Dispatches from Tokyo: Porsche 962 for the street, Tomica Shop, and ahead by a Toyota Century

The Tokyo Motor Show is a wonderful event, although the best thing about it this year was once again the parking lot. However, if you can escape for a bit, you might find something interesting. Like 13 Toyota 2000GTs in a hidden warehouse. And other stuff too. »11/09/15 11:22am11/09/15 11:22am

Van Life: The Strangers I Met on the Road From Montana to Oregon

If the theme of my last Connected States column was about friends on the road, this one is about strangers. Those people who you never would have met if you hadn’t ventured from the nest. On the road through Montana, Idaho, and Oregon, I was lucky enough to meet some rather wonderful unfamiliars, some of whom really… »10/13/15 1:03pm10/13/15 1:03pm

This delightful video of traveling to Japan is just so much fun to watch

Francisco Fuentes’ amazing visual diary of his trip to Japan is so awesomely captured and so well edited and so fun to watch that it makes me want to take a trip there immediately. It’s because every video in the series (there are 12 15-second videos) basically acts as a teaser for his time in that wonderful country. »9/24/15 6:09pm9/24/15 6:09pm

Biking through Bali is like exploring a wonderland

Called Surfing Trails, you would think this beautiful video about Bali is about, well, surfing. But nope! It’s a biking video that travels through the wonderland that is Bali, exploring trails on volcanoes and cuts through the forest and jumps through the hills. It’s a lovely exploration of the island. »9/12/15 2:16pm9/12/15 2:16pm

Get Out of Forced Rental Car Insurance When Traveling Abroad

When you rent a car, you can usually get free insurance coverage through your credit card issuer, which means you rarely need the extra insurance offered by the rental company. This can be tricky to do abroad, though, since insurance regulations are different in other countries. Bring a copy of your issuer’s policy to… »9/11/15 1:21pm9/11/15 1:21pm

Driving Australia's Most Challenging Off-Road Trail

For most of Cape York, the remote peninsula north of Cairns that runs parallel to the Great Barrier Reef, the nearest major city isn’t even in Australia, it’s in Papua New Guinea. You know, where head-hunting was a thing up until a couple of decades ago. We just drove through it on the most challenging off-road trail… »7/21/15 10:23am7/21/15 10:23am

Why Airplane Flights Are Taking Slightly Longer Every Year

In the future, hopping on a plane from LA to Honolulu might take a minute longer than it does today. You probably won’t miss that lost moment, but the airline industry will: The tiny additional flight time could amount to thousands of extra hours and millions of dollars of additional jet fuel each year. »7/15/15 10:05am7/15/15 10:05am

Watkins Glen Is Fantastic Because Of Everything That's Not At The Track

I often get stuck in the trap of “I am here for a race weekend!” and don’t get to see much beyond the track itself and where I’m staying. I might make it to the local Denny’s at 1 a.m., but that’s about it. Do not fall into that trap with Watkins Glen. You will regret it and kick yourself until you can go back.
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What's the Best Flashlight?

Gizmodo rounded up the best LED flashlights back in 2012, and Indefinitely Wild has a great primer as well, but now it’s time to ask the audience. Whether you suffer frequent power outages, spend your time outdoors or in the garage, or just feel better having one around, a great flashlight is an essential tool. But… »6/29/15 3:15pm6/29/15 3:15pm