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Naughty and Nice: Krampusnacht

If the yuletide season has seemed more like Halloween of late, it’s because a contingent of horned, long-tongued beasties is slowly making its way west from the forests of Germany. Make way for the Krampus, the dark counterpoint to the benevolent St. Nicholas.

Leaf-Peeping Paradise: The Finger Lakes

Among leaf scenes, New York’s is one of the best—especially upstate in the glacier-carved region known as the Finger Lakes. Here’s the scoop on visiting the region and soaking up the autumn color show.

Empires of the Silk Road

When I arrived in Kyrgyzstan, I wanted to see what remained of the Silk Road that snaked through that spiky Central Asian country for centuries, bridging the vastness of Asia and the West with caravans bearing silk, gems, and spices. Here’s what I found.

Japan’s ‘Master of the Night’

To experience Kobayashi Kiyochika’s woodblock prints depicting a 19th-century Tokyo in flux is to experience the foreshadowing of film noir.

Park in Progress: Patagonia

Ever since I read Bruce Chatwin’s “In Patagonia,” I’ve wanted to follow in his footsteps. And at the end of 2012, I was poised to realize my dream when Conservación Patagonica hired me to teach English at the nascent Patagonia National Park. My plan was to stay for three months; I ended up staying nearly five times that long. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at this remarkable park in progress.

Eat Your Way Through Montreal This Winter

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Whether you’re a traditionalist or in search of a modern take on Montreal’s culinary landscape this winter, here are seven ways to get a taste for this vibrant French-Canadian city.

The Perks of Going Rental

During their yearlong round-the-world journey, Larissa and Michael Milne rented flats and cottages on six continents to save money. But they soon discovered an unexpected benefit: cultural immersion.

Coming in from the Cold in Charleston

My girlfriend, Jenny, and I decided to escape the creeping New England cold by heading south on a road trip that would combine the travel ingredients we like best: a sprinkling of history, a heaping portion of outdoor adventure, and plenty of food.

Very Presidential D.C.

Guest blogger Erin Gifford offers ten tips on how to learn more about American presidents during inauguration weekend and beyond.

Food Fridays: Tastes of Morocco

Lisa T.E. Sonne has braved Arctic cold and remote jellyfish waters for Intelligent Travel. Now she faces her “inner chef” and finally learns to cook in savory Morocco.

Burning the Devil in Guatemala

Every December 7 at 6:00 p.m. sharp, Guatemalans “burn the devil,” building bonfires outside their homes to mark the occasion. The tradition has special significance in Guatemala City because of its association with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which honors the city’s patron saint.

But where did the tradition come from, and how is it changing?

A Royal Cremation in Ubud

Lisa Niver Rajna and her husband kicked off what would be a year-long trek through Southeast Asia by spending two months exploring Bali with no set itinerary. Their stay in Ubud happened to coincide with an extravagant cremation ceremony for a member of the Balinese royal family. Read about what it was like to witness this sacred Hindu ritual firsthand.