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The Changing Face of Travel

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Traveler’s 30-year history coincides, roughly, with the rise of travel as a widespread phenomenon. As we celebrate the magazine’s anniversary, I asked a dozen movers and shakers in the Nat Geo Travel family to share the biggest changes they’ve seen in the past three decades—and their hopes for the future. Here’s what they had to say.

@NatGeoTravel Staff Picks: Best Islands

On the lookout for a great escape? There’s nothing quite like an island to transport you to an alternate reality—one where days seem to stretch on forever and troubles fall away like an ebbing tide. Here are a few of the @NatGeoTravel team’s favorite islands to get you in that dreaming mood.

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.

Nat Geo Staff Picks: America’s Best Beach Towns

Is there a magic formula for the perfect beach town? No, but America could offer up more than a few candidates if they were doling out the title. Here are just a few of them, recommended by Nat Geo Travel staffers.

The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel

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I recently had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Kelly E. Carter, author of the new book “The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel,” when she stopped by Nat Geo headquarters. “[Dogs] bring us such joy,” she said, “so how come they can’t go everywhere with us?” Good question. Find out more about the current state of pet travel and what dog-loving globetrotters have to look forward to in the future.

Travel Lens: Dan Westergren’s World

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Dan Westergren is the director of photography for National Geographic Traveler. Though he had an early affinity for black and white photography, being responsible for a travel magazine’s photographic vision means Dan is, in his words, “surrounded by a rainbow riot of color digital images” on a daily basis. Beyond his exceptional eye for editing,…

Travel Tips From Nat Geo Staffers

Becoming a travel pro takes time–and lots of trial and error–but it’s not cheating to learn from the experiences of others. The folks at Nat Geo Travel know that as much as anyone. And while we have a lot of road miles under our belts, we’re students of the world, too. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.

Why (and How) Travel Writing Moves Us

I sat down with Don George, editor at large at National Geographic Traveler and author of Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing, and asked him why and how travel writing gets under our skin, who inspired him to become a travel writer in the first place, and what he thinks about the explosion of travel blogging and the future of the craft itself. Here’s what he had to say.

A Local’s Guide to Gettysburg

Seven score and 11 years after President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the greatest speeches in American history, Gettysburg thrives on a folksy combination of winsome landscapes and rural panache. Here’s a local’s guide to the “most famous small town in America”—both on and off the battlefield.

Is Tourism Destroying the World?

Travel is transforming the world, and not always for the better. Though it’s an uncomfortable reality (who doesn’t like to travel?), it’s something award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker devoted five years of her life to investigating.

Oh, the Places Nat Geo Goes

When you work at National Geographic, one of the first questions people ask is if you get to travel. The answer is often “yes.” That’s why we asked folks on our travel team to share their favorite passport stamps and stories with our Intelligent Travel readers. Check out where we’ve been and what it’s taught us along the way, then share your own!

The Best of Intelligent Travel

We publish new travel stories all the time on the Intelligent Travel blog, but there are a few that really got your attention this year.

In case you missed them, here are the 12 most popular blog posts of 2012.