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The Radar: Travel Lately

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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 on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately roundup.

My daughter Mackenzie just turned 7. At her birthday party at the Playseum, she stood in front of a child’s version of a world map—no country names, just illustrations of objects like whales and palm trees and pandas. I watched, astonished, as she pointed out dozens of places—Paris, Antarctica, China, Australia. Then it dawned on…

The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is underway, and we’re off to a great start so far. The magazine is giving away seriously spectacular prizes this year, so you won’t want to miss your chance to win. The prizes: The grand-prize winner will earn a spot on a 10-day National Geographic Galápagos Photography Expedition to experience — and document —…

Photos: Where You Went

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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.

Do you dream of cavorting with sea lions, meditating with giant tortoises, sunbathing with scaly marine iguanas?  There’s only one place to do that: the Galápagos islands of Ecuador.  Did you know that the National Geographic Society has its own fleet of small, comfortably outfitted ships to take you there, with National Geographic experts aboard…

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Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, recently returned from a trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the last of a four-part series. Click to read the first, second, and third posts. A confession: Travel editors don’t always plan…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, recently returned from a trip to the Galápagos Islands and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the third of a four-part series. Click here to read the first and second posts. As a mom who likes to sneak Good Things into her kids (a…

Out of Office: Yoga with Sea Lions

It may come as no surprise that our colleagues throughout National Geographic are well-traveled. So we’re starting a new feature that’s offering a glimpse of where we’re going: Out of Office. Sarah Muenzenmayer is the Marketing Manager for National Geographic Expeditions, and she recently traveled on our Galápagos cruise: “On the last day of our…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, just returned from a trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the first posting of a four-part series.  As a single mother, I take every opportunity to introduce my boys to good male…

Small Ship Family Cruises

Last week Rainer Jenss reported on good cruising options for families. This week, he looks at some great small-ship cruises. This week, I set out to investigate some cruising options for families other than the mega ocean liners that dominate the industry today. If you’re like me and love the idea of traveling by ship…

Tourism is an incredibly lucrative industry in the Galapagos: The numbers of visitors have quadrupled between 1990 and 2009, and more than 160,000 people now visit each year. For mainland Ecuadorians, the islands are seen of a source of higher incomes, and many move to the archipelago to earn better wages. But thanks in part…

Virtual Galápagos

Our friends down the hall at National Geographic Expeditions are offering a free webinar next week on the Galápagos Islands, and are inviting Intelligent Travel readers to join them online on October 20, 2009, from 8-9 p.m. EDT. Full details from the Expeditions crew follow below. The Galápagos Islands are home to a fascinating array…

Plant a tree in the rainforest. Provide clean water for a river community. Deliver school supplies to an Amazonian school. By traveling with International Expeditions, not only will you experience the rich cultural and biological diversity of the world, but your trip will also help ensure that future generations can experience it, too. IE, a…

Penguin Places

IT Contributor Andrew Evans offers an all-inclusive guide to all things penguin. Penguins are never passé. Be they marching or tapping their happy feet toward another sequel, the little black and white birds are still very much in everybody’s minds and hearts. I also imagine that kids who play with plastic penguins in their Happy…