Pancras Dijk, a senior writer for National Geographic Traveler’s Dutch edition, goes in search of the roots of Roma music in a nation on Europe’s edge.
In Naples perhaps more than anywhere else in Italy, craftsmanship is the fruit of ancient knowledge, handed down through the centuries.
Too often, we travelers let good old fashioned guilt seep into the decision-making process when we’re building our itineraries. Rather than following our inherent interests (canoes, Rococo, hockey), we let the expectations of friends and family–or what we’ve read in some magazine–serve as some proxy “travel conscience,” guiding us toward things we should or shouldn’t see.
With its blend of Italian, Austro-Hungarian, and Slovenian influences, Trieste is a treasure borne from water–a real-life Atlantis that has something to offer the artist, historian, and nature-lover alike. Here are some of the highlights of this delightful cultural crossroads.
The circle of life is evident everywhere you go on an African safari. It can be as mundane as a beetle working a pile of elephant dung or as spectacular as a predator stalking its prey and ultimately making a kill. As each scene plays out, we spectators are treated to a never-ending improv that is, at its essence, a fight for survival.
A confession: I don’t play golf, partly because I’m unable to reconcile my conservation work with a sport also known for habitat destruction, massive water consumption, and heavy use of chemicals. Now the sport may be about to take a big step, in a surprising place.
As an American who grew up during the tail end of the Cold War, it was difficult to avoid developing a few stereotypes about Russia. Could it really be how it’s portrayed in popular culture–or how I imagined it? Now that I’ve been living in Sochi for nearly a month, let’s examine four preconceived notions I brought with me along with my luggage–and how they’ve panned out.
Last fall I attended the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival on the Indonesian island of Bali. I had fallen in love with the artful atmosphere and fervent grace of Ubud at the same festival the year before, so I had arrived in the city full of expectations. Yet on my first day there, as I walked down the main street, I found my senses pummeled by a noxious non-stop stream of cars and motorbikes, exhaust fumes, chaos, and noise. Had that other Ubud been just a dream?
National Geographic Traveler magazine publishes 14 international editions in 12 languages. I read–or look at, when there’s a language barrier–them all. They are a window on the world, reflecting the personalities, interests, dream destinations, and visual expressions of their readerships.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated by many, but for longtime musician Junior Marvin, it will forever be one of the most memorable days of his life. It’s the day Bob Marley asked him to join his band. I sat down with the Jamaica-born/London-raised performer to talk about that fateful day, Jamaica, and of course, the “Legend” himself.
Here are five books on wandering in America to inspire your next journey, big or small.
Traveler Editor at Large Andrew McCarthy kept a home on Maui for nearly a decade in the late 1980s and early ’90s. “I always passed through Hawaii’s state capital as quickly as I could—a blemish on the face of paradise, was my uninformed opinion” he writes. Here he returns to Honolulu and goes beyond the mai tais and tiki torches to find a true-blue—and truly global—American city.
Amy Alipio is an associate editor–and in-house #TripLit guru–at National Geographic Traveler magazine. Here are a few fun facts about this erudite explorer.
Crafting a travel story that truly succeeds rests on four pillars of engagement: with your subject, with yourself, with your audience, and with your writing. How do I go about trying to achieve this? I think the best way to explicate that is to trace my own journey when I work on a story: before, during, and after the trip. Here’s Part III: Re-Creating the Stepping Stones of Your Journey.
“When I first met Andrew McCarthy, he had never been published,” recounts National Geographic Traveler Editor-in-Chief Keith Bellows. “He convinced me to take a chance on him.” The wager paid off. For the past several years, McCarthy has been raking in accolades and awards for his distinctive storytelling and delivering brilliant prose again and again for Traveler, where the actor-director is now an editor at large. Here’s a brief peek at the life and times of Andrew McCarthy.
My husband Ish and I thought we were adventurous people, but once our sons came into the picture, things felt a lot more risky. What if something happened to us out there? Or worse, what if some horrible parenting decision we made led to harm coming to one of our kids? Then we learned to let go–and it was the best thing for all of us.
Planning a trip with that special someone? We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite romantic destinations, and they came through in a big way. Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-true classic or something more off the grid, our travel community has got you covered.
Italy’s capital for fashion and design, Milan weds imagination with precision, beauty with utility, and emotion with technique–a drive for excellence fueled by an ongoing dialogue between Milan’s many creative minds and skilled craftspeople. This dynamic has played out for more than a century at the Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla & Figli, one of the oldest marionette companies in the world.
Crafting a travel story that truly succeeds rests on four pillars of engagement: with your subject, with yourself, with your audience, and with your writing. How do I go about trying to achieve this? I think the best way to explicate that is to trace my own journey when I work on a story: before, during, and after the trip. Here’s Part II: Finding and Focusing Your Story on the Road.
In 1921, Osa Johnson, and her husband, Martin, both natives of Kansas, took off for faraway East Africa determined to document on film a land they know almost nothing about. Following up on an insider tip, the couple crossed the Kaisut Desert in search of a lake “nobody knows about.” Nearly a century later, writer David Lansing and photographer Pete McBride trekked out to the wilds of northern Kenya to see if it was still there.
Award-winning essayist and travel writer Pico Iyer has been a part of the National Geographic Traveler family since the magazine’s earliest days. “He has a singular ability to capture both a moment and a mood, root them firmly in a place, and render it all on the page,” says Traveler Executive Editor Norie Quintos. “The result is that the reader is transported.” Here’s a brief peek into the life and times of Pico Iyer.
In 1953 Edmund Hillary summited Everest with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Helping keep Hillary warm at the subzero altitude was a sweater made from Shetland wool. The artisanal tradition, which continues to this day in the Shetland Islands, remains one of Scotland’s most recognizable trademarks.
Crafting a travel story that truly succeeds rests on four pillars of engagement: with your subject, with yourself, with your audience, and with your writing. How do I go about trying to achieve this? I think the best way to explicate that is to trace my own journey when I work on a story: before, during, and after the trip. Here’s Part I: Plotting Your Story Before You Go.
Huckleberry Finn and Jim had their raft. Modern adventurers have their cars and the Great River Road. Now in its 75th year, this national scenic byway follows the Mississippi for 2,069 miles and ten states.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Albert Yu-min Lin is always pushing—to higher mountains, bigger waves, smarter technology, deeper heritage. Hear more about this intrepid archaeologist’s passions, predilections, and inspirations–and quest to find Genghis Khan’s tomb–in his own words.