Megan Heltzel

of National Geographic Travel

Megan Heltzel is an associate producer on the National Geographic Travel digital team. Follow her on Twitter and on Instagram @MeganHeltzel.

Reader Recs: World’s Best Hiking Trails

Eager to spend some time in the great outdoors? We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite trails, and their responses will have you lacing up your hiking boots before you know it. Don’t believe us? Read on.

Reader Recs: Long Weekend Getaways

It can be difficult to find time for a long trip, but that shouldn’t keep you from exploring the world. Take a break from reality (and an excuse to use up one of those vacation days) with a three-day getaway. Here are a few suggestions from our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to inspire your weekend wanderlust.

Family-Friendly America: 8 Places to Add to Your List

Each spring, thousands of bloggers and entrepreneurs flock to the Mom 2.0 Summit for a weekend of workshops and networking. This year, I joined in on the fun to see what this travel-savvy group had to recommend when it came to outstanding kid-friendly destinations in the United States. Here are eight places all across America to consider adding to your family-travel bucket list.

Nat Geo Staff Picks: The Best of Montana

Montana’s beautiful national parks and charming small towns are more than enough reason to add the state to your next travel itinerary. Not sure where to start your tour of Big Sky country? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few of the National Geographic Travel team’s favorite spots in Montana.

Travel Lens: Max Lowe’s World

Montana native Max Lowe is one of National Geographic’s Adventurists, exploring the planet outside his comfort zone with a camera in hand. Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens.

Travel Lens: DJ Spooky’s World

DJ Spooky’s genre-pushing work and surprising collaborations—with everyone from punk pioneer Patti Smith to eccentric rapper Kool Keith—have taken the multimedia artist, writer, and composer to all seven continents and landed him a gig as a Nat Geo Emerging Explorer. Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens.

Travel Lens: Chris Guillebeau’s World

Chris Guillebeau achieved something most people only dream of: visiting every country in the world. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he managed to complete this remarkable feat before his 35th birthday. When he’s not traveling, Chris can be found writing (he’s the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup) and hosting the World Dominations Summit, an annual gathering of creative people from across the globe. Here’s a look at the world through Chris’s unique lens.

Reader Recs: Best Winter Destinations

Don’t let the cold temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere take the pep out of your travel step. The winter months can offer up some of the best travel opportunities, often at a lower price point—and you can always head south if you’re in need of some Vitamin D. Here are a dozen destinations to inspire you from our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans.

Reader Recs: World’s Best Street Food

In a nod to the Society’s yearlong focus on food, we asked our National Geographic Travel Facebook fans to share the best lip-smacking street eats they’ve sampled around the globe. Their answers left us hungry for more (and wanting to book a ticket to Southeast Asia). So grab a snack and join us on a tour of…

Reader Recs: World’s Spookiest Places

The occasional brush with the occult or the unexplained isn’t enough to keep intrepid travelers at bay, and our Nat Geo Travel fans on Facebook were eager to share their most memorable paranormal experiences. Here are some of their picks for the world’s spookiest destinations.

Reader Recs: World’s Best Markets

I’m a sucker for a good market. The noise, the food, the smells, and best of all, the shopping. There’s nothing quite like it. To celebrate these dynamic cultural hubs, we asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share with us their picks for the best markets to visit all over the world.

Reader Recs: Life-Changing Childhood Trips

Traveling at a young age can be a transformative experience that leads to a lifetime of wanderlust. To celebrate the power of travel (and perhaps inspire a few parents out there), we asked our @NatGeoTravel Facebook fans to tell us about trips that made a lasting impression on them during their early years.