Marilyn Terrell

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

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

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…

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…

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!

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

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…

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

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…

Do you want to see the video of how National Geographic Channel lifted a house with balloons?  Of course you do! Is it really possible to lift a house off the ground with helium balloons, like in the movie Up? National Geographic Channel’s new television series, “How Hard Can It Be?,” aimed to find out,…

What do you get when you cross an ice-fishing shack with a snowmobile trailer and a 1996 Chevy Cavalier? The winner of the Bangor Daily News‘ Original Ice Shack Contest, fully driveable and fishable. From Jalopnik via Neatorama

Making the Most of Malta

Last week here on IT, we heard from writer Jeanine Barone who described the hidden treasures of Malta best found on foot. The post garnered a lot of attention on the blog and on our Facebook page. Back by popular demand, we present to you more Malta. Chief Researcher Marilyn Terrell checks-in with Sophie Fraser…

Take the Silk Road to Philly

Beginning this Friday, February 18, for a very limited time, there will be an exhibit of remarkable Silk Road treasures (including some extremely well preserved and somewhat controversial mummies) making an exclusive East Coast stop at the Penn Museum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Called Secrets of the Silk Road, the exhibit will…

Send Your Teen to Peru

Or New Zealand, China, Greece, the Galápagos, India, Iceland, Costa Rica, or Tanzania, among other destinations. Not on their own, of course, but with National Geographic Student Expeditions. Each participant picks an assignment: (photography, marine biology, filmmaking, community service, creative writing, wildlife conservation are some of the choices), and are guided over the 10-day to…

It sits in an industrial area along the river Spree between the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg districts in Berlin, and from the outside the hotel looks pretty much like its neighbors. Until you reach the 8th to the 10th floors, which suddenly jut out almost 70 feet above the street. The recently opened Nhow Berlin hotel…

Do you love your iPhone so much you want to eat it? You’ll have to travel to a small country bakery in western Japan to sink your teeth into this one. The Green Gables bakery in Tokushima prefecture created this yummy iPhone replica in 2008 as a birthday treat for a customer’s husband, but when…

Strange Planet: AT-AT Stampede?

No, they’re racing camels in Abu Dhabi. What’s riding on their backs? Robot jockeys with mechanical whips. Why? Because the traditional child jockeys were banned in 2002, says Carl Hoffman, reporting from the races near Liwa. For more photos, including a gold vending machine in a hotel lobby, and the annual camel beauty contest, check…

Strange Planet: On Beyond Zebra

Ever wonder what it would feel like to go sightseeing in Washington, D.C. while dressed as a zebra? William Shubert, who works for National Geographic international editions, satisfied his curiosity by zipping himself into a full-body Morphsuit and heading out on the town. He filed a report, with more photos, on National Geographic’s Pop Omnivore…

Best Trick-or-Treat Cities

How does your city rank in the hierarchy of trick-or-treat? Which cities provide the most candy, with the least walking and safety risks? For the second year in a row, the real-estate website Zillow has picked the Top U.S. Cities for Trick-or-Treating, based on population density, walkability, and other key factors.  And the richer neighborhoods…

Trekking for Techies

Do you go gaga over gloves for your feet, bamboo water bottles you can shove in the dishwasher, and headlamps that let you stretch battery life to fit your trip? Then you’ll love National Geographic Adventure’s recently unveiled Gear of the Year 2010. It features the latest and best in adventure products, from wetsuits to…

Notice anything wrong with this picture?  This beach has white sand, seaweed, bathers, tiny waves, rocky cliffs, and is subject to tides, but it’s not on the ocean. Located near the town of Llanes in Asturias in northern Spain, the odd little beach of Gulpiyuri stands by itself in a depression in the middle of…

All Roads Film Festival Kicks Off

National Geographic’s annual All Roads Film Festival, which celebrates the music, film, and photography of indigenous and underrepresented minority cultures, will be hosted at our Washington, D.C. headquarters starting today, September 28 through October 3. Spanning subjects from Maori adolescence to Alaskan Yu’pik heritage, some 29 selected films represent an astounding 55-plus cultures and hail…

Manhattan-dweller and former Traveler researcher Meg Aftosmis recently took a trip on the ZipRider at Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska and sent us this video of her thrilling experience. Icy Strait Point is a privately owned cruise ship destination near the village of Hoonah, a small Tlingit community on Chicagof Island along the Inside…