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My wife, daughter, and full-time job are more than 5,000 miles away. I’ll spend the next month sharing a tiny room with three strangers from Armenia, Vancouver, and L.A. Though I’ve been preparing for my trip for months, I didn’t quite know what to expect when I got on the ground. Now I’m here to help other Sochi-bound travelers get in the game by sharing what I’ve learned so far.

The Playlist: LONDON

If you’re heading to the Olympics, or just want to get in the mood, here are 10 tracks from 10 of the country’s best new artists (okay, some of them have been around for awhile, but still) that will help transport you to England.

Get the Heck Out of London

Olympics, Olympics, Olympics. With the Olympics coming up, the world’s abuzz about London. But sometimes you just want to get away from it all — especially when things are at their most frenetic.

Here are five fab getaways just hours from London (including the real Downton Abbey) by train.

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There are some amazing events on tap all over the world this summer. Here’s just a taste of what you can do and see in July.

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A Return to Lake Placid

A year ago, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. Now he’s back stateside and sharing his tips on traveling with kids. Back when the thermometer readings were in the 80s in the Northeast, our family spent a couple action-packed days…

Forget the chessboard – this summer, people throughout Europe from Barcelona to Berlin are picking up their paddles for street-side table tennis. Cities across England, and in London in particular, are beginning to install Ping-Pong tables in public places in order to build up excitement for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Ping-Pong Parlour, a…

Taylor Kennedy, who works with National Geographic Image Sales in Vancouver, offers a local’s perspective on the Games. For more Olympic blogs, click here. The sleeper hit of the games appears to be the curling events. It also appears that no one knows the rules to this Scottish game–and that is part of the fun…

National Geographic had more than one correspondent at the Vancouver Games this year. Taylor Kennedy works for National Geographic Images Sales out of Vancouver, and gives us a local’s perspective. I wasn’t expecting everyone to be having so much fun on the streets at the Olympics. I’ve only ever watched the Olympics on TV–which means…

Olympic Blog: Crowd Antics

Barbara Ferry, the director of National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, is in Vancouver with her family to watch the Olympic Games, and offers a glimpse of the international antics on the sidelines. Most outdoor Olympic venues have two levels of tickets – “A” level for assigned seating and “B” level for standing-room areas. The…

Olympic Blog: A Sea of Blue

Barbara Ferry, the director of National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, is in Vancouver with her family to watch the Olympic Games, and spoke with some of the volunteers on hand helping to make the games happen. Everywhere you go in Vancouver you’ll find hundreds of volunteers in light blue jackets who are directing ticket…

Barbara Ferry, the director of National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, is in Vancouver with her family to watch the Olympic Games. She shares her frustration about being fenced out of the Olympic torch. How can something be so very impressive but also so disappointing? The Vancouver Olympic Cauldron falls in that unlikely category. My…

Olympic Blog: Essential Equipment

Barbara Ferry, the director of National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, is in Vancouver with her family to watch the Olympic Games. She learned that while the athletes are assuredly bringing their high-tech gear, it turns out that the spectators have special equipment of their own. Every Olympics has its essential equipment–items that everyone seems…

Top Ten Sights in Western Canada

There are so many reasons to love western Canada: The Vancouver Olympics are just around the corner, and you know how we feel about a certain Banff Squirrel. We’ve put together a series of resources so you can explore Canada’s wild west. Our January/February issue has a walking tour of Vancouver, and you can find…

2010: A Sports Odyssey

For you die-hard Olympic and soccer fans out there, it’s not too early to start making travel plans if you dream of heading to Vancouver for February’s 21st Winter Games or journeying to South Africa for next summer’s FIFA World Cup.     In the Practical Traveler column in this weekend’s New York Times, Michelle Higgins details…

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Most of the correspondence we’ve received from friends, family and colleagues in the…

Honeybees, Please!

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The decline of honeybees–which are not native to the United States–has been a hot topic of research for some time. The bees are dying from colony collapse disorder, a condition in which worker bees suddenly disappear, and that has killed an estimated one in three colonies a year since 2006. Fortunately, many companies, from farmers…

Traveler staffer Kimberly Calder offers a preview of the 2010 Olympics outside Vancouver, B.C., on the slopes of Whistler. Whistler Blackcomb is epic. The terrain is endless, the powder is plentiful, and even the locals see the possibilities for adventure as infinite. In 2010, Whistler Blackcomb will be hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Alpine events;…

Last year, National Geographic Traveler and tour company Travcoa partnered to host the “Next Great Travel Writer” essay contest. The winner, Suzanne Roberts, won a trip to Mongolia with Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows, and the two have just begun their journey. They’ll be sending us dispatches from the road while they’re gone, and…