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

The marine biologist has done things in the ocean that would scare most people senseless. She's been alone in total darkness thousands of feet down, hovered under a Russian ship as it pinged her submarine, and been charged by huge sharks. But one thing does frighten her: the dire state of our overfished and polluted seas, something she spends every waking hour trying to change.

Famed marine expert and non-fiction author Susan Casey takes us on a deep dive into humanity’s complex connection to dolphins.

Good for the conscience, great for the surf

Climate change is opening up more than ice fields—it's stoking a new tourism economy.

Bikini Atoll, a tiny ring of islands halfway between Hawaii and Australia, is a world-class diving destination and home to one of the Pacific's last great fishing grounds. So where are all the tourists? Welcome to heaven on earth, where the vestiges of hell lie just below the surface.

Is there some way to go island hopping in the South Pacific on a boat to go snorkeling? No huge cruise ships. I want a small boat with an emphasis on the water, with a taste of local culture. -Mike Hailey, ID

Our best travel writers share their favorite adventures.

We present our Trips of the Year, everything from whitewater rafting in Siberia to mountain biking in Argentina to the greatest multisport vacation in Alaska.

From hot springs to mountain-town fiestas to one surprisingly easy island getaway, we've got you covered.

Presenting the best of Mexico, from Oaxaca to Copper Canyon.

I'm planning a trip for my husband's 40th birthday this fall, and I'm trying to find the place with the perfect mix of beach relaxation and adventure. You know, kayaking, hiking, sailing, snorkelling, and windsurfing to go with a super nice room, superb food, and a spa treatment or two. What are your suggestions? –Jill North Attleboro, MA

What do the world's most rejuvenating island escapes have in common? Empty sand, lonely surf, and new adventures of the strangest kind.

What's the best sunscreen to use while snorkeling? — The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

What pocket digital camera takes the best quality photos both in and out of water?—MichelleMadison, WI

My husband, six-year-old son, and I want to vacation in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula area. We are flying into Cancun and looking into Tulum. We want a non-touristy rugged adventure that a very active and athletic six-year-old can handle.—Barbara D.Burlington, VT

Winter weekends are short and dark—which means you need to be fast and smart. Beat the blues with one of these surprisingly affordable escapes.

Score a great deal on a tropical vacation.

We are thinking of visiting a friend in Nicaragua this winter. Is Nicaragua a safe travel destination? And can you recommend some good, active side trips from Bluefields? y San Marcos, CA

Ah, Mexico. Land of hot sand, cheap beer, and a foolproof cure for seasonal affective disorder: endless adventure.

Hint: It's not the toboggan.

Classic or skate? Either way you'll go fast with the latest—and best—Nordic gear.

Irresistable wildlife-viewing trips, close to home

What do you want—a printed invitation? OK, here it is: We’ve scouted the year’s coolest travel offerings—from new classics like cruising the Arctic, exploring the wild Caribbean, and journeying across Russia’s heartland to bold new frontiers like trekking Libya and tracking wildlife (and luxury lodges) in Sri Lanka. Going somewhere?…

Outside magazine, Family Vacation Guide The Islands of Summer Where your only concerns will be what time the tide will turn and where you left your flip-flops Santa Catalina Island, California It may seem hard…

Outside magazine, May 1998 Access & Resources Montserrat, minus the lava By Katie Arnold                                                  Another Day Under the Black Volcano Once you get over the fact that two-thirds of Montserrat is now buried under a thick…

Outside magazine, October 1995 Leeward Islands By Matthew Joyce, Tom Morrisey   The islands of the Lesser Antilles' northern chain may share a location sheltered from prevailing northeasterlies, but that's about all they have in common. Name your sport, then pick your island.

Outside magazine, October 1995 St. Lucia By Trish Reynales Sure, St. Lucia’s twin peaks make for great postcards. “Pitons soar a half-mile into the sky. Mist dripping from the vines. Parrots mocking me from the palms. Mud up to my knees.

Travel Guide, Winter 1995-1996 St. Vincent/Grenadines By Jonathan Runge If the British Virgin Islands are the junior college of Caribbean sailing, the Grenadines are graduate school: Relatively long stretches of open water between the 30-odd islands south of St. Vincent make…

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