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Adventure 101: Canoeing the Allagash

Take a page out of Henry David Thoreau’s book, and paddle on northern Maine’s remote Allagash River. “Here was traveling of the old heroic kind over the unaltered face of nature,” he wrote in “The Maine Woods,” his account of a series of mid-19th-century canoeing and hiking trips he took through the New England state’s largely uncharted woods.

Up Your Camping Game: Four New Essentials

Be better-prepared than a Boy Scout with these items on your next camping trip.

Why Conservation Tourism Matters

National Geographic explorers-in-residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have spent the past three decades captivating audiences with their rare footage and photographs of Africa’s big cats. Now, they’re taking aim at a different kind of challenge: conservation tourism.

Transporting TV: Shows to Binge On

Can’t travel this holiday? Catching up on television can provide unadulterated escape. Here are four shows to binge-watch during your downtime this holiday season.

Travel Lens: Amy Toensing’s World

Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. A regular contributor to National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, Toensing’s assignments have taken her all around the world, from the Jersey Shore to the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea. Here’s a look at the world through this award-winning photographer’s unique lens.

Travel Lens: Steve McCurry’s World

A National Geographic Traveler editor goes behind the lens with photo legend Steve McCurry.

Q&A: Making the Coffee Connection

In the “bean belt” looping Africa, Asia, and the Americas, coffee provides more than a jolt—it’s an economic lifeline and a cultural bedrock. Coffee buyer Kim Elena Ionescu’s hunt for the planet’s best beans has taken her from Bolivia to Ethiopia. Steeped in ritual, her adventures are anything but stale. Here are some of the highlights.

African Storyteller: Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira

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Rising star Danai Gurira believes in the power of hybrids—her term for people who thrive at a confluence of cultures. Born in Iowa, raised in her parents’ native Zimbabwe, trained in New York City, and now based in Los Angeles, “The Walking Dead” actress brings a layered perspective—and a rare spark—to her work.

Checking In: Going Small in the Caribbean

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Whether you’re hoping to get in some grade-A scuba time or explore a tropical forest, the Caribbean has you covered. Here are three petite lodges that pack a real luxury punch in paradise.

Where Bourbon Hits the Spot: Louisville

Louisville’s whiskey revolution is making a splash.

Saving India’s Big Cats

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Krithi Karanth may be diminutive, but her impact has been epic. Hear more about how this native daughter is revolutionizing India’s approach to wildlife conservation and get the inside scoop on her favorite place in the world–in her own words.

Andrea Bocelli on Travel

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Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli lives and travels the way he sings — with deep passion and introspection. Blind since childhood, the onetime piano-bar singer from Tuscany gracefully maneuvers across cultural boundaries and musical styles as a star of both opera halls and pop charts. Here’s Bocelli’s take on travel and how it inspires his art.