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Join us, a National Geographic author and freelance writers for tips and inspiration to journey around the world.
My best trips to Europe began long before departure day. Thanks to advance planning I had more choices and less stress. Here's how I streamline my research and reservations. How to start Research online at guidebook websites such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and...read more
The best part of any good hike is the reward of an epic view.You sweat and trek your way to the top, and your hard work is repaid with a view that makes you realize just how small you are in a very big world. My hike to the Holy Trinity Monastery in Meteora, Greece...read more
The past six years of my life have been spent in Southeast Asia—more specifically in Thailand, Cambodia and now Vietnam. Living and working in Saigon gives me a unique perspective on one of the most fascinating cities in the world. I enjoy this city so much. It has...read more
If you have a weak spot for sunshine, blue skies, silver jewelry, southwestern art and fabulous food, you'll adore Santa Fe, New Mexico. The strands of history intertwining here —from Native American to Mexican to Catholic missionary...read more
Have you seen a corn dish on a menu in Europe or Asia? Corn casseroles are as American as meat loaf. I grew up anticipating holiday meals -- the only time my mom made this wickedly wonderful, sinfully rich corn dish. When I was an exchange student in Luxembourg, I...read more
From Florida to Michigan, Calif. and Beyond. Visit Our National Wildlife Refuges To really explore an area and see birds and animals, you’ll want to get out of your car. But sometimes time is short, or you want to get the lay of the land before you set out on foot. No...read more
Remember Tom Hanks in the gripping survival drama Cast Away? Using a rock, he knocked out his sore tooth to end the excruciating pain. A cracked tooth, that I was unaware of, could have sent me to a rural hospital in Myanmar. Most people neglect to pack a dental...read more
Have you ever wanted to see a Broadway play in New York City, take a road trip to see the fall foliage, or splurge on a vacation to Paris, but couldn’t find anyone to go with you? Solo travel is the answer! I can imagine what you're thinking. You'll be lonely,...read more
Over the years I've learned some tips to help survive long domestic or international flights. The key is a combination of activity, water and sleep. Here are my travel-tested tips (and those of several flight attendants), to help you arrive feeling and looking good....read more
Meet a celebrity chef like Charlie Palmer, sip wine and eat well at the Bacchus-inspired festivals all over the country. How do you find them? C heck the "Events Calendar" in area websites for the latest offerings. For Northern California wine areas try these sites:...read more
When I traveled to "Burma" for the first time, an iron-fisted militant government ruled and people were suffering from the horrors of one of the longest running civil wars in history. Myanmar has been slowly emerging from a prolonged era of isolation and repression...read more
Avoid the long lines at airport security. Frequent travelers, if you travel internationally, check out the Global Entry pass. Once you qualify, you will zip past the long lines waiting for the passport check. Use the pass when you return to the USA. The wait at...read more