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When a friend invited me to her wedding in Costa Rica, I was ecstatic. But a few things happened between booking my flight and take-off. Life got busy. My guidebooks remained stacked—unopened—neatly on my desk. I made a reservation at an eco lodge in the Guanacaste region, on the country’s Pacific coast, but had no time to look into the activities it had to offer or the must-see sites around town. So when my flight took off, I had no plan. Little did I know I was an unwitting participant in the “slow travel movement.”

More than five years ago, Enric Sala left a tenured position at prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography and showed up at Nat Geo’s doorstep to outline his vision for protecting the last wild places in the ocean. Today, with support from the Society, the audacious marine ecologist remains the driving force behind the Pristine Seas Project, an epic effort to establish marine reserves–underwater national parks–around the world. I recently got the chance to chat with Sala about his hometown in Catalonia, his favorite place to scuba dive, and more. Here’s what he had to say.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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 with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

Travel is transforming the world, and not always for the better. Though it’s an uncomfortable reality (who doesn’t like to travel?), it’s something award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker devoted five years of her life to investigating.

Waking up before dawn to hike uphill for miles isn’t usually my idea of a relaxing vacation. But on a recent trip to Costa Rica, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to scale the country’s highest peak. That meant traveling to Chirripó National Park — and getting the chance to experience five distinct ecosystems in one day.

In our digital world, we don’t have to rely on guidebooks to tell us where to go and what to see when we travel — we can just ask our friends. Since we announced the beta launch of Travel Favorites – a new social sharing tool that will help you have the most memorable trips around —…

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…

Photos: Where You Went

Happy Valentine’s Day, travelers! 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…

Photos: Where You Went

Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption to Your Shot/Travel at ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all…

Family: Speaking in Tongues

Immersion programs merge language with culture. By Lisa Armstrong From the September issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. While simply traveling abroad makes you a more enlightened global citizen, you can deepen the experience through language immersion programs that offer cultural excursions. These four provide a range of activities and stays with local host families. Note:…

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.

Named after the Spanish tortuga, meaning turtle, the main attraction in Tortuguero, Costa Rica is the endangered green sea turtles, who come to nest in the black volcanic sands of the park’s 11 miles of protected beach from July to September each year. Seeing the hundreds of behemoth mothers, who can weigh up 700 pounds,…

Winners Announced: Geotourism Challenge 2010

Ashoka Changemakers recently announced the winners of the third annual Geotourism Challenge.  In this year’s competition, “Places on the Edge: Saving Coastal and Freshwater Destinations,” Ashoka partnered with National Geographic and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to identify tourism-related projects that have made impressive strides in protecting the cultural and ecological integrity of coastal, waterway,…

World’s Best Zip Lines

Traveler intern Daniel Bortz straps in to find zip line adventures for all riders, all occasions, across the globe. A pair of feet dangles over a terrain of active volcanoes, spurts of lava seeping out and flowing down the sides. Another pair sails through a thick forest, abundant foliage on both sides, breaking to an…

Costa Rica’s Tortugerro National Park, by MyShot user Aashit Shah Do national parks help to alleviate poverty in developing nations or are they the cause of it? This is the question that shapes many conservation policy debates. Those in favor of national parks say that the protected areas bring tourism revenue and create jobs in…

Andrew Evans checked in this morning with the local Fox affiliate in D.C. and caught them up on his beard growth, his recent visit to Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park, and his literal run-in with a cow on his bus ride to Bogota. [MyFoxDC.com]

Bus2Antarctica: Pura Vida

Andrew Evans has been traveling on board the National Geographic Sea Lion, from Costa Rica to Panama, on his journey to Antarctica. Today he discusses the many definitions of Pura Vida. Cruise ships are often the worst places to experience local culture. They’re often impersonal and far removed from the destination they are supposedly “visiting.”…

Andrew Evans is currently traveling on board the National Geographic Sea Lion. Here, he recaps his recent visit to Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park. The tropical rain forest is the exact opposite of Antarctica: it’s steamy hot, always wet, bright green, and crawling with life both day and night. This week, my journey south has…

After hightailing it through Central America, Andrew Evans is now traveling on the National Geographic Sea Lion to Panama (he’ll explain why he had to ditch the bus below). Be sure to watch on the Panama Canal Cam tonight at around 6 p.m. ET to see the ship pass through the Miraflores Locks. And click…

And now, Part II of Andrew Evans’s harrowing and somewhat remarkable border crossing. Click here for Part I. Kids, don’t try this at home. You should never ever hitchhike. It’s really dangerous because, really, who knows what could happen? What could happen is it might be 10 p.m. and you’re standing on the Costa Rican…

Andrew Evans recounts his dashing Costa Rican border crossing. Stay tuned for Part II of the adventure. Mea maxima culpa, I have just committed the ultimate travel sin: I have visited too many countries in too short a time. If foreigners aren’t deriding Americans for traveling enough, they chide us for our propensity to skip…

The Elliott Interview: NatureAir

Can an airline be completely carbon neutral? National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Chris Elliott spoke with Alexi Huntley Khajavi, the chief marketing officer for Costa Rican carrier NatureAir, to learn more about the company’s commitment to eliminating their carbon footprint. What does it mean to be a carbon-neutral airline? It means that any and all…

Virtual Costa Rica Tonight!

Our adventurous friends down the hall at National Geographic Expeditions have a last-minute invitation to join them on a free webinar tonight exploring Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. Wildlife ecologist Taylor Edwards and veteran expedition leader Gustavo Abarco will host the session, taking you into the rain forests of Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National…

Costa Rican Narnia

Elizabeth Seward fulfills a childhood desire to visit Costa Rica. I was in elementary school the first time I heard Costa Rica referenced as a destination people actually traveled to. A boy in my class answered his “what did you do this summer?” question with tales of this mystical place, which sounded a lot like…

Rainer Jenss and his family are wrapping up the final weeks of their around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Of all the things we’ve experienced over the course…