The bestselling author’s latest novel was informed by years of researching the history of female aviation and traveling to far-flung places
We asked our travel experts to reveal what's on their bucket lists, and their answers will surprise and inspire you. The destinations, insight, and data here will help you plan trips for months and years to come—when we hope we'll all be getting back out there.
We've been married 13 years and backpacked more than 12,000 miles together. This is what we've learned.
In his new book, writer Mark O'Connell explores what our anxieties about the future say about our precarious present
I watched 40-plus hours of thru-hiking vlogs. These are the ones that are worth your time.
Last December, around 100 tourists set out for New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island, where an active volcano has attracted hundreds of thousands of vacationers since the early 1990s. It was supposed to be a routine six-hour tour, including the highlight: a quick hike into the island's otherworldly caldera. Then the volcano exploded. What happened next reveals troubling questions about the risks we're willing to take when lives hang in the balance.
One of the many things that COVID-19 has taught us is to always consider buying a travel insurance policy. If you bought travel insurance for a trip you have to cancel during the travel bans, you may or may not be covered. Here's how to protect yourself now and on future trips.
New Zealand's South Island is undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful places, where golden beaches and dense rainforests border the snow-capped Southern Alps and adventures are endless. But for those of us who can't pick up and move to Christchurch, here's a definitive guide on how to make the most of your time there.
Because no one has time for missed connections and grueling layovers
'How to Be a Family' and 'Uncharted' give unvarnished views of family travel from two very different perspectives
In O'Neill's Strike Mission series, its team of surfers sets off to far-flung corners of the globe in search of remote waves
Reachable only by boat, this remote Pacific atoll is inhabited by descendants of a footloose Englishman. The idyllic vibe is unmistakable, but it's tested by the realities of living in a very vulnerable place in a warming world.
Plus, tips on how to avoid said masses
The new documentary Maiden tells the story of the first all-female sailing team to finish the Whitbread Round the World Race. We talked with the crew's skipper about the historic feat.
One writer endures awkward morning cabin run-ins and hazardous chairlifts in the name of settling down (but still chasing snow)
After nearly 40 years of attempts by multiple people—and at least one mysterious disappearance—Scott Donaldson became the first person to paddle alone across the 1,400-mile stretch of ocean
The first Golden Globe Race, a solo, nonstop, around-the-world sailing event held in 1968, was a mixture of triumph, tragedy, and madness—all chronicled in a classic bestselling book and recent BBC movie. Fifty years later, 17 sailors are once again setting out for the most ambitious—and loneliest—regatta on the planet.
Scientists discovered that the temperature of a patch of water on the other side of the world can help predict how dry winters will be in the Southwest
What does this mean for U.S. consumers?
From Take Shelter Productions, Brrr follows a group of warm weather surfers from Hawaii—including Albee Layer, Kain Daly, and Hank Gaskell—as they go out of their element into the cold waters off the southern coast of New Zealand.
Bring your skis and a good book, and prepare to settle in
The Mid Caples Hut along the Greenstone-Caples Track services 5,000 trampers, New Zealand's name for a backpacker, annually.
We get a peek into the fitness guru's most essential gear
Queenstown Dreaming is a new edit from rider Bernard Kerr and Pivot Cycles.
Yeti World Enduro riders Richie Rude and Cody Kelley take on the awe-inspiring mountain bike playground that is New Zealand to test the SB5.5c.
One phone call with native New Zealander Graham Zimmerman led to many more, and, in March 2015, we set off for New Zealand’s South Island with two other friends, Kyle Dempster and Jewell Lund.
Belgian photographer Johan Lolos spent a full year in New Zealand, posting pictures of his adventures on his Instagram account, @lebackpacker, working for the Lake Wanaka tourism department, and establishing a life where he gets paid to post. Here are his top shots from his year in New Zealand.
The only problem you’ll have in the planet’s ultimate adventure mecca is deciding what to do first
Nearly 30 years ago, Jimmy Nelson set it upon himself to document that last of the world's ancient tribes and peoples with his 50-year-old 4x5 film camera.
With two 1970’s VW camper vans filled with supplies and pro mountain bike riders, Camilla Rutherford set out for two weeks of shredding and shooting the world’s most beautiful playground.
When 27-year-old Johan Lolos set out from Belgium in 2013 with his camera and no return ticket, he admittedly didn't anticipate becoming one of New Zealand's most popular Instagrammers. It was only a year ago, in February of 2014, that Lolos started taking his Instagram account—@lebackpacker—seriously while traveling through Australia. He started getting noticed, even reposted by larger accounts like @australia and @natgeotravel, and began trading his Instagram skills with outfitters and local tourism boards for accommodations or tickets for his next trip. Lolos's current gig is as New Zealand's Lake Wanaka tourism photographer, where he is staying free for three months, sharing daily adventures with his 75,000 followers.
If the thought of seeing a real life march of the penguins gives you happy feet, then you’re in luck. There are actually a number of places you can witness the exultant event, and they’re not all in Antarctica. Although the earth’s icy, southernmost continent does contain a number of…
When the Great Recession hit, young people found a million different ways to cope with their battered job prospects. Alex and Nick Kleeman found the best way, scraping together enough cash to buy a 32-foot sailboat, then plunging into the Pacific for the adventure of their lives. So what if they didn’t know how to sail?
The helicopter ride to a luxury resort was undeniably sweet. But for Peter Heller, the greatest thing about New Zealand’s South Island was kayaking down a surly river with an old paddling buddy, in a country that’s still unbelievably pristine.
Globe-trotters: we've got you covered. Our 2012 Travel Awards honor the best destinations on seven continents—everything from idyllic beach escapes to camping safaris in Kenya to a mountain-bike expedition in Tibet. Plus: Outside-endorsed outfitters, adventure insurance, and more.