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What Travelers Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Latin America and the Caribbean are in the early stages of a rapidly developing health crisis that may pose a dire threat to people all over the world, but you would never guess it after talking with travelers who have trips to the region already booked. As I spoke with colleagues who are soon to join me in…

Family Finds in the Philippines

Like everyone everywhere, the people of the Philippines read the paper, watch TV, and consult their smartphones for information. But in this Southeast Asian nation, where society is bound by a complex web of familial relationships, if you really want to know something, you go and ask your relatives. And so, on a recent visit to…

How to Pass for a Local in Oslo

Cosmopolitan, edgy, playful: Oslo serves up Scandinavian cool with heartwarming enthusiasm. Here are five ways to go local in the Norwegian capital.

Beyond the Beach in Martinique

Imagine a Caribbean nation where village church steeples mingle with palm trees, the scent of baking croissants melds with that of passion fruit, and the island’s liquid soul—rum—is spelled with an h. I’m not sure what I was expecting when my plane landed in Fort-de-France, Martinique’s capital. In retrospect, the word “France” in the city’s name…

The Plantation Every American Should Visit

The moment I see her name, I feel a lump in my throat. “Pauline Johnson” is written on the back of the small card hanging from a lanyard around my neck. It tells me she was a 12-year-old child who had watched her father die in Louisiana just before slavery was abolished in the United States. Everyone who visits…

Drive Across the Deepest Lake in the World

Lake Baikal is so big it makes its own horizon, one not always visible in winter when the snow and clouds can blend with the lake’s ice, eliminating all perspective from the landscape. But what hope is there for proportion on a lake that holds 20 percent of the world’s (unfrozen) freshwater supply? Never mind…

How to Thrive on a Long-Haul Flight

After enduring dozens of long-haul flights, I’ve become a bit of an expert when it comes to staying sane and healthy while getting from here…to way over there. Here are eight hard-won tips to help you do the same.

Great Travel Literature: Cambodia

National Geographic’s travel literature expert, Don George, recommends four books that offer abiding insights into ancient and contemporary Cambodia.

Aurora Rising: Norway’s Northern Lights

Weathered stave churches line the lush fjords of Norway’s majestic west coast, unrivaled for its natural beauty, cascading waterfalls, and wildlife such as whales and puffins. But come wintertime, snow covers the emerald shore, and the wild green of the cliffs ascends to the sky.

Reader Recs: 10 Quirky Museums Around the World

Think all museums are dusty and stodgy? Think again. We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share quirky museums from their travels, and their responses included displays of mummies, tow trucks, and much more. Without further ado, here we present ten off-beat museums worth traveling for.

I Heart My City: Nicole’s Anchorage

Nicole Smoot was born in Anchorage and has called Eagle River, on the northern outskirts of the city, home ever since. The Alaskan native spends a good chunk of her time in little known and off-the-beaten path destinations all over the world. But no matter how far she roams, she’s always happy to see the sign welcoming her back to Anchorage upon each return. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

Help Make 2016 the Year of the Postcard

A year ago, I asked our readers to join me in helping keep the iconic form of travel correspondence from going the way of the mastodon with a call to action: Send us a postcard from wherever you are, at home or abroad. The first female Maldivian seaplane pilot sent in a card, as did a tugboat captain in Florida. A tween wrote us. So did a nonagenarian. Some senders used the postcard’s pocket-size blank space to celebrate what postcards meant to them personally. Here are some of my favorite stories.