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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.

Despite some lackluster conditions in 2019, skiers Manu Barnard and Hunter Paull put together this awesome edit, 'Tempo'

The stunning Paparoa Track is the country’s first new Great Walk to be completed in 25 years, and is unlike any to come before it. Our reporter scored a spot on opening day.

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.

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.

If you're planning a trip to Kiwi country, take these tips from someone who's lived there

You can try to book your epic adventure by spending hours online. Or you can save time, money, and hassle by using a travel agent.

Because nothing beats a beer and a bite after a long day on the trail

With 50 countries and more than a decade of travel under her belt, Liz Carlson, AKA the Young Adventuress, knows a thing or two about the best locales for a trip abroad

Want to stay overnight in a jetliner, a snowcat, or a luxe glass globe dangling off a cliff? You can.

From filmmaker Cory Marshall, ‘Aotearoa’ is a collection of moving images he took during his one-year stay in New Zealand.

An expat travel writer who spent the past five years exploring the two countries reveals her 12 favorite down under trips

From filmmakers Heliconia, Epic Trails follows adventurer Eric Hanson as he hikes through one of New Zealand’s national parks. 

Carrying your own portable boat is officially the coolest way to go deep into the wilderness

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

The Sea Wolf from filmmaker Ben Gulliver is a surf film more about the adventure than actually the surfing.

New Zealand’s camping options notoriously abound which made it the perfect destination for Vanlifer and photographer Louis Charles Pilon.

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.

From rafting whitewater to glamping among the sheep, these adventures will keep everyone happy

A new case study digs into the medical records of a lost diver's incredible survival story

Swap ice and cold for sand and sun

Corporate acquisitions and a challenging retail climate could alter the price and personality of the industry’s biggest wool-apparel brands

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.

Filmmaker Lila Baghzouz and Drone Spotter Van Corona traveled to New Zealand in February on a 17-day trip to catch the end of their southern hemisphere's summer.

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.

Filmmakers, Alexander Brown and Mascha Blome, took off to circumnavigate the Southern Alps in New Zealand.

On a mission to expose his family to some of the most beautiful places is the world, he took to New Zealand in a classic VW Camper.

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.

These trails in New Zealand are straight out of the stuff dreams are made of.

The only problem you’ll have in the planet’s ultimate adventure mecca is deciding what to do first

It's a different kind of nostalgia when you're out in the backcountry (or out of the country) and trying to preserve the holiday spirit—but these adventurers did their best and lived to tell the tale

Travel south and stay warm for a long walk on these worthy winter trails

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.

Brought to you on film by running’s greatest bromantical couple

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.

Don't plan any vacations before reading this year's Best of Travel winners.

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. 

Hunker down in a fully outfitted private cottage and brace yourself for stunning views of the country's wild majesty.

The company is growing up fast—and it's not all about action sports anymore.

In October, 12 women will compete in one of the world's oldest male-dominated sports. The race? A 38,000-mile monster through pirate-infested waters and rough seas.

Yes, Napa needs your support now more than ever. But if the great wine shortage of 2014 comes to pass, buy from these emerging wine regions.

A seaside retreat that's all grace and good views.

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…

Disaster can strike anywhere, at any time. Being prepared can save your life.

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.

Our summer is the perfect time to migrate south to New Zealand, where July means trekking-perfect temperatures and no crowds

No hike will ever be the same again

Our favorite long hauls on two wheels

Sweating your way to a rustic lodge isn’t just a wintertime activity

Get your life list out—here are some of our all-time favorites

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.

From the world’s most fuel-efficient commercial plane to foreign economic collapses to a cloud-tickling hotel, the biggest adventure travel stories this year

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