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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler February/March 2017

National Geographic Traveler is the world's most widely read travel magazine. With captivating storytelling and beautiful you-are-there photography, National Geographic Traveler brings you the world’s best destinations. Experience the same high-quality articles and breathtaking photography contained in the print edition.

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United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
National Geographic Society
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editor’s note by george!

Travel can be a dangerous pursuit. You can torch your tongue on a chili pepper in Bolivia. You can sizzle your backside on a sunswept beach in the Seychelles. You can unleash your duende and incinerate the dance floor in Barcelona. You can burn rubber on a road trip to Colorado’s hot springs. We’re so fired up over our first ever HOT ISSUE, and the power of travel to ignite the imagination, that we offered up two of our favorite contributors—venerable storyteller Don George and unflappable photographer Aaron Huey—to the scorching sands of Burning Man, a gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. They braved the elements so that we would be able to peer into that festive conflagration and learn how curiosity drives our journeys just as compellingly as do…

1 min.
ocean views for less

While studying fish-eating bats that are native to parts of Mexico’s coast, Edward Hurme, a Nat Geo Young Explorer, sets up camp along the sandy shores of a remote island in the Sea of Cortez, where he’s learned a thing or two about living with Mother Nature. Here he shares his top tips for camping in comfort on the beach. 1 Air it Out Make sure you have somewhere to relax during the day outside your tent. “Your tent gets warm in the sun without much ventilation,” says Hurme. He suggests setting up a tarp or any other breeze-friendly shade. And don’t forget to pack some comfortable chairs too. 2 Track the Tides When choosing the right spot, Hurme says to make sure you’re camping beyond the reach of high tide. “See where debris…

4 min.
japan journey

“What Japan-inspired photos are your best?” That’s the question National Geographic Travel and Japan National Tourism Organization asked, inviting the world to upload images on Instagram using the hashtag #DiscoverJapanContest to enter our photo contest this past August. We received more than 38,000 entries, and the image you see here earned an exclusive, seven-day journey to Kyoto and Tokyo filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences customized for our winner and his wife. Follow their adventure discovering the heart of Japanese culture and cuisine, and let their trip inspire a journey of your own… Endless culinary delights KYOTO: The very definition of diverse and delicious. In this ancient former capital of Japan, our winner enjoyed a taste of the most luxurious delicacies, casual ramen noodles, and everything in between. Hit the market at dawn The chef of luxury…

3 min.
colorado hot springs

Miles: 388 • Days on the Road: 6 • Best Scenic Overlook: Independence Pass • Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Hot Spring: Penny Hot Springs Coloradans like to boast about having higher red blood cell counts than their sea level–dwelling counterparts. This is true: At an average elevation of almost 7,000 feet, the body is forced to do more with less oxygen. But there’s another secret behind that healthy, hardy Coloradan glow. Balneotherapy, or the use of natural hot springs to ease muscle aches and mental stress, has been around since ancient times. Native Americans sought out Colorado’s soothing mineral vapors long before the silver miners showed up in the late 1800s. Now, a new hot springs route has connected the Centennial State’s most prized balmy bathing spots—and you can test the waters. STOP 1 Cowboy…

1 min.
tokyo

“If I had to die mid-meal anywhere, it would be Tokyo.” —Anthony Bourdain If ever a city refused to conform to a simple label, it’s Tokyo. Japan’s capital is rarely shy about reinventing itself—especially now as it prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2019 Rugby World Cup—yet the city and the 13.6 million people who call it home still proudly uphold tradition. If you look at the city’s craft beer boom and recent thirst for artisanal coffee—and, yes, the crowds stumbling around town like a wave of zombies, phones in hand, looking for Pokémon—it’s pretty obvious Tokyo loves the new. You see that almost everywhere: in architecture, technology, fashion, and even the nonstop turnover of innovative products. But then comes the old. Tokyo residents still…

2 min.
where to sleep in tokyo

TRENDY NEW CLASSIC Ahipster’s hangout, the CLASKA is a combination boutique hotel, art gallery, café-restaurant, and interior design store. With 20 rooms fashioned by local architects, the hotel is a sleek mix of minimalist Japanese and Scandinavian design and is located on the backstreets of the trendy Meguro Ward, a quick taxi ride away from Nakameguro and other fashionable neighborhoods. With its tatami-matted interiors, refined sense of omotenashi (hospitality), and French twist on kaiseki dining, HOSHINOYA became the first luxury ryokan (Japanese inn) in central Tokyo when it opened in the summer of 2016. It follows in the footsteps of extensive Hoshinoya resorts blended into natural surrounds in places like Karuizawa and Kyoto, but this time packaging itself in a 17-story tower within a short walk of the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station. Whether plush…