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#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

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For a relatively small city, Tel Aviv 
can sometimes feel like an overwhelming 
place, crowded with choices. The best way to get to know it is to focus on the small, independent places.

Road Trip Through Israel

Deciding against the group-tour-bus approach allows you to map out a customized route based on what you really want to see. For me, it was a mix of ancient sites and pilgrimage spots (along with a good dose of delicious Israeli food along the way).

Tel Aviv’s creative energy and global influence are on display everywhere you look, but the blending of old and new is also striking. In the growing Tel Aviv Port area, I could indulge my imagination by picturing the icons of history sailing the crashing waves, then indulge my appetite at Kitchen Market, a wholly modern destination for serious foodies.

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 on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately roundup.

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…

Walking Above Jerusalem

By Barbara A. Noe On a recent trip to Jerusalem, when I learn I can climb onto the high stone ramparts surrounding the Old City and spy into the different neighborhoods from above, I head straight to the entrance at Jaffa Gate. These ancient stone ramparts showcase a microcosm of conflicted religious life in the…

Nablus: Tourists Welcome

After working as a reporter in Cairo, Theodore May wanted to know more about the history, culture, and people of the Middle East. So he decided to explore it, and use one of history’s conquerors as his guide. For eight months he’ll be following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, tracing the 2,000-mile path…

Israel is in the news nonstop this week, with the pope’s visit making headlines and today being Israeli Independence Day. Inspired, IT Editor Janelle Nanos is revisiting some of her favorite holy sites from her recent trip. I don’t tend to do much heavy reading while on vacation, but I quickly learned that along with…

Visiting the Western Wall

There are a some things that you “must” do in any city. Kiss the Blarney Stone. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge. Get the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. But few of those musts are as contemplative as visiting Jerusalem and placing a prayer in a crack of the Western Wall. We arrived…

Get Outside…and Dirty in Israel

I have to admit, I did not really anticipate the sheer amount of outdoor activities that are available in Israel. I guess part of me suspected that between the religious artifacts and ruins, and the city of Tel Aviv, there wouldn’t be much time left to get outside and get dirty. But I found three…

Ten Dead Sea Tips

No Noodle is Necessary When You “Swim” in the Dead Sea Ten Things to Know Before You Go Bobbing in the Dead Sea I try to avoid tourist traps when I’m traveling, but there is no way that I was skipping an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea, and truth be told, it is…

I’ve just returned from my visit to Israel, and since I finally have some time to actually blog, I’m going to be catching you up on many of my favorite experiences from the trip: I already mentioned how fabulous the markets were in Tel Aviv, but there’s something particularly interesting about arriving at the Mahane…

Late this Sunday night, I’m going to leave for a week to travel – and blog – through Israel. It’s my first time visiting both the country and the region, so while I’m eagerly anticipating my arrival, I’m also cramming a bit for my stay. So I thought I’d open things up to the blogosphere.…

A Sense of Empowerment

As if you didn’t think you were productive enough on any given day, some cities are getting commuters to do extra work, simply by going about their normal routine. A train station in the Netherlands is using a revolving door to produce energy for one of its cafes. As people walk through it to get…

Exploring Israel: What Would Jesus Eat?

Travel writer and guidebook author Andrew Evans has just returned from a trip to Israel, where his eating experiences were downright heavenly.  “Don’t eat too much bread” seems odd counsel coming from the guy who baked it, but Israeli chef Moshe Basson doesn’t want me filling up on carbs, no matter how great it tastes.…

With Halloween around the bend, we’ve got candy on the brain. And while the National Confectioners Association has released its list of the top ten candy destinations in the country (Hershey, Pennsylvania, predictably tops the list), we opted instead to get in touch with Steve Almond, author of Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly…