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Great Travel Literature: Cambodia

National Geographic’s travel literature expert, Don George, recommends four books that offer abiding insights into ancient and contemporary Cambodia.

Aurora Rising: Norway’s Northern Lights

Weathered stave churches line the lush fjords of Norway’s majestic west coast, unrivaled for its natural beauty, cascading waterfalls, and wildlife such as whales and puffins. But come wintertime, snow covers the emerald shore, and the wild green of the cliffs ascends to the sky.

Reader Recs: 10 Quirky Museums Around the World

Think all museums are dusty and stodgy? Think again. We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share quirky museums from their travels, and their responses included displays of mummies, tow trucks, and much more. Without further ado, here we present ten off-beat museums worth traveling for.

I Heart My City: Nicole’s Anchorage

Nicole Smoot was born in Anchorage and has called Eagle River, on the northern outskirts of the city, home ever since. The Alaskan native spends a good chunk of her time in little known and off-the-beaten path destinations all over the world. But no matter how far she roams, she’s always happy to see the sign welcoming her back to Anchorage upon each return. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

Help Make 2016 the Year of the Postcard

A year ago, I asked our readers to join me in helping keep the iconic form of travel correspondence from going the way of the mastodon with a call to action: Send us a postcard from wherever you are, at home or abroad. The first female Maldivian seaplane pilot sent in a card, as did a tugboat captain in Florida. A tween wrote us. So did a nonagenarian. Some senders used the postcard’s pocket-size blank space to celebrate what postcards meant to them personally. Here are some of my favorite stories.

Beyond the Beach in Guadeloupe

“They’re calling, ‘Look at us, look at us dance,’” my guide shouts as she sways to the complex percussion rhythms and insistent call-and-response of the ten-man gwo-ka group that saturates this shabby sidewalk stretch in Pointe-à-Pitre, the principal city in Guadeloupe. “This is more than music,” she continues, cupping her hands to my ear. “This is a…

Travels on the Run: Charleston, South Carolina

For freelance writer 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.

A Perfect Day in Downtown Melbourne

When it comes to getting around the sprawling metropolis (in terms of square mileage, Melbourne is one of the largest cities in the world), you have to right-size your ambitious plans. So for this perfect-day itinerary, I homed in on the city’s Central Business District, which, thanks to an excellent (and free) tram system, is eminently explorable.

Dancing in the Streets: Peru’s Candelaria Festival

During the pre-Hispanic period of the place we now call Peru, February was harvest time. Couple that with a desire to celebrate the city of Puno’s patron, the Virgin of Candelaria, and it’s time to dance in the streets—literally.

Dogsledding in Swedish Lapland

Above the Arctic Circle, Sweden’s Lapland region unfolds with snow-capped mountains, deep forest, and vast stretches of untamed wilderness. But forget about snowmobiles: The hands-on, eco-friendly, and far more rewarding way to tour is by dogsled.

Insider’s Guide to Vilankulo, Mozambique

Mozambique’s shoreline, at 1,540 miles, is about the length of the U.S. west coast. The southern part of the coast—known for the seaside town of Vilankulo and Bazaruto Archipelago National Park—is a magnet for travelers seeking authentic (and affordable) adventure. Here’s how to optimize your time in this coastal paradise.

Celebrating 100 Years of Dada in Zurich

Dada is art. Dada is anti-art. Dada is manifesto. Dada is jibberish. Dada is a costume so cumbersome one has to be carried when wearing it. Whatever Dada is, or isn’t, most agree it’s long dead. But not in Zurich, the avant-garde movement’s birthplace. Best known as an international banking hub, the city—Switzerland’s largest—has long turned a lukewarm shoulder to…