Amy Alipio is features editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine. Follow her story on Twitter @amytravels and on Instagram @amyalipio.

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.

Vicarious Travel: 15 Great Holiday Books

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My favorite present to receive is, 1) a trip somewhere or, barring that, a great book that gets me dreaming about a trip somewhere. If you have travel-mad bibliophiles on your holiday gift list, here are 15 fun and inspiring books to wrap up.

@NatGeoTravel Twitter Chat: Best Fall Trips

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Savvy travelers know that fall is the best time to hit the road: destinations are less crowded, less expensive, not as muggy. A flurry of autumn festivals and events fill the calendar, and seasonal dishes pile up on harvest tables. Looking for inspiration? Join Traveler magazine features editor Amy Alipio for @NatGeoTravel’s next Twitter chat on Wednesday, September 2.

River Cruising With Kids: Three Reasons to Go

A river ship doesn’t have the climbing walls, play zones, or indoor skydiving activities that filigree ocean-going ships, which isn’t surprising, given that the median age on a river cruise ship is 55. So what was my young daughter doing sailing the Rhine one recent spring afternoon? Playing shuffleboard on the sun deck. And having a great time.

The Postcard Project

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?

Ultimate Summer #TripLit Reading List

The dog days stretch out in front of us in all their indolent or pulse-quickening glory, depending on your style. This sunny season is paved with compelling stories to be lazily read by the beach or gobbled up on a long-haul flight to your next adventure. Our summer reading list of new #TripLit ranges from fiction to memoir, but each read evokes a great sense of place—and is sure to inspire future travel.

Beyond the Beach in Aruba

Aruba may be known for its aquatic assets, but this Caribbean getaway has a lot more to offer. Here are five ways to go beyond the beach.

Budapest’s Grand Hotels

With its title alone, Wes Anderson’s new film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” conjures up a vision of Old World elegance. Though the movie is set in a fictionalized European city, hotels play starring roles in the Hungarian capital, headlining a blockbuster renovation sweeping from Castle Hill in Buda to newly brightened Kossuth Square in Pest.

The Best #TripLit This Winter

Winter may be the perfect time for hibernating with a page-turning read. But the seven new books on this list all convey a deep sense of place that just might inspire you to break out of your warm cocoon and explore somewhere new.

The Best Fall Travel Books

This fall, we’re seeing a heap of new #TripLit stocking the shelves, the kind of books that — no matter if they fall under the fiction, adventure, history, or foodie categories — open up the world and inspire us to make a break for new places and embrace new experiences. So cuddle up with a cup of something warm and start turning the pages of one of these great new travel reads.

Planning a Beach Trip With Little Kids

As beach season — at least here on the America’s East Coast — comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on how planning a beach vacation requires a different way of thinking when you have little kids. It’s less about packing the perfectly curated selection of books (good luck trying to get any reading done!) or the just-right shade of pedicure polish, than it is about keeping your family happy and safe — and making things as easy as possible.

The Books of Summer

Nothing can ruin a long-haul flight or a lazy August afternoon at the beach as much as lack of good reading material. The best #TripLit can enhance your travels or even inspire you to explore fresh destinations. So, wherever you are, put your Wayfarers on and hit the sand with one of these new books.