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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler Nov-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.

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

1 min.
the sauna effect

On a wintry day in Kallio, a bohemian neighborhood in Helsinki, a group of Finns huddle outside on wooden benches, clad only in towels, steam rising from their bodies, drinking beer, relaxed. This is the conclusion of their ritual at Kotiharjun Sauna, a wood-heated sauna built in 1928 for local factory workers. Here and everywhere in Finland, Finns take their sauna experience seriously. In this Nordic country of 5.4 million, there are some 3.3 million saunas, in homes, offices, airport lounges, and even parliament. This may be the ultimate form of relaxation, but it’s more than a way to soothe sore bodies. It’s a sacred tradition that dates back thousands of years, with clear rules and a deeply embedded belief that saunas are central to what makes a Finn a…

1 min.
national treasures

More than 400 sites make up the U.S. National Park Service, which celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016 amid much expected hoopla befitting what has often been called “America’s best idea.” But here’s what just might be overshadowed in the hubbub: the parks themselves, particularly the lesser known ones, whose names don’t roll smoothly off the public’s tongue as does “Yellowstone” or “Yosemite” or “Grand Canyon.” A new National Geographic book does homage to them all—in chronological order—and not surprisingly, with an abundance of arresting photos on a scale grand and small. The National Parks: An Illustrated History is a visual romp through more than a century of America’s valiant, if imperfect, efforts to preserve its landscapes, wildlife, and cultural past. From the waters running through the Mississippi National River…

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spiritual slumber party

Falling asleep in church has been frowned upon—until now. Thanks to the Churches Conservation Trust, four of England’s historic churches become hallowed hostels by night. While “champing,” or church camping, guests are given the holy houses’ key for a candlelit night by the altar—just skip your Sunday best for a sleeping bag. “It’s a great way to commune with centuries of history, whilst escaping the push-button trappings of modern life,” says Peter Aiers, Churches Conservation Trust director. At the Gothic-style Church of St. Cyriac and St. Julitta in Swaffham Prior, near Cambridge, don’t miss the octagonal bell tower, which features a set of six bells cast in 1791. Or, if the mood strikes, belt out a hymn or two; the acoustics are divine. In the village of Aldwincle in Northamptonshire, All Saints’…

1 min.
stars and cars

While driving through Montana’s Fort Benton, German photographer Carsten Bockermann hoped to showcase the previously prosperous town’s Americana essence. Thanks to a flag displayed in a window across the street and a well-timed passing pickup truck, he brought new life to an abandoned building. “The photo conveys a bit of the atmosphere that is present in many small towns in America. And it does so in an almost romantic way,” says Bockermann. “My goal was to grab the viewer by showing the situation in a style that makes them stop and wonder how this came about.” “Bockermann cleverly transformed a potentially bleak and unappealing spot into a colorful and celebratory look at the American West,” says Traveler’s acting director of photography, Carol Enquist. “I love the combination of elements that just…

1 min.
a global warm welcome

BRAZIL Brazilians greet newcomers with a handshake and strong eye contact; friends get a kiss on each cheek. CUBA In Cuba, it’s a hearty handshake—but don’t be surprised if you also get a hug and a kiss on the cheek. GREENLAND Visitors should expect handshakes; the tradition of touching noses, or kunik, is reserved for loved ones. INDIA Press hands together and bow. Men and women don’t touch unless they shake hands in a business setting. MOROCCO The general greeting is “Salaam alaikum—Peace be with you.” Only individuals of the same sex shake hands. NETHERLANDS A handshake is used for professional greetings; friends exchange three kisses on alternate cheeks. NEW ZEALAND A common greeting is “Kia ora,” often joined by a hongi, a pressing of noses to mix breath and spiritual energy. SOUTH KOREA Bow with your hands at your sides and say “Annyeong haseyo.”…

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what to read now

PACIFIC By Simon Winchester Mixing history, science, and personal anecdote, Winchester explores the body of water that covers one-third of the globe’s surface, encompasses thousands of islands (including Oahu, above) and hundreds of cultures, and connects the world’s two most influential powers. BLACK DRAGON RIVER By Dominic Ziegler Ziegler recounts a rigorous journey along the rarely visited, 1,755-mile-long Amur River, which separates Russia’s wild Far East from China’s economically burgeoning northeast. RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER By Sally Andrew In this debut mystery novel (and cookbook), protagonist Tannie Maria is a cook turned recipe columnist whose innocent sleuthery uncovers a stew of passion and corruption in her rural South African hometown. THE ONLY STREET IN PARIS By Elaine Sciolino From a hundred-year-old left-wing bookstore to a greengrocery owned by a Tunisian immigrant, former…