Oh, the Places Nat Geo Goes

When you work at National Geographic, one of the first questions people ask is if you get to travel. The answer is often yes, but one of the best parts of the job is being surrounded by sharp, globe-trotting people, and getting to hear their stories. That’s why we asked folks on the Nat Geo Travel team to share a story about the best trip they’ve taken in the past year with our readers. So if you’re searching for inspiration for your next adventure, look no further.

Solstice Magic: Ireland’s Newgrange

Renew your spirit when this prehistoric burial chamber in Ireland fills with light on the winter solstice.

A Perfect Day in Boulder

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Everywhere you go in Boulder, the towering sandstone Flatirons seem to pierce the cerulean sky, providing a constant reminder that—Hey! You’re in Colorado! It’s time to spend some time outdoors! Here’s my version of a perfect day in this idyllic mountain town.

Iceland’s Elf Obsession

Yes, elves. Fifty-four percent of Icelanders either believe in them or say it’s possible they exist. Here’s how to join in on the fun.

Nassau’s Biggest Party: Junkanoo

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“If you arrive early enough, you can speak to a group leader and join their troupe for the parade,” says Adrian Kelly, a Nassau resident. “Choose a smaller group so you don’t feel overwhelmed. You’ll soon pick up the moves—I’ve seen it done.”

Five Reasons to Visit Chicago This Winter

Chicagoans don’t let a little cold weather cramp their style. Outdoors or indoors, the Windy City revs up when the thermometer dips. From skating to sipping to celebrating, here’s how to join in the fun.

I Heart My City: Annemarie’s Jena, Germany

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With restless feet and an insatiable appetite, Annemarie Strehl has made it her goal to travel the world. Despite her roving, she always finds her way back to Jena, a major university city in the German state of Thuringia. Here are a few of Annemarie’s favorite things about the place she’s proud to call home.

Wonderland: London in Winter

Some cities close their doors when winter strikes and the weather makes sightseeing a frigid ordeal. Not London.

Made In: Costa Brava, Spain

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I’m immediately taken with La Bisbal d’Empordà, a small town in the Costa Brava region of northeastern Spain. I soak up the colorful houses with wisteria-traced walls, lemon trees heavy with fruit, and centuries-old stone bridge. But then my eyes settle on what this Catalan town is famous for—sidewalks piled high with brightly painted terra cotta pottery.

My City: Moscow Now

Seeing the Kremlin at night always enthralls me, even after my 22 years in Moscow. The vista of brick towers and crenellated ramparts, so magnificent as to appear unreal, calls to mind an illuminated print from an old book of fairy tales. My sighting of Russia’s most famous (or infamous) fortress comes as my cab…

Patagonia Dreaming: Adventures in Torres del Paine

If anywhere can make you feel like a dwarf before nature, it’s Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. If the rugged Cordillera del Paine mountains are the 600,000-acre park’s backbone, the 9,300-foot granite spires form its heart. Along Torres del Paine’s western edge, massive fingers of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field claw down broad valleys, melting into dreamy…

The Pearl of the French Riviera

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Why is winter the best time to visit Menton, the “Pearl of France”? Reason No. 1: Carnival-like festivities celebrating the lemon—the beloved local fruit—when delightful citrus sculptures adorn this French Riviera resort town.