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Here on Salt Spring Island in western Canada, inside a 20-foot-wide canvas yurt—modeled after the round, portable dwellings of nomads in Mongolia and Central Asia—I feel closer to nature than ever. And yet the first thing I do upon waking is reach above me, retrieve my iPod Touch from the headboard, and refresh my Gmail inbox. In a matter of seconds, I find myself present everywhere but here.

Looking for an escape from the turmoil of urban existence? Many waterfront cities have island havens where nature beckons, just a quick step across a bridge or a short ferry ride away. Here are ten worth seeing.

In a world that’s constantly evolving, it’s important to ask big questions about the future of travel and how we’re changing our planet by exploring it en masse. That’s why we asked 13 luminaries in their spheres–from David Byrne and Richard Branson to Pico Iyer and Digital Nomad Andrew Evans–to tackle 13 subjects we think are worth talking about as we count down to 2014.

Autumn is kicking into full swing (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d celebrate the season with a special edition of I Heart My City. Here are 20 fall must-dos from I Heart contributors in 20 cities around the world.

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.

This week’s I Heart My City contributor is Mehnaz Thawer, a communications professional in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mehnaz has lived in Vancouver for 20 years — ever since her family moved there from East Africa. Here are her recommendations for what to see and do in the city she knows and loves so well.

Need a vacation? Traveler’s latest cover story takes you on a tour of our favorite lake escapes in North America – the perfect way to unplug and unwind this summer. Find out what else this issue has in store.

Vancouver, Canada is the it-city of the moment. Vancouver’s NHL hockey team, the Canucks, face off at home tonight in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and travel bloggers are flocking to the city for this weekend’s TBEX conference. Heading to Vancouver? Check out these resources from around the web, then learn more from…

Taylor Kennedy, a Vancouver local who works with National Geographic Image Sales, spent last month giving us an insider’s perspective on the Olympic Games. Today, he reports from the Paralympic Games, which concluded on Monday. The Paralympic Games have an added twist that the Olympic Games did not have for me. It involved the sheer…

Ferry Around Vancouver

Taylor Kennedy, who helped with our Olympic coverage last week, takes a break from bustling Vancouver and hops a ferry to Victoria, B.C. A lesser-known treat in the 2010 Olympic region is a water trip through the gulf islands on BC Ferries to Victoria. BC Ferries boasts the world’s largest ferry fleet, running residents around…

Barbara Ferry, the director of National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, rounds out her Olympics coverage by offering some great tips for parents planning their own trip to the Games. As I watched the Olympics during my flight home (curling–who knew it could be so exciting?) I can’t help but think back on my nine…

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…

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…

Olympic Blog: Crowd Antics

Barbara Ferry, the director of National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, is in Vancouver with her family to watch the Olympic Games, and offers a glimpse of the international antics on the sidelines. Most outdoor Olympic venues have two levels of tickets – “A” level for assigned seating and “B” level for standing-room areas. The…

Yes, you may be in Vancouver for the Olympics, but that doesn’t mean you can’t soak up all the city has to offer in your downtime (and with the weather conditions they’ve been having, there’s been plenty of downtime). Barbara Ferry, the director of National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, shares some of the spots…

Olympic Blog: A Sea of Blue

Barbara Ferry, the director of National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, is in Vancouver with her family to watch the Olympic Games, and spoke with some of the volunteers on hand helping to make the games happen. Everywhere you go in Vancouver you’ll find hundreds of volunteers in light blue jackets who are directing ticket…

Barbara Ferry, the director of National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, is in Vancouver with her family to watch the Olympic Games. She shares her frustration about being fenced out of the Olympic torch. How can something be so very impressive but also so disappointing? The Vancouver Olympic Cauldron falls in that unlikely category. My…

Vancouver: Beyond the Games

British Columbia has always been a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts. The Northwest province is as big as California, Oregon, and Washington combined, but with only a fraction of the population, making its wilderness all the more enticing. Check out Adventure’s guide to all things outdoors in Vancouver, from kayaking, to hiking Canada’s highest falls, and…

Olympic Blog: Essential Equipment

Barbara Ferry, the director of National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, is in Vancouver with her family to watch the Olympic Games. She learned that while the athletes are assuredly bringing their high-tech gear, it turns out that the spectators have special equipment of their own. Every Olympics has its essential equipment–items that everyone seems…

Top Ten Sights in Western Canada

There are so many reasons to love western Canada: The Vancouver Olympics are just around the corner, and you know how we feel about a certain Banff Squirrel. We’ve put together a series of resources so you can explore Canada’s wild west. Our January/February issue has a walking tour of Vancouver, and you can find…

Happy Holidays to all of our readers! Things on the blog will be a bit quieter over the next few days while the staff is busy traveling. We look forward to picking things up full force in the new year. This year, inspired by our “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling…

2010: A Sports Odyssey

For you die-hard Olympic and soccer fans out there, it’s not too early to start making travel plans if you dream of heading to Vancouver for February’s 21st Winter Games or journeying to South Africa for next summer’s FIFA World Cup.     In the Practical Traveler column in this weekend’s New York Times, Michelle Higgins details…

Honeybees, Please!

The decline of honeybees–which are not native to the United States–has been a hot topic of research for some time. The bees are dying from colony collapse disorder, a condition in which worker bees suddenly disappear, and that has killed an estimated one in three colonies a year since 2006. Fortunately, many companies, from farmers…

Hello, city-lovers! Today’s city is Vancouver, British Columbia, and it comes to us courtesy of Amanda Ryan. Want to see your hometown 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. And if you’re still waiting for us to feature yours,…

Traveler staffer Kimberly Calder offers a preview of the 2010 Olympics outside Vancouver, B.C., on the slopes of Whistler. Whistler Blackcomb is epic. The terrain is endless, the powder is plentiful, and even the locals see the possibilities for adventure as infinite. In 2010, Whistler Blackcomb will be hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Alpine events;…