Outside Magazine Announces 2006 Trip of the Year Awards

Plus: Plan the Perfect Journey with Outside's Explorers Guide


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Santa Fe, NM, February 7, 2006 In its March issue, (On Newsstands February 14, 2006) Outside magazine announces the Trip of the Year winners for 2006, identifying the most innovative and epic outfitted adventures in every region of the world. To complete the travel package, Outside has provided all of the essential tools for anyone planning their own adventure in Outside’s Guide to the Brave New World of Trip Planning.

“Whether you’re looking for a close encounter with penguins, or you want to mountain bike on the isle of Cyprus, there’s a life-changing trip here for everyone,” said Leslie Weeden, Outside‘s Travel Director. “We’ve found some of the year’s most groundbreaking and innovative trips to both classic and exotic destinations. We’re hoping people will find their dream trip, and, instead of putting it in the ‘maybe someday’ file, go for it today.”

Our travel experts combed the planet to find 40 trips to satisfy all passions, ambitions, and comfort and fitness levels. The featured outfitters offer amazing cultural encounters and epic wilderness experiences in spectacular destinations. The trips include everything from exploring secluded beaches to riding an elephant on safari, and fly-fishing in the Seychelles to mega-yacht heli-skiing.

The winners of this year’s Trip of the Year awards for each region of the world and the winning outfitters include:


Overall Winner: The Great Walk, Tsavo National Park-Mountain Travel Sobek (Kenya)

South America: Tribes of the Amazon -Ker & Downey (Brazil)
Asia: Hiking and Rafting in Yunnan-Mountain Travel Sobek (China)
Oceania: Secluded-Isle Hopping-Ocean Voyages (South Pacific)
Eastern Europe/Middle East: Mountain-Biking the Trails of the Troodos-KE Adventure (Cyprus)
Central America: Cross-Country Traverse-World Expeditions (Costa Rica)
Africa: Fly-Fishing the Cosmoledo Islands-FlyCastaway (Seychelles)
Western Europe: Walking the Piedmont-Butterfield & Robinson (Italy)
North America: Mega-Yacht Heli-Skiing-Sea to Sky Helisports and Megayacht
Adventures (British Columbia)
Polar Regions: Climbing and Photography Journey-Aurora Expeditions (Antarctica)

For those who prefer to plan their own itinerary, Outside’s Explorers Guide to the Brave New World of Trip Planning has filtered through the potentially overwhelming volume of travel media and mapped today’s greatest travel resources. Outside reveals trade secrets about blogs, online bookings, customized maps, learning languages on the fly, and scores of other pointers. In addition, Outside reviews the latest digital products in adventure travel technology.

Outside is America’s leading active lifestyle and adventure travel magazine, with a monthly audience of over two million readers worldwide. We are dedicated to covering the people, activities, gear, literature, art, and politics of the world outside. Along with many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to receive three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Please visit us at

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