Get ready to party like it's A.D. 99: Hike, kayak, and dive the wild Mediterraneanfrom Positano to Mount Olympusin the shadow of the ancients. BY TONY PERROTTET
The Original Roman Holiday
Author Tony Perrottet tells what it was like to follow in the footsteps of ancient touristsand finds what may be the future of travel, to boot.
For inside tours of far-out lands, hooking up with locals is key. ROBERT YOUNG PELTON shares the secrets of a vital travel skill. Read excerpt >>
Learn to sail, join a crew, maybe even buy a boatthe easy way. Plus: Meet high-altitude marathoner Matt Carpenter.
JIM THORNTON on the two-punch pharmaceutical fix for curing traveler's diarrhea, and the surprising truth about the air in planes.
Bringing It Home
Fire power: The top chili sauces from Tibet, Thailand, Jamaica, and Peru. Also, world music's fusion profusionbossa nova meets rock, Cuban son meets club beats, and more.
Ozark oasis: Raft, climb, and cave on a road trip through the Arkansas hills. Plus: The best biking base campsno mud.
Weird wanderings through Guyana in Marc Herman's Searching for El Dorado, dangerous diving on the Andrea Doria in Joseph Haberstroh's Fatal Depth, and three new looks at the legacy of Lewis and Clark. BY ANTHONY BRANDT
Adventure on the Web
Protect film at the airport; go native in Papua New Guinea. Plus: One reader's bargain safari in Botswana.
The Adventures of Tim Cahill
With boulders the size of Land Rovers tumbling toward them, they probably should have abandoned the climb up Mount Cowan. But what fun would that have been?
Out of many, one: Picking a single pack to be your multi-purpose load-hauler. Plus: Women's packs, walking sticks, and the quest for a perfect fit. BY MELISSA WAGENBERG
Fix-'em-ups: The essential implements for camping, kayaking, snowboarding, mountain biking, and more.
The Leading Edge
Fleet feet: From light hikers to trail-runners, the best shoes for hiking's hottest trendfastpacking. BY STEVE CASIMIRO