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National Geographic Traveler columnist Heather Greenwood Davis is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer. Here’s her latest advice.

Traveling at a young age can be a transformative experience that leads to a lifetime of wanderlust. To celebrate the power of travel (and perhaps inspire a few parents out there), we asked our @NatGeoTravel Facebook fans to tell us about trips that made a lasting impression on them during their early years.

Planning a trip with that special someone? We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite romantic destinations, and they came through in a big way. Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-true classic or something more off the grid, our travel community has got you covered.

The staff at National Geographic Travel is always criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else. Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

High on Wine in New Zealand

If Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy were real it would still take place in New Zealand because no other place has so much natural enchantment. But the ring wraiths would be searching for grape clones instead of the gold ring, and Frodo would be uncorking a 2010 vintage Pinot Noir and not sweating the small stuff.

Volcano Tourism Erupts

Billowing ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano dashed travel plans in 2010, but travel to the icebound peak has been booming since that eruption grounded millions across Europe. Volcano tourism is flaring up globally, and Iceland isn’t the only hot spot.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

When travel blogger Kate Voyage isn’t scouring the globe for adventure, this Kiwi turns her attention to the home front. “Christchurch has all the big city conveniences,” she says, “but with fewer traffic jams.” After suffering devastating earthquakes over the past few years, Christchurch is finally on the rebound and it’s easy to see why. Here are a few of Kate’s favorite things about her home town.

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 each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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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 from the web #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately roundup.

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.

Where Do You Want to Go in 2013?

National Geographic Traveler staff answer the question “If you could visit just ONE place in 2013, where would it be and why.” Check out what’s at the top of our travel to-do lists next year, then let us know where you would go for a chance to appear in an upcoming issue of Traveler magazine.

#FriFotos: Sit Down

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Want to see one of your photos featured on our website or blog? Make it happen by uploading your favorite travel pics (don’t forget to add a caption!) to ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all your submissions #travelshot – then look for your photos in one of our My Shot galleries or on the Intelligent Travel blog.

Kia Ora (Welcome!) to another Wednesday edition of I Heart My City. Today’s insider guide to Wellington, New Zealand comes from Intelligent Travel reader, Charlotte B., a Parisian expat who came to town on a holiday visa and never left. What does she love most about Wellington? Charlotte wrote, “It’s a city without being a…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

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There are more than 140 vineyards and 70 wineries in Hawke’s Bay one of New Zealand’s top wine regions. Discover ten more in Kiwi country with this guide. [Got Saga] Don’t lose your wallet the next time you travel. According to this Frommer’s story over 100 people in a major city may fall victim to…

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By Contributing Blogger Cathy Healy Figueroa Mountain, CA – Thwarted by a damn mountain quail. Queeark, the male called to the female. Queeark she echoed. The quail were close, hunkered somewhere in the prickly foxtail. I was out birding with my friends Vicki and Dave Menzies near their Santa Barbara home. I met Vicki, a…

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Get your thrill on in New Zealand where a sense of adventure seems to be imprinted into the locals’ DNA. Try one of these five epic adventures in New Zealand, like heli-hiking or canyon swinging, to really get your adrenalin pumping. [Go Backpacking]

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rent a campervan and go exploring New Zealand’s spectacular scenery, stopping for the night wherever you like?  The editors at National Geographic Traveler did, so we sent former researcher Carrie Miller off on an adventure on the South Island. We published her story in our…

Sydney’s Amusing Art

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Todd Fuller’s terracotta sculpture “A Day at the Beach” will be on display at the Art + Humour Me exhibition in Sydney from April 12 – May 7. Sydneysiders and visitors alike can get a taste of Australian humor at the third Art + Humour exhibition next month, hosted by Brenda May Gallery in Waterloo.…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #24

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Welcome to a New Year and a new batch of clues from Andrew Evans, our digital nomad who is traveling through Australia and sending us daily photo clues. (Check out the Guardian’s blog post about his trip.) Now put your thinking hats on and do your best to figure out today’s clue. And click through…

For the Birds: Meet a Kiwi

Christchurch, New Zealand was all shook up earlier this month during a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the South Island in the early morning. Among the many survivors was a stubborn little kiwi chick who despite a power outage and shaking incubator, still managed to hatch. Keepers at Orana Wildlife Park have appropriately named the…

All Roads Film Festival Kicks Off

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National Geographic’s annual All Roads Film Festival, which celebrates the music, film, and photography of indigenous and underrepresented minority cultures, will be hosted at our Washington, D.C. headquarters starting today, September 28 through October 3. Spanning subjects from Maori adolescence to Alaskan Yu’pik heritage, some 29 selected films represent an astounding 55-plus cultures and hail…

Traveler intern Daniel Bortz thought diving into the Chesapeake Bay in the dead of winter took guts, until he heard of Antarctica’s exclusive club. In Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay area marks a popular summer destination for tourists, sailors, and swimmers alike. Except one day of the year, hundreds line up along the shore to take…