Tag archives for Olympics

Olympic Dreams: Traveling to Rio

National Geographic Traveler editor at large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips. Here’s his latest advice.

Know Before You Go: Sochi

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.

The Radar: Offbeat London, Authentic Mexican Cuisine, The New Generation of Travel

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 for our roundups. Photograph by Chris White, Flickr.

Strange Planet: Scaling The O2

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Event-o-Rama: 12 Must-Dos in July

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.

The Radar: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Madagascar, Raft Like an Olympian, Delicious Food in Kyrgyzstan

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.

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…

London’s Pop Up Ping-Pong Parlours

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…

Olympics Blog: Curling and Fireworks

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…

Olympic Blog: Spontaneous Inukshuks

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…