Tag archives for travel tips

National Geographic Traveler Editor at Large Christopher Elliott, the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman, has helped countless readers fix their trips over the past 15 years. Here’s his latest advice.

Five Tips for Hassle-Free Flying

Traveling can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Give yourself a much deserved break this holiday season with these five secrets to hassle-free flying from travel industry insider and airfarewatchdog.com founder George Hobica.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

While my fiance and I are happy to explore the world solo, each trip we take on our own reminds us of how much better it is to travel together. It’s not perfect, of course. Because travel forces you out of your comfort zone, it can bring unexpected challenges as well as unexpected joy. Here’s what we’ve learned from a decade of travel together, from both sides.

I just returned from a week in Galway with my entire family. With eight of us, ranging from 20 to 61, there’s bound to be conflicts, alliances, and laughter. Here are my hard-won tips for multi-generational travel!

National Geographic Traveler’s executive editor, Norie Quintos, recently took a guided tour of Morocco with the Vermont-based Country Walkers. Here are three important lessons she learned along the way.

Mothers don’t always make the easiest traveling companions. Check out these tips for how to survive one-on-one travel.

Travel Tips from Touring Musicians

Touring musicians are road warriors. Traveling to a different city nearly every day, often in cramped vans or buses, they become adept at rolling with the punches, getting along with others, and making cultural connections (through their music and otherwise). That’s why they’re the perfect people to dole out tips to us travel dabblers.

How to Survive a Road Trip

Planning for a road trip can be overwhelming. When you don’t have to pay fifty bucks to check your luggage, it’s tempting to just throw it all in the car. But, after a few trips, I learned that going this route leaves you with a car full of stuff, none of which is at arm’s length when you need it. Now that I’m more than a week in to my epic National Geographic adventure, I wouldn’t call myself a road trip expert (yet), but if I had to boil down what’s currently in my car even further to the top 10 essentials, here’s what would make the cut.

Those who leave their homes for temporary jaunts to other places can be sorted into three basic categories: Tourists, travelers, and good travelers. (Notice that last one wasn’t capitalized — this isn’t about me.) I owe many of my most memorable trips to the serendipitous kindness of strangers, and am firm in the belief that you get what you give when you travel. Here are a handful of easy tips to help you bring the good to your own journeys.

Packing Outside the Comfort Zone

I don’t consider myself an over-packer. But when I showed up for an eight-day trip in a country (Jordan) and region (the Middle East) I’ve never been to with a bag twice the size of the ten other travel writers in my group, I figured I still had a few things to learn. Here’s what…

By Rhett Register, assistant researcher at National Geographic Traveler magazine. “Globetrotter” is a descriptor that gets thrown around a lot in travel writing, so when I saw that the Harlem Globetrotters were in town it occurred to me to ask what tips a real Globetrotter might have for travelers — especially tall ones like myself.…

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.

Today in the New York Times there’s an interview between me and Seth Kugel, the NYT Frugal Traveler. (Full disclosure: I was the NYT Frugal Traveler, from 1998 to 2004). The topic? That perennial one: Is it harder to travel when you’re a woman? Regular readers of my Real Travel column might have noticed that…

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.

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.

Always on the lookout for exciting new travel destinations? As the saying goes, often what’s more rewarding is the journey itself—in this case, the flight.  From the low-flying, almost beachcombing landings in St. Maarten to the high-altitude (6,588 ft.) Courchevel Airport in the French Alps, read on to hear more on the world’s 10 Most…

A Lonely Planet “see it or skip it?” survey ranked 10 of Europe’s, iconic landmarks to determine if they are worth a visit. Topping the list is the Parthenon in Greece. 93 percent of respondents said “see it,” ruling it a must-do on any Athens itinerary. Travelers aren’t completely sold by The Leaning Tower in…

As National Geographic Traveler senior editor Norie Quintos readies for a family trip to Kenya (with a stopover in London), she shares her packing tips in this posting, the fourth in a series. Click to read posts one, two, and three. I hate packing so much that I’m procrastinating by writing this post on packing.…