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COVER STORY: 2005 BEST TRIPS
THE HIGH ROAD
How's this for a deal: We dish a fresh list of 38 dream adventures; you choose one and go. Our picks include diving emerald seas in Mozambique, surfing the South Pacific's Tuamotu Archipelago, fly-fishing the Canadian Rockies, and exploring five South American countries via private plane. And that's just the beginning! Check out the rest and get ready to roll.
Travel pros depend on locals to support their livelihood, and that inspires many of them to help make a difference in the places they love. Wanna get involved? Follow the philanthropic lead of these outfitters, gear makers, and athletes for the most meaningful adventure of all.
Roadside gawkers in RVs...commando volcanologists...24/7 news coverage...It can only mean one thing: Mount St. Helens is about to blow again—and we've got box seats for the next big bang.
By Mark Sundeen
THE SELLING OF THE LAST SAVAGE
An outfitter in eastern Indonesia has packaged and price-tagged an expedition to meet an isolated tribe that's never laid eyes on an outsider. Is this cutting-edge commercial exploration, or close encounters of the worst kind? A firsthand report from the jungles of ethical tourism.
By Michael Behar
D E P A R T M E N T S
» Alaska's 1,200-mile Iditarod is one of the world's most grueling races—so how is 20-year-old Rachael Scdoris going to MUSH IT BLIND ?
» From the Caribbean to Brazil, we've got the skinny on the hot fiestas and big adventure of CARNIVAL
» JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA: Red-state recreation means more than NASCAR and the Super Bowl. Here's where to cycle, kiteboard, paddle, and hike till it hurts.
» Boutique base camps: POSH NEW HOTELS the world over cater to the trek set with adventurer-friendly digs
» Arctic National Wildlife Refuge exclusive: Senator JOHN KERRY vows to head off the GOP's oil rush
» Does President Bush have the votes to drill Alaska's ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ? The world is about to find out.
» THREE DREAM TOOLS , for the globe-trotting geek.
» EAT FOR ALTITUDE and counter the ravages of free radicals.
» Twenty miles offshore, 4,000 feet down, check out the future of SEAFLOOR OBSERVATORIES .
» THE WILD FILE looks at how your hair stands up to cold, whether an airplane seat cushion has ever saved anyone's life in a water landing, and more
Winter is all about fun in the snow. Reclaim your youth with TECHIE TOWN WEAR that's perfect for a snowball fight or a night out. PLUS: Luxe and sporty TIMEPIECES .
GO LIGHT AND FAST: Five foolproof ways to drop ten pounds from your bod—and ten minutes off your time. PLUS: WHO'S THE FITTEST: ice climber Will Gadd, freeskier Toby Dawson, or NBA forward Mike Dunleavy?
OUT THERE Five years and 20 surgeries after a near-fatal bus crash in Laos, writer-photographer ALISON WRIGHT sets out to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro in her quest to claim THE LIFE THAT ALMOST WASN'T .
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