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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler April/May 2016

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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editor’s note

IN TRAVEL, AS IN LIFE, IT’S THE CONNECTIONS THAT COUNT. Let me tell you a story. Eighteen years ago, the editor of this magazine, the late Keith Bellows, gave me a life-changing opportunity: a chance to work at Traveler. But first, he said, “go travel.” I returned a few months later from Asia, sunbaked and somewhat wiser, eager to contribute to National Geographic’s abiding mission of encouraging people to explore the world. Now, I return again—this time from Singapore, where I have lived for the past three years—to follow in the footsteps of my mentor and friend and to rally readers to embrace travel as a tool for personal growth and global engagement. In travel, as in life, it’s the connections that count. Connections are stories waiting to be told, stories that…

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highlights across national geographic

@NATGEOTRAVEL Congrats to Karla Cyr, winner of our #NatGeoWanderListContest! For daily travel inspiration, follow @NatGeoTravel on Pinterest. NAT GEO CHANNEL On April 3, the National Geographic Channel premieres The Story of God, hosted by Morgan Freeman. Tune in as his search to understand spirituality takes him across the globe. BOOKAZINE The new 100 Places That Will Change Your Life dives into destinations that nurture your mind, body, spirit, and soul. Find it on newsstands now. BIOBLITZ National Geographic’s annual BioBlitz, which inventories living plants and creatures, goes countrywide for the first time. Centered in Washington, D.C., on May 20 and 21, the free community event will also take place in more than 100 national parks across America. To register, visit natgeo.com/bioblitz. NEW BOOK Check out Great American Eating Experiences, featuring must-try fare around the United States, from multilayered Smith…

2 min.
celebrate with the irish: festival time in ireland

Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine May 20-22, 2016 Ballymaloe, County Cork litfest.ie Come to County Cork for a food-filled weekend of workshops, discussions, and parties. Foodies serious and curious meet and share ideas. Listowel Writers Week June 1-5, 2016 Listowel, County Kerry writersweek.ie Meet authors and readers in this foundry of literary talent. Events for adults and children include workshops, book launches, readings, and seminars. Cat Laughs Comedy Festival June 2-6, 2016 Kilkenny, County Kilkenny thecatlaughs.com The medieval town of Kilkenny gets crazy funny on a bank holiday weekend, with the best of Irish and international comedy acts and 30,000 visitors. Galway International Arts Festival July 11-24, 2016 Galway, County Galway giaf.ie Ireland’s largest arts festival features over 500 writers, artists, performers and musicians from all over the world and, of course, Ireland. It embraces theater, spectacle, dance,…

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worldly romance

WHEREVER NATALY OSMANN LEADS, Murad Osmann follows. And so do more than four million Instagrammers, who track the Russian couple’s travels in their #FollowMeTo series. Our cover stars for this issue created their signature hand-holding shot during their first trip together to Barcelona, Spain, in 2012. “Nataly was keen on seeing everything from the mountain of Tibidabo to the Sagrada Família. I was just keen on taking photos,” says Murad. “At one point, I wanted to take a photo of Nataly, but she got shy and turned around, grabbing my arm and dragging me forward. As you can see, that didn’t stop me from taking the picture.” Since then, Nataly’s led the way, whether it’s through Italy or India, Bali or Brazil. “There are some countries that you fall in love with…

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PHOTOGRAPHER Akos Stiller “Europe in Your Twenties,” page 60 This Budapest photographer’s favorite Hungarian street food? Lángos, a deep-fried flatbread topped with sour cream and grated cheese. Stiller recommends sampling the unoffi cial national dish at Karaván, the city’s new street food court. “During the summer I have it at least once a week—I am a lángos addict. Try it with a little bit of garlic sauce if you don’t have a date that day.” @stillerakos WRITER Nina Strochlic “Europe in Your Twenties,” page 60 When this National Geographic magazine writer and editor first traveled to central and eastern Europe, she expected to find a region struggling to emerge. Instead, she found cosmopolitan cities. “When the curtain was lifted from these countries that spent decades under communist repression, art, music, and nightlife rushed back in. There’s a real…

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the sky’s the limit.

They came to Montana hoping to see mountains and wildlife, to enjoy friendly locals and small-town charm. But when sisters Gale and Laura Straub hit the open road, they also found a rekindled connection with each other. On the first day of their Montana road trip, they woke up to this view of the Mission Mountains. And it only got better from there. What will you discover in Big Sky Country? Dinosaur eggs and a buffalo jump: why your Montana road trip should include more than Glacier and Yellowstone. CENTRAL MONTANA Central Montana is home to some of the best trout rivers in the country, including the blue-ribbon rated Missouri River 1 . So while part of the family is busy fly-fishing, others can swim or take in the scenery from a stand…