Travel & Outdoor
National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler February/March 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.

United States
National Geographic Society
Back issues only
Read More

in this issue

2 min.

PHOTOGRAPHER John Kernick “Gently Down the Stream,” page 68 For this assignment, John Kernick could have opted to stay in hotels and drive to points along the Oxford Canal route. Instead, he followed in the wake of writer Tara Isabella Burton and rented a boat himself. “I wanted to immerse myself in this project. You discover unexpected things: On a canal it’s just other boaters, and everyone is traveling at the same pace; no one is in a hurry. I tried to get that feeling across in my photos. “Most of my favorite shots came from being right there on the water. In addition, there is a camaraderie among boaters, so I was taken more seriously and everyone was willing to be photographed and share information—their favorite view, place to eat, drink, hike, et…

1 min.
fresh powder

DURANGO, COLORADO On the edge of the Four Corners region and surrounded by the mighty San Juan Mountains, this Old West railroad town of around 17,000 has blossomed into one of America’s adventure sports capitals. Durango also happens to be a vibrant, family-friendly ski town—perhaps the most affordable in Colorado. Twenty-seven miles up Highway 550 is Purgatory Resort, a family and intermediate skier’s dream hill, with 91 trails, ten lifts, five terrain parks, and a seemingly endless supply of groomed rollers for catching flight. REVELSTOKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA Carved out of the central British Columbia wilderness, Revelstoke is the only ski area in North America where skiers and boarders can get to the goods via lifts, snowcats, and helicopters from the same base. For in-bounds powder seekers, a little hiking goes a long way…

1 min.
bee season

As bees continue to be plagued by a mysterious syndrome that leaves queen bees without workers, more communities are supporting these natural pollinators. “The lack of knowledge about bees is astounding,” says Phyllis Stiles, director of Bee City USA, a nonprofit certification program launched to raise awareness and create sustainable habitats. The focus on the plight of bees has spurred interest in the sweet syrup they produce, giving people an opportunity to sell, cook, and experiment with honey. Travelers can help. Make a beeline for these cities: ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA Bee City USA was founded here, making the city the original hub of honey. There are honey festivals, themed stores (the Asheville Bee Charmer), and spa treatments (Grove Park Inn). The North Carolina Arboretum declared 2016 the “Year of the Pollinator.” PHOENIX, OREGON This…

1 min.
sea of saturation

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 serious shades. “I saw that the man had a pretty large mirror for his customers, so I asked him to pose for me, holding the mirror in his hands. The woman did the rest by continuing to look at the vibrant pants. Basically, this is a half-staged picture.” “Although the photographer set up the scene, it feels spontaneous,” says senior photo editor Carol Enquist. “As the photographer walked the beach, he recognized that he had come…

2 min.
nashville heat

PRINCE’S HOT CHICKEN SHACK Origin: In the 1930s, according to local legend, Thornton Prince came home late again. It wasn’t the first time he’d cheated on his girlfriend, but it was the last time she was going to put up with it. She doctored his fried chicken with an incendiary level of cayenne pepper. A Depression-era romantic comedy resulted—Prince loved the super-spicy bird, created a secret recipe, and opened Nashville’s first “hot chicken” joint in the mid ’30s. Famous for: Today, the tiny, seat-yourself location (which on busy days serves up as many as 500 orders) is run by his great-niece André Prince Jeffries and offers four spice levels: mild, medium, hot, and extra hot. Served in a basket with sliced white bread and pickles, the chicken is wonderfully juicy inside, fried…

1 min.
apps to travel by

PACKPOINT FOR THE PACK RAT Suitcase stuffers, cool your jets: With just a few taps of your fingertip, PackPoint generates customized packing lists based on gender, location, and length of stay. Before spitting out a detailed list of must-haves, the app checks the weather forecast and considers your itinerary, suggesting clothing to help you plan accordingly. Free for iOS and Android. LOUNGEBUDDY FOR THE LONG LAYOVER LoungeBuddy? More like LoungeBestie. The app propels avid travelers into pro territory, unlocking a labyrinth of airport lounges and their amenities. Sync your itinerary to see your options—rated from Luxe to Basic, along with photos, price, services, and user reviews—and book directly on your phone, before takeoff or on the fly. Free for iOS and Android. STRAVA FOR THE WEEKEND WARRIOR Strava makes solo fitness social, no matter where you are. The…