Amy Alipio – Intelligent Travel

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

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.

The Best Travel Books of Spring

Though it might not be quite time to hang up your winter coat for good, a bushel of books have sprouted to inspire a bout of warm-weather wanderlust. Check out our top picks for spring, then let us know what’s on your #TripLit list (or recommend a perennial favorite).

Pennsylvania Dutch Country in 7 Bites

Foodies who disdain smorgasbords and sprawling restaurants that feed hundreds of bused-in tourists, feel free to stop reading right now.

If you’re still with me, let’s talk about chicken pot pie. And shoo-fly pie. And whoopie pies, for that matter.

Discover America’s Secret Heroes

What do National Geographic Traveler editors do when they retire? Well, if you’re Paul Martin, you write a book about a subject you’ve been gathering information on for years: little-known Americans—from the first black combat pilot to the agronomist who saved millions in Asia from starving—who helped change history. Martin’s labor of love, Secret Heroes: Everyday…

Much Ado About Suchitoto

The El Salvadoran town of Suchitoto overlooks a blue volcanic lake in a region long considered a place of great natural beauty. But the country’s 12-year civil war ravaged this cobblestoned town, and lingering unemployment and gang violence have left its citizens–especially its young people—without a lot of hope for their future. Enter stage right…