Norie Quintos – Intelligent Travel

Norie Quintos

of National Geographic Traveler

Norie Quintos is the executive editor of National Geographic Traveler. She has lived abroad, speaks several languages, and sits on the board of a couple of travel nonprofits. A former editor at U.S. News and World Report and Caribbean Travel and Life, she bikes, hikes, jumps on hotel beds, and tweets @noriecicerone.

Victoria Falls for Dummies

Victoria Falls is on almost everyone’s bucket list, but few people quite know the best way to experience it. On a recent trip to southern Africa, I saw it from every which way, so you don’t have to.

It’s a Small World After All

The 1964-65 New York World’s Fair opened in the midst of the atomic age, the space race, the Cold War, and growing civil rights unrest. A 12-story stainless steel model of Earth called the “Unisphere” symbolized its theme of peace. Walt Disney showed off his new audio-animatronic technology with a ride called “It’s a Small…

Why National Parks Matter

National parks are like poems: arguably superfluous but in reality vital to humanity. Celebrate National Park Week (April 19 to 27) by visiting one near you.

Confessions of an Airbnb Virgin

The sharing economy requires sharing—with real people. That can be a peril, especially for those who need to maximize time, but it’s mostly a plus.

Just Back: Scotland’s Outer Hebrides

National Geographic Traveler Executive Editor Norie Quintos just got back from cycling the length of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides islands over four days on a small-group bicycle tour—and posting photos to Instagram along the way. Here are some of the highlights from her trip.

Whimbrels and Whimsy on Cape Charles

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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.)

Tips for Picking a Guided Trip

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.

10 Guides Who Could Transform Your Trip

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…

Mainland Ecuador with Teens

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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…

Galápagos with Teens: Weird Science

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…

Looking for a Few Good Guides

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…

Galapagos with Teens: Surf or Turf?

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…