Leslie Trew Magraw

of National Geographic Travel

Leslie Trew Magraw is editor/producer for the Intelligent Travel blog network at National Geographic. Follow her story on Twitter @leslietrew and on Instagram @leslietrew.

How to Protect Yourself Against the Zika Virus

In the wake of reports of outbreaks in Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Health Organization now believes that the mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus—the same species that transmit dengue and chikungunya—will eventually make their way to all nations within the Western Hemisphere, excepting parts of Chile and Canada, where high…

The Best of Intelligent Travel

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We publish new articles and stories all the time on Intelligent Travel, but there are a few that really got your attention last year. In case you missed them, here are the 15 most popular posts of 2015.

Travel Lens: Don George’s World

From climbing Kilimanjaro and contemplating the magic of Uluru to exploring the jungles of Cambodia and the backcountry temples of Shikoku, legendary travel writer and editor Don George has seen the better part of our planet. Here’s a look at the world and all that’s in it through his unique lens.

@NatGeoTravel Staff Bucket List: 2016

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else. Here’s where we want to go in 2016 and why.

Travel Lens: Neil Perry’s World

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Neil Perry is culinary royalty in his native Australia, and for good reason. Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens—and appetite.

Guardian of the Parks: Jonathan Jarvis on the NPS Centennial

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Jonathan Jarvis can say one thing most of us can’t: He has his dream job. As head of the National Park Service (NPS), Jarvis oversees more than 84 million acres of public land in the United States—from its largest unit, Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, to its smallest, Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, in downtown Philadelphia. As the NPS celebrates its centennial in 2016, Director Jarvis shares his favorite park units, the ups and downs of the job, and his hopes for the next 100 years.

Oh, the Places Nat Geo Goes

When you work at National Geographic, one of the first questions people ask is if you get to travel. The answer is often yes, but one of the best parts of the job is being surrounded by sharp, globe-trotting people, and getting to hear their stories. That’s why we asked folks on the Nat Geo Travel team to share a story about the best trip they’ve taken in the past year with our readers. So if you’re searching for inspiration for your next adventure, look no further.

Your Shot of the Month: Brazil’s Salto Corumbá

This long-exposure image of Salto Corumbá, a breathtaking waterfall located near the geographic center of Brazil, represents the first-ever member-submitted magazine cover in National Geographic history. Victor Lima’s winning photograph was one of more than 34,000 entries to a Your Shot assignment calling on members to submit photos of their “best place” to correspond with Traveler’s flagship “Best of the World” feature. Here’s a look at the stunning winning image, and the man who captured it.

I Heart My European Hometown

We asked our readers if the postcard was obsolete. The response was astounding. Seems the postcard isn’t the dying art we feared it was. Hundreds of rectangle-shaped missives have flooded into Nat Geo headquarters to put a point on that fact. Some were sent by travelers reporting in from the road. But the lion’s share were sent by people who just plain love where they live. Here’s a dash of travel inspiration from hometown-proud locals in cities across Europe.

I Heart My Hometown: #PostcardProject

National Geographic Traveler features editor Amy Alipio recently asked our readers to weigh in on whether they thought the postcard was obsolete. The response was astounding. Seems the postcard isn’t the dying art (and travel tradition) we feared it was. In the past three months (and with a little help from the Postcrossing.com community), hundreds of rectangle-shaped missives—from Shanghai to Sheboygan—have flooded into Nat…

@NatGeoTravel Staff Picks: Summer Festivals

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In the mood to celebrate among the masses? There’s nothing quite like an outdoor festival to make the summer season seem official. Here are a few of the @NatGeoTravel team’s favorite open-air festivals to inspire your next trip.

Nat Geo Staff Picks: Favorite Travel Books

Travel literature. What is it? Memoirs detailing a life-changing trip to the Amazon, fiction that makes its setting a major character, nonfiction that asks its readers to consider a familiar destination in a new light—all of these fall under the travel literature umbrella. And personal preferences are just as varied. Here are a few favorites from Nat Geo Travel staffers.