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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.

Reader Recs: Long Weekend Getaways

It can be difficult to find time for a long trip, but that shouldn’t keep you from exploring the world. Take a break from reality (and an excuse to use up one of those vacation days) with a three-day getaway. Here are a few suggestions from our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to inspire your weekend wanderlust.

I Heart My Island: Haida Gwaii

Artist Patrick Wesley was born and raised on Haida Gwaii, a 155-mile-long torch-shaped archipelago slung off British Columbia’s North Coast. A native Haida, Patrick began honing his carving skills while still a teenager, and has spent his life creating beautiful works from wood, silver, gold, ivory, and argillite. “The world should ‘heart’ my island because of its unique people, culture, and traditions,” Patrick says. Here’s a look at Haida Gwaii through his unique lens.

British Columbia, Two Ways

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On a family road trip through British Columbia this summer, I had no regrets about seeing it with the whole brood first, but I also made notes about how my husband and I will do it again when we come back one day, sans kids. Here’s B.C. two ways, so you can choose your own adventure.

The Power of (Not) Unplugging

Here on Salt Spring Island in western Canada, inside a 20-foot-wide canvas yurt—modeled after the round, portable dwellings of nomads in Mongolia and Central Asia—I feel closer to nature than ever. And yet the first thing I do upon waking is reach above me, retrieve my iPod Touch from the headboard, and refresh my Gmail inbox. In a matter of seconds, I find myself present everywhere but here.

The Magic of Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii, a misty archipelago off the British Columbian coast, how dramatically it has changed over the last years! The multinational timber companies that once dominated the economy and dictated public policy are gone. More than half of the land is now protected. Best of all, the collapse of industrial logging has coincided with a revitalization of Haida culture that few could have anticipated when the whine of chainsaws overpowered all other sounds in the forest.

Heli-Skiing 101

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I’ve been snowboarding for 17 years, but am a complete novice when it comes to skiing—just above the beginner’s ski school lesson of forming a “pizza wedge” to slow down, and straightening out to “French fries” to accelerate. Unfortunately for me, my snowboard boots were in baggage limbo along with the rest of my luggage and…

Five Family Travel Resolutions

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. But as winter continues its march (at least where I live in New York City), I’ve been dreaming up a few travel goals for 2014. Some are places, some are new services, all are experiences that will make this year of travel the best one yet.

Where to Spend a Week This Winter

When it’s cold outside, you either want to embrace (even celebrate) it — or you want to get as far away from it as you can. Here are a few of our Urban Insider’s favorite places to spend a week in winter — from the Alps to the islands.

I Heart My City: Mehnaz’s Vancouver (Canada)

This week’s I Heart My City contributor is Mehnaz Thawer, a communications professional in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mehnaz has lived in Vancouver for 20 years — ever since her family moved there from East Africa. Here are her recommendations for what to see and do in the city she knows and loves so well.

Places Rated: British Columbia’s Gulf Islands

The November/December issue of Traveler features our annual “Places Rated” survey of destination stewardship, and this year 340 expert panelists rated 99 coastal destinations around the world. Here on the blog, we’re going to highlight some of these coastal destinations and are interested in adding your feedback to the mix. How do you think they’re…

Ferry Around Vancouver

Taylor Kennedy, who helped with our Olympic coverage last week, takes a break from bustling Vancouver and hops a ferry to Victoria, B.C. A lesser-known treat in the 2010 Olympic region is a water trip through the gulf islands on BC Ferries to Victoria. BC Ferries boasts the world’s largest ferry fleet, running residents around…