Matt Bell

Matt Bell

Matt Bell is a travel and grooming writer. He's endured Thai face slapping massages, swam in a cage with crocodiles and hitchhiked Hawaii all in the name of a good story. Follow him @mrmattbell.
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Travel

G-RO: The Carry-On Bag of the Future

Travel-Lite's G-RO is a carry-on that's being referred to as a "companion bag." Why? Because instead of begrudgingly lugging it along, you'll be happily holding its game-changing hands. Mainly, they've reinvented the roller wheel. By…
Fashion & Style

City Winter Wear: Cole Haan ZerøGrand Lifestyle

Urban explorers can have almost as as many gear needs as the everyday woodsman, especially come winter. Cole Haan first created a collection of lightweight boots in partnership with Mountain Hardwear called ZerøGrand, for this very reason…
Travel

Traveling Without ID? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Traveling without ID is annoying, but not impossible. Here's what to do.
Fashion & Style

5 Perfect Fall Blankets

Bad news: Summer is way, way, way over. But there's a silver lining: Fall means more wrapping you and your special person up in blankets while the windows are still open. So move away from the heater (save it for deep winter) and check out…
Travel

6 Things To Know About the (New!) Society Hotel Portland

It has a rooftop with incredible 360-degree views of downtown Portland, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Willamette River and Cascade Mountains (including a peek at Mt. Hood on clear days). To match the scenery, you’ll find anything from…
Fashion & Style

Filson’s Scout Watch Collection

American legacy brand Filson jumped into the watch business earlier in 2015 through a long term collaboration with the few-years-old, Detroit-based Shinola (who also make bicycles, leather accessories, and pet gear). Their March debut, a…
Travel

Off the Beaten Path: Volcano Surfing in Nicaragua

Go off the beaten path in Leon, Nicaragua where you can surf a volcano, see magma, climb one of the hardest volcanic peaks in the Western Hemisphere and still, finish the day at the beach with an ice cold beer.
Grooming

Smell Like Fall: Farmer’s Cologne

Fall smells better than any other season. It's got all the things we love: leather coats, pigskin, scotch, beer, musky leaves and a hint of fireplace. Smell all that? It's perfection. So really, there's no reason to mess with it. Thing is…
Fashion & Style

Sunglass Tint Matters More Than Style

Days are getting shorter but the sun can still hurt your eyeballs, so right around now, it's time to start thinking about sunglasses in terms of specific function rather than everyday wear. And, turns out, the tint of your sunglasses is…
Travel

Train Like a Warrior In These Six Places

Maybe you'll agree—going to the gym gets boring after a while. Even if you are a complete gym junkie and can't go a day without lifting some kind of weight it gets a little dull. Even if you've joined the cult of CrossFit or become a…
Travel

The Manual’s 2014 Guide to Fall Foliage Drives

Keep those windows opened and rooftops down—summer's green may be gone, but the afterglow is just as great. There's feast of color that flourishes on foliage this time of year. Dazzling drives abound from coast to coast, but which are the…
Travel

Cage Diving With Crocodiles

Thrill-seekers take note: there's a new way to stare death in the eye. It's called crocodile cage diving, and right now there are only three places on Earth where you can do it. It involves suiting up in scuba gear and jumping into an…
Travel

See This, Do That: September

Labor day may be the last official weekend of summer, but the sun doesn't officially set on the season until the end of September. You might not be taking that week off work, but don't let all those "back to school" ads and serious faces…
Travel

PSA: Don’t Be Annoying on an Airplane

What is it about an airplane that draws out the most annoying traits in a person? Is it being shoved in a small space in seats that barely recline? Being made to starve while smelling someone's McDonalds french fries? Retaliation for having…
Travel

10 Beautiful Canyon Hikes in the U.S.

Here's something they won't teach you in school: The United States has more than one canyon! Really, it's true. The Grand Canyon is big and beautiful, but it's not the only chasm in our land worth visiting. Our canyons stretch from New York…
Living

The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Mosquito Bites

One sure-fire option to avoid itchy mosquito bites this summer? Lock yourself in a hermitically sealed room from now till first frost. Since that's not really an option for your sun-loving self, there are these fifteen guidelines that…
Travel

10 Great National Beers from Around the Globe

Beer brings the world together. After tea and water, beer is the most popular beverage on the planet. Beer gets more people buzzed, beating out wine and whiskey as the most swallowed spirit in the world. And beer has breed: it's the oldest…
Travel

Four August Getaways (Without the Crowds)

In August the pressure is on to make the best out of the last four weeks of summer, but all that heat (so to speak) doesn't mean you have to follow the crowd. Besides, if you are like us, heading out on the highway with the masses is…
Outdoors

The Five Most Physically Challenging Hikes in the USA

Ah, Summer. The days are long and the Friday's are short; time to get out off the treadmill and onto the trail. No more pre-programed hills or feeling like a glorified gerbil. The real deal is calling…which means hiking in nature. We'll…
Travel

How to See Turkey’s Adventure Land in 48 Hours

Turkey is the only country I've been to where the man who served me lunch, asked me sit down with him to enjoy some tea afterwards. His treat. So, on my first day in Istanbul, from lunch until the the sun set, I joined him. We sat on…
Grooming

Topanga Canyon in a Bottle

Topanga Canyon was made famous in the 60s as the seat of drop-out, counter-culture. It's a large stretch of creek-carved California beauty just outside Malibu where Woodie Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Mick Fleetwood and John Densmore (of the Doors)…
Travel

The Manual’s Ten Best State Parks

State Parks can be hit or miss. This is because our National Parks take care of this country's most awe-inspiring beauty (Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Volcanoes, Yosemite, ext…); having been created to show off America's most impressive…