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Instagram of the Month: Zion Narrows

Yasmin Tajik is a portrait photographer whose passion for travel has taken her in a new career direction. She brought her stunning images of Utah’s Zion National Park to photo producer Tyler Metcalfe’s attention by tagging her photos with #NatGeoTravelPic on Instagram. Here’s a peek at how she managed to capture this winning shot of the Narrows.

Instagram of the Month: Hong Kong

Travel photographer Elena Ermakova loves to discover new places and share them through her lens. “I want to show all faces of our world: beautiful and ugly, weird and inspiring,” says the Moscow native. Elena brought herself—and her great photographic eye—to our attention by tagging her photo of a vibrant street scene in Kowloon with #NatGeoTravelPic on Instagram. Here’s a look at how she got the shot, and why she loves Hong Kong.

Just Back: Scotland’s Outer Hebrides

National Geographic Traveler Executive Editor Norie Quintos just got back from cycling the length of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides islands over four days on a small-group bicycle tour—and posting photos to Instagram along the way. Here are some of the highlights from her trip.

The Secret to Remembering Travel

No matter how many journals I fill, photos I take, tweets I send, I find that oftentimes I “document” the wrong things.

Are Filters the Answer?

Reader Question: Are lens filters still necessary for digital photography? Are there filters that National Geographic photographers use to make their pictures look better?

Show Your #NationalPride!

Did you know that more than 20 countries are celebrating their independence this month?

Show (and tell) us how your country celebrates its birthday! Share your photos with us on Twitter and Instagram by using the #nationalpride hash tag (make sure to shout out @NatGeoTraveler so we know you’re talking to us).

How to Survive a Road Trip

Planning for a road trip can be overwhelming. When you don’t have to pay fifty bucks to check your luggage, it’s tempting to just throw it all in the car. But, after a few trips, I learned that going this route leaves you with a car full of stuff, none of which is at arm’s length when you need it. Now that I’m more than a week in to my epic National Geographic adventure, I wouldn’t call myself a road trip expert (yet), but if I had to boil down what’s currently in my car even further to the top 10 essentials, here’s what would make the cut.

Picture Yourself in a National Park!

National Park Week starts Saturday, April 21st — and we’ve just launched our newest mobile app, “National Parks by National Geographic,” to help kickstart the celebration. You’ll get instant — and FREE — access to Nat Geo guides to the 20 most visited parks. The park service is offering free admission to all 397 parks from April 21-29. Share your park photos with Traveler by using our #parkpic tag on Twitter and Instagram.

The Radar: Holiday Light Displays, U.S. Ski Resort Updates, Instagram Photo Contest

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