If you've been itching to take a new adventure but can't seem to take the plunge solo, consider a canine companion as the travel buddy you're looking for. These 36 pups prove that dogs can be just as if not more adventurous than humans.
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Maddie the coonhound and her photographer dad Theron Humphrey are one of the most followed adventure duos on Instagram. Humphrey adopted Maddie to be his companion on a year-long, 50-state road trip. Maddie then went viral thanks to Humphrey's funny photo series and website Maddie on Things, which led to her getting her own book. While she's standing on fewer things these days, she and Humphries are always exploring, whether that's camping in Washington, padding around a Tennessee swimming hole or hiking through a canyon in Utah.
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Thanks to her late owner, extreme athlete Dean Potter, Australian cattle dog also led a pretty extreme life. She became the the world’s first wingsuit BASE jumping dog by flying tandem with Potter, who developed a special rig and "doggles" specifically so his pup could tag along safely and comfortably. A skilled climber and mountaineer, Whisper was also Potter's service dog because of his partial hearing loss. Potter died while BASE jumping, without Whisper, in 2015.
Endearing border collie Momo travels around the country in a Volkswagen van with his owner, photographer Andrew Knapp. This playful pup not only loves swimming, paddle boarding, digging and climbing, but he also travels around the U.S. and across Europe in order to star in his own adorable hide-and-seek photography book series, "Find Momo."
Named after the Indian flatbread, Chapati was adopted after being found as a stray in India by Ukrainian couple Eugene and Kristina. The newly formed trio continued along the human's planned pan-Asian trip, with Chapati logging more than 11,000 travel miles across Nepal, Thailand, the Philippines and more before heading back to Europe, where she's been to Belarus, Poland, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and the Czech Republic.
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After rescuing her dog Max, photographer Alison Turner hit the road with her furry friend and together they lived out a tent for two years. Max continued to be her travel companion to some of the country's best sights like the Bonneville Salt Flats, Redwood National Park and Joshua Tree even after they upgraded to a camper van. In 2018, she adopted heeler mutt Cooper.
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Husky/arctic wolf/malamute mix Loki is made for the cold, and along with his adventurous spirit, he can hang with his owner Kelly Lund doing extreme activities like backcountry snowboarding and road-tripping more than 60,000 miles across the U.S. from Alaska to the Great Lakes. In 2018, Lund compiled some of the most stunning photos of Loki into a photo book called "Wild Together."
This English Bulldog from Vancouver often flies as co-pilot with his owner, R44 helicopter pilot Bradley Friesen. An adrenaline hound, Bentley can fly the friendly skies thanks to his own harness and doggie headphones. He and his owner will make special landings on crystal clear lakes for a swim or icy mountaintops for a game of fetch or a round of sledding.
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Instagram-famous golden retriever Aspen serves as a model for his photographer owners, Hunter and Sarah Lawrence. He's equally comfortable strolling the streets of New Orleans, bounding down the beach in Oregon or canoeing in Canada.
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BFFs Parson Russell terrier Chloe and long-haired dachshund Django are quite the jet-setters. While Rio de Janeiro is home, when they're not learning to surf at Copacabana beach, they're shopping on Rodeo Drive, hitting up the slots in Las Vegas, playing in Portugal or climbing Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.
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Hound mix service dog Puppi and her feline friend, rescue cat Burma, have helped their human, army veteran Stephen Simmons, treat his PTSD using adventure therapy across Oregon, California, Montana and more. Their inspirational story, along with their cross-species, odd couple-like pairing, earned them a social media following and their own series of photo books.
Alaskan dentist Tim enjoys snapping silly pics of his canine camping companions, golden retrievers Henry and Rivers and Russian Samoyed mix Bjorn, in their gorgeous natural surroundings. He told Outside magazine that one of his secrets to getting great shots of his dogs is holding his GoPro in his mouth and setting it to shoot continuous frames.
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Chocolate lab Rio and lab mix Baya have tackled every terrain Oregon has to offer with their owner, Elena Pressprich, from the desert to the beach to the mountains. Their human is a photographer and videographer for dog performance gear brand Ruffwear, and the pups definitely put their equipment to good use on their various adventures.
Professional climber Cedar Wright needs pets that can keep up with his lifestyle, and thankfully he found himself an "all-terrain" black pug named Gus and an endlessly energetic Brussels Griffon named Bernie. They both accompany him to rugged climb sites and will attempt their own miniature free solo climbs between crag naps.
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Not many people can keep up with BASE jumper and rock climber Steph Davis, but she does have a canine companion named Cajun who accompanies her to her jump points and isn't afraid of scaling rocks or sprinting through the desert herself.
These Australian cattle dogs have made their home in British Columbia, where they and owner Leanne Darrell love taking in the gorgeous landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. The pair even have their own line of bandanas, collars and treat pouches.
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Formerly a shelter dog known as Buttercup, Henry was adopted at 3 months old by outdoorsy owners Cynthia and Andre. On his first hike, Henry revealed his adventurous streak by fearlessly scaling a steep rock. Henry and his faithful feline friend Baloo can be seen hiking around Colorado and taking in beautiful vistas on their Instagram.
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Golden retrievers Aspen and Koa love exploring West Virginia and beyond with their photographer owner, Samantha, and her husband. Whether it's camping or kayaking, these fleet-footed pups are always on the move -- and their Basset hound brother, Murphy, just tries to keep up.
Dutch photographer Alice van Kempen brings along her all-white bull terrier Claire to shoot across Europe. Van Kempen specializes in chronicling abandoned buildings, and Claire serves as her partner in urban exploring as well as a frequent model in her fantastical photo shoots.
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These two gorgeous merle Aussies live in Minnesota and enjoy swimming in the lake, romping in forests and fields, befriending miniature horses and watching the Northern Lights.