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The Best Book!First-time visitors might enjoy these shortcuts to our best and most popular articles!

My most popular article (with half a million views) is: 10 Reasons Why El Camino Santiago Sucks. (And 10 reasons to like it)

The Best Photos from Eastern Europe: Francis spent 3 years traveling Eastern Europe to write his upcoming 2nd book, The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us. These are the best photos from that journey.

The Best Trail: The world's most extreme and dangerous trail! Includes 7-minute video + dozen photos!

The Best Freebie: The audiobook of Hike Your Own Hike! Download half of it for free!

The Best Tip: How you can afford to travel the world for months (or years)! Even in Norway!

The Best (and Longest) Backpacking Adventure: the Continental Divide Trail Yo-Yo! That's 7-months of backpacking 9,000 km (5,600 miles) from Mexico to Canada and back, along the Rocky Mountains.

The Best Climb: Solo hike up Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe, in trail runners.

The Best Debate: A Tyrannosaurus Rex debates Francis on climate change and then Francis writes about what to do. The intense debate has spilled over into the WanderLearn Forum!

The Best Podcast: Learn about Slovakia + listen to two Slovak songs too.

The Best Jump: Skydiving in Europe's Skydiving Capital.

The 2nd best book

The Best Photo Blog: 58 photos from the hike across the Pyrenees (Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean).

The Best Gear List: Less than 6 pounds (under 3 kg), the CDT Yo-Yo Gear List was enough to let Francis backpack from Mexico to Canada and back along the Rocky Mountains for 7 months! That's 9,000 km (5,600 miles) of wilderness backpacking with an ultra-light load!

The Best Travel Article: Exploring the stereotypes of Albania.

The Best Job at Defending America: Part 4 of the 5-part Defending America Series is the most popular because it defends American Ignorance.

The Best Deal: 8 products for 1 low price: $39.99. Two hardcover books, 1 audiobook, 2 ebooks, and 3 videos!

The Best Travel Video: A tour and explanation of Eastern Europe's most controversial statue (see below)

The Most Controversial Statue in Eastern Europe: Estonia's Bronze Soldier from Francis Tapon on Vimeo.

The Best Summary of Francis: and Lincoln Mercury considered thousands of travelers to find the one person who best represented the dream of traveling the world. They picked Francis and profiled him in the 2-minute video below...

Francis Tapon's Dream of Traveling the World from Francis Tapon on Vimeo.