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.

Travel Tips From Nat Geo Staffers

Becoming a travel pro takes time—and lots of trial and error—but it’s not cheating to learn from the experiences of others. The folks at Nat Geo Travel know that as much as anyone. And while we have a lot of road miles under our belts, we’re students of the world, too. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.

Travel Legends: Q + A With Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux has been charming readers–and rooting out surprising adventures in far-flung places–for more than half a century. Known for his fondness for train travel, love-hate relationship with Africa, and finesse with language, the veteran travel writer and novelist, now 73, continues to share his adventures with the world. When Theroux stopped by the Nat Geo offices last year, I had a chance to ask him about his thoughts on travel, his connection to his roots, and his advice for aspiring writers. This is what he had to say.

Why (and How) Travel Writing Moves Us

I sat down with Don George, editor at large at National Geographic Traveler and author of Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing, and asked him why and how travel writing gets under our skin, who inspired him to become a travel writer in the first place, and what he thinks about the explosion of travel blogging and the future of the craft itself. Here’s what he had to say.

The Best of Intelligent Travel

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We publish new travel stories all the time on the Intelligent Travel blog network, but there are a few that really got your attention this year.

In case you missed them, here are the 13 most popular posts of 2013.

Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

The staff at National Geographic Travel is always 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 2014 and why.

Travel Writing Tips: Don George on Self Editing

I sat down with Don George, editor at large at “National Geographic Traveler” magazine and author of “Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing,” and asked him to don (no pun intended) his editor’s cap and dispense some pearls of wisdom about what budding travel writers can do to make their work sing. This is what he had to say.

A Local’s Guide to Gettysburg

Seven score and 11 years after President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the greatest speeches in American history, Gettysburg thrives on a folksy combination of winsome landscapes and rural panache. Here’s a local’s guide to the “most famous small town in America”—both on and off the battlefield.

More Travel Writing Tips From Don George

I asked veteran travel writer and editor Don George about his plan of attack when he’s out on assignment in the field. Here’s what he had to say.

Travel Writing Tips From Don George

I asked veteran travel writer and editor Don George if he had any advice about how emerging storytellers can make their mark on the travel writing scene. Here’s what he had to say.

Inside the Millennial Trains Project

You’ve probably heard a lot about Millennials these days — from an ultimately positive review in “Time” to books on the subject with titles ranging from “Generation Me” to “How a New Generation is Remaking America.” While critics and scholars may quibble over the birth range associated with the generation, there’s no doubt that 25-year-old Millennial Trains Project founder Patrick Dowd belongs to this controversial cohort.

Is Tourism Destroying the World?

Travel is transforming the world, and not always for the better. Though it’s an uncomfortable reality (who doesn’t like to travel?), it’s something award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker devoted five years of her life to investigating.

The Best of Intelligent Travel

We publish new travel stories all the time on the Intelligent Travel blog, but there are a few that really got your attention this year.

In case you missed them, here are the 12 most popular blog posts of 2012.