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Finding the Perfect Balance in Texas Hill Country

It’s 7 a.m. in Austin when I pull into the parking lot at Stephen F. Austin High School with a dear friend, longtime local—and fellow travel writer—Becca Hensley. Our plan is to join the stream of people heading toward Lady Bird Lake on a soft dirt path that shadows the mighty Colorado River, which splits the Texas capital across the middle.

A Perfect Day in Austin, Texas

Spend a day in Austin and you may feel as if you’re in the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. For all its relaxed, come-as-you-are hospitality, the capital of Texas is a city of ideas, live entertainment venues, and world-class art. It’s also a place that loves its food. During my recent visit, I faced tough decisions at…

@NatGeoTravel Staff Picks: Best Fall Trips

With the changing of the seasons comes a change in where we as travelers set our sights on going. Inspired by our latest list of best fall trips, Nat Geo Travel staffers shared their own favorite autumn escapes. Here’s a dozen to get you dreaming about your next adventure, near or far.

Reader Recs: Signature Dishes Around the World

I don’t know about you, but for me, indulging in authentic, local cuisine while traveling—and finding the most authentic establishment to patronize—is a must. With warm-weather wanderlust upon us, we asked our Facebook fans to give us the inside scoop on their city’s signature dish, and where to go if you want to try it for yourself. Here’s what they had to say.

SXSW: Your Guide to World Music

SXSW is known for being a launchpad for American performers such as John Mayer and the Polyphonic Spree, but each year, the lineup seems to feature more and more international acts. If you’re heading to Texas tickets in hand or simply looking for some hot new leads, here’s our guide to world music at SXSW.

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in March

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 March.

SXSW: Where the World Comes Together

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The South By Southwest festival has evolved into a global fusion of music genres, drawing thousands of artists from dozens of different countries to the Texas capital each March. I was lucky enough to meet up with two unique bands from two very different parts of the world: Frightened Rabbit, an indie rock band based in Scotland, and a Malian desert blues band called Terakaft.

Is the “Next Austin” in Oklahoma?

At the risk of cheap rent increasing and a Pinkberry being on every corner, I’m going to go ahead and say it — one of Oklahoma’s two main towns is going to be the next Austin. Oklahoma City or Tulsa. Granted, I don’t have all the fancy numbers to back this claim up, but fancy numbers are not what Okies are all about. They’re good folks who love their live music, and anyone who begs to differ should spend an evening catching a show at Cain’s Ballroom. So which is it?

Photo Gallery: Keep Austin Weird

Trying to sum up Austin in seven photos, taken in 48 hours just doesn’t seem right. You can’t hear the music, taste the BBQ, pay tribute to the late Leslie Cochran, dodge the fixed-gear bikes on South Congress, attend Eeyore’s birthday.

I Heart My City: Laurie’s Austin

Native Austinite Laurie Felker Jones has traveled through or lived in a multitude of countries on five continents. Now she and her husband are chalking up travel miles on their boat, Mother Jones, as they sail around the Caribbean. In the wake of this year’s SXSW Festival, check out Laurie’s guide to the “live music capital of the world.”

Photos: Where You Went

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Our jet-setting friends on Facebook continue to amaze us with their weekend travel plans. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately.

Free to See: 20 U.S. Music and Dance Events

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Feel the beat with these top music and dance events across the U.S. Did we mention they’re free? Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 20 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about your favorite (and free!) music or dance event. Daily Kennedy Center Concerts Washington, D.C. Every single…