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

How to Pass for a Local in Oslo

Cosmopolitan, edgy, playful: Oslo serves up Scandinavian cool with heartwarming enthusiasm. Here are five ways to go local in the Norwegian capital.

Drive Across the Deepest Lake in the World

Lake Baikal is so big it makes its own horizon, one not always visible in winter when the snow and clouds can blend with the lake’s ice, eliminating all perspective from the landscape. But what hope is there for proportion on a lake that holds 20 percent of the world’s (unfrozen) freshwater supply? Never mind…

Aurora Rising: Norway’s Northern Lights

Weathered stave churches line the lush fjords of Norway’s majestic west coast, unrivaled for its natural beauty, cascading waterfalls, and wildlife such as whales and puffins. But come wintertime, snow covers the emerald shore, and the wild green of the cliffs ascends to the sky.

Dancing in the Streets: Peru’s Candelaria Festival

During the pre-Hispanic period of the place we now call Peru, February was harvest time. Couple that with a desire to celebrate the city of Puno’s patron, the Virgin of Candelaria, and it’s time to dance in the streets—literally.

Dogsledding in Swedish Lapland

Above the Arctic Circle, Sweden’s Lapland region unfolds with snow-capped mountains, deep forest, and vast stretches of untamed wilderness. But forget about snowmobiles: The hands-on, eco-friendly, and far more rewarding way to tour is by dogsled.

Insider’s Guide to Vilankulo, Mozambique

Mozambique’s shoreline, at 1,540 miles, is about the length of the U.S. west coast. The southern part of the coast—known for the seaside town of Vilankulo and Bazaruto Archipelago National Park—is a magnet for travelers seeking authentic (and affordable) adventure. Here’s how to optimize your time in this coastal paradise.

Experience Almond-Blossom Season in Mallorca

The Mediterranean island’s almond blossom season brings a trembling carpet of pink, purple, and white.

Florida’s Secret Manatee Retreat

Spot rare, gentle manatees at play on their annual winter vacation in Florida’s Blue Spring State Park.

Stargazing in Europe’s First Dark-Sky Preserve

Watch stars glitter and meteors blaze against the black canvas of Europe’s first dark-sky preserve.

Upon the Beach in Sunny Mozambique

A son embarks on a wistful voyage of discovery to far isles where his parents honeymooned.

France’s Truffle Hunting Capital: Périgord

Search alongside experts, both human and animal, for precious, perfumed truffles in France’s earthy, secretive southwestern corner.

China’s Magical World of Ice and Snow

Wander among glittering castles and pagodas at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, which takes place in January and February. The residents of China’s most northeastern province, bordering Siberian Russia, brighten the long, harsh winter by carving fantastical sculptures from blocks of ice pulled from the Songhua River to create a frigid fairyland of epic proportions.