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

Finland’s Sauna Obsession

Get the skinny on taking a dip in Scandinavia’s hot sauna hot spot.

10 Great Pleasure Hikes in the U.S.A.

Hiking is one outdoor activity that just about anyone old enough to walk can enjoy. Some trails, however, are more challenging than others. If you’re new to the world of hiking—or are a seasoned pro hoping to introduce the younger generation to the joys of walking in the woods—here are ten great places to start, from Florida to Washington State.

Witness Africa’s ‘Other’ Epic Migration

Witness a spectacle unlike any other when millions of bats fill the autumn skies in Africa’s largest mammal migration.

World Calendar: Must-Attend Events in November

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 November.

Hot and Cold in Minneapolis

There’s plenty to do in this Twin City, no matter the forecast.

How to Explore Paris Like a Flâneur

Stroll France’s capital and you’ll see human nature on full display, from doyennes taking their café to lovers cooing by the River Seine. As poet Charles Baudelaire put it, in Paris “the spectator is a prince who everywhere rejoices in his incognito.”

Three American Cities Made for Running

These three urban enclaves offer above-average options for anyone who enjoys running in the great outdoors.

The Lure of the Grand Hotel

A nostalgia for travel during the Gilded Age, that time of new wealth and grand hotels, is enjoying a moment with the popularity of Downton Abbey and its upcoming New York equivalent, The Gilded Age (by Downton creator Julian Fellowes). During the four decades from 1870 to World War I, the well-heeled traveled the world…

10 Great Science Museums in the U.S.A.

The average family doesn’t have high-powered microscopes or walk-in kaleidoscopes at home. Lucky for us, top science museums make such world-class resources—as well as educators who know how to break down abstract concepts in a way that everyone (even parents) can understand—available to the public. Here are ten spot-on science museums in cities across the United States.

My City: Maximum Milan

Milan may not take your breath away, like Venice. It’s not as elegant as Florence, as spectacular as Rome, or as picturesque as Naples. It doesn’t have Como’s gorgeous lake or Siena’s harmonious hills. But Milan is Italy, more so than any of those lovely places.

Breezewood: The Neon Jumble

Breezewood, Pennsylvania, just might be the prettiest-named ugly place in the America. This unincorporated town in the south of the state is actually home to almost 1,500 people, but is most famous for its neon strip of fast food restaurants, trucks stops, gas stations, and motels tucked snugly into an asphalt armpit between Interstate 70…

Pacific Treasure: Pitcairn Islands

A remote archipelago in the Pacific Ocean anchors the world’s largest contiguous marine reserve.