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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler Apr-14

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Frequency:
Back issues only
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in this issue

2 min.
a novel approach to travel

YOU COULD SAY I VACATION FOR A LIVING. But apart from escapes with my family, the truth is I’m either busy reporting or diving in and out of destinations while on business. And the idea of taking time off for myself—forget it. Last December, though, I took a vacation, in Antigua. Five days alone. To do what I wanted, when I wanted. I sailed, visited historic Nelson’s Dockyard, and drove up to Shirley Heights, where the views are the best on the island. I rarely get to lose myself in novels, but that’s how I spent the rest of my time. It was pure luxury. When I travel, I look for a book that evokes the spot I’m visiting. On this trip I took Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place, with her Antiguan…

3 min.
contributors

JEANNIE RALSTON & ROBB KENDRICK WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER, “PARKS AND RE-CREATION” HOME: Austin, Texas. MISSED CONNECTIONS: The lack of cellphone and Internet service in parts of Yellowstone made us feel more out of touch than we had in remote parts of China a year earlier. SPRING BREAK: The Arab Spring happened right before a big family trip to Egypt. When President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, we took a leap of faith to go ahead. We had the place to ourselves, basically— the pyramids, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, a sail down the Nile. We also witnessed an electrifying chapter in the country’s evolution. LEARNING CURVE: When the boys were 12 and 10 we decided to homeschool and travel for a while, in South America, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean, China, and Japan. As they’ve gotten…

3 min.
dreaming of africa

TALK TO US E-mail: travel_ talk@ngs.org Twitter: @NatGeoTravel Instagram: @NatGeoTravel Facebook: National Geographic Travel Letters: Travel Talk Editor,National Geographic Traveler, 1145 17th St. N.W. Washington, DC 20036 Include address and daytime telephone number. Letters we publish may be excerpted or edited. Subscriber Services: ngtservice.com 1-800-NGS-LINE (647-5463) THE 1940 MEMOIR I Married Adventure inspired writer David Lansing’s journey through northern Kenya, which he chronicled in “Paradise Lost and Found” (December 2013/January 2014). Book author Osa Johnson’s “showy, histrionic” prose, in Lansing’s words, also captivated reader Jo Ann Michetti of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. “I have that same book, with its zebra-striped cover, in my bookcase. It was my grandmother Retta’s, and I read it at least five or six times as a teenager. Reading it got me started on my love of adventure travel.” For Bill Prindle of Eau Claire, Wis., Lansing’s article…

2 min.
education that’s truly a journey

National Geographic Student Expeditions sends high schoolers packing—to learn in places such as Australia, Belize, India, and Iceland (above). Whether zip-lining in Costa Rica or photographing Stonehenge, young travelers go “on assignment” and meet locals, scientists, filmmakers, adventurers, and more. “A few weeks helped shape me into who I will be for a long time,” said teen Nic Lisi, after traveling to Ecuador and the Galápagos with National Geographic. Scholarships are also available. NGSTUDENTEXPEDITIONS.COM ONLINE EXCLUSIVE A DIGITAL TREASURY FOR THE RICHES OF MONTANA For travelers, the possibilities in Big Sky country can feel as endless as the horizon. Our new digital hub for all things Montana mines area expertise to reveal the best ways to experience each season. A photo blog shares digital postcards from National Geographic photographers in the field, starting with…

1 min.
the stuff dreams (and movies) are made of

WITH ITS TITLE ALONE, Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, conjures up a vision of Old World elegance. The quirky comedy stars Ralph Fiennes as a concierge of a legendary hotel in a fictionalized central European country. But hotels do once again play starring roles in the Hungarian capital, headlining a blockbuster renovation sweeping from Castle Hill in Buda to newly brightened Kossuth Square in Pest. Century-old buildings have been meticulously restored to house luxe lodgings. Four Seasons Gresham Palace looks like a wedding cake on the banks of the waltz-inspiring Danube, and the Buddha-Bar Hotel Klotild Palace manages to gracefully present Orient-meets-Habsburg opulence in a modern way. The grande dame remains the Danubius Hotel Gellért, completed in 1918, with the facade perhaps most similar to Anderson’s set.…

1 min.
berber fervor in north africa

FORTY MILES SOUTH of cosmopolitan Marrakech, Morocco, the tarmac shrinks to a stony footpath at Imlil. Tucked into the peaks of Toubkal National Park, named for North Africa’s highest summit, a crop of modern guesthouses has transformed this village, once known as a no-frills base camp, into a comfortable retreat for day hikers. Berber hospitality takes over where the road ends, amid the fragrance of community bread ovens and the sounds of braying pack mules (and their drivers crying “balak—pay attention”—to pedestrians). From here villagers escort travelers up a short, steep climb through walnut groves to a warmer welcome still—woodstoves and crystalline terrace views, a bowl of milk and dates, service with a djellaba and a smile—at inns such as the Kasbah du Toubkal. When the sun sets, out come…