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50 Standout Trips for 2015

The 2014 Outside Travel Awards

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Winner: South Georgia Island. Runner Up: East Greenland Winter Expedition.

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Winner: Namibia. Runner Up: Oregon Desert Trail

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Winner: South Water Caye, Belize. Runner Up: Tikehau Atoll, Tahiti

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Winner: Shivling, India. Runner Up: Buena Vista, Colorado.

Winner: Lake Tahoe, California. Runner-Up: Squam Lake, New Hampshire.

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Winner: Bend, Oregon. Runner-Up: Bahía Concepcíon, Mexico.

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Winner: Dolomites, Italy. Runner-Up: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Winner: Scotland. Runner-Up: Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Winner: Chilko and Chilcotin Rivers, British Columbia. Runner-Up: Ord River, Australia.

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Winner: Flanders and Wallonia, Belgium. Runner-Up: Southern Louisiana.

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Winner: Cuenca, Ecuador. Runner-Up: Pahoa, Hawaii.

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Winner: Grand St. Bernard Pass, Switzerland. Runner-Up: Yellowstone and Bozeman, Montana.

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Winner: Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland. Runner-Up: Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway.

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Winner: Awasi Patagonia Lodge, Chile. Runner-Up: Mallard Mountain Lodge, British Columbia.

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Winner: Secrets of the Archipelago, Indonesia.

Winner: Freehand Miami Hostel.

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People who cruise and those who don’t are the Bloods and the Crips of the travel and leisure class. The former breathlessly defend the virtues of “all-inclusive” and “pre-planned,” while the latter—if they’re up on their cruise drama—envision floating cattle cars covered in microbes and piloted by inebriates. I’ve seen…

The all-mighty budget is a hurdle for many travelers. Couchsurfing (CS), an online network where travelers exchange free lodging, allows you to leap this obstacle. But couch surfing isn’t just about getting a free place to stay; it’s about fostering connections among a community of, now, seven million…

I want to come home with both my devices and my identity in tact.

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I’m traveling to Mexico City and Bangkok. How do I sample their famous street treats without battling Montezuma and whichever dead ruler haunts the bowels of tourists in Thailand?

Side effects ranging from nausea to hallucinations make some travelers question whether they should take preventative medicine for the mosquito-born parasitic disease.

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Food is a huge part of why I travel, but dropping into a strange place and seeking out its best meals can be a crapshoot. Do you have any apps, tips or tricks to help a hungry traveler?

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The Oregon Desert Trail is an 800 mile route that stretches from the Oregon Badlands Wilderness to the Lake Owyhee Reservoir near the Idaho border. Last year, Sage Clegg became the first person to complete the route. This is her story.       …