Choose Your Own Trip
At Outside, we seek to find one-of-a-kind adventures that will get you out of your comfort zone, challenge you, and transform you. But we get that too many options isn’t always a good thing. Here, you’ll find ways to cut through the noise to create the ideal bucket list for you (hint: it’s less about checking a destination box and more about the types of experiences you’ll find there), ideas and hacks for navigating a not-so-normal travel year (there’s a ton to be excited about), and stories that celebrate the spontaneity that should drive every single trip you take (a half-baked attempt to see a total solar eclipse from a 20,000-plus-foot peak that goes terribly wrong? Sign us up).
Start by figuring out the kinds of experiences you want to have, not where you want to go
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Twenty-three surprising ways to get you inspired for next year and beyond
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.
From a new route that provides access to some of British Columbia’s best surf spots to a 1,400-plus-mile path that will connect all of Italy’s national parks, these aren’t your average walking journeys
Some bucket-list adventures require securing a wilderness permit months or even years out. Here’s how to book the most coveted ones in the country.
A user's list for all the travel, fun, and affiliated delights you can cram into a year
From Hawaii to the Swiss Alps, what are the epic trips that nobody else is doing? We found a few.
… But Not Too Much
For decades, the Old Forge was the holy grail of the British outdoors community. The UK's remotest pub, it could only be reached via boat or a three-day walk through one of Britain's last true wildernesses, the Knoydart peninsula in Scotland. A dispute between some locals and a new owner threatened the legend—until they decided to open up a pub of their own.
Two bold men, one reckless plan: to watch the sun go dark atop a huge snow-covered peak in South America. You won't believe what happened next.
The Ptarmigan Traverse in Washington State’s North Cascades has had the word “classic” pinned to it nearly from the time it was pioneered in 1938. You don’t get much more high-n-wild in the Lower 48 than on this 35-mile-plus mountaineering trip, which starts in North Cascades National Park and immediately dives south into the Glacier Peak Wilderness.
What do you do after surviving a near-death experience? Visit a dying natural wonder, of course. After his husband suffers a stroke at the age of 40, our writer plans the trip of a lifetime to the Great Barrier Reef—and discovers new meaning in the term "last-chance tourism."
With stormchasing tours more popular than ever, our writer set out to discover why this risky pastime is once again taking off
Author and political consultant Stuart Stevens loves a good sufferfest, so he couldn't resist Border to Border: 420 kilometers of nordic sliding through a country that defines what winter is all about