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 New Adventure Hub

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

Best Travel Investment

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

Best New Hotel

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

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.

Knock Off Two Icons

Hit Machu Picchu and the Galápagos in one adventure with REI’s new multisport itinerary.

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:...