Award-winning essayist and travel writer Pico Iyer has been a part of the National Geographic Traveler family since the magazine’s earliest days. “He has a singular ability to capture both a moment and a mood, root them firmly in a place, and render it all on the page,” says Traveler Executive Editor Norie Quintos. “The result is that the reader is transported.” Here’s a brief peek into the life and times of Pico Iyer.
Whether you’re exploring the Galápagos or visiting glaciers, South America is just the place to unplug from routine life. Consider staying at one of these lodges for a truly unforgettable nature experience.
Huckleberry Finn and Jim had their raft. Modern adventurers have their cars and the Great River Road. Now in its 75th year, this national scenic byway follows the Mississippi for 2,069 miles and ten states.
Celebrated journalist Todd Pitock started his family and effectively his working life in Johannesburg. He left in 1993, but having returned yearly since then, he now realizes that Johannesburg got really good only after it wasn’t his city anymore. Here’s his take on the South African city’s new golden age in the wake of losing its most celebrated native son.
Pete McBride has been adding a flash of panache to Traveler for roughly 15 years. “He brings the whole package to the magazine, ” says Director of Photography Dan Westergren. Though McBride started off making his name as a photographer, he has the literary chops to handle both text and images for feature stories–which is rare. And, as Dan notes, he has something else going for him: “the curiosity to find out what makes the world tick.” Here’s a small peek into the life and times of Pete McBride.
Do you travel with passion and purpose–or know someone who does? Tell us! This year will mark the third anniversary of Traveler’s award-winning “Travelers of the Year” package–the culmination of the magazine’s quest to find, and shine a light on, individuals who are using the power of travel for good. In our end-of-summer issue, Traveler will proudly present a fresh class of Travelers of the Year–but we have to find them first! We will be accepting nominations until February 6, so send yours in today!
Built on rugged ripples of valley surrounded by mountains in the central highlands, about a hundred miles southwest of Mexico City, Taxco naturally folds in on itself. That creates shadows that obscure many of its loveliest features. But nearly 500 years into its history, the colonial town has never looked more radiant–thanks to an ingenious new lightscape plan.
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 February.
The Radar–the best of the travel blogosphere–is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here’s our latest picks.
Just past the gleaming high-rises of Hawaii’s capital, in traditional neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Kakaako, locals keep the heart of aloha beating in Honolulu’s art-filled galleries and island-themed bars. Here’s the best this tropical haven has to offer.
In Japan’s epic anime film “Princess Mononoke,” director Hayao Miyazaki shrouds the real-life island of Yakushima with surrealism. Yet this wraithlike landform scarcely needed the extra intrigue. Twenty years ago, the site became one of Japan’s first entries on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
If you’ve never seen the northern lights, there’s still time to catch the spectacular display this year. The aurora borealis–named, aptly, after the Roman goddess of dawn and the Greek word for the north wind–can appear on a clear night from September through April, and is often at its most intense in February and March. Here are three stand-out lodges that will get you up close and personal.
Traveler contributing photographers Cotton Coulson and Sisse Brimberg have been part of the National Geographic family for years. Most recently, the husband-and-wife duo photographed “Danish Modern,” which ran in the magazine’s November 2013 issue. Here’s a brief look at the creative couple and their singular view of the world.
Norwegian painter Edvard Munch perfected the art of darkness and foreboding. Belying those moody themes is a colorful palette that perks up Oslo’s winter gray as the city celebrates the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth.
The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog every other Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.
National Geographic Traveler’s director of photography, Dan Westergren, has the distinct pleasure (and sometimes pain) of choosing which photographs run in the magazine. The award-winning photographers assigned to our stories come back from the field with such a rich variety of images that it can be hard, if not impossible, to make the final cut. So we asked…
The hallmarks of Italy’s artisanal tradition–creativity, innovation, craftsmanship–go back at least 3,000 years, to when Etruscans fashioned extraordinary works with bronze and Romans excelled in mosaics and glass. For Florentine milliner Gianni Gatto, it’s not just a hat; it’s art for the head. Learn more about this passionate sculptor/designer–and other artisans who are producing distinctive souvenirs with a strong sense of place, tradition, and style in Florence.
Could your next layover be the highlight of your trip? At more and more airports, a long layover can open a window into local culture–whether you choose to venture into the city or simply roam the terminals. When time is of the essence, we suggest a surgical-strike approach. Here are seven airports that offer convenient pop-in, pop-out access to their home cities, along with tips on what to see while you’re making the most of your extended layover.
Could your next layover be the highlight of your trip? At more and more airports, a long layover can open a window into local culture–whether you choose to venture into the city or simply roam the terminals. When time is of the essence, we suggest a surgical-strike approach. Here are five layover-worthy airports in cities around the world, along with tips on what to see while you’re making the most of extended down time between destinations.
The next time you’re traveling through Southern California, think about making one of these fab mid-century modern pads your home base.
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 January.
Afraid to fly, late for your flight but can’t do without your morning coffee, have no place to stay when you arrive? Have no fear: These three hand-picked travel apps will make your problems disappear like magic.
Though timing a trip in the fall during Día de los Muertes is highly recommended, these picturesque towns offer a vibrant art and music scene that’s well worth experiencing any time of year. Here’s a brief insider’s guide to visiting this exciting region: Where to Eat La Posadita in San Miguel de Allende has rooftop tables and views…
Nearly a century after Langston Hughes and Billie Holiday turned Manhattan’s cultural landscape upside down, Harlem is again seeing rebirth.