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City Guide: New York City

The capital of the United States for a very short time, New York City would become the cultural capital of the world by the 20th century. Like Paris, it established that position by harboring artists of all stripes: writers, painters, dancers and musicians who carved out “scenes” that would change …

Tangier – restored to its former glory

After decades of neglect, the north Moroccan city once talked about in the same breath as London, Paris and New York, is undergoing a renaissance<p>‘You can be anyone in Tangier. You can remake yourself, rewrite your backstory, reform or deform, indulge your subconscious, cultivate nemeses or simply …

23 days in Europe – Adventure and Travel Photography with Fujifilm X-E2 and GOPRO By Danielle Vitarbo

<b>23 days in Europe – Adventure and Travel Photography with Fujifilm X-E2 and GOPRO</b><p><i>By Danielle Vitarbo</i><p>Aloha Steve!<p>Thank you for all the hard work you …

10 Travel Experts Reveal Their Dream Vacations

Everyone has a travel fantasy...<p>Whether you're dreaming of shopping the souks of Morocco or eating your way through a kimchi tour in Seoul, everyone has a travel fantasy—that trip you'd take if the stars (and your bank account) and vacation days all aligned. Even the pros that work in the industry …

20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

Abandoned Buildings

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

The Maine of Spain

You’ve never heard of my favorite place in Spain. It’s not stylish Barcelona, foodie San Sebastian, or picturesque Mallorca. But <b>La Coruña</b> is just as unique.<p>I’ve been returning to the small capital city of Galicia — the northwestern corner of Spain that sits atop Portugal like a cap — for 12 years …

Barcelona

Iconic Greece: Thessaloniki

Icons are, for the uninitiated (that means most of us), an encounter with the unknown: religious paintings on wooden panels of great antiquity. For others, they take on great spiritual significance. And there’s no better place to see them than Thessaloniki in northern Greece.<p>This often neglected …

Ancient History

The Power of Train Travel

I blame luggage for all my troubles on trains — whether I’m whizzing down to Washington, D.C. or wending my way through Wallonia. I try to avoid clunking other passengers in the head with my elbow as I navigate tight aisles and haul my wheeled carry on over my head, but it’s not easy.<p>Despite these …

Trains

National Geographic Travel

Five days in Russia's Ring of Fire

After being all but off limits, Russia’s strictly protected Kronotsky Zapovednik opens to travellers, revealing 650kg bears and the world’s second-largest gathering of geysers.<p>We had left the brown bears below us in the Valley of the Geysers, where they ambled among purple orchids, emerald grasses …

National Parks

Where presidents, Proust and Pompadour slept

After a seven-year closure, the 18th-century chateau where royal mistress Madame de Pompadour once lived has reopened to the public.

France

The world’s most ethical countries: 2014

A new study shows why bringing tourism dollars to destinations like the Bahamas and Chile can be more impactful than Costa Rica or Ghana.<p>What makes the Bahamas a more ethical vacation choice than Costa Rica?<p>That’s the crux of a recent survey about ethical travel, a movement that encourages …

Costa Rica

Sarajevo sees a brighter future

From 1992 to 1996, a siege devastated the Bosnia-Herzegovina capital. Today, a tour of Sarajevo means reminders of past horrors – and of the enduring determination to survive.<p>For me, the view over the sprawl of Sarajevo was stunning. For 28-year-old local Skender Hatibovic, however, the panorama we …

World History

The city of Salman Rushdie’s heart

Both the author’s birthplace and his favourite city, Mumbai permeates many of his renowned novels, from Midnight’s Children to The Moor’s Last Sigh.

India

Belfast’s bold, booming art scene

Better known for its artistry in shipbuilding, Northern Ireland’s capital is shifting its creative focus into the arena of modern art.

Ireland

The United Nations of mosques

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was built to welcome the world – and has an open-door policy that harkens back to the golden age of Islam.

Abu Dhabi

Living in: The world’s top coffee cities

These six cities are known for their top-notch brews and caffeine-focused cultures – perfect for those on an extended stay.<p>In many of the world’s top coffee cities, the cafe is more than just a place to get a warm drink – it is also a hub of culture and conversation for locals and visitors alike. …

Coffee

Ljubljana’s buried past

This year marks the 2,000-year anniversary of Emona, the city buried beneath Slovenia’s capital. Despite its modernity, Ljubljana’s past is alive – and increasingly accessible.

Archaeology

National Geographic Travel

I Heart My City: Rachel’s Oxford

Hello, city-lovers! Today we head over to the United Kingdom, where Rachel Cotterill tells us why she loves her city–first as a student, now as a native.<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 …

Stephen Fry

I Heart My City: Nadi and Ming’s Kuala Lumpur

Greetings, city-lovers! Nadiah and Ming live in Kuala Lumpur, and they tell us that their city is bursting with things to do, see, and eat.<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 …

Asia Travel

I Heart My City: Lucy’s Rio de Janeiro

Hello, city-lovers! Today we’re heading south to Rio de Janeiro, South America’s second-largest city. Local expert <b>Lucy Bryson</b> tells us what’s hot in this Brazilian metropolis.<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, …

Brazil

I Heart My City: Nick’s Cairo, Egypt

Hello, city-lovers! Today Nick Rowlands brings us the best of Cairo, which has more to see than just the pyramids.<p>Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions<p>into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. And if …

Travel

I Heart My City: Nellie’s Singapore

Good day, city-lovers! Nellie Huang is a freelance travel writer who wants the world to know about the great city of Singapore.<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 …

Asia Travel