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Nat Geo Young Explorer Emily Ainsworth was born and raised in Oxford, England. After studying at her hometown’s prestigious university, she joined the circus in Mexico, performing nightly as a solo dancer in the ring while producing an award-winning documentary about life backstage. Ainsworth’s work illuminates the lives of people on the fringes around the world–from Mongolian nomads to London royalty. Here are a few of her favorite things about her beloved City of Dreaming Spires.

The Bard of Avon was born 450 years ago and, rightly so, England is celebrating his enduring legacy. Rather than zipping over to Stratford for the day and checking off Shakespeare sites from a list, I wanted to experience the landscapes that inspired his words. That’s how I found myself ordering waterproof shoes, packing light layers and Lycra, and landing in London to bike Shakespeare’s Way, a self-guided route around the English countryside.

Falmouth sits in the center of the “Cornish Riviera,” England’s charming southwestern coastline, and the port is its lifeblood. Here are four ways to experience this seaside gem.

When you travel to England, you may fall in love with any number of things, like afternoon tea or cozy cottages. But after a recent visit to the Isle of Wight, which lies four miles off the coast of Hampshire, I am a proud hovercraft enthusiast. Here are a few other things you might not know about this unique place.

I’ve traveled a ton with my family and, of course, with my significant other. But when I think of the trips where I’ve had throw-back-your-head-laughing fun, it’s been the ones I’ve taken with my girlfriends.

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.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in May.

Behind every star is a place, and Liverpool continues to be a pilgrimage site for those obsessed with John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Yet the city holds wider appeal to folks who, like me, have been touched by their music and look back with fondness on the unique brand of swinging creativity and free living the group came to represent.

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.

The Best Holiday Teas in London

Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons shares her recommendations on the best places to take tea in London this holiday season — from grand hotels to quaint cafes.

I Heart My City: Shelly’s Oxford

Freelance writer Shelly Lachish has lived all around the world, but currently resides in Oxford, England, where she moonlights as an academic. Check out Shelly’s favorite things about her current home base, then add your own!

In honor of Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee (her 60th year as queen), this week’s #FriFotos theme is FIT FOR A QUEEN. To pay homage to history, we chose this image of the Victoria Memorial, the imposing monument erected in front of her royal London residence, Buckingham Palace, to honor the only other British monarch to earn the distinction. Given Elizabeth’s spirit and good health, she’s poised to out-reign Victoria. Photograph by Jesika Feldman/My Shot.

Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year, with key events taking place the first week in June. If you’re headed to England, you’ll soak up the spirit simply by walking the streets. But if you have to settle for being an armchair spectator, there are plenty of ways to join in from abroad.

With the Olympics and William and Kate’s first anniversary coming up, the world’s abuzz about London. But sometimes you just want to get away from it all — especially when things are at their most frenetic. What’s your go-to escape destination when you want to get away from the city? Tell us in the comments section for a chance to appear in the next issue of Traveler magazine!

My first glimpse into life on the Isles of Scilly was a line of 10 people outside a corner shop. “They’re waiting for their newspapers that come in from the mainland each day,” Star Castle hotel owner Robert Francis said. “We don’t lock our houses, and we leave our keys in the car,” he went…

113 Jane Street in New York City has long been a respite for weary – and cash-strapped – travelers. But in the spring of 1912, the boarding house received a rash of unexpected guests, when more than 100 Titanic survivors — many of them crewmen — sought shelter there after being rescued from sea. The…

Photos: Where You Went

Our jet-setting friends on Facebook continue to amaze us with their weekend travel plans. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately.

Iain Mallory used to be a warrant officer in the Royal Army Physical Training Corps — a job that took him on adventures all around the world. He tried his hand at running a public house after leaving the armed forces, but it wasn’t long before his wanderlust got the better of him, leading him…

The Radar: U.K. Edition

Today’s Radar is all about the United Kingdom. Check out these great travel stories from around the web, then use the links below to access even more U.K. content from National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Travel & Cultures Online. Eat: Travel writer Jen Leo gives us the low-down on where to find tasty dim sum…

Guardian writer Richard Nelsson describes the art of tarnbagging, the sport of collecting or discovering small lakes called ‘tarns,’ hidden in the English countryside. [The Guardian] Speculated to be a response to the higher fees airlines are now required to pay passengers for lost luggage, Delta Airlines has launched a new bag tracking system. With…

Nick Fitzhugh is in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, working with Pete Muller to produce a documentary series about the cultural significance of soccer in black South Africa. He’ll be blogging about the World Cup, and the life surrounding it, for us here at Intelligent Travel, and today shares his experience at the…

My City Celebrates: Erin’s London

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 Erin Maury, and she shares what she loves most about celebrating the holidays in London. What…

I Heart My City: Rachel’s Oxford

Hello, city-lovers! Today we head over to the United Kingdom, where Rachel Cotterill tells us why she loves her city–first as a student, now as a native. Want to see your city on IT? 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.…

Would You Take the Titanic Cruise?

Cool or creepy? A Titanic-themed cruise, created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the the ill-fated vessel, will retrace its trans-Atlantic journey in April of 2012 (without an iceberg collision, we hope). The cruise, created by Miles Morgan Travel, will follow the original ship’s itinerary, departing from Southampton, England, and stopping in Cherbourg, France and…

Traveling with teens to London? Senior editor Norie Quintos shares some hard-earned lessons from a recent visit with her 13- and 15-year-olds. Check past blogs on traveling with teens to New York City and Kenya. Give them a preview: Provide some context before your trip, not necessarily with history books but with novels (Sherlock Holmes,…