Stephanie Pearson and Kate Siber

Best Deal

Gamewatchers Safaris’ new six-night Adventure Camping Safaris have all the trappings of an expensive tour—highly trained guides, Land Cruisers, chef-cooked meals—with two notable differences.

Best Himalayan Trip

The Tsum Valley, a remote north-central region nine hours by bus from Kathmandu that opened in 2008, sees fewer than 500 travelers annually

Best Islands

There are islands with white-sand beaches all over the world, but once you’ve been to the Seychelles nothing seems to measure up.

Best New Adventure Hub

When Kiwis want to escape, they head an hour north of Queensland to tiny Lake Wanaka.

Best Airline

Leave it to Richard Branson to inject style into the business of flying with the country’s newest major airline.

Best Travel Investment

More than 1,200 travel companies sell Travel Guard insurance to their clients.

Best New Frontier

A long-standing trade embargo with the West has insulated the country—for better or worse—from modernization.

Best New Hotel

A lot of great hotels have opened in the past couple of years, but we have a thing for treehouses.

Best Camera

Professional photographers use this compact and rugged 10-megapixel camera as a spare.

Best Surf Trip

The stunning 1,000-mile coastal drive between Cape Town and Durban offers more consistently uncrowded waves than anywhere else in the world.

Best New Adventure Lodge

The Singular’s owners took a 100-year-old cold-storage plant and transformed it into a luxe, minimalist 57-room hotel.

Best Luggage

For the past seven years, Ted Alan Stedman, our Buyer’s Guide luggage expert, has tested hundreds of bags around the world. This one is his favorite.

Best Eco-Lodge

The striking new Mashpi Lodge, with windows so large you feel like you’re suspended in a cloud forest, crushes it on both fronts.

Best New Biking Trip

Leave it to Butterfield and Robinson and bike manufacturer Cervelo to raise the bar for outfitted trips tied to races. This year they're offering the Tour de France, among other custom tours. The...

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