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Join us, a National Geographic author and freelance writers for tips and inspiration to journey around the world.
Along the shores of Lake Lucerne, ringed with snow-capped peaks, couples promenade arm-in-arm as the sun dips behind the mountains. Families, catching the last light, head home pushing strollers past docks decked with flower boxes spilling red geraniums. Seagulls...read more
Lisbon, Porto and the Duoro River Valley have become “all the rage”. One of the Great European River Journeys The Duoro Valley east of Porto, in northern Portugal, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to it’s scenic beauty...read more
These days, it's discouraging to read all the stories about travel dangers, especially for women whose vacations have become nightmares. Here's what you need to know to stay safe while you indulge your wanderlust in this big, wide, wonderful world. Pack your street...read more
My mother shared her love of gardening with me when I was young, and when she died after a long illness, I planted myself in my garden to tear out weeds and wail to the winds. Many friends suggested eating my favorite chocolate as I racked my brain for the best places...read more
If life seems richer, greener, and more melodic in Ireland, that’s because there is simply more clear air, clean water, verdant countryside, and heart-lifting music in everyday life. Join me as I explore Ireland by bike. For ten entrancing days, I cycled the quiet...read more
Gutsy Traveler I just returned from Vietnam, an outrageously exciting country to travel to. A little preparation before you go can take the headache out of simple things like crossing the street or avoiding dog or cat meat. 1. Learn how to cross the...read more
South Africa is seductive; it is wild; it is a photographer’s paradise, a gourmet’s Valhalla, an adventurer’s Utopia. From the dazzling city of Cape Town curled around the base of a 3,500-foot-high Table Mountain, to the mountainous Winelands, to five-star, big five...read more
Volunteer Vacations Many tourists hunt for a meaningful service project overseas, however, most volunteer vacations are for a week or longer. Family Vacations What do you do with three teenage kids in Cambodia? Anthony Damaschino found a unique opportunity for his...read more
Normandy is like a beret perched askew on a Frenchman’s head, the 360-mile Normand coast curls along the north and northwest of France. After visiting Rouen, I headed for the coast to soak in the beaches and soft-green landscapes bathed in shifting light. Claude...read more
Bike tours? Wasn't it enough to take bike tours? Well no. For reasons that made perfect sense to us, but not to my husband or most of my friends, we chose to bike from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast, camping, preparing our own meals and charting our own course...read more
No one escapes stress. All people can do is to manage it. There are a multitude of causes, but airports rank among the worst of them. A neuropsychologist remarked while passing through London Heathrow, the sixth busiest airport in the world, that it was a similar...read more
It's the name that immediately comes to mind when you think of the romantic ending of Eat, Pray, Love. The lush, languid island of Bali lingers, embedded in our imaginations from Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling book and the movie starring Julia Roberts. As much as...read more