Travel with Heart – Mini-Blogs – Intelligent Travel

Shaolin Summer: In Search of Confucius

Their home life under stress, a mother and daughter find redemption—at a Chinese school for warriors.

Finding Peace in 21st-Century Kyoto

When travelers arrive in Kyoto for the first time, they often are confused and disappointed. Expecting a place that exudes timeless elegance and peace, they instead find a thoroughly modern city of traffic-clogged streets and blocky concrete buildings. Looking at their faces, you know what they’re thinking: Where’s Kyoto?

In Praise of the Imperfect Photograph

We take photography for granted now. We snap away on our cellphones and sort through them by the dozens, deleting the ones that aren’t worthy of a 16×9 canvas. We filter, crop, and manipulate, but in doing so it occurs to me that we are losing something.

Generation Next: The World’s Young Eco Warriors

The days of children waiting around for grown-ups to save the planet are over. Nowadays, they’re taking conservation action into their own hands.

Why You Should Plan an African Safari…Now

Despite the fact that the Serengeti is farther from the Ebola zone in West Africa than New York is from Fairbanks, Alaska, the fallout of the Ebola outbreak continues to wreak havoc—not just for people but also wildlife; not just in West Africa but also across the continent. Travelers have canceled their safari plans in droves, dealing a blow to the ecotourism economy. Guess who’s filling the void? Poachers.

Travel Inspiration: Great New Reads

Looking for some travel inspiration? Here are three new #TripLit reads that will transport you to a faraway place.

Jane Goodall: What I Know

Conservation crusader, renowned primatologist, and Nat Geo Explorer-in-Residence Emeritus Dr. Jane Goodall talks about her hope for the future and the double-edged sword of tourism.

Video: Behind the Mask in Bermuda

The Gombeys, the colorfully dressed masked dancers and drummers of Bermuda, represent a rich folklife tradition that reflects the tiny island’s wide-ranging roots—namely West African, British, Caribbean, and Native American.

Travel Lens: Sanjeev Kapoor’s World

Sanjeev Kapoor is constantly on the move, not only because he’s India’s most famous chef, but because he’s such a passionate ambassador for the country’s food. “I want Indian food to sit at the top of the world’s cuisines,” he says. Here’s a look at the world through Sanjeev Kapoor’s unique lens.

I Heart My Island: Haida Gwaii

Artist Patrick Wesley was born and raised on Haida Gwaii, a 155-mile-long torch-shaped archipelago slung off British Columbia’s North Coast. A native Haida, Patrick began honing his carving skills while still a teenager, and has spent his life creating beautiful works from wood, silver, gold, ivory, and argillite. “The world should ‘heart’ my island because of its unique people, culture, and traditions,” Patrick says. Here’s a look at Haida Gwaii through his unique lens.

The Tao of Second Chances

Like anything else you do in life, travel has its bad days. And while I tend to lean into the positive when it comes to taking stock of my experiences, seeking out lessons and silver linings, there are times when an awful moment leaves an indelibly bad taste in one’s mouth. Here’s why it’s wise to take a step back and see the forest—or the destination—for the trees.

Making Connections at Machu Picchu

You’ve probably seen this before. It’s what everyone pictures when they think of Machu Picchu—the verdant network of stone terraces, temples, and open-walled houses; the soaring peaks of Huayna Picchu framing the dramatic scene. When I arrived at Peru’s “lost” Inca citadel in the clouds, I was expecting to round the path beneath the guardhouse, walk through…