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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler May-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.
into the mists of new guinea

two years ago, contributing editor Carl Hoffman shared with me an idea for his next book. It struck a chord because when I was ten I was drawn to the subject: the mysterious disappearance in 1961 of Michael Rockefeller, the youngest son of future Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, in what was then Netherlands New Guinea (now Papua, a province of Indonesia). Did he drown? Was he shredded by a crocodile or shark? Or, most grisly, was he eaten by cannibals? “I became aware of Rockefeller in my 20s, and his story never left me,” Hoffman says. “He just disappeared into myth, leaving many unanswered questions. I thought I’d go into this alien world and discover the truth of what took place.” Book contract in hand, he had a researcher comb Dutch…

2 min.
contributors

JOHN T. EDGE WRITER, LOCAL FLAVOR: MEMPHIS BBQ, PAGE 40 HOME: Oxford, Mississippi, within walking distance of “the Square.” I’m director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi and write for the Oxford American, among other publications. WHAT SUP: My dream dinner would be fried catfish, hush puppies, green onion tassels, and champagne. BOILED DOWN: Africans transformed the American diet, which is most evident in the American South. WORTH THE TRIP: Chili-slaw dogs in North Carolina, collard greens in Tennessee, and boudin in Louisiana. IN VOGUE: From coast to coast, restaurants are reinterpreting southern traditions. The best, such as Seersucker in Brooklyn and Hard Water in San Francisco, pay homage to southern flavors. HOTCAKES: Five years ago, I traveled through Vietnam and fell in love all over again with bánh xè [sizzling cake]—my 1980s…

3 min.
a spark of headlines

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) VISIONS OF SHANGRI-LA inspired writer Scott Wallace’s February/March 2014 cover story, “Over the Horizon,” about China’s Yunnan Province. Unfortunately, soon after the issue went to press, a fire ravaged one of the ancient towns Wallace visited, blazing for many hours and destroying some 240 historic houses. “The fire in oldtown Shangri-La was a tragic loss of a treasure trove of traditional Tibetan architecture,” Wallace says. “The city had received a kind of Potemkin-village-style makeover that stole some of its authenticity. But those woodframe buildings are irreplaceable. It’s also, obviously, a heavy blow to those who…

2 min.
charting new courses

Online courses lead the latest wave of digital enlightenment. Jumping to the head of the class is a new partnership between National Geographic and The Great Courses, offering two opportunities for curious minds. Taught by National Geographic Fellow and photographer Joel Sartore (above), “The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons” and “Fundamentals of Photography” give practical tips on capturing the magic of a moment. Courses are available for digital streaming, download, or on DVD. THEGREATCOURSES.COM/NATGEO CALL FOR ENTRIES HIT US WITH YOUR BEST SHOTS Over the past 25 years of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, shutterbugs have entered roughly 375,000 images of everything from starry skies in Oregon to Congolese villagers (right). The next photo we want to see? Yours. Enter your favorite recent travel snapshots by June 30 ($15 fee); winners…

4 min.
step out of bounds montana

“My first look at the spring from atop the hillside was the first time I saw Yellowstone for what it was: Mother Nature’s canvas. The bold colors, the immense size of the crater, the thick blanket of steam coming off the spring on a cold early morning—all amazing feats of beauty.” The shortest distance between two points is rarely the most rewarding. That’s why the best trips to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks don’t follow a straight line. The experience of Montana’s National Parks is wildly varied—from the world’s greatest concentration of geothermal features and the biggest bison herds in the country to rugged glacial peaks and turquoise alpine lakes. But don’t stop there. Outside of Yellowstone and Glacier, Montana’s winding roads bring travelers through some of the West’s most interesting terrain, intriguing communities…

1 min.
come rain or shrine in indonesia

TWO HUNDRED YEARS ago, British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles rediscovered the sprawling temple of Borobudur on a remote hilltop in Java, Indonesia, hidden under a tangle of thick jungle. Today the shrine endures as a symbol of quiet resilience—the world’s largest Buddhist temple, located in a country with a Muslim majority. If the UNESCO World Heritage site seems to rise above political unrest and economic instability like a lotus blooming in muddy water, that’s by design. Eighth- and ninth-century builders laid out the complex to mirror the form of the sacred flower. Erected during the Sailendra dynasty, which ruled the island of Java for a hundred years, the temple consists of 72 stupas along nine mounting terraces—a physical representation of the stages in the path to nirvana. Nearly 1,500…