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Adventure Travel



Adventure Travel 2013: Oceania

Explore the watery continent on trips from the Indonesian coastline to Tasmania's mountains, and discover the on- and off-trail secrets of a place seemingly made for explorers.

Adventure Travel 2013: Antarctica

Combine unique wildlife, extreme conditions, and an ever-changing icy landscape, and you've got the adventure of a lifetime.

Most Rugged Coast: Tasman National Park



Most Diverse Landscape: Tasmanian Revel



Best Tropical Getaway: Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia



Best Bird Watching: South Georgia Island



2013 Adventure Travel Award Nominations

What's the best backcountry guide service in Nepal? The best trail town in Chile? New Zealand's best hiker bar? Nominate your faves on every continent for our first-ever Adventure Travel awards!

Great Walks of New Zealand

The Great Walks are New Zealand's premier walking tracks. They take the walker on an incredible journey through some of the best scenery in the country.

Win an Ultimate Dream Trip

Win a trip for two to New Zealand.

Gear Review: Eddie Bauer Expedition Drop-Bottom Duffel

A slick drop-bottom feature sets this tough, smooth-rolling duffel apart.

Gear Picks by Kristin Hostetter

For BACKPACKER'S Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012, Kristin tested tons of gear. Here are a few of her special favorites.

Gear Review: Yaktrax XTR

A bomber traction device that's durable and versatile.

Gear Review: Granite Gear Air Zippditty Ditty Bags

Ultralight, oblong, zippered sacks to help you keep all your traveling gear organized.

Gear Review: Osprey Ozone 28"/80L Roller Bag

A lightweight, rolling duffel bag with plenty of compartments to keep you organized.

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Gregory Border 25

A perfect pack for the world traveler.

Died and Gone to New Zealand

Hiker heaven, redefined, is a month-long hike/paddle/camp in Adventureland.

Everest Confidential: Trekking Through Nepal's Khumbu Region

See the Himalayan giants--and cross three passes more than 17,000 feet high--on this off-the-radar route through the Khumbu region.

The Jesus Trail: Hiking from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee

Every hike is a pilgrimage, but this new path from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee is holier than most. Literally following in His footsteps, the 40-mile route immerses hikers in biblical history.

Travel Like a Pro: The World's Best Budget Finds...

Don't miss these affordable services, local haunts, and cultural highlights recommended by adventure-travel experts. Plus, bargaining 101.

Travel Like a Pro: Get Wired

Stay charged and in touch abroad.

Travel Like a Pro: Travel Comfortably

Reduce the physical stress of getting there–and enjoy the ride.

Travel Like a Pro: Prepare & Schedule

Get backcountry-worthy accident insurance and plan for good-weather windows and low-traffic trails.

Travel Like a Pro: Scout International Routes

Stay on track in exotic terrain with tips from adventurer Pete Takeda.

Travel Like a Pro: Find a Guide

Save time and energy with a knowledgeable local pro.

Adventure Travel Luggage

Our bags logged thousands of miles–through airports and atop donkeys–and we came back with these top picks, from gigantic rollers and impervious duffels to laptop carriers and packable organizers.

Gear Review: The North Face Base Camp Duffel

A staff favorite, again and again.

Gear Review: Patagonia MLC Bag

This spacious shoulder bag holds a surprising 45L of goods.

Gear Review: Osprey Shuttle 32 Roller Bag

This cargo hauler is outfitted with a surprising number of organizational features.

Gear Review: Victorinox Altmont 2.0 Dual Compartment Laptop Backpack

If you're mixing business with adventure travel, this is the bag for you.

Gear Review: Gregory Alpaca 28 Roller Bag

This stable roller bag handles curbs and rough terrain with ease.

Gear Review: Sea To Summit TravellingLight Packing Cells

These ultralight storage sacks, made from water-resistant and strong Ultra-Sil fabric help you stay super organized.

Gear Review: Eagle Creek ORV Super Trunk 36

Going far and going big, hauling monster loads? This is your bag.

Backpacker Expeditions

Backpacker magazine has teamed up with AvidTrips–the leading travel platform that connects travelers directly to local tour guide operators–to create three awe-inspiring expeditions exclusively for Backpacker readers. Our Backpacker Expeditions will challenge your outdoor fortitude and indulge your passion for discovery

Iceland: Tested

After a season of backcountry skiing, hiking, and climbing everywhere from the Rockies to the Andes, we took the year's best winter gear for a final shakedown in Iceland's remote Glacier Fjords. What we found: awesome ice-carved terrain and the sweetest boat-in camping and skiing on earth.

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