13.MIDDLE EARTH EXISTS
Chase Aragorn through New Zealand's mountains and valleys. The Wayfarers leads a "Spectacular South Island" walking tour that treads the same lush countryside that served as the backdrop to the Lord of the Rings movies. The 13-day tour includes a two- to five-mile hike per day through the snowcapped Southern Alps to the seal-inhabited shores to the rain forests around Christchurch.
14.THIS SOHO IS REALLY FAR SOUTH
Tango with cash in Buenos Aires. With a favorable exchange rate and scads of stylish boutiques like El Cid and fashion malls like Alto Palermo, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital is a fashionista's paradise.
15.RIDING IN BALLOONS WITH BOYS
Get a bird's-eye view of Albuquerque from aboard a hot air balloon. There's no glass window through which to peer in a Rainbow Ryders balloon, just lots of sky and, thousands of feet below, deserts, mountains, and tiny antlike Albuquerqueens. Ask your pilot for a "dip 'n' dunk" along the Rio Grande. It's exactly what it sounds like.
16.A GALLERIST'S DREAM
Scout the next Picasso in the art galleries of Sitges, a small Mediterranean village 30 minutes by train from Barcelona. The cobblestone lanes are studded with boutiques, antiques, and galleries. Some of the art is good; some of it is bad. Choose the good. Then toast your investment at one of the town's open-air gay bars, such as Parrots Pub or Marypili.
17.DISCOVER THE MEANING OF LIFE
Think about it. Monks have a pretty sweet life: silence, meditation, some light gardening, repeat. But if you don't want the downsides -- celibacy, poverty, silly haircuts -- head to the Zen Mountain Monastery, nestled in a nature preserve in New York's Catskill Mountains. Run under the watchful eye of Abbot John Daido Loori, the Buddhist monastery provides traditional Zen training geared for the Western acolyte. MORE INFO
Rediscover that safari is more than a Web browser at the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Premier Tours offers a seven-day Cape Town and Safari tour that blends urban excitement, wine touring, and wildlife trekking in Kruger. Nights are spent at the super-luxe Singita Game Reserves; days are spent searching for the elusive firefoxes and mozillas.