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Destination Watch: Trestles Beach, California

In the October Issue of Traveler, our Destination Watch department looked into the ongoing controversy surrounding Trestles Beach in southern California, a shore made famous in the Beach Boys’ classic “Surfin’ U.S.A.”  National Geographic magazine Production Coordinator Jeff DiNunzio recently visited the beach and sends us this update. Just below San Diego’s northern border with…

The Greening of Burning Man

After returning from her trip to Mongolia, our Next Great Travel Writer contest winner Suzanne Roberts donned leopard pants and headed out to the annual Burning Man festival. Here, she sends us a dispatch about how the huge party in the desert has been working to become a sustainable event. Every year during the week…

Sustainable Sushi in San Fran

IT reader and cookbook writer Pat Tanumihardja sent us a note singing the praises of San Francisco’s sustainable sushi scene, so we asked her to share the details from her recent visit… Eat seasonal! Buy organic! You’re preaching to the choir in San Francisco, where sustainable cuisine is no longer a buzzword but the word…

Arrrghh You Going to Talk Like a Pirate?

Avast, mateys, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell ye that today is Talk Like a Pirate Day, yaar! (Pirates, although often crass, smelly, and generally disreputable, were still some of the savviest sailors on the seven seas…and therefore ardent travelers.) The LA Times Daily Travel & Deal Blog has a mighty great roundup of…

India: Life in the Fast Lane

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National Geographic Magazine has a fascinating story in the October issue about the building of India’s Golden Quadrilateral highway system, a 3,633-mile roadway which will stretch between the country’s four corridors. Check out this video to get a taste of the careening, cow-dodging drive that is simultaneously enhancing the infrastructure of the country and tearing…

Little Rock: Bill of Fare

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With all this talk of the presidential campaign crowding our news cycle, Traveler’s contributing editor Andrew Nelson sought out a respite at our last sitting President’s new library. The Roman Emperors constructed vast mausoleums and temples to commemorate their glory. Presidents of the United States build libraries. The William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum…

Sleeping on Planes: The Jumbo Hostel

We know how difficult it is to sleep on planes, but we’re thinking that the Jumbo Hostel might redefine the experience. Here’s the scoop: A Swedish hostel owner looking to buy a new property near the airport decided instead to take a 747 that was headed for the scrap heap and convert it into an…

A Bike Powered Bar? Brilliant

There are a few things that get us going here at IT, and bikes and beer happen to be two of them. So when we heard about the bike-powered bar now roaming the streets of Amsterdam from the good folks over at Treehugger, we were instantly intrigued. Here’s the gist: The Fietscafe is a mobile…

Napa Valley Nostalgia

Last night, I opened up a bottle of Pinot Noir brought back as a souvenir from my recent trip to California, and realized how lovely it was to revisit Napa Valley through the smell and taste of my first sip. But I have to admit it also got me longing for barbecue. “Come again?” I’m…

Big Island Best Bets

Executive Editor Paul Martin has just returned from a two-week stay on Hawaii’s Big Island, and he sends along his insider tips. The view from Pololu Valley Lookout. While exploring the Big Island for two weeks this summer, I got plenty of advice on the local sights—from the best place to view the current eruption…

Tour Guide: “Lost” in Hawaii

Former Traveler intern Catherine Pearson is on her way to explore Australia, but she stopped off for ten days in Oahu, Hawaii on the way. We’re not going to suggest it was only for the purpose of taking the Lost TV Tour—no, she’s not nearly that obsessed . . . Recognize this beach? It’s the…

New York City’s Summer Streets

Friend of IT Corrie Pikul is an avid runner, so when she got the chance to jog down Park Avenue in New York City without having to mess with cars, she took it eagerly, as did thousands of other city residents. Take part in the last Summer Streets event this Saturday, August 23. While visiting…

Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows, and Suzanne Roberts, winner of the “Next Great Travel Writer” essay contest, have been exploring Mongolia and sending IT dispatches along the way. In her last dispatch, Suzanne continues her quest for the “Real Mongolia,” this time finding it in the Gobi desert. Legend has it that the Gobi…

Tune in for More of Boyd

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Fans of Traveler’s “Unbound” columnist Boyd Matson may already be aware that the man keeps himself busy with several endeavors beyond writing columns, with radio show host being just one among many of them. But if you can’t get enough of Boyd, now there’s a way to get more of him: you can now download…

To usher in our coverage of the Beijing Olympics, we asked National Geographic photographer Fritz Hoffman, who shot the beautiful images collected in National Geographic Magazine’s Inside China issue in May, to give us some of his travel tips. In this first installment he offers some safety advice for getting around the country. Holiday travelers…

Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows and Suzanne Roberts, winner of the “Next Great Travel Writer” essay contest, have been exploring Mongolia and sending IT dispatches along the way. Today, Suzanne gets a hefty dose of local wrestling and horse racing culture. The hotel phone rings at 8:30, waking me from a short albeit dead…

Whale-Watching by Kayak in British Columbia

Senior editor Norie Quintos edits Traveler’s annual Tours of a Lifetime issue, which selects the 50 best guided tours of the year. So what did she do on her family vacation? She took two tours out West. This week she blogs about sea kayaking in British Columbia; next week, rafting on Idaho’s Salmon River. And…

Earlier this month, Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows and Suzanne Roberts, winner of the Next Great Travel Writer contest, traveled through Mongolia together and sent us dispatches from their trip. Over the next few days we’ll be publishing the last few recollections from their journey. Today Suzanne describes a night out at the Mongolian…

Save a Bird, Kill an Island?

IT friend Roger Hamilton just returned from a trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where a battle between birds and beachgoers is brewing… Driving down Highway 12 on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, I sense that something is wrong. “Save a bird, kill an island,” someone had scrawled across an SUV rear window. “Piping plover tastes…

Hot Time, Summer in the City

National Geographic Books editorial assistant Hunter Braithwaite offers up some beach alternatives for urban dwellers. It’s funny, if not outright inspiring, to think of how something as dreary as an international energy crisis can result in a widespread sea change in how we think about leisure activities. For a variety of reasons, ranging from high…

G-Men and Journalists at the Newseum

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Contributing writer Cathy Healy has the scoop on a new museum exhibit in Washington, D.C., that appeals to her (and, let’s be honest, all of our) lurid fascination with FBI agents and the journalists who chase after them… Let’s confess: While the Newseum’s exhibit, "G-Men and Journalists," appeals to the luridly curious, like me, it…

Voluntourism for the Whole Family

Catherine Pearson, a former intern at Traveler, has been researching the rise of volunteer vacations. She spoke with one family who was the test case for a new family voluntourism program, and learned a bit about how to roast marshmallows over molten lava. When the Delange family arrived in Guatemala for their volunteer vacation with…

Where are the D.C. Smartbikes?

NG Books Editorial Assistant Hunter Braithwaite likes bikes, and tells us a bit about his hopes for the D.C. SmartBike program. On the first of July, aboard a very crowded Metro, I read this article in the Washington Post’s Express.  Seems that we’re going to have to wait a little longer for the SmartBike program…

IT Editor Janelle Nanos is traveling from Seattle to San Francisco this week, and she’s sending her dispatches from the road. Help her plan her trip by leaving comments below… On my way out of Tacoma, my friends and I were hankering for ice cream when we stumbled upon the fabulous establishment that is Don’s…

Tour Guide: Walking Rome

This month’s issue of Traveler offers up some of the most authentic offerings found in Rome. And writer and Traveler reader Emilie C. Harting sends over her own favorite pick for exploring the city. Walk this way in Rome. Do you know how to avoid the 2-3 hour lines for such treasures as Vatican City…