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George W. Stone

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A Local’s Guide to Durban

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.

Durban: Into the Zulu Kingdom

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.”

Insider’s Guide to Durban

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.

Look List: The Best New Museums

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.

What’s Hot in Singapore

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,…

Shepard Fairey’s Favorite Street Art Cities

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.

Meet the People’s Choice Travelers of the Year

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.

The Travel Tech of the Future

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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.

13 Big Questions on the Future of Travel

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.

Meet the People’s Choice Traveler of the Year

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.

Blimp My Ride

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The Spirit of Innovation, one of Goodyear’s four “aerial ambassadors,” rises and descends dozens of times a week, cruising above the Florida coastline at 1,500 feet. It’s unmistakable. It’s amusing. And, to some, it’s an obsession.