monuments, state parks, and recreation areas with miles upon miles of incredible trails and challenging climbing routes to explore. Some of the most popular features in the area with outdoor enthusiasts are the many incredible slot canyons. In this Leprechaun Canyon trail guide, I am going to let you know why the Leprechaun Canyon slot is one of my favorite slot canyons in all of Southern Utah. Not only is this slot canyon incredibly beautiful, but it is also one of the lesser-known slot canyons in the area, so it is not nearly as crowded as some of the others. Best of all, the Leprechaun Canyon slot is relatively easy to get to and explore (if you aren’t doing any climbing), so it is a slot canyon that the whole family can enjoy!
Josh HewittAvid traveler and photographer who loves to see new places, meet new people, and experience new things. There is so much this world can teach us, we just need to explore!
The 30 Top Travel Destinations for 2022
The calendar has turned and 2021 is behind us. With the start of a new year, and countries increasingly opening their borders to visitors, it is time to start thinking about travel for this year. Even though I think the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, many people are still apprehensive about being in crowded places. That said, I think more-and-more people are ready to start venturing out internationally again this year, which is music to my ears. This world is a big, beautiful, and diverse place, and we are all better off when we get to explore it and learn from each other. If you are looking for some great destinations to travel to this year, then you will want to browse my list of the top travel destinations for 2022.
A Look at My 2022 Travel Adventure Bucket List
or me, one of the biggest joys that comes with travel is the anticipation of getting to explore someplace new and to learn about how other people live. I guess that is why I enjoy writing about travel about as much as I love traveling itself. It is also why I love putting together an annual travel bucket list so that I can see how my travel hopes and dreams evolve and change over the years. Not only is it a great way for me to create a blueprint for the travel adventures that I would like to have in the future, but it is also a way for me to look back and see how my travel preferences and priorities have changed throughout the years.
A Look at My 20 Top Travel Photos of 2021
The clock is beginning to run out on the year 2021 and that means it is about time for my annual post on my Top Travel Photos of the year. To be completely honest, when the year started, my hope was that this post would be filled with wonderful pictures from my autumn trip to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. However, the COVID-19 curse put a dent in my travel plans once again and left me scrambling to change my travel plans this autumn. As frustrating as it was to have to push back my trip, I was extremely blessed to be able to go on several incredible adventures this past year. From those adventures, I was able to capture several great photographs that I am very happy with. The purpose of this annual post is to share these photographs with you in the hopes that it inspires you to plan your next big adventure.
The Complete Toledo Spain Travel Guide
Anyone who has visited Spain will tell you that the country has no shortage of incredible cities for one to visit. While some of the larger cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia may get most of the attention, I have a soft spot for the culturally rich smaller Spanish cities and towns. One of my favorites of these cities is the incredible city of Toledo. Toledo is one of the oldest and most unique cities that you will find in all of Spain. It was the capital of the country before Madrid and is still widely considered to be Spain’s cultural capital to this day. The city of Toledo absolutely brims with historical landmarks and is renowned for its wonderful festivals that date back centuries. For travelers to Spain who are looking for an authentic Spanish cultural experience, I can think of few cities better to visit than the incredible city of Toledo.
The 2021 Top Holiday Gifts For Hikers List for the Outdoor Adventurer in Your Life
getting something nice for the special outdoor adventurers in your life to enjoy next hiking season. To help you out, I have put together a list of some of my favorite hiking gear for under $100 USD. All of the gear on my holiday gifts for hikers list has been tried and tested by me first-hand, so I can personally testify to the quality and usefulness of this hiking gear. Whether your loved ones are casual hikers or hardcore back country vagabonds, you are certain to find something on this list that will bring a big smile to their face this holiday season.
The 2021 Top Holiday Gifts For Travelers List for the Special Nomad in Your Life
The weather is starting to turn cold, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and holiday music is already playing on the radio. The holiday season is fast approaching and I am guessing you are starting to put together your shopping list for family and friends. If you are like me and have a number of special people on your list who love to travel, then you will find this article especially helpful. For the past three years, I have put together a list of holiday gifts for travelers that contains what I think are some of the most creative and useful travel accessories on the market. I’ve put together this list to help shoppers like you shop for travel obsessed people like me. Well, not me specifically, but people in your lives who are as crazy about travel as I am. You get the idea.
The Definitive Reflection Canyon Trail Guide for the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
There are a number of spectacularly beautiful backcountry hikes that you can take in the Southern Utah area, but my favorite is undoubtedly the hike to Reflection Canyon in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. While it is one of the most breathtaking hikes that you will find in the area, it is also one of the most difficult. There is no marked trail to help you navigate the roughly 15-mile round trip hike thru slot canyons and deep washes, and shelter from the blistering sun is almost non-existent. That’s why I believe this trail earns every bit of the “Difficult” rating that it has been given. The awe-inspiring beauty of Reflection Canyon is definitely something that all backcountry hikers should see in their lifetime, but it is important that you are prepared for this hike before setting out. I have created this Reflection Canyon trail guide to help you with that preparation so that you can complete this hike safely and successfully.
Ten Easy Backpacking Safety Steps to Make Backcountry Hiking Safer and More Enjoyable
When I first started to get into backcountry hiking and backpacking, my family thought I was absolutely crazy. Actually, some of them still do. Each year, there are media reports of unfortunate hikers who run into trouble in the backcountry and are either lost, injured, or tragically perish. I have explained to my family that, while even seasoned and prepared hikers do sometimes have accidents in the backcountry, a majority of the tragic stories you read about concern hikers who enter the backcountry unprepared.
While it is true that no amount of preparation can completely eliminate the risks an dangers of backcountry hiking, the same can be said about virtually everything in life. No matter how vigilant we are, accidents can happen. Even with something as routine as driving a car, taking safety precautions such as wearing a seatbelt, driving the speed limit, and paying attention to the road isn’t always enough to keep us safe. However, like with driving, taking certain safety precautions while hiking in the backcountry can significantly increase the likelihood that you will complete your hike safe and sound.
The Ultimate Waterhole Canyon Guide for Visitors to the Page, Arizona Area
When people see my photographs of the incredible Antelope Canyon on Instagram, I am often asked for recommendations on when and how to book a tour. My advice is always to book early and be prepared to deal with crowds. You see, the two times I visited the canyon were well over a decade ago, and there was far less demand for tours and the crowds were much smaller. I still think Antelope Canyon is an incredible sight that you should try and see at least once in your life. However, if you are either trying to book a tour last minute or would like a beautiful canyon experience without the massive crowds, then I would suggest that you keep reading my Waterhole Canyon guide. Believe me, this breathtaking canyon won’t be a secret for long either, so this is your chance to tour it before the crowds get much larger!