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The Best Holiday Crawl in NYC

Every once in awhile my husband, Andy, and I make an effort to step out of our routines and remember why we chose to live in this chaotic, wonderful uproar of a city–and this month seemed like a good time to take advantage of one of the most festive places in the world.<p>When the city puts on its …

I Heart My Festive City

Button up your winter coat and grab a cup of cocoa, because the holiday season is upon us. To toast the wonders of winter, we are highlighting seasonal must-dos from our fantastic I Heart My City community.<p><b>From Christmas markets to ice skating, delicious delicacies to botanical gardens, here are 20</b> …

Comeback Kid: Downtown Vegas

Two miles (and worlds away) from the Strip, on Fremont Street, a 40-foot cowboy known as Vegas Vic winks at the hustle and tease that turned downtown Vegas into an epicenter of escapism.<p>Once a haven of quick divorces and legalized gambling, “Glitter Gulch” fizzled in the 1950s as opulent casinos …

How to Fly Like a Pro

Three frequent flier pros reveal their air rituals–and share some secrets:<p><b>> Best Flying Tip</b><p><b>Heather</b> <b>Poole</b><b>Heather</b> <b>Poole</b><b>Heather</b> <b>Poole</b>, <b></b>flight attendant and best selling author of <i>Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet</i>: I wear headphones in case I end up …

Four Travel Resolutions You Can Keep

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I get it. We see New Year’s as a fresh start and all that. But, really, are those life-changing resolutions such a good idea? Many people say no, and point to the failure rate of such promises–particularly the more pie-in-the-sky ones (say, a resolution to cut out greasy …

13 Big Questions on the Future of Travel

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Nowadays, there are more travelers on the road than ever before, visiting places that were once off-limits and sharing their experiences in ways the Baby Boomer generation could have never imagined.<p>In a world that’s constantly evolving, it’s important to ask big questions …

12 Winning Winter Destinations

TravelDigital Nomad<p>‘Tis the season of snowy nights and short days, log fires and sleigh rides. It’s also the season of ice storms and slush piles and seasonal affective disorder—in other words, the perfect time to escape to somewhere else.<p>This year, National Geographic celebrated all Four Seasons …

10 Holiday Traditions Around the World

Discover favorite winter activities from different travel experts.<p>For those of us blessed (or cursed) with incurable wanderlust, the allure of an unexplored city or destination is hard to resist. But, this time of year, what I crave is tradition and a deep-rooted sense of home.<p>I asked ten of my …

Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else.<p><b>Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why:</b><p><b>> Iceland and Greenland</b><p>“I have a strange love for quiet, empty, ‘desolate’ …

The Next Harlem Renaissance

Nearly a century after Langston Hughes and Billie Holiday turned Manhattan’s cultural landscape upside down, <b>Harlem</b> is again seeing rebirth.<p>“You can smell the creative edge in the air,” says Helena Greene, whose Swing boutique sells European fashions alongside locally crafted jewelry and art.<p>Rather …

In Search of Santa Around the World

Elusive used to be F. Christmas’s middle name.<p>He was conjured by children, with the help of the obligatory glass of sherry, mince pies and carrots–at least in the U.K.–and the understanding that they had been good enough to deserve the latest Xbox.<p>Despite the countless hours conspirators spent …

Three Clutch Travel Apps

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Flight attendant <b>Heather Poole</b>–aka blogger and best-selling author of <i>Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet</i>–shares smartphone tools that will get you flying high in no time.<p><b>Afraid to fly?</b><p><b>MyRadar</b> is a lifesaver. Red, blue, …

Night Hiking to Watch Kilauea’s Lava Meet the Sea

The Kilauea volcano is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles. Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, just south of the sleepy coastal city of Hilo, its ebbs and flows have been battling the great Pacific Ocean for eons. Like a furious and erotic dance between two old and distant lovers, these …

2014: The Year of the Mirrorless Camera

At the dawn of digital photography, professional cameras maintained the look and bulk of the 35mm film cameras that photographers had been using for a generation.<p>But, because digital sensors were expensive to make, these cameras were equipped with a sensor that was approximately a third smaller …

Top Women Skiers Take Spotlight to Inspire Girls in Lynsey Dyer’s New Film

Girls ski too, you know. But when it comes to action sports movies, that fact isn’t always made clear. Big-mountain pro skier Lynsey Dyer aims to change that by making a film of her own. With the ambitious goal of inspiring more women to take on steep alpine terrain, she’s putting together an …

The Best of Intelligent Travel

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>We publish new travel stories all the time on the Intelligent Travel blog network, but there are a few that really got your attention this year.<p><b>In case you missed them, here are the 13 most popular posts of 2013:</b><p><b>> Then + Now: Machu Picchu</b><p>National Geographic Adventures team …

I Heart My City (And So Should You)

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>It’s a new year and, with it, new trips to plan. As you mull over which places you’d like to tick off your travel bucket list in 2014, consider these brief but compelling reasons why you should visit 20 of the world’s cities from the people who know and love them</b> …

7 Routes to Extended-Layover Bliss

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Could your next layover be the highlight of your trip? At more and more airports, a long layover can open a window into local culture–whether you choose to venture into the city or simply roam the terminals. When time is of the essence, we suggest a surgical-strike …

Made in Italy: Florence

This story of Italian artisans is one of valuables and values” writes Isabella Brega, author of the following article adapted from <i>Traveler</i>‘s Italian edition, <i>Touring</i>. The hallmarks of this artisanal tradition–creativity, innovation, craftsmanship–go back at least 3,000 years, to when Etruscans …