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Intelligent Travel

About Intelligent Travel

Cultural, Authentic & Sustainable: This is your brain on travel. We showcase the essence of place, what's unique and original, and what locals cherish most about where they live. And we highlight places, practices, and people that are on the front lines of sustainable travel--travel that preserves places' essential uniqueness for future generations.

Our mission is rooted in what the National Geographic Society stands for: inspiring people to care about the planet. Traveler and Intelligent Travel also want you to experience and enjoy the planet. We want to help you journey with greater sensitivity to the impact your trip has on a place and its inhabitants.

Sometimes we celebrate, sometimes we criticize. But we always try to heighten awareness about what's really important about travel: finding great places, experiencing them fully, and leaving them no worse for your visit.

Email: intelligenttravel at ngs dot org

All-American Adventures in Wonderlands

Don’t just see the world, seize it. From paragliding the Grand Tetons to cave explorations in Kentucky, these six wild adventures in the U.S. turn vacations into calls to action.

Virginia’s Capital of Charm: Richmond

Richmond zips away from its sleepy southern past with a blend of modern culture, cuisine, and international sport.

8 Under-the-Radar European Islands

Europe presents many reasons to hop off the storied continent.

Local Favorites: Portland Microbreweries

Microbreweries are the antidote to every anemic, unsatisfying generic beer you’ve ever tasted. With a focus on quality and flavor, craft beer makers keep brewing traditions alive while constantly innovating and experimenting in their quest for the perfect taste. Portland, Oregon, is the epicenter of an American craft beer revolution, which began to take off…

World Calendar: Must-Attend Events in August

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 August.

Inside the Pope’s Vatican

For one week this September, Pope Francis will trade umbrella pines and St. Peter’s Basilica for New York skyscrapers and D.C.’s Capitol dome. But though Catholics look forward to his trip to the U.S., a Roman holiday to the Vatican remains the best way to get close to the pope.

Shaolin Summer: In Search of Confucius

Their home life under stress, a mother and daughter find redemption—at a Chinese school for warriors.

Peak Perfection: East Tyrol, Austria

Stressed with everyday life? Then follow the Austrian locals to the Virgental valley for some healthy, exhilarating, and relaxing hiking.

Just Back: Barcelona

National Geographic Travel associate producer Megan Heltzel studied abroad in Barcelona when she was in college. She recently returned to the Catalonian capital on a trip with Monograms Travel and was happy to see that the city she once called home continues to steal her heart. Here are some of the highlights from Megan’s trip, in her own words.

7 Ways to Let London Surprise You

Stay away from the royal groupies with these offbeat London experiences.

Twitter Chat: How Travel Transforms Us

What would you do with one more day off? Join National Geographic’s resident family travel guru Heather Greenwood Davis (@greenwooddavis) for our monthly Twitter chat next Wednesday, July 15.

Remembering a Nat Geo Photographer

Antarctica. Estonia. Berlin. Florence. With his wife and professional partner Sisse Brimberg always nearby, photographer Cotton Coulson framed the world in a way that made it beautiful and real at the same time. “He was especially adept at approaching a European city,” notes National Geographic Traveler magazine’s director of photography, Dan Westergren. “He trained his lens on what gave a place its soul.”