Beyond the Beach in Curaçao

Sitting 40 miles off the Venezuelan coast, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao stretches close to 40 miles itself, from north to south. And though most of the action happens at beachfront resorts and sandy expanses crowded with cruise ship passengers, the isle offers myriad (and less-traveled) historical, creative, and natural spaces that will satisfy gourmands, nature lovers,…

A Perfect Day in Washington, D.C.

I’ve lived in Washington for (gulp) 23 years—and something I’ve learned in all that time: This is one great city to visit. I recently had the honor of writing Nat Geo’s forthcoming book Walking Washington, D.C., and reveled in the chance to traverse the District to rediscover old favorites through the eyes of a tourist and dig up treasures I never…

7 Offbeat Adventures Around the World

Itching for an adventure, but want to set your sights on something a little out of the ordinary? Look no further. Treat yourself to a wholly unique experience with any one of these offbeat adventures: Live Like a Bedouin in Egypt If commonplace adventures sound too tame for you, consider immersing yourself in the life of a desert nomad in Egypt.…

To Cruise, or Not to Cruise?

The cruise industry carried more than 23 million passengers in 2015, and nine new oceangoing ships will debut this year. But if you’re among the millions of Americans who have never cruised, here’s a primer on what’s happening on the high seas. What’s new in the cruise industry? Ships from mainstream lines continue to break…

Embracing Endless Night in Norway

Vacationing in the endless Arctic night? Crazy idea, but it doesn’t take long to fall in love with Svalbard in the dead of winter. Okay, there’s no sun (I mean really no sun—for more than four months), but instead of basking on warm beaches, I’ve spent the past two weeks bathing in moonlight, starlight, and the occasional…

Around the World in San Francisco

Since experiencing different cultures is the lifeblood of why I travel, it was the thing I was most afraid of losing as I settled down again stateside. What would my days look like if they weren’t filled with the constant discoveries that traveling in an unfamiliar place yield? To hold onto this sense of wonder, I created a quest for myself, vowing that, even as I established new everyday routines in San Francisco, I would make time to explore the city’s many cultural districts—from Chinatown to Little Italy—with my sketchbook in tow.

How to Pass for a Local in Oslo

Cosmopolitan, edgy, playful: Oslo serves up Scandinavian cool with heartwarming enthusiasm. Here are five ways to go local in the Norwegian capital.

Beyond the Beach in Martinique

Imagine a Caribbean nation where village church steeples mingle with palm trees, the scent of baking croissants melds with that of passion fruit, and the island’s liquid soul—rum—is spelled with an h. I’m not sure what I was expecting when my plane landed in Fort-de-France, Martinique’s capital. In retrospect, the word “France” in the city’s name…

Aurora Rising: Norway’s Northern Lights

Weathered stave churches line the lush fjords of Norway’s majestic west coast, unrivaled for its natural beauty, cascading waterfalls, and wildlife such as whales and puffins. But come wintertime, snow covers the emerald shore, and the wild green of the cliffs ascends to the sky.

Reader Recs: 10 Quirky Museums Around the World

Think all museums are dusty and stodgy? Think again. We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share quirky museums from their travels, and their responses included displays of mummies, tow trucks, and much more. Without further ado, here we present ten off-beat museums worth traveling for.

I Heart My City: Nicole’s Anchorage

Nicole Smoot was born in Anchorage and has called Eagle River, on the northern outskirts of the city, home ever since. The Alaskan native spends a good chunk of her time in little known and off-the-beaten path destinations all over the world. But no matter how far she roams, she’s always happy to see the sign welcoming her back to Anchorage upon each return. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

Beyond the Beach in Guadeloupe

“They’re calling, ‘Look at us, look at us dance,’” my guide shouts as she sways to the complex percussion rhythms and insistent call-and-response of the ten-man gwo-ka group that saturates this shabby sidewalk stretch in Pointe-à-Pitre, the principal city in Guadeloupe. “This is more than music,” she continues, cupping her hands to my ear. “This is a…