Janet Robertson

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Travel Writing That Matters: Part III

Last summer, in the middle of an epic five-week Grand Tour which took me the equivalent of 1.7 times around the globe, I had the great pleasure of speaking at the TBEX blogger gathering inDublin, Ireland.<p>Dublin was just as charming as the hype would have it be–every taxi driver seemed to have a …

The 6 Most Innovative Companies in Travel

What’s innovation? According to Fast Company, which just came out with its annual list of World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2014, “the belief that …

‘Global water shortage’ is just another scare tactic. . .unless you live here

LET ME SAY OUTRIGHT: I don’t believe there’s a global water shortage. Science tells us that every drop of water on earth is part of a closed loop …

Physical Geography

Mapped: The crazy relationships among European languages

THE IDIOM, “It’s all Greek to me,” finally makes sense. It has a comparatively large lexical distance from other European languages!<p>This map is a …

8 ways to avoid being a poser of a voluntourist

As the interest in voluntourism grows, more and more “middleman” companies have swooped in to create customizable volunteering packages for …

Volunteering

From 'Pass the Bacon' to 'Airport Mary': Wackos on the Looney Front

Many decades ago, in the former Yugoslavia, I came across a young British tour guide who was beside herself, almost literally tearing her hair out. One of her middle-aged wards was refusing to get out of bed in the very basic monastery inn unless bacon was on the table for breakfast in the wilds of …

'He's a ham': Panda caught on camera playing in the snow

At least someone is enjoying the snow!<p>The Toronto Zoo closed early on Wednesday due to a snowstorm, and while that left several zoo-goers disappointed to be heading home early, 5-year-old giant panda Da Mao thought it called for a party.<p>A security camera in his enclosure caught the playful panda …

The Best #TripLit This Winter

Winter may be the perfect time for hibernating with a page-turning read. But the seven new books listed below all convey a deep sense of place that just might inspire you to break out of your warm cocoon and explore somewhere new.<p><b>Here are my picks for the best new #TripLit stocking the shelves:</b><p><b>The</b> …

Europe Covered In Snow Is A LOT Prettier Than America Covered In Snow...Just Sayin'

Sure, it's been bitterly cold around wide swaths of the United States of late. And sure, it's snowed and been pretty, but it's also snowed and been not so pretty.<p>We're always upset when it snows here in this lovely country of ours and it doesn't look charming and cozy, like how Europe does in the …

Travel Writing That Matters: Part II

Last summer, in the middle of an epic five-week Grand Tour which took me the equivalent of 1.7 times around the globe, I had the great pleasure of speaking at the TBEX blogger gathering in Dublin, Ireland.<p>Dublin was just as charming as the hype would have it be–every taxi driver seemed to have a …

Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Travel Photography

Travel Apps Cheat Sheet: How to Get the Best Hotel Room and Scratch 'N' Sniff From Your Phone

Unless you are a supermodel, chances are you'll travel to destinations beyond New York, LA, London and Milan. Yet most travel apps focus only on mega-metropolises. But what if you are like the rest of us who have meetings in Madison, weddings in Wichita and family in Fayetteville? These locales …

11 Travel Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

My assignments involve a great deal of travel -- usually every few weeks, often international. Several years into an increasingly busy travel and lifestyles writing career, I've managed to still avoid getting an international plan on my phone or paying roaming charges. I've survived with copious …

Venice by night...

The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it’s only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

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FORTUNE may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.<p>Quotes delayed at least 15 minutes. Market data provided by Interactive Data. ETF and Mutual Fund data provided by Morningstar, Inc. Dow Jones Terms & Conditions: …

The Quartz holiday gift guide: Pro tools for the extremely mobile

<i>This is part two of our holiday gift guide for your Quartziest friends and relatives. Watch for new installments each day this week; collect them all here.</i><p>iPhone 5C or Galaxy S4? Nexus 7 or iPad Mini? Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of them. The highest-end mobile devices available today will …

Shopping

Marketing wars: Australia vs. US

How do cage eggs, scones topped with clotted cream, toast spread with concentrated yeast extract, Digestives biscuits, and coffee pressed by a …

Coffeemakers

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

12 Insane Things That Happened On My Night Out With Bill Murray

“No one will ever believe you.”<p>Legend has it that’s what Bill Murray says after he covers your eyes from behind and turns you around to reveal he’s …

50 Best Albums of 2013

The past 12 months had more great music going on than any year in recent memory. Some of the most innovative artists of the last decade — Kanye West, …

Music

How I Learned to Love My Fat, Naked Body

While packing for a recent shoot, I started playing dress up in my new lingerie from Hips & Curves. I couldn't help but realize how much I love adorning my body with garments I used to fear. Frankly, I have always loved to be naked and lacked modesty at home, but never with a partner until my …