Outside Magazine, April 2015

Best of Travel 2015



Human-rights superhero Kumi Naidoo has a tough assignment: lead the organization into 21st-century relevance. But after a year that saw activists lionized (imprisoned in Putin's jails) and then vilified (unfurling a banner on Peru's ancient Nazca lines), can he save the day?

One Direction: 2015 Best of Travel
Our annual travel awards point you to the coolest adventures and destinations on earth. Paddleboard Belize. Raft Fiji. Eat kimchi in Austin. From beaches and outfitters to lodges and luggage, this is your road map to bliss. By Tim Neville and Stephanie Pearson

The Green Lantern
Last December, Greenpeace sparked worldwide outrage when a team of activists damaged Peru’s fragile Nazca Lines. Now executive director Kumi Naidoo is trying to rescue the group from the biggest gaffe in its 43-year history. By Abe Streep

A Glorious Way to Die
It’s hard to say which is scarier at the Whitewater Grand Prix—the ice-choked Class V rapids or the quantity of alcohol its participants consume the night before running them. Frederick Reimers drops in on kayaking’s wildest competition.

TripAdvisor is the most powerful travel tool on earth. But what drives reviewers to swoon over boutique hotels and grouse about shower drains—and can we really trust the wisdom of the crowd? By Tom Vanderbilt

First Look: Globe-circling balloonist Bertrand Piccard takes off in a solar plane.
Big Idea:
Enough pink—women need better gear.
Media: A new look at Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner, plus Hollywood’s hodads and a novel with a soundtrack.
Special Report: Five years after the BP spill, is the Gulf of Mexico thriving or barely surviving?

In the Lead: A pro cycling team tackles brain injuries head-on.
Tools: The best new training tech.
Pulse: The Outside Fitness Coach, salt therapy, and a guide to virtual racing.
Fuel: Nutritional supplements take a powder.

Wanted: A go-anywhere yacht from Sealander.
Mountain Bikes: Our annual test separates the beasts from the bunk.
Trail Runners: Flashy, fleet off-road kicks for the sun’s return.
Stress Tested: Packable travel tools that do it all.

Looking sharp wherever the journey takes you.


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