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Running Across Iceland

Changing Planet<p><i>At Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, we are lucky to work with elite athletes doing incredible adventures around the world. Distance runner Pavel Cenkl is one such athlete. This summer, during his run across Iceland, he gathered samples for the ASC Microplastics Project.</i> …

Sailing the World’s Largest Lake in Search of Microplastics

Last spring my wife, Amy, and I retrieved our sailboat, <i>Yemaya</i>, from Ontario’s Georgian Bay. <i>Yemaya</i> spent the winter on Manitoulin Island, because we left her there in the middle of a 2,000-mile journey by canoe and sailboat from Minnesota to Washington D.C. last fall. Sailing her home seemed like …

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I Heart My City (in the Fall)

Autumn is kicking into full swing (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d celebrate the season with a special edition of I Heart My City.<p>Here are 20 fall must-dos from I Heart contributors in 20 cities around the world:<p><b>Laura’s Barcelona</b> (Spain): Celebrate La Castanyada …

The Arctic’s “Edmontosaurus” Gets a New Name

Dinosaurs lived all over the world during their Mesozoic heyday. Maps in books and documentaries drove the point home to me during my childhood dinomania, dots scattered across the globe showing all the places where the great reptiles had been found. But, no doubt influenced by <i>Fantasia</i> and the …

Explorers Save Abandoned Puppy

Human Journey<p>National Geographic grantee Cedar Wright and his expedition partner, Alex Honnold, are gluttons for both punishment and exploration. Shortly after climbing California’s fifteen tallest peaks for an expedition they appropriately dubbed “Sufferfest,” the adventure duo set out on …

Just Back: Burgundy

Senior Travel Books Editor <b>Barbara A. Noe</b> visited the <b>Burgundy</b> region of France as part of research for the upcoming National Geographic book <i>Romantic Journeys of a Lifetime</i>.<p>Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words:<p><b>Memorable Moment:</b> At the top of a creaky, squeaky wooden …

Australia’s Great Ocean Road

A mob of kangaroos grazes in a chilly pasture, then flees in front of an approaching pickup truck. The herd looks like a bunch of deer on pogo sticks.<p>The scene is unfolding outside the ecolodge window I’m peering from on this early winter morning in August. It’s my second day on Australia’s <b>Great</b> …

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Italy Beyond the Bucket List

You’ve gondola-ed Venice, bicycled Tuscany, shopped Milan, art-walked Florence, and climbed the hills of Rome—that’s pretty much it for Italy, right?<p>Not by a long shot. Just look at the map. Italy’s a boot, not a shoe, and there are lots of treasures to be discovered down around the ankle and heel, …

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Not Your Typical Travelogue: A Photographer’s Train-Hopping Adventures

The first time Swampy hopped a freight train, he was 18. He was traveling north of his native California when he ran into a train-hopping friend in Portland, Oregon, who suggested they hitch a ride back down south. He was broke, so the idea was appealing. “It was pouring, and we were hiding under …

A Secret Life

Changing Planet<p>Photo by Chris Broekhoven<p><b>She moves in the comfort of the night, between the ancient spires of rock and stone, along the dark valleys that lead to the Cape of Storms.</b><p>Nobody ever sees her, because we broke her trust long ago.<p>Then, one evening, something triggers the camera trap.<br>Out of …

World Calendar: Must-Attend Events in October

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in October:</b><p>Attention, leaf peepers: Follow the fiery glow northwest of <b>Beijing</b> to the bucket-list-worthy <b>Fragrant Hills Red Leaves Festival</b>. Hike up an ancient pathway traversed by Chinese …

Warrior Princess, A Warning

Changing Planet<p>When Mindy Budgor, a prospective MBA student, decided to go to Kenya as a volunteer to build a school for the Maasai, she had no idea where this choice would ultimately lead her. As Mindy helped build the school, she discovered that Maasai women were not allowed to become <i>moran</i>, or …

Travels on the Run: Carmel-by-the-Sea

It doesn’t take much to fall in love with the village of <b>Carmel-by-the-Sea</b>, a place I visit often when I’m home in my native northern California.<p>This run is the clincher.<p>Starting at the base of Ocean Avenue one early morning, as mist rises from the eucalyptus-scented hills, I trundle south along …

Travel Sketching 101

I’ve been sketching my way around the world for five years now, and I can safely say the practice has forever changed me as a traveler. I love how my sketchbook slows me down, throws all of my senses wide open, and paves the way to spontaneous encounters with locals and fellow visitors alike.<p>So, in …

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Just Back: Queenstown, New Zealand

National Geographic Creative photographer <b>Jill Schneider</b> (on Instagram @jillhsphotography) teaches travel photography to high school students as a National Geographic Student Expeditions trip leader. She recently returned from <b>Queenstown</b>, a resort town on New Zealand’s South Island known as the …

Twitter Chat: Life-Changing Trips

Learning how to weave from traditional artisans in Ecuador. Sipping limoncello with a farmer on his lemon orchard in Italy. Arranging a home stay to get a feel for everyday life in Jaipur. These are the kinds of travel experiences that get under our skin, enrich our view of the world, and change …

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Every Solar System Image You’ve Ever Seen is Wrong. Till Now.

So which one are we (we human beings, I mean)?<p>Infinitesimal<p>String scale<p>Nanoscale<p>Subatomic scale<p>Atomic<p>Molecular<p>Mitochondrial<p>Cellular<p>Microscopic<p>Minuscule<p>Tiny<p>Lilliputian<p>Small<p>Medium<p>Bulky<p>Large<p>Immense<p>Massive<p>Giant<p>Mammoth<p>Colossal<p>Leviathan<p>Vast<p>Galactic<p>Cosmic<p>Universal<p>Well, it depends on who’s asking. To a …

Tired of the Bustle of Modern Life? Virtually Visit This Eco-Village.

“I felt like a continental explorer in the mid-19th century—finding my way through the forest, following painted rainbow symbols on rocks,” says photographer Kevin Faingnaert, recounting his trek through Bierzo, a mountainous region in León, Spain. “From far away, I could see a bright yellow dome …

I Heart My City: Sandra’s Lisbon

<b>Sandra Henriques Gajjar</b>, founder of the Tripper cultural travel blog and author of the Lisbon Travel Guide for Urban Explorers, may have been born and raised in the Azores (one of Portugal‘s two autonomous regions), but she has spent most of her life in <b>Lisbon</b>.<p>“Lisbon’s mix of vibrant youth, …