Norie Quintos

of National Geographic Traveler

Here’s a bit of wisdom gleaned from years of traveling: When someone you trust invites you to do something in a place they know, you say yes. Yes. (Even if you think birding is for the birds.)

National Geographic Traveler’s executive editor, Norie Quintos, recently took a guided tour of Morocco with the Vermont-based Country Walkers. Here are three important lessons she learned along the way.

Duncan in Scotland, Mauricio in Patagonia, Heath in Tasmania, Jay in Wyoming, Ibrahim in Iran, George in Kenya. As we were planning this year’s “Tours of a Lifetime” feature, knowledgeable and yes, good-looking guides from my own past trips kept coming to mind. I realized that the people whose job it is to show us…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, recently returned from a trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the last of a four-part series. Click to read the first, second, and third posts. A confession: Travel editors don’t always plan…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, recently returned from a trip to the Galápagos Islands and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the third of a four-part series. Click here to read the first and second posts. As a mom who likes to sneak Good Things into her kids (a…

We’re hard at work on our annual Tours of a Lifetime issue, which lists the 50 best guided tours of the year. (See last year’s package here.) You can’t have a good tour without a good guide, so we’re putting a call out to our readers to tell us about the best guide they’ve ever…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, just returned from a trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the second of a four-part series. To see the first post, click here. The biggest logistical decision travelers to the Galapagos face…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, just returned from a trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the first posting of a four-part series.  As a single mother, I take every opportunity to introduce my boys to good male…

Senior editor Norie Quintos and her son visited Boston recently to check out the college scene.   I’ve entered a new life and travel phase: campus tourism. While I sometimes feel as if my college years were not that long ago, my growing grocery bill and my children’s growing shoe sizes remind me that it’s…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the magazine’s annual Tours of a Lifetime issue, is just back from a trip down South (way down) to Cape Horn, the Straits of Magellan, and Tierra del Fuego. It’s the dawn of a new decade. And I’m at the end of the world. Specifically, it’s 01/01/10 and I’m at…

You’ve helped plan my Kenya trip and been with me through the paperwork, vaccines, and packing. You were even with me as I blogged my way through the trip itself, sharing my thoughts on designing a trip with teens in mind, the conundrum of the Masai Mara, and the questions raised when visiting the slums.…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, just back from a weekend in Virginia’s Northern Neck, filed this report. Originally, I was supposed to go camping on the beach in Delaware with my friend Scott, but work piled up and we seriously needed Wi-Fi. Serendipitously, friends offered us their vacation home in Irvington, Virginia. Even better, we could…

I love vacationing with my family, but there’s something so carefree about traveling with girlfriends. A time to pamper, shop, dine, and dish, these typically long-weekend getaways rejuvenate and strengthen gal bonds like no other. Last year, my friend Carol and I drove to Virginia’s sleepy Northern Neck for a weekend visiting wineries and enjoying…

Traveling with teens to London? Senior editor Norie Quintos shares some hard-earned lessons from a recent visit with her 13- and 15-year-olds. Check past blogs on traveling with teens to New York City and Kenya. Give them a preview: Provide some context before your trip, not necessarily with history books but with novels (Sherlock Holmes,…

Senior editor Norie Quintos has been blogging about her recent trip to Kenya with her teen sons. Click here to see her previous posting. Back in my college days, when I was young and idealistic, I spent two months with an NGO helping to build a school in Kilifi, on the Kenyan coast. We mixed…

Senior editor Norie Quintos has been blogging about her recent family trip to Kenya. Her previous posts in this series include on traveling with teens, taking care of paperwork, staying healthy, and packing. From Laikipia, we flew by prop plane (via Nairobi) to the Masai Mara, the fecund savanna immortalized by many a nature documentary.…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, just back from an African safari with her teenage sons, filed this report. Previous blogs in this series include taking care of paperwork, staying healthy, and packing. Norie’s teenage sons swim in the Ewaso N’giro River Teenagers act as if they’ve seen it all, and in many ways they have–most have…

Ever drag your kids through a famous architectural building to find them resistant, unappreciative, and underwhelmed? Help now comes from the folks at Lego, which recently unveiled the latest in its Lego Architecture series, the Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater, both Frank Lloyd Wright designs. Let the kids build it (you may need to help younger…

As National Geographic Traveler senior editor Norie Quintos readies for a family trip to Kenya (with a stopover in London), she shares her packing tips in this posting, the fourth in a series. Click to read posts one, two, and three. I hate packing so much that I’m procrastinating by writing this post on packing.…

It’s less than a week until senior editor Norie Quintos‘s trip to Kenya with her teen sons. In this posting, the third in a series of blogs on her trip, she covers vaccinations/medicines. Find the first and second posts here. The glossy catalogs filled with pages of majestic elephants, lions in mid-roar, or huggable baby…

It’s less than a month to senior editor Norie Quintos‘s trip to Kenya (her third) with her teenage sons (their first). Here’s how she’s been prepping. This is the second in a series of blogs on the trip. Click here to see the first. Kenya currently remains under a U.S. State Department travel warning due…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime special issue currently out on newsstands, talks to Jim Sano, president of San Francisco-based Geographic Expeditions, one of the oldest and most trusted guided tour operators in the country (NOTE: not associated with National Geographic Expeditions), about where the industry is headed and…

Contributing editor Margaret Loftus will help you decide if a European river cruise is right for you. Check out our May/June 2009 50 Tours of a Lifetime issue for more great tours. By its nature, riverboat cruising is a far more intimate affair than the behemoths that cruise the open seas. Last year, I spent…

Senior editor Norie Quintos recently visited New York City with her teenage sons, trying to go as green as possible. Here’s Part 2 of her report. To see Part 1, click here. What to do We picked up bikes from Bike & Roll (from $10 per hour), which has several locations, including one at Pier…

Senior editor Norie Quintos recently visited New York City with her teenage sons, trying to go as green as possible. Here’s her report: Getting there: The train, the most eco (as well as the most comfortable) way to go, was too expensive, so we took one of the many inter-city buses that ply the busy…