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8 Under-the-Radar European Islands

Europe presents many reasons to hop off the storied continent.

Off to the Races: Summer in Saratoga

New York’s horserace haven doesn’t gamble with change—it embraces tradition with giant hats and gin and tonics.

Insider’s Guide to Lake Como

Italy’s third largest water body and one of Europe’s deepest, Lake Como has drawn vacationers for two millennia with its lucent waters, mountain landscapes, and Mediterranean climate. Visitors today enjoy lakeside parks, historic villas, and shopping in one of the world’s silk-design capitals. Here’s a brief primer on how to make the most of your time in this magical region.

Your Shot Photo of the Month: Freeze Frame

Want National Geographic to highlight your photograph? Join our Your Shot community and participate in upcoming hashtag challenges for a chance to appear in “Traveler” magazine and Intelligent Travel.

A Local’s Guide to Durban

Surf’s up in South Africa’s city of coastal cool—springboard to mountain heights and safari sights in Durban. Here’s an inside look at what to do, eat, and buy in South Africa’s third largest city.

Local Flavor: New Haven-Style Pizza

Two Connecticut pizzerias go pie to pie in a fierce competition lasting decades. So which place serves top New Haven pizza?

Insider’s Guide to Durban

Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama sighted Durban’s harbor in 1497. It’s now home to Africa’s busiest cargo port and 3.5 million residents who can trace their roots around the world. Here’s an inside look at how to make the most of your time in South Africa’s third largest city.

What’s a UNESCO Intangible?

The Tower of Pisa. Machu Picchu. The Palace of Versailles. You know them as UNESCO World Heritage sites—places of such universal cultural value that the United Nations recognizes them. But what about the Mediterranean diet? The Peking opera? Portuguese fado?

Thirty Years of Fabulous: Traveler Magazine

Over three decades, Traveler magazine has undergone dramatic changes to reflect where, how, and why we travel. In 1984, we sought out the sights; now we want unique experiences. We traveled to vacation; now we want to be transformed. In the past 30 years, we’ve shot more than 3.4 million photos and published some 36,000. Here we celebrate our anniversary through the camera lens, offering a chronicle of changing times.

This Thursday: #BestFallTrips Twitter Chat

Itching to cash in on some of that well-deserved vacation time in the near future? Join @NatGeoTravel for our next Twitter chat to get the inside scoop on the best fall trips. In addition to hearing from National Geographic Traveler’s own Amy Alipio, who will be unveiling our brand new Best Fall Trips list, we’ll also be welcoming Laura Begley Bloom, executive editor for Yahoo Travel. Use #BestFallTrips to join us!

Design Dream: Cape Town

In a nod to the renaissance transforming South Africa, 
Cape Town has been crowned the World Design Capital of 2014. The art scene here particularly flourishes in the neighborhood of Woodstock, a historically industrial quarter along a shabby stretch of the city’s eastern fringes.

Primal Travel: Alone in Papua

Two years ago, National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Carl Hoffman shared with me an idea for his next book. It struck a chord because when I was ten I was drawn to the subject: the mysterious disappearance in 1961 of Michael Rockefeller in what was then Netherlands New Guinea. Did he drown? Was he shredded by a crocodile or shark? Or, most grisly, was he eaten by cannibals?