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

An Insider’s Guide to Australia’s Great Ocean Road

Victoria’s best known highway, the Great Ocean Road, runs 150 miles from Torquay to near Warrnambool, but the scenic drive continues along the Victoria coast to the South Australia state line. Drive it the other way, from west to east, to parallel the route of 19th-century shipborne immigrants. Here’s a brief guide to maximizing your time on Australia’s rugged southeastern coast.

Europe’s Rising Star: Antwerp

Fashion meets chocolate in Belgium’s second city.

Pleasure Pedaling on the East Coast

No need to be an avid cyclist to enjoy a bike ride through stunning scenery

Just Back: Amsterdam

National Geographic Traveler features editor Amy Alipio recently returned from a long weekend with her young daughter in Amsterdam. Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words.

Adventure 101: Rafting the Gauley River

With names like Heaven Help You and Pure Screaming Hell, the rapids on West Virginia’s Gauley River are not for the fainthearted, especially in the fall, when large releases of water from Summersville Dam turn the Upper Gauley into a churning mass of water.

Remembering Keith Bellows

Keith Bellows, who helmed National Geographic Traveler magazine for 17 years until stepping down last October, was a giant in the world of travel journalism. “In an industry marked by larger-than-life editors, Keith was as big as they came,” says Traveler executive editor Norie Quintos. Even as he reveled in the printed word, he was one…

Chicago’s Polish Triangle

Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the world’s second largest Polish population. The Polonia Triangle, center of the city’s original Polish Downtown, is its oldest, most prominent Polish settlement, full of local Polish shops and restaurants. Here’s where to get a taste of old Poland in the Windy City.

Adventure 101: Rafting the Grand Canyon

Flowing 1,450 miles through the American West and northwest Mexico before ending at the Gulf of California, the Colorado River is the Southwest’s principal waterway. Its most scenic stretch cuts through—and helped shape—the Grand Canyon. Here’s what you need to know to plan your own epic rafting trip.

The Design Capital of the Netherlands

After being nearly wiped off the map by the Luftwaffe in World War II, Rotterdam bounced back with a creative confidence few European cities can match, even fellow design darling Copenhagen.

World Calendar: Must-Attend Events in September

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 September.

Europe’s Rising Star: Tampere, Finland

Summer draws out Tampere locals for boating, swimming, and hiking, but winter may be the time to experience the Finnish city at its natural best.

The New Europe Decoder

From secluded beaches to hip café culture, enchanting Eastern Europe packs off-the-beaten-track experiences for travelers. Once locked behind the Iron Curtain, these five countries offer fresh takes on the Old World.