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I Heart My City: Sandra’s Lisbon

Sandra Henriques Gajjar, founder of the Tripper cultural travel blog and author of the Lisbon Travel Guide for Urban Explorers, may have been born and raised in the Azores (one of Portugal’s two autonomous regions), but she has spent most of her life in Lisbon. Here’s her insider guide to the Portuguese capital.

Twitter Chat: Life-Changing Trips

Join National Geographic and G Adventures for a Twitter chat about life-changing travel from 2-3 p.m. ET on Friday, October 2.

Just Back: Queenstown, New Zealand

National Geographic Creative photographer Jill Schneider (on Instagram @jillhsphotography) teaches travel photography to high school students as a National Geographic Student Expeditions trip leader. She recently returned from Queenstown, a resort town on New Zealand’s South Island known as the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Here are some of the highlights from Jill’s trip, in her own words: Biggest selling…

Travel Sketching 101

I love how my sketchbook slows me down, throws all of my senses wide open, and paves the way to spontaneous encounters with locals and fellow visitors alike. So, in the hopes of convincing more travelers to embrace the paintbrush and sketch pad as a way to be wholly present while they explore the world—and to record their unique experience of a new place—I’m offering my take on how to get started.

Travels on the Run: Carmel-by-the-Sea

For National Geographic Books Senior Editor Barbara A. Noe, going on a run is the best way to get oriented in a new city, and a great way to take in the sights. So lace up your sneaks and read on to get Barbara’s tips on where to run in some of the world’s greatest places—and what to see along the way.

World Calendar: Must-Attend Events in October

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in October.

How to Stay Connected (and Save Money) Abroad

In the days before cell phones, staying in touch while you were on the road was pretty straightforward. You found a landline, made a call, and paid your bill. But in the Information Age, it’s anything but easy. Here’s your guide to staying in touch (and saving money and frustration) on the road.

Italy Beyond the Bucket List

You’ve gondola-ed Venice, climbed the hills of Rome, bicycled Tuscany, shopped Milan, art-walked Florence—that’s pretty much it for Italy, right? Not by a long shot. Just look at the map. Italy’s a boot, not a shoe, and there are lots of treasures to be discovered down around the ankle and heel, in Southern Italy. Here’s a look at five bucket-list worthy destinations in the regions of Basilicata, Puglia, and Campania.

8 Adventures in Wonderland

Don’t just see the world, seize it. From swimming with whale sharks in Baja California to horseback riding across Mongolia, these eight wild adventures turn vacations into calls to action.

Australia’s Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of the only scenic drives in the world that can claim a mix of rugged scenery, some of Earth’s tallest trees, sea stacks of towering rock, and surfers. But marsupial wildlife as prebreakfast comic relief? Well played, Australia.

Just Back: Burgundy

Senior Travel Books Editor Barbara A. Noe visited the Burgundy region of France as part of research for the upcoming National Geographic book “Romantic Journeys of a Lifetime.” Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words.

I Heart My City (in the Fall)

Autumn is kicking into full swing (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d celebrate the season with a special edition of I Heart My City. Here are 20 fall must-dos from I Heart contributors in 20 cities around the world.