Jeannette Kimmel

“Llama trekking seemed a perfect fit,” explains Stuart Wilde, who came to the New Mexico backcountry outside of Taos more than two decades ago. “As an outdoor educator and conservation advocate, they help me teach about minimal-impact backcountry ethics and sustainable tourism.”

Last year, my new husband and I ventured to Zimbabwe for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience to celebrate our milestone together. Neither of us had ever traveled anywhere in Africa before, so planning our adventure was both exciting and exhausting. Here are a few things we learned—both before and during our trip—that will save you some…

Andrew McCarthy journeyed all the way to India in search of the perfect Darjeeling, and wrote about the experience for Traveler magazine, but you don’t have to go around the globe to sip on some of the world’s best brews. Here’s a list of teas that are steeped in local tradition—and how you can try them at home.

When a friend invited me to her wedding in Costa Rica, I was ecstatic. But a few things happened between booking my flight and take-off. Life got busy. My guidebooks remained stacked—unopened—neatly on my desk. I made a reservation at an eco lodge in the Guanacaste region, on the country’s Pacific coast, but had no time to look into the activities it had to offer or the must-see sites around town. So when my flight took off, I had no plan. Little did I know I was an unwitting participant in the “slow travel movement.”

Tips for Traveling to Bhutan

Early fall is a great time to visit Bhutan — a tiny Buddhist kingdom nestled in the Himalayas. But it’s hard to get to (with only a few flights to and from the country each day) and even harder to know what to expect. I was lucky enough to make the trip to the famously…

It’s that time again! Every year, Traveler picks the best guided trips from around the world for our annual Tours of a Lifetime issue (now on newsstands). In 2007, Boundless Journeys’ “Bhutan: A Journey into the Peaceful Kingdom” made the list, and for good reason. This active tour of the little-known Himalayan kingdom takes clients on…

Beyond the Bratwurst

There’s nothing like going back to your roots. So on a trip to Germany to visit relatives, I had no qualms about indulging in some of the heartier flavors of my family’s homeland. One of my favorite stops: Frankfurt’s Sachsenhausen neighborhood. Located south of the River Main, Sachsenhausen avoided most of the Frankfurt  bombings during…

A Taste of Le Marche, Italy

On a recent trip to Italy’s Marche region, I didn’t so much see the sites as I did taste the flavors. Nestled between Umbria and the Adriatic Sea, the Marche is often called “Italy in one region” because it encompasses  all things Italian in just one small area, from lavender-covered hills, to olive trees, to…

Atop Milan’s Duomo

I fell in love with our July/August cover, which photographer Dave Yoder shot from the top of Milan’s magnificent Duomo. Commissioned in the 14th century, the towering cathedral—which dominates Milan’s city center—took nearly 500 years to complete. A few weeks ago, I found myself standing in the center of this fashion capital. Just of the…

A German Royal Wedding

Sure, William and Kate might be the royal couple so far this century, but in 1525, Martin and Kate stole the royal spotlight in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (above), just 90 minutes south of Berlin. On June 13, 486 years ago, former monk Martin Luther (known for starting the Reformation) wed former nun Katharina von Bora, and…

I started playing in an orchestra when I was ten years old, and ever since then I’ve had a fascination with all things musical. To my surprise, on a recent trip to Prague I discovered the Czech capital has a hotel devoted entirely to music. The aptly-named Aria Hotel is located in the Malá Strana…

I’ll be honest. The first time I learned about the Republic of Cyprus, I had to look at a map to find out where it was. The small island is the easternmost in the Mediterranean, surrounded by Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the independence of the country…

Plan My Trip: Kansas City

The latest in the ongoing series in which the editors of Traveler Magazine take travel suggestions from readers… Read more reader suggested itineraries here. This week, I’m taking my history-teacher boyfriend on a road trip around Kansas City, from Abilene, Kansas, to Independence, Missouri, and everything in between (for all you history buffs out there,…

Celebrate National Park Week

National Park Week kicked off on Saturday, and all of the parks are celebrating by offering free admission through April 25. Traveler offers guides to ten of the most popular parks, from Big Bend, to Death Valley, to Shenandoah. Don’t miss our special Strategies guide for tips on how to navigate the (often crowded) popular…

The Latest from Don George

In his latest Trip Lit column, Traveler’s book critic Don George reviews Jan Morris’s latest book, Contact: A Book of Encounters. Says George, “One of the English language’s keenest observers and depicters of place, the legendary writer turns her eye on people, collecting impressions from a half-century of encounters around the globe. Her pithy portraits,…

Tea and Tranquility

Today, there are thousands of tea estates around the world, and many open their doors to guests. Check out what these estates in India and Sri Lanka have to offer. Addabarie Tea Estate, Balipara, Assam The Singpho and Khamti tribes in Assam have long been credited with inventing tea in India–using tea leaves for their…

Vancouver: Beyond the Games

British Columbia has always been a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts. The Northwest province is as big as California, Oregon, and Washington combined, but with only a fraction of the population, making its wilderness all the more enticing. Check out Adventure’s guide to all things outdoors in Vancouver, from kayaking, to hiking Canada’s highest falls, and…

Goings-On at the Geographic

There’s so much going on here at National Geographic headquarters that it’s hard for us to keep track. Here’s a roundup of events happening in November. Terra Cotta Warriors, National Geographic Museum Our eagerly anticipated special exhibition opens November 19 at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, and will run through March 31, 2010.…

Chatting with Tom Hanks

Last week, National Geographic Traveler assistant editor Janelle Nanos got to chat with legendary actor and World War II enthusiast Tom Hanks, who has “perhaps done more than anyone in Hollywood today to help tell the stories of the war with the film Saving Private Ryan and HBO series Band of Brothers” and who just…

An Evening With Simon Winchester

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Last month, our Trip Lit book critic Don George sat down with Amy Tan for the launch of our new “Journeys” series of live conversations with great writers at National Geographic headquarters in D.C. Tomorrow, Don will be chatting with Simon Winchester, author of The Man Who Loved China and The Professor and the Madman,…

Preview: Darwin’s Darkest Hour

No, that’s not Desmond in another Lost flashback. But Henry Ian Cusick, one of our favorite actors from that crazy island family, has been cast as Charles Darwin in National Geographic Television’s first scripted film, which will air next week on PBS. Darwin’s Darkest Hour celebrates the famous scientist’s discoveries and trials, and shines light…

Eat Like the Queen in Victoria

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Victoria, B.C. might be known for its gardens and English charm, but it also has a bursting foodie scene, especially when it comes to seafood. Two of my top picks are Chandlers Seafood and the Wharfside Eatery, both located just a few steps away from the inner harbor. Wharfside Eatery‘s inner harbor location admittedly makes…

The Best Breakfast in Maine

This summer I spent a long weekend with friends in Middle-of-Nowhere Maine, somewhere north of the Where-the-Heck-R-We Campground. (OK, so the town we stayed in wasn’t called “Middle-of-Nowhere,” but the campground does exist.) We had planned on eating at different places to try out the regional cuisine, and whenever we asked anyone for a good…

President Obama recently signed a bill that would create a trail from Montana’s Glacier National Park (above) to the Pacific Ocean at Washington’s Cape Alava. The 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail is part of the “dream of a transcontinental pathway across America,” according to Ron Strickland, who proposed the Pacific Northwest Trail in 1970.…

Plan My Trip: Victoria, B.C.

In just a few weeks I’m heading off to Victoria, B.C. for a much-needed weekend of R&R. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve been to Vancouver Island, and well over 15 since I’ve toured the elegant Butchart Gardens and ever-popular Royal British Columbia Museum. With hardly 36 hours in the city, I want to…