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Even as downtown Seattle goes increasingly sleek, bohemia lives on in Georgetown.

Streetcars are sometimes typecast as old-fashioned conveyances, but they’re making encore appearances in cities around the world.

Who doesn’t want to be a travel photographer and earn their keep by exploring the world and capturing its essence for the rest of us to see? I know I do.

I was lucky enough to sit in on one of Traveler’s photo seminars earlier this month, led by award-winning photographer Jim Richardson and the magazine’s senior photo editor Dan Westergren. Though Jim and Dan believe in the importance of technique, they stressed that “the secret is in how you look at the world, not in how you turn the dials on the camera.”

Here are a few of Jim and Dan’s tips on how to get into the right frame of mind when you’re making pictures.

I am not a coffee drinker. I usually prefer the leaf over the bean. But when I crossed from Bainbridge Island to Seattle via the ferry, I was very damp and very cold. Seattle was damp and cold too, which meant there was only one thing to do. When in Rome, right?

Ghost-Dodging in Portland

“Some people swear they’ve seen her,” Ben the bartender said.

“One guy described her in detail, down to the bows on her shoes. He said he saw her sitting right there, in that chair next to you,” he added pointing to my right. “Sometimes, if I feel an eerie presence around, I’ll leave that chair down when I put the others up for the night. Just in case.”

The first official day of summer is tomorrow (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. Here are 20 quintessential summer must-dos from past I Heart contributors all around the globe.

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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. Photo: Luis Eduardo Sandoval Bavaresco/My Shot

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 on the blog for our roundups. Photo: Shannon Radsky/My Shot

I Heart My City: Charyn’s Seattle

In June 2010, food, travel, and lifestyle journalist Charyn Pfeuffer swapped her BlackBerry for a backpack to volunteer with 12 community projects in 12 countries over 12 months. After volunteering more than 900 hours for her Global Citizen Project, she’s back home in Seattle, Washington, to share all things food, travel, and volunteering. In another Wednesday edition…

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.

Photos: Where You Went

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We are always impressed by our community’s passion for travel and exploration. That’s 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…

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…

I Heart My City: Pam’s Seattle

To mark the release of our March issue (now on newsstands), we’re celebrating cities over the next few weeks, and we’ve asked our readers to share what they love most about their towns. We’ve been overwhelmed by your responses, and don’t worry, we’re going to try to get to them all! Still haven’t submitted? Here’s…

Jenss Family Travels: Coast to Coast

Rainer Jenss and his family are in the midst of a yearlong around-the-world trip, and they’re blogging about their travels here at IT. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts here. I am a big fan of Michael Palin for two reasons. First and foremost, I love Monty Python. But perhaps my favorite…

Ok readers, here comes a challenge. We at Traveler make a living telling people where to go and what to do when visiting new places. But we also know that the real essence of great travel is having knowledgeable locals tell you where to go. So I’m turning the tables a bit and asking you,…

Recently a friend and I stopped by Seattle’s Tini Bigs Lounge, a black-wall, pink-light cocktail lounge just steps from the Space Needle. The sign outside claims it is the “second best cocktail lounge” in Seattle. At first, I wasn’t quite sure why—after sampling a couple varieties of their ten-ounce 30 martinis, I’d happily call them…

Healthiest U.S. Cities

Fresh (flying) salmon for sale at Seattle’s Pike Place Fish. I’ve got to gloat for a minute. Cooking Light magazine recently rated the top 20 healthiest U.S. cities. Seattle (my hometown) took first place (we may drink a lot of coffee, but caffeine doesn’t inhibit Seattlites from making healthy choices), and my adoptive home of…

Scenic Seattle

Ever been in a city and wished you could escape from the concrete blocks? In one Pacific Northwest town, you can. Seattle is making it easier for locals and visitors to find some green space in the heart of the metropolis. The Seattle Urban Nature interactive habitat map uses a Google map interface to show…

Pike Place Perfection

Seattle’s Pike Place Market celebrated its 100th Anniversary this August. While it takes a lifetime to explore all nine acres of this Pacific Northwest attraction, one of our Seattle staffers shares her list of must-sees (and must-eats) for the traveler who’s only got an hour or two: Pike Place Fish (pictured): Look for a big…

Free Sail in Seattle

If you happen to be in Seattle on a Sunday afternoon, you can take a free ride in a historic wooden boat like the Puffin, a tiny steam-powered launch built in 1906. The Center for Wooden Boats restored this antique craft, along with several traditional wooden sailboats, rowboats, pedal boats and canoes that you can rent…

Keeping IT Close to Home

Just uttering the word "vacation" conjures images of sandy white beaches, mountain treks, and nine-hour road trips. But, what if it meant staying home? National Geographic’s Green Guide recently featured a piece on vacationing carbon free in your own city. Instead of housework, chores, or to-do lists, seek out local adventures like searching for the…

Seattle: The Center of the Universe

With a title like this, IT panicked. A story about Starbucks? Luckily, writer Ali Busacca takes us about as far from the mainstream as possible, to a place that’s just downright odd. Yes, IT’s in bliss. She writes: On a small traffic island along Fremont Avenue, a signpost displays the words, “Center of the Universe,”…

IT travels with Ingrid Ahlgren

Researcher Ingrid Ahlgren headed west to Seattle for a week, and shared her favorite experiences: We went beneath Seattle’s streets on the Underground Tour mentioned in our March 2006 WorldWise quiz. After an 1889 fire destroyed much of the city, officials ordered streets to be raised above the original grade to avoid the flooding that…