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I Heart My City: Natalie’s Toronto

This week’s <i>I Heart My City</i> comes to us from Natalie Taylor, who writes the blog NearAfar. And what perfect timing! Our Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans, is exploring Toronto this week, and will be appearing at a @WheresAndrew Tweetup on tonight (Thursday, June 23), at Ciao Wine Bar, 133 Yorkville …

I Heart My City: Yamina’s Brussels

<b>Yamina el Atlass</b> was born and raised in Brussels, and returned home in the 90s, when the city was coming into its own. She writes about Brussels for Spotted by Locals — a series of blogs, PDF city guides, and smartphone apps on 43 cities in Europe. Yamina says she loves Brussels because even though …

I Heart My City: Sandra’s Ghent

It’s time for another guest appearance from our friends at <b>Spotted by Locals!</b><p><b>Sandra de Lobel</b> moved to Ghent to study and fell in love. She’s currently renting an old but cozy apartment near the city center and loves living where everything is in arm’s reach. Check out Sandra’s insider tips for what …

I Heart My City: Andy’s Edinburgh

Hello city lovers! Andy Hayes, author of the Edinburgh Walking Guides, takes us on a stroll through his favorite city.<p>Want to see your city 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 …

I Heart My City: Annemarie’s Brooklyn

Welcome back city-lovers, to another Wednesday edition of <b>I Heart My City</b>. This week’s insider guide to <b>Brooklyn, New York</b> was submitted by Annemarie Dooling, Community Editor at Huffington Post Travel and travel writer behind the Frill Seeker Diary. Browse Annemarie’s favorite spots in her hometown, …

I Heart My City: Barrett’s Charleston

As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, traveling is part of the job for <b>Barrett Caldwell</b>. While he spends half the year criss-crossing the globe and soaking up other cultures, he’ll never outgrow his fondness for the place where he “learned to love the water and developed an appreciation for history …

I Heart My City: Megan + Natalie’s Seoul

After graduating from university in England, life-long pals and country bumpkins <b>Megan Odell</b> and <b>Natalie Fairbrother</b> had only one thing in mind: travel. When a teaching opportunity arose, they kicked off their Wellington boots and headed out to explore the treasures hidden among the high rise …

I Heart My City: Charlotte’s Wellington, New Zealand

<i>Kia Ora</i> (Welcome!) to another Wednesday edition of <b>I Heart My City</b>. Today’s insider guide to <b>Wellington, New Zealand</b> comes from Intelligent Travel reader, Charlotte B., a Parisian expat who came to town on a holiday visa and never left. What does she love most about Wellington? Charlotte wrote, “It’s …

I Heart My City: Kelli’s Salt Lake City

Welcome back city-lovers to another Wednesday edition of <b>I Heart My City</b>. We return stateside this week with an insider’s guide to <b>Salt Lake City, Utah,</b> sent to us by Intelligent Travel reader Kelli N. Read Kelli’s tips on where to eat, drink, shop, and play in Utah’s capital, then share your own …

I Heart My City: Anya’s Istanbul

<b>Anya Mullen</b> came to Istanbul as a jet-lagged college student studying abroad. The city made such an impression that she returned a year later and has been living there ever since. Anya will be moving to Australia in March, so she wanted to show some love for the city that stole her heart before …

I Heart My City: Colleen’s Beijing

In our January-February issue, now on newsstands, writer Colleen Kinder shows travelers how to tap into expat communities to give their trip an insider edge. To research the article, Colleen consulted several expat cultural houses and foreigners’ clubs in <b>Beijing, China</b>— her new home. She picked up …

I Heart My City (in the Spring)

There’s still a chill in the air here in Washington, D.C., but the days are getting longer, the cherry blossoms are starting to pop, and residents are beginning to shed those cumbersome winter coats. Spring is upon us (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and we’re embracing it …

I Heart My City: Jasmine’s Mumbai

Born-and-bred Mumbaikar <b>Jasmine Desai</b> is a technology journalist — and, like the subject she covers, her city is constantly changing. Though she’s the first to admit it’s not the “relatively quiet place” it once was, there’s a method to the madness…if you know what to look for. “No place is as …

Historical data suggests Hawaiian sea turtle recovery is limited

Changing Planet<p>Two green turtles basking. Courtesy Mark Sully, NOAA/NMFS Hawaii Monk Seal Research Program. Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.<p>Hawaii is famous for its tranquil beaches, surfing, and for pairing pineapple with pizza. But it is Hawaii’s green sea turtles that are one of the …

Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Bears Roam

Changing Planet<p><b>By Jon Beckmann</b><p>In the original poem-turned-song <i>Home on the Range</i>, Dr. Brewster Higley affectionately recalled building his Kansas cabin in a place he shared with buffalo, deer, and antelope. Notably absent from his poem are the other species of large mega-fauna that at one time …

The Great White Whale Fight

The Georgia Aquarium wants to import 18 wild-caught Russian beluga whales.<p><b>The Georgia Aquarium is proposing to import 18 white whales, belugas, captured in Russia's Sea of Okhotsk—three to keep for itself, the rest to distribute to five other marine parks.</b><p>This reverses a trend. There have been no …

Ancient China

Better than actual China shots?<p>This is a good question! Is Disney’s China more picturesque than the actual China? Yes and no are my answers. There is …

Remote South Pacific islands you can visit (without a sailboat)

Have you ever wanted to get way, way - and perhaps even one extra 'way' - off the beaten path? The vast Pacific ocean presents no shortage of opportunities for those seeking isolation. If you don't know your aft from your starboard, these five island nations are about as far as you can go - no …

The 40 best river cruises for 2017

It is hard to imagine a holiday that delivers so much, in terms of cultural and scenic sightseeing, and yet offers such a relaxed and agreeable means of travelling between countries. There is virtually no navigable river in the world that cannot be cruised upon. Paddlewheel vessels sail the Elbe …

Mary Berry

Great waterfalls: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

Last week we asked if any of you had enjoyed memorable trips to the world’s great waterfalls following our story on the Victoria Falls. We publish some of the responses below together with a letter prompted by Adrian Bridge’s story in the issue before on Tito’s train.<p><b>Canadian spectacular</b><p>This is a …

National Parks

Istanbul attractions: what to see and do in summer

<b>Why go?</b><p>Istanbul has become a year-round destination. Midsummer is sultry, but this is a great time to enjoy an outdoor meal at a Bosphorus-front fish restaurant, or Turkish coffee at a pavement cafe.<p>Summer attractions and day trips<p><b>Aya Sofya</b><p>One of the most important and imposing religious buildings …

Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Holiday ideas: a luxury Cornish break, al-fresco film screenings and deals of the week

Take me there: Moon Shadow, St Ives<p>Moon Shadow is not your typical Cornish holiday cottage. With its moody lighting, dark granite walls, …

The Himalayas: Trip of a Lifetime

Home to the highest peaks on the planet, the Himalayas begin in Pakistan stretching across India, Bhutan and Nepal until reaching China in the east. This is a majestic landscape of mountains, deep valleys and glaciers, dominated by Mount Everest (otherwise known as Sagarmatha in Nepali) at 8,848m …

Top 5 unmissable journeys by rail

There are few more memorable ways to travel than by train. Here are <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine’s top five ways to get on board.<p>1. The Ghan, Australia: the luxury rail ride<p>The Australian outback is a place that’s hard to grasp: a vast, ill-defined area mapped by Aboriginal people not on paper …

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Lahore authorities battle to restore splendour of ancient Walled City

Mohammed Jahangir can remember when his friends ran through the streets of the famous Walled City of Lahore, racing past the mosques and through the …

Getting personal with penguins

Penguins are the number one attraction for many visitors to Antarctica. You're pretty much guaranteed to see them up close (as long as you go on a ship that is allowed to make shore landings.)<p>Keep in mind:<p>To get personal with penguins, you've got to be smart. First of all, keep in mind that visitor …

Get back to nature in Japan

The symbols of old Japan – carp-filled ponds, misty valleys and <i>onsens</i> tucked away in thick forests – are often overshadowed by Japan's image of the neon metropolis with its rocket ship skyscrapers, sci-fi supermarkets and bullet trains (not to mention its live lobster vending machines, vans blaring …