More than a thousand dance halls once dotted Texas, most of them built by 19th-century German and Czech immigrants, but time has taken its toll. Urbanization, assimilation, and neglect have silenced all but 400 of these hubs, where jigs, jives, and waltzes once ruled. But, lucky for us, some of the Lone Star State’s dance halls are being preserved, two steps at a time.
A map of Indonesia could be stitched from swatches of batik. From its regional origins in central Java, where creams and browns dominate, to coastal sultanates, where international trade inspired bright colors, batik is the fabric of an evolving nation.
Surf’s up in South Africa’s city of coastal cool—springboard to mountain heights and safari sights in Durban. Here’s an inside look at what to do, eat, and buy in South Africa’s third largest city.
Durbanites don’t mind that their sun-drenched coast is overshadowed by Johannesburg to the northwest or Cape Town to the southwest. “We’re culturally richer and a bit more out there,” says architect Nokuthula Msomi. “You can’t just live in your own bubble when cultures as different as the Zulu and Indian are overlapping all around you.”
Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama sighted Durban’s harbor in 1497. It’s now home to Africa’s busiest cargo port and 3.5 million residents who can trace their roots around the world. Here’s an inside look at how to make the most of your time in South Africa’s third largest city.
Culture vultures know how to holiday. They aim for creative clusters—innovative centers abuzz with imaginative activity—and let loose. While some clusters occur organically, art-smart urban planners have turned the creation of cultural spaces into an art form all its own. Here are a few newly opened and about-to-open art hubs that are putting imagination, art, and history on the world stage.
National Geographic Traveler editor at large George W. Stone relocated to Singapore from Washington, D.C., two years ago, and has fully embraced the island way of life. Here’s his advice on how to make the most of your time in this distinctive Southeast Asian nation: Island Getaway: Get a sense of traditional kampong (village) life on Pulau Ubin,…
Artist and graphic design activist Shepard Fairey gets his best inspiration from Hong Kong’s mix of Chinese and Western signage, iconography, and architecture. We asked him to point out other cities that go the extra mile to support their urban arts communities. Here are three.
Numbers add up—just ask the Inion Eleven. Backed by a bounty of votes, this fearless family of global nomads takes the top spot in our 2014 People’s Choice Traveler of the Year contest.
It’s no secret: Technology is changing the way we explore the world, and our relationship with it. Here’s Traveler magazine’s take on ten new developments that are making it easier for travelers to see more of our extraordinary planet, with a softer ecological impact.
In a world that’s constantly evolving, it’s important to ask big questions about the future of travel and how we’re changing our planet by exploring it en masse. That’s why we asked 13 luminaries in their spheres–from David Byrne and Richard Branson to Pico Iyer and Digital Nomad Andrew Evans–to tackle 13 subjects we think are worth talking about as we count down to 2014.
Katherine Connor’s tale of turning youthful wanderlust into animal-saving action as the founder of Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary in northern Thailand inspired an outpouring of votes that added up to make her our People’s Choice Traveler of the Year. Learn more about this globetrotting rebel with a cause.