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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler May-15

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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what the world needs now

The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opened in the midst of the atomic age, the space race, the Cold War, and growing civil rights unrest. A 12-story stainless steel model of Earth called the “Unisphere” symbolized its theme of peace. Walt Disney showed off his new audio-animatronic technology with a ride called “It’s a Small World,” dedicated to the children of the planet. Many countries set up pavilions or exhibits (the Vatican, incredibly, shipped Michelangelo’s priceless “Pieta”—the original, mind you—to Queens!). American companies flexed their muscle and showed off their wares (color TV, jet packs). The fair attracted 51.6 million visitors, including the Beatles, Marian Anderson, Liberace, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Pope Paul VI. As well as my parents, just arrived from the Philippines, part of a new…

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nat geo’s bioblitz

Nature’s calling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. During May 15-16, scientists, teachers, community guides, and the public will participate in Nat Geo’s annual BioBlitz—a free event that sets out to inventory the site’s living creatures and plants. HEAD TO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM/BIOBLITZ TO REGISTER. TALK TO US Website: traveler.nationalgeographic.comE-mail:travel_talk@ngs.orgLetters: National Geographic Traveler, 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036. Include address and daytime telephone number. Masthead: travel.nationalgeographic.com/masthead. Subscriber Services:ngtservice.com, 1-800-NGS-LINE (647-5463). Traveler is also available on the iPad through iTunes.…

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jane goodall

WHAT I KNOW Birthday Wishes Turning 80 last year only strengthened my resolve to do as much as I can in whatever time I have remaining to protect animals and inspire a new generation of conservation activists. I started Roots and Shoots in Tanzania in 1991. Today we have 150,000 youth groups in 138 countries supporting wildlife sanctuaries and community development. But my work is not yet finished. Perks of Tourism Many wildlife species such as chimps and gorillas would not survive without tourism. I know how people have been utterly changed by looking into the eyes of a wild chimpanzee. They are never the same again. The message is not to stop tourism, but to make sure we get it right. In essence, tourism is good, provided the benefits accrue to the local…

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miami for free

Art Walk Feed off the energy of Miami’s up-and-coming artists on the second Saturday of each month, when galleries stay open until 10 p.m. in the Wynwood Art District, home to edgy, experimental pieces. Cuban Culture Little Havana, located along S.W. Eighth Street, honors the city’s Cuban heritage. Explore the handful of monuments, such as the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame, the Hispanic equivalent of Hollywood’s starry sidewalk. Play Stations The family-oriented stretch of Miami Beach from 53rd to 63rd Street offers a playground and piles of sand for building castles, setting out picnics, and searching for buried treasure. GO TO NATGEO.COM/TRAVEL FOR MORE FREE CITY GUIDES. FOLLOW US FACEBOOK FACEBOOK.COM/NATGEOTRAVEL TWITTER TWITTER.COM/NATGEOTRAVEL INSTAGRAM INSTAGRAM.COM/NATGEOTRAVEL PINTEREST PINTEREST.COM/NATGEOTRAVEL…

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test your knowledge

Are you smarter than a National Geographic Bee contestant? Probably not. But you can still tune in on May 15 to watch the young global geniuses compete from our D.C. headquarters. Prepare with this pop quiz. 1 What seaport city is found at the head of Cook Inlet near the Kenai Peninsula? 2 Kirundi and French are official languages in what country south of Rwanda? 3 Name the desert that covers much of the area between Beijing and Ulaanbaatar. 4 Which South Asian capital, located on the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta, is the industrial center of Bangladesh? 5 Traditional haymaking cultures survive in the Transylvania Plateau, a region located in which country? ANSWERS 1. ANCHORAGE 2. BURUNDI 3. GOBI 4. DHAKA 5. ROMANIA…

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train of thought

This month, 20-somethings embark on a crowd-funded cross-country train journey in the name of innovation and creative problem-solving. “The Millennial Trains Project explores opportunity across America by helping emerging leaders develop projects that benefit and inspire others,” says Patrick Dowd, MTP founder and Traveler editor at large. On the train, and in cities, participants attend lectures, brainstorm, and meet with local leaders. This year’s trip heads from Los Angeles to D.C., stopping in San Antonio, Austin, New Orleans, and Atlanta along the way. —Kevin Kunitake NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER IS A SPONSOR OF THE MILLENNIAL TRAINS PROJECT.…