Great Travel Literature: Japan

National Geographic’s travel literature expert, Don George, recommends four books that present lyrical passageways into Old Japan.

Florida’s Secret Manatee Retreat

Spot rare, gentle manatees at play on their annual winter vacation in Florida’s Blue Spring State Park.

Travel Lens: Don George’s World

From climbing Kilimanjaro and contemplating the magic of Uluru to exploring the jungles of Cambodia and the backcountry temples of Shikoku, legendary travel writer and editor Don George has seen the better part of our planet. Here’s a look at the world and all that’s in it through his unique lens.

Upon the Beach in Sunny Mozambique

A son embarks on a wistful voyage of discovery to far isles where his parents honeymooned.

Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy: The Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

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A 10-month-old mountain gorilla sits atop a thicket of undergrowth 20 feet from my face. He stays near his mother at first, warily eyeing our group of trekkers and trackers huddled together in whispered awe. Overtaken by curiosity, he crawls closer to our clicking cameras, pounding his tiny chest in an adorable display of bravado. Our guide, Francois…

Guardian of the Parks: Jonathan Jarvis on the NPS Centennial

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Jonathan Jarvis can say one thing most of us can’t: He has his dream job. As head of the National Park Service (NPS), Jarvis oversees more than 84 million acres of public land in the United States—from its largest unit, Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, to its smallest, Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, in downtown Philadelphia. As the NPS celebrates its centennial in 2016, Director Jarvis shares his favorite park units, the ups and downs of the job, and his hopes for the next 100 years.

On the Road in America

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Punched by a cowgirl. Charged at by an elk. Singer-songwriter Joe Pug, whose latest album, “Windfall,” drops in March of 2016, has plenty of material for between-song anecdotes thanks to years of touring around the United States. Here’s a look at what it’s like being on the road in America, and a few of Pug’s favorite spots along the way.

Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens

The Art and Heart of Travel Storytelling

Telling stories is one of humankind’s abiding, defining impulses. When you become a travel storyteller, you’re tapping into one of the deepest and richest veins of our shared experience. And for me, the fundamental art in storytelling is focus—and opening yourself up to being vulnerable.

How to Save Africa’s Lions

Living and working side by side, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been exploring the wilds of Africa for more than 30 years. I had a chance to talk with the award-winning filmmakers about the ongoing threats to Africa’s big cats—and the pioneering conservation tactics that are giving these veteran wildlife warriors hope for the future. Here’s what they had to say.

How to Get Lost On Purpose

For every city you’ve heard about, there’s another waiting for you to discover it; but in a sea full of travel deals and Must-See lists, it can be difficult to discover the smaller destination fish. So how do you find those spots that will wow you without risking a vacation where you come back disappointed? You prepare yourself to get lost. Here are five tips to help you on your way.

Paris: Tossed But Not Sunk

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The Age of Enlightenment. The City of Light. A place whose motto has been Fluctuat nec mergitur—Tossed but not sunk—since the Middle Ages.

Whatever the future holds, perhaps now is the time to go to Paris, if you’ve ever thought of going.

Great Read: Unfettered Yorkshire

Part serene dream, part gothic scream—England’s northern countryside keeps road-trippers guessing.