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Watch Will Gadd climb a crumbling iceberg off the coast of Labrador.
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To get into character, actor Andy Serkis, a.k.a. King Kong, sought out some ideal coaches: the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.
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Big-Cat Biologist Alan Rabinowitz
Photo Gallery: Mongolia
Road Trip: Puerto Rico
Winter Weekend Getaways
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Adventure Videos
Paddling Croatia
Climbing Icebergs
Jaguars in Belize

The Best Trips for 2006
The Sports Trips Atlas | 10 Classic Trips | Top 10 Adventure Nations 
Croatia: Destination of the Year  | Australia: DIY Trip of the Year
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RING OF FIRE: Paddlers float down the Hinboun River, in Laos (left). A young Thai fire dancer on the beach at Phi Phi Don Island.

Travel that will set your heart pounding, open your eyes, and force you to look again at what surrounds you. Because, in the end, a trip of a lifetime isn't about thread counts, umbrella cocktails, or bragging rights. It's about discovering that there's more to the world—and yourself—than you knew.

The 25 Best Adventure Travel Trips (in no particular order)

East: Read about each trip >>
    1. Kayaking Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
    2. Climbing the Karakoram Range, Pakistan
    3. Rafting the Mekong River, China
    4. Jungle-Hiking Southern India
    5. Trekking with Kazakh Eagle Hunters, Mongolia
    6. Biking from the Dead Sea to Red Sea, Jordan
    7. Exploring Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

South: Read about each trip >>
    8. Overland Sahara Desert Crossing
    9. Snorkeling with Whale Sharks, Australia
    10. Island-Hopping Easter Island, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn, Tahiti
    11. Diving Madagascar
    12. Viewing a Solar Eclipse, Ghana
    13. Skiing in the Andes, Chile

West: Read about each trip >>
    14. Volcano-Hopping, Nicaragua
    15. Rafting and Hiking Red-Rock New Mexico
    16. Sea Kayaking, Hiking Costa Rica
    17. Climbing the North Cascades, Washington
    18. Sea Kayaking the Mediterranean, Italy
    19. Hiking Monte Rosa, Switzerland
    20. Trekking Oaxaca, Mexico

North: Read about each trip >>
    21. Paddling Greenland
    22. Reindeer-Packing Sweden
    23. Cruising Polar Scientist Territory, Norway
    24. Arctic Safari, Canada

Space: Read about the trip >>
    25. Orbiting Earth

Text by Bonnie Tsui

Photographs by, from left: Olaf Malver/Explorer's Corner; Eric Alan Pritchard

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