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Haida Gwaii, a misty archipelago off the British Columbian coast, how dramatically it has changed over the last years! The multinational timber companies that once dominated the economy and dictated public policy are gone. More than half of the land is now protected. Best of all, the collapse of industrial logging has coincided with a revitalization of Haida culture that few could have anticipated when the whine of chainsaws overpowered all other sounds in the forest.

Before I took off on Nat Geo’s Around the World by Private Jet expedition, my good friends at Intelligent Travel asked a favor: Would I, an amateur photographer, test Jim Richardson’s can’t-miss formula for shooting the Milky Way? After all, I would be visiting the world’s most remote inhabited island, so light pollution wouldn’t be an issue. Plus, it seemed like a fitting tribute to the Polynesian wayfarers who used the stars to get there in the first place.

Who doesn’t dream of visiting Machu Picchu? I finally got my chance after hitching a ride on National Geographic’s Around-the-World-by-Private-Jet expedition last week. And while the Inca village in the clouds is exhilarating, there’s much more in the Peruvian highlands for travelers to explore while they’re in the Sacred Valley.

It’s not every day you get an offer like this: We want you to travel around the world.

Well, halfway around it, give or take.

The ever-so-eloquent Wade Davis, the anthropologist, ethnobotanist, filmmaker, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, is in Copenhagen this week, roaming the streets, speaking with experts, and taking in the exhibits on display throughout the city while the United Nations COP15 meetings on climate change are underway. He’s been putting together a fabulous blog of video and interview…