THE GIFT GUIDE
Our favorite holiday loot, with the perfect present for every person on your list ... and one or two things for you, too
Attention, All Cynics
Meet ten people with one thing in common: They're all engaged inan epic quest namely, saving the world. PLUS: The latest on David de Rothschild's Plastiki , and a guide to how you can give back, with a good dose of inspiration from our first annual Reader of the Year.
The Giving Trip
Skeptical about voluntourism? MIKE KESSLER checks out the burgeoning adventure-altruism movement with a cycling trip in Vietnam. His contribution? A playground for kids with HIV.
How to Save the World and Influence People
If you want to direct cash toward the world's most troubled areas, don't mention the millions of suffering refugees. By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF reports. PLUS: A look at how your money works at five charities.
Who knew preserving the world s greatest rivers included 3,000-mile swims on two bottles of vino per day? W. HODDING CARTER goes for a dip with the Fish Man, Martin Strel.
Heartbreak. Chaos. Mayhem. Hope?
With Chad being sucked into the black hole thatis the Sudanese conflict in Darfur, JOSHUA HAMMER investigates whether global humanitarian efforts there are for better or worse.
PLUS: A Gallery
» FIRST LOOK: Surf and ski trips are now available with elite athletes as your guides. Killer! But does testing your limits with the pros make for a vacation?
» NEWS FROM THE FIELD: A sit-down with the godfather of skiing, Warren Miller; a brief history of underwear; the truth behind weekend snow reports; the genius and folly of twofer gifts
» XX Factor: Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler looks to trade in Turin silver for Vancouver gold
» EPICS: Clamoring for a taste of Shackleton's rediscovered whisky » THE DRAWING BOARD: Meet Homer, the avalanche crash-test dummy that's taking one on the chin to help protect you
» MEDIA: Al Gore on his new book, Our Choice; Greg Mortenson's follow-up to the bestselling Three Cups of Tea
» GET LOST: The best new trips in Mexico and Central America--because we could all use a cheap, gloriously sunny tropical vacation
» THE WEEKEND PLAN: America's most underrated skiing is not out west; it's in a hilly little place called Vermont
THE BIG IDEA
Representatives from 193 countries are meeting in December to hash out a new climate-change treaty. But what does success really look like? Depends on whom you ask. By GRAYSON SCHAFFER