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Garage-sized RV first of its kind: The Mantis by TAXA Outdoors

Do you want the spacious outdoor lifestyle of an 18-foot RV, without the hassle of having to find adequate storage space when it’s time to head back to the city? TAXA Outdoors Inc. unveiled The Mantis on September 18-22 at the RV Open House in Elkhart, Indiana, and to much fanfare we might add. The Mantis is the first travel trailer of its kind: It sleeps 4 adults, but comfortably fits into a standard sized garage. Most vehicles can tow the compact adventure trailer because it weighs in at a light 2300 pounds when empty. The size and weight is perfect for city-dwellers who love a good adventure. What to expect from The Mantis. The open-concept design features 2 bunks positioned across the front end of the trailer, and a convertible couch to queen-sized bed at the rear. There is even space for a small shower in the bathroom, and a two-burner stove and compact fridge in the kitchen. Did we mention all TAXA trailers are designed by an ex-NASA engineer? For the ample living …

campfire cooking inspiration

#CampfireCooking to get the juices flowin’

It’s easy to pack pre-made salads, sandwiches, and a handful of hot dogs when packing for a weekend outdoors, but campsite eats can be oh-so-delicious with a little imagination. We aren’t talking Pinterest-perfect five course meals, but some inspiration couldn’t hurt, right? There’s no better place to find inspiration than on Instagram. Here’s how a few other modern campers refuel over the flames. @camping_is_mylife A post shared by Camping is mylife (@camping_is_mylife) on Aug 31, 2017 at 8:49am PDT Pork roasted over the campfire tastes so much better than any way you try to cook it at home. These people are experts—this community account features photos from campers around the world @lachachavida A post shared by Kristina Rodriguez (@lachachavida) on Aug 31, 2017 at 10:30am PDT A drool-worthy side of sweet potato about to grill over an open fire. Sign me up! (And serve it next to the pork from the first photo) @freshoffthegrid A post shared by Fresh Off the Grid (@freshoffthegrid) on Aug 15, 2017 at 5:11pm PDT Time for dessert! Does anyone …

Everyone’s talking about the North Coast 500 – with good reason

It has been dubbed the Route 66 of Scotland. Frankly, the North Coast 500 doesn’t need to hide behind any other great touring route. It has character and personality all of its own and is right up there with the very best road trips in the world. We’d certainly add it to our list of ‘top camper locations in the world’. I’ve not long returned from a trip on this 500-mile (516 to be exact) circular route around the most northern region of the Scottish Highlands. Created in 2015, the North Coast 500 has fast become one of the most popular driving routes in Europe, and has already been ranked highly by top media like Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveler and Condé Nast Traveler. For campervans, we rate it highly too. What? To say the North Coast 500 has been created suggests it’s brand new. Strictly speaking, the roads used have been there all along. It’s simply that a savvy marketing team has established a circular route on existing roads and given it a name. …

Camping Mount Fuji’s Five lakes

Do you know Japan’s tallest mountain? It’s hard to get this wrong. But if you said Mt. Fuji (富士山), congratulations! Standing at 3,776m, Mt. Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain and one of the country’s most recognizable symbols, often referenced in works of art, and likely the most popular attraction on the island next to the many buzzing metropolises. This colossal mountain is just 100 short kilometres south-west of Tokyo and is popularly hiked at night so as to catch the infamous morning light or 御来光 goraikō, meaning “arrival of light”.  Of course, you cannot take a camper on Mt. Fuji and while that sounds amazing, we don’t actually think it’s a wise choice. Instead there are five lakes that surround Mt. Fuji—known as the Fuji-goko or the Fuji Five Lakes – where we will introduce some great scenic spots and campgrounds where you can experience one of Japan’s most inspirational images. The first lake is the one closest to Tokyo—Lake Yamanaka. Of the five lakes, Lake Yamanaka has the largest area. Located near this lake …