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The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.<p><b>Here’s this week’s:</b><p>New Zealand is known for its incredible natural beauty, and the geothermal wonder just outside Rotorua is no exception. Old Faithful, meet your match in <b>Wai-O-Tapu</b>. (If …

Bring Adventure Back to Europe

<b>A Keynote to The European Travel Commission, May 2013</b><p>I once ran with the bulls of Pamplona... by mistake, involuntarily. I was at Microsoft, where we were developing a new travel product that would become Expedia, and we had the idea to use a new web technology called Live Chat to convey from the …

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Climbing On Mount Denali

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Iceland's Northern Lights, Demystified

Sublime. Celestial. Surreal. Since this is the kind of language used to describe the northern lights, I wanted to keep some sense of wonder intact while hunting the heavens for it in Iceland. At the same time, I knew that a bit of planning and research would be needed in order to maximize my …

Patagonia, Chile

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Hiking the Inca Trail

The security line at my home airport in Washington, D.C., isn’t where I expected to get my first reminder that I should have trained a little more for 19 days of trekking the mountains of Peru.<p>I assumed that lesson would be taught somewhere around 9,000 feet, on the Inca Trail. But before I even …

Cuba’s Green Revolution

The Escambray Mountains have long held appeal – to radicals. It was from here that Che Guevara led his guerrilla war against Batista, and later on, where anti-Castro counter-insurgents staged their revolutionary front. But this rugged landscape has another selling point: pristine natural beauty.<p>A …

Saving the Colorado, America’s Most Endangered River – Video + Interview with Pete McBride

When we think of the Colorado River, we think of its power and its beauty, running from the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains and twisting, turning, and splashing through seven western states and two countries. The Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon—a symbol as iconic to the United States as …

Antarctica: Exploring the Frozen Frontier

<i>Pick up the September 2013 edition of</i> National Geographic <i>to read writer Freddie Wilkinson’s feature story about this expedition.</i><p>Queen Maud Land—the adventure starts in sun-soaked South Africa in late spring.<p>On the evening of November 11, 2012, a little after dinner hours, a group of men steadily …

How to Make Light Work for You

<b>Reader Question:</b> What’s the best time of day to take pictures?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Most photographers love early morning and late afternoon. There are many good reasons for this.<p>Typically, the light is coming from a lower angle. That makes the scene have more depth and 3-dimensionality. At these times the …

Zenned Out on Lake Tahoe

I began to think perhaps Dr. Brad had missed his calling as a psychic when I started the drive from San Francisco to Tahoe and realized that my next adventure involved two yoga crazes: yoga on stand-up paddleboards (SUP yoga) and hot yoga.<p>I’d never tried either despite their growing popularity, and …

YOLO in Yosemite

“We’re all native to this planet, but we’ve made a mess of it by using our intelligence very unintelligently,” Ron Kauk said, as El Capitan towered over us. “It’s just mind boggling how we’ve managed to damage our own home,” he continued — not with condemnation, but a sincere concern for life in …

Jerusalem From All Sides

Last week, as I gazed out at the jaw-dropping view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, my mind drifted to Oprah.<p>I know. Of all the things I could be thinking about…but hear me out. I was thinking about the title of her monthly magazine column, “What I Know for Sure” — because, in Jerusalem, what …

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.<p><b>Here’s this week’s:</b><p>Happy <b>National Park</b> Week! From Acadia to Zion, America’s national parks are as diverse as the country itself. Celebrate their beauty with a (free) visit to a park near you. …

Stargazing in Sedona

After a 13-hour drive from Sequoia to Sedona — during which I nearly ran out of gas on a beautiful but desolate stretch of highway 40 (if it hadn’t been for Max‘s hybrid endurance, I absolutely would have!) — I squeaked into Red Rock Country well past dark and barely in time for my star-gazing …

Once a Smelly Nuisance, Mexicali’s Wastewater Now Brings Life to the Colorado Delta

Wildlife<p><i>This post is part of a</i> <i></i><i>series on the Colorado River Delta</i><i>.</i><p>If there is one place that transforms wastewater from trouble-maker to life-saver it’s the site of Las Arenitas sewage treatment plant in the Mexican state of Baja California.<p>There, nasty urban wastewater that once made a smelly …

Road Trip Through Israel

For a first-time visitor such as I, discovering Israel’s countryside was equally as important as exploring its big cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The political and religious events that have occurred in this fabled land have reverberated around the world for thousands of years.<p>Deciding against the …

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.<p><b>Here’s this week’s:</b><p>If you’ve never heard of <b>Whakaari</b> (White Island), join the club. Find out what happens when you visit the only active marine volcano in New Zealand. <i>@wanderlustersUK</i><br>• Chances …