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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.

Award-winning essayist and travel writer Pico Iyer has been a part of the National Geographic Traveler family since the magazine’s earliest days. “He has a singular ability to capture both a moment and a mood, root them firmly in a place, and render it all on the page,” says Traveler Executive Editor Norie Quintos. “The result is that the reader is transported.” Here’s a brief peek into the life and times of Pico Iyer.

Here’s a bit of wisdom gleaned from years of traveling: When someone you trust invites you to do something in a place they know, you say yes. Yes. (Even if you think birding is for the birds.)

National Geographic Traveler’s executive editor, Norie Quintos, recently took a guided tour of Morocco with the Vermont-based Country Walkers. Here are three important lessons she learned along the way.

Readers’ Rules of Packing

Last Friday’s “The 10 Rules of Packing” post got our readers (and our staffers) talking — on the blog, Facebook and Twitter — so we thought we’d publish a few additions to Aric S. Queen‘s original list. If you have anything to add (or beg to differ), toss in your two cents in the comments…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, recently returned from a trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the last of a four-part series. Click to read the first, second, and third posts. A confession: Travel editors don’t always plan…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, recently returned from a trip to the Galápagos Islands and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the third of a four-part series. Click here to read the first and second posts. As a mom who likes to sneak Good Things into her kids (a…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, just returned from a trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the second of a four-part series. To see the first post, click here. The biggest logistical decision travelers to the Galapagos face…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, just returned from a trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the first posting of a four-part series.  As a single mother, I take every opportunity to introduce my boys to good male…

Senior editor Norie Quintos and her son visited Boston recently to check out the college scene.   I’ve entered a new life and travel phase: campus tourism. While I sometimes feel as if my college years were not that long ago, my growing grocery bill and my children’s growing shoe sizes remind me that it’s…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the magazine’s annual Tours of a Lifetime issue, is just back from a trip down South (way down) to Cape Horn, the Straits of Magellan, and Tierra del Fuego. It’s the dawn of a new decade. And I’m at the end of the world. Specifically, it’s 01/01/10 and I’m at…

You’ve helped plan my Kenya trip and been with me through the paperwork, vaccines, and packing. You were even with me as I blogged my way through the trip itself, sharing my thoughts on designing a trip with teens in mind, the conundrum of the Masai Mara, and the questions raised when visiting the slums.…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, just back from a weekend in Virginia’s Northern Neck, filed this report. Originally, I was supposed to go camping on the beach in Delaware with my friend Scott, but work piled up and we seriously needed Wi-Fi. Serendipitously, friends offered us their vacation home in Irvington, Virginia. Even better, we could…

Traveling with teens to London? Senior editor Norie Quintos shares some hard-earned lessons from a recent visit with her 13- and 15-year-olds. Check past blogs on traveling with teens to New York City and Kenya. Give them a preview: Provide some context before your trip, not necessarily with history books but with novels (Sherlock Holmes,…

Senior editor Norie Quintos has been blogging about her recent trip to Kenya with her teen sons. Click here to see her previous posting. Back in my college days, when I was young and idealistic, I spent two months with an NGO helping to build a school in Kilifi, on the Kenyan coast. We mixed…

Senior editor Norie Quintos has been blogging about her recent family trip to Kenya. Her previous posts in this series include on traveling with teens, taking care of paperwork, staying healthy, and packing. From Laikipia, we flew by prop plane (via Nairobi) to the Masai Mara, the fecund savanna immortalized by many a nature documentary.…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, just back from an African safari with her teenage sons, filed this report. Previous blogs in this series include taking care of paperwork, staying healthy, and packing. Norie’s teenage sons swim in the Ewaso N’giro River Teenagers act as if they’ve seen it all, and in many ways they have–most have…

As National Geographic Traveler senior editor Norie Quintos readies for a family trip to Kenya (with a stopover in London), she shares her packing tips in this posting, the fourth in a series. Click to read posts one, two, and three. I hate packing so much that I’m procrastinating by writing this post on packing.…

It’s less than a week until senior editor Norie Quintos‘s trip to Kenya with her teen sons. In this posting, the third in a series of blogs on her trip, she covers vaccinations/medicines. Find the first and second posts here. The glossy catalogs filled with pages of majestic elephants, lions in mid-roar, or huggable baby…

It’s less than a month to senior editor Norie Quintos‘s trip to Kenya (her third) with her teenage sons (their first). Here’s how she’s been prepping. This is the second in a series of blogs on the trip. Click here to see the first. Kenya currently remains under a U.S. State Department travel warning due…

Big Deals on Guided Tours

If you’re like us, you’re probably already thinking about your Memorial Day weekend – which officially kicks off the summer travel season. And if you’re looking for deals (and who isn’t?) we’ve got some great ones. Senior editor Norie Quintos, who assembled our “50 Tours of a Lifetime” cover story on our May/June issue, could…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime special issue currently out on newsstands, talks to Jim Sano, president of San Francisco-based Geographic Expeditions, one of the oldest and most trusted guided tour operators in the country (NOTE: not associated with National Geographic Expeditions), about where the industry is headed and…

Senior editor Norie Quintos recently visited New York City with her teenage sons, trying to go as green as possible. Here’s Part 2 of her report. To see Part 1, click here. What to do We picked up bikes from Bike & Roll (from $10 per hour), which has several locations, including one at Pier…

Senior editor Norie Quintos recently visited New York City with her teenage sons, trying to go as green as possible. Here’s her report: Getting there: The train, the most eco (as well as the most comfortable) way to go, was too expensive, so we took one of the many inter-city buses that ply the busy…

Whale-Watching by Kayak in British Columbia

Senior editor Norie Quintos edits Traveler’s annual Tours of a Lifetime issue, which selects the 50 best guided tours of the year. So what did she do on her family vacation? She took two tours out West. This week she blogs about sea kayaking in British Columbia; next week, rafting on Idaho’s Salmon River. And…