Norie Quintos

of National Geographic Traveler

Norie Quintos is an editor at large at 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.

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…

Galapagos with Teens: Lessons from a Dead Man

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…

‘Tis the Season for Campus Tours

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…

Bottoms Up on Cape Horn, Chile

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…

Kenya Retrospective

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.…

Friends with Benefits

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…

Fall for a Girlfriends Getaway

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…

London with Teens

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,…

Back to School

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…

The Masai Mara Conundrum

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.…

Kenya Safari with Teens

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…