I have been traveling to Belize every year for more than a decade and am already planning my next trip. Why? This small Central American nation delivers cultural and natural heritage in spades. Here’s a prescription for the perfect week in this small but mighty wonderland.

Johan Lolos (on Instagram @LeBackpacker) has been roaming the globe with a pack on his back and a camera at the ready since 2013. He’s currently making his way across New Zealand, and sharing photographs from his escapades on Instagram. Here’s a peek into how he got this winning shot of a hiker in New Zealand’s Mount Cook National Park.

All signs point to the imminent death of this iconic form of correspondence. Postcard stamp sales are way down, fewer stores are selling them, and more and more travelers are turning to digital methods to share stories from the road. But who doesn’t smile when they receive a postcard in the mail, especially in this day and age? I’m resolving here and now to rekindle the childlike joy in sending and receiving postcards by paying it forward myself. Who’s with me?

National Geographic explorers-in-residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have spent the past three decades captivating audiences with their rare footage and photographs of Africa’s big cats. Now, they’re taking aim at a different kind of challenge: conservation tourism.

Back in 2010, Houston-born schoolteacher Lynda Martinez traded the Gulf of Mexico for the Persian Gulf—with two sons in tow—when her husband was offered a job in Dubai. Though her “heart is still in Texas,” Lynda has grown fond of her current home base and shares the love on her blog, Longhorns and Camels. Here’s a look at Dubai through her unique lens.

As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War draws to a close, head to these mid-Atlantic sites. They played a pivotal role in America’s deadliest conflict.

In his new National Geographic book, Traveler magazine editor at large Christopher Elliott outlines how to be the world’s smartest traveler. Here’s Elliott’s take on the myriad ways to reserve a room.

We can thank President Theodore Roosevelt for establishing what became the nation’s first national wildlife refuge—Florida’s Pelican Island—in 1903. Today, more than 560 refuges throw a lifeline to some of America’s most vulnerable species, and to the millions of visitors who spend time there drinking in the great outdoors. Here are six national wildlife refuges that provide idyllic alternatives to urban life.

I Heart My City (in the Spring)

From music festivals to flower shows, beaches to wineries, here are 20 ways to make the most of the next few months in 20 cities around the globe.

It’s the last night of my tenth trip to Hawaii. This time I’ve come to visit my daughter, Jenny, who is planning to move back to California this month after living on Oahu for more than two years. My wife, son, and I have gathered for one final family fling. And we’ve had a wonderful…

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in April.

Anne Elder “fell in love with France somewhere between Madeline and Moulin Rouge.” After studying abroad in Paris, the life-long Francophile migrated south and found a home in Aix-en-Provence, France. When she’s not helping students learn English as a teaching assistant, Anne spends her time keeping her blog up to date, working on the perfect bœuf bourguignon, or trying to blend in with…