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Marilyn Terrell

Marilyn Terrell is the chief researcher at National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Crazy for Croatia: Five Gems

Not to knock Dubrovnik, with its marble streets, 16th-century city walls, sparkling red roof tiles, and primo location—it more than earns its moniker of “Pearl of the Adriatic,” not to mention its UNESCO World Heritage status. But if you cross Croatia off your list after you’ve seen Dubrovnik, you’re missing out on a lot. Here…

Behind the Scenes With Where the Hell Is Matt?

In honor of the new dancing-around-the-world video by Matt Harding (Where The Hell is Matt?), I’m releasing some never-before-seen photos of Matt at work. I know, because I took them!

Strange Planet: Air Crab

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Submitted to National Geographic’s Your Shot by Leena Roy, who writes: “The shot was taken underwater at the end of a morning dive in Djibouti when the surface was flat calm.  I held my breath to avoid my air bubbles disrupting the op so the clouds could be seen.  These crabs free swim near the…

Alexander Graham Bell in Love

This story was written by National Geographic staffer Laura Wallach, who researched it in our archives. Mabel Gardiner Hubbard was only five years old when scarlet fever rendered her deaf for life. At the age of 17, she would meet a young Scottish speech therapist who was destined to shape her life. Gardiner Greene Hubbard,…

Where To Travel in 2012?

Would you like to go somewhere new in 2012?  National Geographic Traveler editors deliberated on the next up-and-coming places and published the Best of the World 2012 special section in our November-December issue. Across the pond, Travel PR UK collected the bucket lists of various other travel experts, such as Frommers, Lonely Planet and World…

Of Manatees and Mermaids

Being a National Geographic photographer for the past 30 years, Brian Skerry has some great stories about his assignments in the field, most of which have taken place under water.  Here he talks about one of his favorite characters, the manatee. If you liked that snippet, you can watch the complete video of Skerry’s half-hour…

Grooving in the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions

Do you dream of cavorting with sea lions, meditating with giant tortoises, sunbathing with scaly marine iguanas?  There’s only one place to do that: the Galápagos islands of Ecuador.  Did you know that the National Geographic Society has its own fleet of small, comfortably outfitted ships to take you there, with National Geographic experts aboard…

Travel to Morocco with a Nat Geo Photographer

Have you ever daydreamed about taking a trip with a National Geographic photographer and learning to shoot on location? Well you don’t have to dream about it. National Geographic Expeditions offers photography trips to Costa Rica, Morocco, British Columbia, Bhutan, Alaska and Galápagos with some of our top photographers. The expeditions last eight to 12…

Tomorrow is Obscura Day!

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You may recall our earlier post about the upcoming second annual International Obscura Day, and perhaps you’ve already made plans to attend one of the expeditions, back-room tours and unusual explorations this coming Saturday, April 9 in 103 cities and towns on all seven continents, from Albuquerque to Wellington, all the way to McMurdo Station…

South Pacific in Alaska

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Floatplane?  — Check. Grizzlies catching fish? — Check. Calving glaciers? — Check. Opera? — Huh? On a list of quintessential Alaskan experiences, most people probably wouldn’t think of opera.  But did you know that Anchorage has an opera, and that opera was performed in Anchorage before the state of Alaska was founded? That’s right, Anchorage…

Strange Planet: Iceland’s Louvre of Lava

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In our April issue, our Geotourism Editor Jonathan Tourtellot returned to Iceland to see how things have changed since Eyjafjallajökull blew its top. Photographer Brooks Walker traveled in his footsteps and couldn’t resist this shot of these basalt formations at Jökulsárgljúfur gorge in Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Iceland. From the story,…

Caravaning Kiwiland

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rent a campervan and go exploring New Zealand’s spectacular scenery, stopping for the night wherever you like?  The editors at National Geographic Traveler did, so we sent former researcher Carrie Miller off on an adventure on the South Island. We published her story in our…