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Big Cities, Great Escapes

When it’s just too darn hot, these are the go-to getaways for city dwellers around the world.

The 10 Best Urban Islands

Looking for an escape from the turmoil of urban existence? Many waterfront cities have island havens where nature beckons, just a quick step across a bridge or a short ferry ride away. Here are ten worth seeing.

5 Green Winter Weekend Getaways

Costas Christ brings us five Friday-to-Monday getaways from Maine to Manhattan that deliver friendly service and great food along with a palpable commitment to caring for the environment.

15 Signature Sandwiches in Cities Around the World

Last week, our Food Fridays story was all about the Cuban sandwich and its roots in Tampa, Florida. Inspired by the idea of the “signature sandwich,” we started itching for more. We asked you to share the sandwich that makes your city sing, and you answered (and made us drool a little). Without further ado, here are 15 local favorites from around the world.

Travel Photo Tips From the Masters

Who doesn’t want to be a travel photographer and earn their keep by exploring the world and capturing its essence for the rest of us to see? I know I do.

I was lucky enough to sit in on one of Traveler’s photo seminars earlier this month, led by award-winning photographer Jim Richardson and the magazine’s senior photo editor Dan Westergren. Though Jim and Dan believe in the importance of technique, they stressed that “the secret is in how you look at the world, not in how you turn the dials on the camera.”

Here are a few of Jim and Dan’s tips on how to get into the right frame of mind when you’re making pictures.

The Radar: Infinite Boston, Need-to-Know Oktoberfest, Home-Sweet-Hostel

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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.

Star-Spangled Sailing: The War of 1812

This spring brings the War of 1812 bicentennial to life in a most audacious way: with the kind of sailing ships that made the war a test of nerves for a young, unproven navy and civilian privateers. One way to relive that chapter in history is to head for the water. The Navy has collaborated with Operation Sail, the group that rounded up dozens of ghostly tall ships for the U.S. bicentennial in 1976, to arrange similar spectacles in U.S. cities this year.

Schoooool’s Out for Summer (Almost)!

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…

Massachusetts’ Real Irish Bragging Rights

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It looks like Boston might have some competition when it comes to the most authentic place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. While it’s difficult to dispute Beantown’s popularity as a favorite destination for travelers in search of a loud and proud place to celebrate, new Census data shows that it might not be as Irish…

I Heart My City: Matt’s Boston

Before he became “Nomadic Matt,” traveling all around the world and documenting his travels online, Matt Kepnes lived in Boston, Massachusetts. Here’s his take on the best that Beantown has to offer. Follow him on Twitter. Boston is My City The first place I take a visitor from out of town is on the Freedom…

Q&A: Max Grinnell, 24 Great Walks in Chicago

Max Grinnell knows his way around a city. The “urbanologist” has wandered on foot through Chicago, Boston, and Baltimore, and his book 24 Great Walks in Chicago guides readers through the Windy City’s most colorful neighborhoods. Grinnell spoke with Intelligent Travel about what makes him hit the pavement: Karen Carmichael: How does walking change how…

The Radar: Free Events at Boston Colleges, Tiny Hotels, Top New York Burger Joints

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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.