February/March 2009 Issue Now Online

The "Ultimate Adventure Handbook," international edition, just went digital.

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If you’ve been pining for BACKPACKER magazine to cover more international adventures–the February/March 2009 issue is for you.


There’s a travelogue of Nepal’s Annapurna circuit, courtesy of associate editor Shannon Davis and his blushing bride (this is a honeymoon report you won’t find elsewhere). Plus, check out the nine other classic treks from New Zealand’s Milford Track to Italy’s Alta Via 1. Or go under the radar with “The World’s Best (Unknown) Treks.”

In “The People’s Hiking Revolution,” Craig Simmons chronicles the impact millions of new trekkers are having on Asia’s vast wilderness, while writer Mark Jenkins tests out a more close-to-home locale, his backyard, in “Closer Than You Think.” In “Higher Calling” the adventure is as much food-based as terrain-based when Michael Lanza explores the Valencia region of Spain.

If it’s specific sites and sounds you seek when traveling, this issue’s Nature section breaks down where to find everything from the Biggest Cave to the Largest Primate, no zoos or IMAX theaters required.

Then, BACKPACKER, wants to help you “Travel Like a Pro,” which means choosing the best guide service, knowing what’s acceptable in your carry-on luggage, and figuring out exactly which hand gestures will make your friends or enemies. Plus, info on vaccinations, water treatments, mosquito thwarting, and altitude sickness.

And of course a big trip means NEW GEAR! We’ve reviewed luggage, men’s and women’s global apparel, and even a rugged passport holder.

Finally, don’t miss the sage advice of globetrotter Leo Le Bon, the “founder of adventure travel,” who will motivate you to plan international expeditions for years to come.

Next month is the GEAR GUIDE, check it out on newsstands now. Plus, make friends with our new-and-improved Online Gear Finder tool.