A veteran traveler and an islands staffer-turned-contributing editor, Tony Gibbs has visited more than 50 islands, but after his first trip to Tasmania, he decided that it was his favorite. "It has a wonderful year-round climate, and the locals are friendly, so visitors feel welcome," he says. He especially enjoyed Hobart ("a very civilized small city that has a symphony orchestra, museums, and marvelous old buildings"), and he was intrigued by the island"s namesake devils: "They're quarrelsome and belligerent," he says. "They prefer to fight over something concrete, like food, but lacking that they will fight over nothing. They're just like people."