Best Adventure Travel Destinations 2014

sketch of Cari Gray, founder of Gray & Co. tour company
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Lauren Tamaki

Choose your own adventure among these boundary-pushing getaways that don’t skimp on creature comforts.

Expert Advice: Cari Gray

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Founder of Gray & Co., a custom tour operator with a focus on adventure.

On My Radar: Colombia, which has entered an era of political stability—and is full of people who are welcoming to travelers. It has a friendly cycling culture and amazing hikes. You can also explore the country’s colonial cities, salt mines, and more. We have cycling trips around Armenia and Medellín, with a stop in Cartagena, of course. The country is very close to the U.S., which makes it appealing.

I Never Leave Home Without: Maui Jim polarized sunglasses; a Nikon D5000 with my go-to 18–200 mm lens; and La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreen.

Most Memorable Adventure: My latest was in Western Australia, biking past kangaroos and through eucalyptus forests, swimming in the Indian Ocean, and visiting the vineyards of Margaret River Valley. We run biking trips in the area. Kangaroo sightings are guaranteed!

On My Bucket List: Heli-skiing in British Columbia.

sketch of Cari Gray, founder of Gray & Co. tour company

Best Adventure Travel Destinations 2014

Expert Advice: Cari Gray

Founder of Gray & Co., a custom tour operator with a focus on adventure.

On My Radar: Colombia, which has entered an era of political stability—and is full of people who are welcoming to travelers. It has a friendly cycling culture and amazing hikes. You can also explore the country’s colonial cities, salt mines, and more. We have cycling trips around Armenia and Medellín, with a stop in Cartagena, of course. The country is very close to the U.S., which makes it appealing.

I Never Leave Home Without: Maui Jim polarized sunglasses; a Nikon D5000 with my go-to 18–200 mm lens; and La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreen.

Most Memorable Adventure: My latest was in Western Australia, biking past kangaroos and through eucalyptus forests, swimming in the Indian Ocean, and visiting the vineyards of Margaret River Valley. We run biking trips in the area. Kangaroo sightings are guaranteed!

On My Bucket List: Heli-skiing in British Columbia.

Lauren Tamaki
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