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…

Travels on the Run: Charleston, South Carolina

For freelance writer Barbara A. Noe, going on a run is the best way to get oriented in a new city, and a great way to take in the sights. So lace up your sneaks and read on to get Barbara’s tips on where to run in some of the world’s greatest places—and what to see along the way.

Dancing in the Streets: Peru’s Candelaria Festival

During the pre-Hispanic period of the place we now call Peru, February was harvest time. Couple that with a desire to celebrate the city of Puno’s patron, the Virgin of Candelaria, and it’s time to dance in the streets—literally.

Insider’s Guide to Vilankulo, Mozambique

Mozambique’s shoreline, at 1,540 miles, is about the length of the U.S. west coast. The southern part of the coast—known for the seaside town of Vilankulo and Bazaruto Archipelago National Park—is a magnet for travelers seeking authentic (and affordable) adventure. Here’s how to optimize your time in this coastal paradise.

Celebrating 100 Years of Dada in Zurich

Dada is art. Dada is anti-art. Dada is manifesto. Dada is jibberish. Dada is a costume so cumbersome one has to be carried when wearing it. Whatever Dada is, or isn’t, most agree it’s long dead. But not in Zurich, the avant-garde movement’s birthplace. Best known as an international banking hub, the city—Switzerland’s largest—has long turned a lukewarm shoulder to…