missing or broken. Still, I just kept pedaling. When I reached the center, my friend snapped this shot."
 
Alessandra Meniconzi, 42
Graphic Designer and Teacher
Biogno, Switzerland
 
DIY: "Research the terrain of your desired bike route beforehand to decide if the level of difficulty suits your ability. Choose the right bike and tires according to whether the roads are paved or unpaved and the duration of your trip. Low weight makes a difference! A light tent, a sleeping bag, a few clothes, a rucksack, a first-aid kit, and two inner tubes were all I brought."

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"Life's an Adventure" Reader Photo Submission Guidelines: 
 If you've been on the trip of a lifetime and have the photos to prove it, we want to hear about it. Send us your best travel pics and a trip description of 250 words or less. It could be published in an upcoming issue of the magazine! 
 
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