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For those of us blessed (or cursed) with incurable wanderlust, the allure of an unexplored city or destination is hard to resist. But, this time of year, what I crave is tradition and a deep-rooted sense of home. I asked ten of my most trusted friends around the world about their favorite winter traditions in their home cities, and it put me in a wonderful, festive, globally inspired mood. I hope their stories do the same for you. Happy Holidays!

When New York City puts on its holiday charm, even the grumps among us can’t help but be enchanted. There’s just something about twinkly lights, sweet treats, and whiffs of roasted chestnuts that is universally appealing. Here’s my custom itinerary for a festive holiday crawl that will take you from Greenwich Village all the way to Central Park.

Born-and-bred Mumbaikar Jasmine Desai is a technology journalist — and, like the subject she covers, her city is constantly changing. Here are a few of her favorite things about the sprawling cityscape she calls home.

Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons waxes nostalgic for the festive illuminaria traditions in the American Southwest.

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National Geographic senior books editor Barbara A. Noe is just back from a visit to Bethlehem.  The crowd crushes around me. It’s stifling hot. A woman says she’s going to faint. Everyone tries to be in good humor, but the Russians are behind, pushing en masse. I’ve been waiting in line for an hour or…

Associate Editor Susan O’Keefe is just back from a holiday visit to New York with her family. Are you in the holiday spirit? If you’re like me, it usually takes a fresh sprinkle of snow, a festive party, and a tree trimming. This year, I attempted to get a head start on the feelings of…

Epiphany Around the Globe

Just when you thought the holiday season over and done with, Epiphany arrives today, January 6th. Celebrated since 361 A.D. and maybe even before as a pagan ritual, Epiphany means “manifestation” in Greek. To Western Christians, primarily Protestants and Roman Catholics, it marks the arrival of the Three Kings to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem.…

This year, inspired by our ever-popular “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is D’Arcy Flueck a writer for the website www.chicsetera.com, sharing what she loves most about Paris during winter. What…

My City Celebrates: Nick’s Cairo

This year, inspired by our ever-popular “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is Nick Rowlands, who gives us an ironic twist on Christmas in Cairo. What to share the things that…

My City Celebrates: Fiona’s Dublin

This year, inspired by our ever-popular “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is Fiona Hillard, of the Glove Box Blog who gives us a dose of Irish cheer from Dublin. What…

This year, inspired by our ever-popular “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is travel writer Sarah Pruitt, who gives us a glimpse of New York City. What to share the things…

This year, inspired by our ever-popular “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is travel writer Anne-Sophie Redisch, who gives us a glimpse of Oslo. What to share the things that make…

A French Christmas Recipe

I learned at a young age that starting international or multicultural holiday traditions can be fun (and delicious). Every Christmas, my Russian great-aunt, who taught high school French in New York City for years, used to bake a bûche de Noël, the traditional French “Yule log” cake. Starting back in the 12th century, the French…