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The Radar: Travel Lately

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For those of you who are paying attention, we’re switching it up. A more robust Radar — the best of the travel blogosphere (don’t you hate that word?) — will now be a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.

You can play, too. Simply follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar to help us find the crème de la crème. Here’s this week’s.

As a New Yorker, I knew nothing about the Gold Coast except that it had an enticing name. Turns out it’s the No. 1 vacation destination for gorgeous, gregarious Aussies.

Now I can see why.

With the majority of the world’s people now dazzled by the urban glare, an age-old pursuit has again come into the spotlight: stargazing.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Jeremie Noel, My Shot

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Aleksandra Drzymala, My Shot

Ah, summer vacation. That three-month stretch with no school, no schedule, and plenty of time for family trips. The possibilities were endless back then, weren’t they, when visions of Disney World danced in your head, and the days seemed to last forever. Not every 12-year-old is as well-traveled as Reed Golomb – son of digital media vice…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Photos: Where You Went

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Our readers boast impressive travel résumés. That’s why we ask you the same question on Facebook every Friday: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where you — or readers like you — went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Want to share your photos with the National Geographic community? Upload your favorites…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Welcome back city-lovers to another Wednesday edition of I Heart My City! This week’s insider tour is from American expat Christine Amorose who works and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Here are Christine’s tips on the best places to eat, drink, and play in a city recently named the most livable in the world. Melbourne is My…

Voluntourism– a trip that incorporates community service like building a school, cleaning up a river, tagging endangered species in the Great Barrier Reef–is a popular phrase in travel’s vernacular. But in the world of do-good tourism, there’s a new player in the game: the traveling philanthropist. Sailer, conservationist, and adventurer Robert Pennicott may not refer to himself as one, but his latest adventure– Follow the Yellow Boat Road– is travel philanthropy at its finest.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Hello, city-lovers! Today we head down under to Brisbane, Australia, where Luci Hordern tells us why she loves her city. Want to see your city on the Intelligent Travel blog? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. Brisbane is My City The first…

Looking for an escape from the daily grind? Take it slow, and you’ll avoid needing a vacation from your vacation. Destinations like Cosenza (Italy), Havana (Cuba), and Siwa (Egypt) are sure to give you that back-in-time feeling you need to wind down from the modern world. [Lonely Plaanet] Websites like Couchsurfing.org have changed the way…

By:  Sabina Lohr “The word Tiwi means ‘We are one,’” Romolo (Romie) Kantilla says, “because my ancestors thought they were the only people on the planet.”  Fifty miles off Australia’s north coast, where the Timor and Arafura Seas meet, live the Aboriginals of the Tiwi Islands. Isolated from the influences which have brought many of…

At the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia, visitors can get up close and personal with 130 protected koala bears. Under the supervision of a handler, visitors can hold one of the cute and cuddly bears in their arms and even snap a photo together. After your koala hug, try another wildlife encounter offered…

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You haven’t lived until you’ve tried watermelon skiing. At least that’s what our friends over at Nothing to Do With Arbroath have to say about this wacky watermelon sport made popular in Chinchilla, Australia. Held every two years, the Chinchilla Melon Festival is four fun-filled days of melon activities including the headline event: watermelon skiing.…

Lights Out Saturday for Earth Hour

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Looking for something to do this weekend? How about turning out the lights this Saturday at 8:30 pm to mark Earth Hour? Earth Hour, organized by WWF, is a worldwide hour of darkness meant to get people thinking about how our actions as individuals can add up to make a positive difference in the health…

Sydney’s Amusing Art

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Todd Fuller’s terracotta sculpture “A Day at the Beach” will be on display at the Art + Humour Me exhibition in Sydney from April 12 – May 7. Sydneysiders and visitors alike can get a taste of Australian humor at the third Art + Humour exhibition next month, hosted by Brenda May Gallery in Waterloo.…

All good things must come to an end, and today Andrew Evans heads home from Australia. We’ve had a great time following him as he spent the last two months exploring the country, and we thank all of you for your hard work coming up with the answers to his clues. For today’s final clue,…

Where’s Andrew? Mustering Brumbies

“Is that photographer fella come yet?”/ “No.”/ “Do you know where he is?”/ “I think he’s coming tomorrow.”/”The American bloke?”/ “I dunno.”/ “Is the journalist guy with you?” Before I met any of the folks at Kings Creek, I listened to them all discuss my visit on the scratchy radio. On an outback station as…

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Our intrepid traveler, Andrew Evans has been crisscrossing Australia by train, plane, and automobile (and helicopter, boat, and hot air balloon). Where is he now? Check out today’s clue and make your best guess at our online Clues Gallery. January 28, 2011 The weather in Sydney is funny: You wake up one day and it’s…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #42

We here in Washington spent last evening wishing we were sunning ourselves on the beach with Andrew Evans, instead of digging ourselves out of the snowstorm that hit the East Coast. Luckily, we get to live vicariously through Andrew for a few more days. Make your best guess on today’s clue over at our Clues…