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How to Avoid Airline Delays

‘National Geographic Traveler’ editor at large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips. Here’s his latest advice.

I Heart My City: Marco’s Turin, Italy

For Marco Anfossi, travel is a mindset, a commitment to exploring wherever you are with the open eyes and curious heart of a dreamer, even if it happens to be the place where you were born. It helps when your hometown is as fascinating as his: Turin, Italy.

Finding the Hygge on Denmark’s West Coast

Ah, those inscrutable Danes—bold yet reserved, stylish yet unaffected, pragmatic yet mysterious in a steely Nordic way. Even their most cherished of holiday regions feels infused with bits of contradiction. We set off from Billund (the hometown of Lego—itself a genius paradox of simple design and wild creativity) on the Jutland Peninsula, then drive west toward the…

Boutique Hotels in Classic College Towns

The summer break is winding down, which only means one thing: School is back in session. From moving day to parents weekend, this roster of grade-A boutique hotels has you covered.

Trending: Private Nature Reserves

A notable thing is taking place around the globe: Communities and conservation entrepreneurs are creating private nature reserves, from coral lagoons in Asia to sanctuaries in the Americas.

Instant Connoisseur: Raw Oysters

Oysters improve water quality by acting as filters. And, when coupled with the fact that they lack central nervous systems, the bivalves pass the test for even the most ethically minded eaters. Need more incentive? Scientists say Casanova, who allegedly downed 50 a day, was right about that aphrodisiac thing.

Reader Recs: World’s Best Hiking Trails

Eager to spend some time in the great outdoors? We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite trails, and their responses will have you lacing up your hiking boots before you know it. Don’t believe us? Read on.

The Roots of Johnny Cash

Homage and history harmonize at the singer’s home in the Arkansas Delta.

I Heart My Island: Aruba

Take a look at the island through Tisa LaSorte’s local lens.

Travel Lens: Jim Gaffigan’s World

Sharing a two-bedroom apartment in NYC with his wife and five young kids, comedian Jim Gaffigan’s family life is the perfect fit for his semi-biographical TV Land sitcom. Despite his show, the comic still makes time to hit the stand-up circuit. Here’s a look at the world through Gaffigan’s unique lens.

I Heart My City: Lindsay’s Burlington

One visit to Burlington was enough to convince freelance journalist Lindsay Westley to trade Philadelphia’s skyscrapers and traffic for the mountains and lakes that typify Vermont’s largest city. Here are a few of Lindsay’s favorite things about the place she’s proud to call home.

The New Europe Decoder

From secluded beaches to hip café culture, enchanting Eastern Europe packs off-the-beaten-track experiences for travelers. Once locked behind the Iron Curtain, these five countries offer fresh takes on the Old World.