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A few weeks ago, I challenged myself to embrace a different kind of travel. Despite having spent two decades traversing more than 100 countries in all manner of ways, I had never been in an RV. And yet, hitting the road in one of these self-contained mobile domiciles is exactly how thousands of fellow travelers see the world. What was I missing?

Step into any tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara, and you’ll know instantly: This isn’t Napa. While Northern California’s famous wine town has a reputation for aloofness and occasional haughtiness, Santa Barbara’s approach is distinctly SoCal.

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.

“Don’t even think about the beach!” That’s the counterintuitive advice I foist on every visitor to the idyllic, Mediterranean-style resort town where I’ve been officially based for 50 years. Here’s “My Santa Barbara.”

I had the pleasure of interviewing five high-powered women with rich and varied backgrounds who are leading the charge at exceptional hotels around the world — from Thailand to the Caribbean. Here’s what they had to say about the challenges and rewards of their chosen profession — and their advice to other women who are thinking about following suit.

Know Before You Go: Los Angeles

Traveling to an unfamiliar destination can be stressful and overwhelming. And while there are oodles of travel sites, books, and blogs to recommend the hottest new this or the cheapest that, there are few places to turn for practical information that will save you time, and keep you safe. That’s why there’s Know Before You Go.

Do you have Know Before You Go tips for your city? Share them in the comments section or use the #B4UGO hashtag and shout out @NatGeoTraveler on Twitter.

Julia Child’s Santa Barbara

Happy Birthday Julia Child! The television chef and author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking would have turned 99 today. On this anniversary we’re reminded of an article Child wrote for National Geographic Traveler about Santa Barbara, California where she lived the last few years of her life. Here’s how it originally appeared in…

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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…

A Sip of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County is home to an array of wineries, and you can taste their products without leaving the beach. Napa Valley, eat your heart out. Over the last 25 years, Santa Barbara County has experienced a vintner’s renaissance, with an impressive 100-plus wineries flourishing in the area. According to the Santa Barbara County Vinters’…

It has been a while since I last left town, but this weekend has me moving a bit around the country. So since I’ve loved having you steer me around this summer, I’m again taking suggestions on where I should visit while I’m on the road. I’m traveling to Minneapolis for a wedding on Friday,…