Stephanie Pearson and Kate Siber

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.

The 2012 Outside Travel Awards

A definitive roundup of the best new adventures, exotic retreats, empty beaches, local food, bars with a view, ­on-time airlines, screaming deals, gorgeous islands, and more. Plus: win a dream trip...

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