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My parents took some big risks taking me to Cuba and the Amazon when I was really young. I’ve been traveling since before I could walk. But that’s how “Booker Travels” was born.
Fifty years after Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote his landmark “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” the once segregated Alabama city is reinventing itself for the new millennium.
Reader Question: What is meant by good composition and how do I achieve it?
Here they are — ten kid-friendly things you can do in and around Independence Hall in the “City of Brotherly Love.”
Along with watches and chocolate, cheese is one of Switzerland’s great treasures, and raclette—both a semifirm cheese and a stick-to-your-ribs dish—is an Alpine gem that remains little known outside this country’s borders.
Two millennia ago, gladiators, prostitutes, and politicians—Julius Caesar, for one—rubbed shoulders in a red-light district adjacent to the Forum and Colosseum. Now it’s a zone where something new is always opening, Italians gather for animated conversations outside overflowing wine bars, and young women in stilettos pick their way through cobblestoned streets.
A scout’s salute to four great hiking and biking trails across the United States, and a look at how one of them is expanding.
Each spring, Traveler Editor at Large Costas Chris tucks his passport away and turns into a blueberry farmer, tending the crop on a 40-acre organic farm in Maine. Call it his double life.
With the recession behind it, Dubai is back to building opulent hotels and reigniting its reputation as a Las Vegas of the Middle East. But step away from its Guinness World Record-winning skyscrapers, and you’ll find a multicultural emirate with a centuries-old maritime history.
Around the turn of the century, a salon society emerged in Barranco, an intimate seaside enclave southeast of Peru’s capital city center. As those bright young things gradually moved on, they left behind an architectural kaleidoscope that artists and musicians transformed into a unique cultural olio. By the 1970s, the Barranco scene was on the wane, but, happily, it’s experiencing a resurgence: “When people in Lima look for something fun, artistic, or bohemian, they end up here.”
Two years ago, a series of massive earthquakes shook Christchurch, New Zealand, to its spine, folding its central business district into a cordoned-off red zone. But even as the historic gateway to the South Island readies for a years-long rebuild, a spirit of innovation is rising out of the rubble to shake things up for good.
Less than three percent. That’s the portion of the world’s oceans now set aside for conservation — a small safety net that ecologists are working to increase. Joining a wave of new marine reserves, Australia recently designated 382,000 square miles in the Coral Sea to preserve an area of fish-haloed seamounts, turtle nesting areas, and…
National Geographic Traveler’s February/March issue is on newsstands now. Find out what’s inside…
Campsites have long been the main option in Patagonia, a challenging prospect as freezing rain and gale-force gusts threaten much of the year. Now, less hardy travelers can rest easy at local operator Vertice Patagonia’s new series of affordable eco-lodges linking the region’s popular attractions.
Andrew McCarthy is having a big year.
Somewhere between picking up top honors from the Society of American Travel Writers for “The Cycle of Life” and publishing the acclaimed memoir The Longest Way Home, the Traveler magazine contributing editor found time to write the foreword for National Geographic’s new coffee-table-worthy book, World’s Best Travel Experiences.
We thought we’d take the opportunity to let our readers ask him about his own time spent on the road. This is what he had to say.
Chances are, the world won’t end in December, and neither will the interest in the Maya’s culture. Belize boasts one of the greatest concentrations of excavated Maya sites of any Central American country, so cruise passengers who tender into Belize City have their pick of ruins to explore (in addition to fabulous wildlife, natural wonderlands, and tasty local treats).
Congratulations, sir. Surely you’ve got plenty on your plate. But I’d like to say something on behalf of travelers. Though we may not have a huge army of lobbyists on K Street, we could still use a little love during your upcoming term. We are the underappreciated engine that drives a $1.9 trillion business in…
Husband-and-wife photography powerhouse Cotton Coulson and Sisse Brimberg have been shooting for the National Geographic Society for years. They recently traveled to St. Petersburg to photograph the city for a recent Traveler feature. The magazine’s photo editor Krista Rossow caught up with the pair to get the behind-the-lens scoop about their shoot and how the city has changed since the Soviet era.
Find out what’s inside Traveler’s newest issue…
I know it’s unbecoming to toot your own horn, but we wanted to share the good news. Last week, the Society of American Travel Writers announced the results of their annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition — and, boy, were we pleased. National Geographic Traveler topped the winner’s list with seven awards! Here’s the low down.
Who doesn’t want to be a travel photographer and earn their keep by exploring the world and capturing its essence for the rest of us to see? I know I do.
I was lucky enough to sit in on one of Traveler’s photo seminars earlier this month, led by award-winning photographer Jim Richardson and the magazine’s senior photo editor Dan Westergren. Though Jim and Dan believe in the importance of technique, they stressed that “the secret is in how you look at the world, not in how you turn the dials on the camera.”
Here are a few of Jim and Dan’s tips on how to get into the right frame of mind when you’re making pictures.
Friends don’t let friends eat imported shrimp, declares the ubiquitous bumper sticker in coastal South Carolina, where the shrimping industry is threatened by cheap farm-raised imports. One bite of the native crustaceans and you’ll know why. They’re sweet, briny, and firm, but they rarely make it beyond local seafood purveyors. This guide will tell you how — and where — to get your hands on some fresh Carolina shrimp.
Photographer Peter McBride followed in the Beatles’ footsteps on a recent trek into the foothills of the Himalayas to heal his ailing back in Rishikesh, India and wrote about it for National Geographic Traveler. Traveler photo editor Krista Rossow interviewed Pete about his experience in “the yoga capital of the world.” Here’s what he had to say.
The only happy offshoot of Mexican machismo, which continues to find the matriarch shooing men away from the larders, may be that Mexico City’s culinary scene is dominated by women.
One of the few Central European capitals to survive the bombs of World War II, Prague stepped into the 21st century looking, more or less, as if it were stuck in the Middle Ages. “Tourism thrives in Prague because of its history. Her old towers, bridges, and churches tell a story,” says Karin Líšková, manager of Hotel U Zeleného Hroznu. “Visitors want to experience Prague as it was before, in the old times.”