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Nat Geo Young Explorer Emily Ainsworth was born and raised in Oxford, England. After studying at her hometown’s prestigious university, she joined the circus in Mexico, performing nightly as a solo dancer in the ring while producing an award-winning documentary about life backstage. Ainsworth’s work illuminates the lives of people on the fringes around the world–from Mongolian nomads to London royalty. Here are a few of her favorite things about her beloved City of Dreaming Spires.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in May.

The Bard of Avon was born 450 years ago and, rightly so, England is celebrating his enduring legacy. Rather than zipping over to Stratford for the day and checking off Shakespeare sites from a list, I wanted to experience the landscapes that inspired his words. That’s how I found myself ordering waterproof shoes, packing light layers and Lycra, and landing in London to bike Shakespeare’s Way, a self-guided route around the English countryside.

The first official day of summer is on Friday (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick it off right: with a special edition of I Heart My City.

I Heart My City (in the Spring)

Spring is upon us (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and we’re embracing it with open arms by highlighting seasonal must-dos from our amazing I Heart My City community.

I Heart My City: Shelly’s Oxford

Freelance writer Shelly Lachish has lived all around the world, but currently resides in Oxford, England, where she moonlights as an academic. Check out Shelly’s favorite things about her current home base, then add your own!

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Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption to Your Shot/Travel at ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all…

I Heart My City: Rachel’s Oxford

Hello, city-lovers! Today we head over to the United Kingdom, where Rachel Cotterill tells us why she loves her city–first as a student, now as a native. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org.…

Last week I took our two kids, Chase and Mackenzie, for an inexpensive and easy escape to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Unlike Martha’s Vineyard or the Hamptons, it’s short on celebrities and long on cornfields and regular folks–a bucolic place to play out the last days of summer. Here are some scenes from my Chesapeake Bay…

Unvanquished Mississippi

Before she left to visit her family in Oxford, Mississippi, IT asked Katie Howell to apply the Traveler eye to her own hometown and write a blog entry for us about literary Mississippi (try saying that five times fast): Oxford has always been rich in literary tradition and the adopted home to aspiring writers, so…