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Living Legends: The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans

I’m sitting in a cluttered workshop in New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood. Surrounding me are plastic containers filled with beads and rhinestones of about every hue imaginable, elaborate feather headdresses, glue guns, oversize spools of thread, and fluffy lime-green tufts that suggest a Muppet has exploded. Show More Summary

When Travel Goes Wrong

Sometimes bad things happen to good people when they're far away from home. That doesn't mean they have to ruin your trip. As Ken Budd reminds us, it's all about putting things in the proper perspective.

Books That Will Make You Fall In Love With the World

National Geographic's travel literature expert, Don George, shares four books guaranteed to make you fall in love with the world (and itch to start planning your next trip).

Italy’s Aperitivo Capital: Turin

To most of us, vermouth is the stuff you use to make a Martini. Or a Manhattan. Fair enough. But as many of us are rediscovering, vermouth is among the most versatile of cocktail ingredients. What’s more, it’s great straight. Vermouth’s origins, as with most quaffs, are hazy. But evidence unearthed in China suggests it just may be the…

Beyond the Beach in Curaçao

Sitting 40 miles off the Venezuelan coast, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao stretches close to 40 miles itself, from north to south. And though most of the action happens at beachfront resorts and sandy expanses crowded with cruise...Show More Summary

Local Flavor: Hot Chicken in Nashville

“Hot chicken” is Nashville’s most famous dish. With two equally famous establishments in the city, Prince's Hot Chicken Shack and Hattie B's, residents love to argue who fries it best.

A Perfect Day in Washington, D.C.

I’ve lived in Washington for (gulp) 23 years—and something I’ve learned in all that time: This is one great city to visit. I recently had the honor of writing Nat Geo’s forthcoming book Walking Washington, D.C., and reveled in the chance to traverse the District to rediscover old favorites through the eyes of a tourist and dig up treasures I never…

The Art of Sacred Placement in San Miguel de Allende

A charming Spanish colonial city with a UNESCO World Heritage designation, San Miguel de Allende, located in the central highlands of Mexico, is a mecca for all manner of creative types. In a place where scores of art galleries cluster...Show More Summary

The Best Travel Books About Bali

Thinking about planning a trip to Bali or simply hoping to bone up on your knowledge about the Indonesian island province? Pick up one of these insightful books, recommended by our travel literature expert Don George.

7 Offbeat Adventures Around the World

Itching for an adventure, but want to set your sights on something a little out of the ordinary? Look no further. Treat yourself to a wholly unique experience with any one of these offbeat adventures: Live Like a Bedouin in Egypt If the adventures above sound too tame for you, consider immersing yourself in the life of a desert…

To Cruise, or Not to Cruise?

The cruise industry carried more than 23 million passengers in 2015, and nine new oceangoing ships will debut this year. But if you’re among the millions of Americans who have never cruised, here’s a primer on what’s happening on the high seas. What’s new in the cruise industry? Ships from mainstream lines continue to break…

Where to Find the Best Mojitos in Havana

Deceptively simple yet slightly controversial, the Cuban mojito is best enjoyed—and understood—in one of Havana’s old or new watering holes.

Your Shot of the Month: Beachside Sardinia

For Italian photographer Giuseppe Cabras, a day at the beach isn’t really a day at the beach. “My camera is the only way I can survive a long, hot day by the sea.” While strolling along Cala Banana beach, in Sardinia, he found his ideal subject in the form of a clothing vendor sporting some…

Why Now is the Time to Visit Nepal

Late last year, I traveled to Nepal to report on whether the country was ready to welcome travelers after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake rattled it to its core in April 2015, followed by a second quake, considered an aftershock, in May. I came home wondering how you could not go. If ever there were a time to visit Nepal, it’s now.

America’s ‘Ghost’ Parks

Wheeler Geologic Area, a wonderland of stone pinnacles and hoodoos (above), was once a top Colorado attraction. Now, only backcountry hikers and those willing to drive 13 miles on a dirt road earn a glimpse of one of America’s more unusual landscapes. President Theodore Roosevelt designated this volcanic tuff formation, about 250 miles southwest of…

A Traveler’s Ode to Water

I used to know a man who tuned rivers. He would make camp on a willowy bank, then sit and listen. Listen to the chatter of water over rocks, the whirl of an eddy, the late evening splash of trout. To truly hear the river required a few days. He’d have to learn to separate…

Free as a Bird in Cambodia

The local villagers along Cambodia‘s Sangke River who once stole eggs from the nests of endangered birds now protect those same species. February marks the 15th anniversary of the Prek Toal bird sanctuary, located in the northwest part of the river. The Prek Toal area is populated by a distinctive community of floating homes, schools, and general…

Last, Loneliest, Loveliest: Auckland

A century ago, Englishman Rudyard Kipling commemorated Auckland in a poem. It was the first poem I learned at school, and, even to a child, the first line struck a plangent chord: Last, loneliest, loveliest, exquisite, apart. Auckland’s a grown-up city now, but its wilds are still dearest to my heart.

The Icon: White House Trivia

If you're looking to explore the quirky history of this storied abode, here's a bit of trivia to whet your appetite.

The Fight to Save Africa’s Rhinos

The full-chested roars of male lions echo through the trees, pumping adrenaline into our veins as we watch from an open-air Jeep. We are close enough to the hulking predators to see the individual whiskers on their snouts and the piercing amber of their eyes. Our safari guide, Danielle Kueck, warns us not to make any…

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