Posts Tagged ‘National Geographic’


Travel + Love = Adorable Animal Kisses?

February 14, 2011

I first saw alpacas in Australia, so this does remind me a bit of travelling.

What’s the best way to celebrate love and travel? Pictures of animals kissing, apparently. At least that’s National Geographic’s idea.

Vote for your favorite furry, slimy or feathered kiss at, and have a great Valentine’s Day!


National Geographic Tours Disneyland

July 16, 2010

Usually I look through National Geographic and sigh at all the fancy trips I can’t afford, then I plot to figure out how I can do something equally cool, but cheaper.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, left, inspired Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Today though I came across this article about how famous landscapes around the world have influenced Disney rides and architecture. So if you don’t have the time or money to visit Utah’s Monument Valley, and some castles in Austria, and Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania, and New Orleans, and, well, space (or the future), at least you can go to the Happiest Place on Earth and see versions of it all.

See the Geography of Disneyland slideshow.


New Travel Photo Contest

November 6, 2008

visionsAttention student travelers who like to take lots of pictures: National Geographic wants you to hit them with your best shot.

The details:

Visions of Paradise Photography Contest

What is your vision of heaven on Earth? Share it with us! To create our lavish new book, Visions of Paradise, National Geographic asked our world-renowned photographers what they consider paradise. Now, we invite you to do the same. Entries will be accepted online from October 21 to December 21. Each week, the general public is invited to vote on a new batch of Editor’s Picks, and the most popular will be featured on the site. The Editor’s Picks will also be judged by an expert panel who will select 20 winners at the conclusion of the contest. Winners will receive a customized edition of the National Geographic book Visions of Paradise with their photograph as the cover image.

To enter, find out more about the book, and read the official rules, log on to


Another Travel Photo Contest

August 20, 2008


National Geographic Traveler has extended the deadline for its World in Focus photo contest to September 8, 2008. That gives you all of Labor Day weekend to get out, shoot a few dozen frames and then choose a favorite to enter for a chance to win a 15-day trip for two to Antarctica aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or one of the other great prizes.

If you don’t enter, you’re guaranteed not to win, so why not take a shot? So to speak.

Good luck and happy clicking!


Are You the Next Great Travel Writer?

December 7, 2007

National GeographicNational Geographic wants to know:

We’re asking college students all over the North America to send us a 300-word essay on a travel experience that moved you, excited you, or changed you. The author of the winning essay will travel on assignment to Mongolia with National Geographic Traveler‘s Editor-in-Chief Keith Bellows. Even better, the winner will have his/her story published on the National Geographic Traveler website.Submission deadline is December 31, 2007, by 5 p.m. PST.

Read all the details here.


Travel ‘Til Your Eyes Blur and Your Fingers Blister

October 10, 2007

Are you desparate to leave your humdrum life behind and set off for lands with names you can’t even pronounce? Or maybe you prefer dreaming up the kind of expensive, fancy vacations that celebrities enjoy, but that you can’t afford on your student budget. To anyone suffering from a case of unsatiable wanderlust, I recommend that you begin your travels the old fashioned way: through books. And yeah, “as an au pair to the rich and famous” would be another good option there.

National Geographic put together a list of 80+ titles to form their Ultimate Travel Library. Using their suggestions, start your next adventure at your local bibliothèque. You’ll be able to hit all seven continents in a matter of weeks without spending a penny, and your chances of getting malaria are next to zero.

Bill Bryson A Walk in the WoodsThe Ultimate Travel Library includes classics by Mark Twain, Hemingway, and Henry Miller as well as modern tales from writers like Tim Cahill and Peter Carey (who almost caused me to get a less-than-good grade in a Post-Colonial Writers course a couple of years ago).

I was especially pleased to see that Bill Bryson, the coolest middle-aged man with the loveliest American-British accent you will ever hear, has made the list more than once. His description of cricket in Down Under (titled In a Sunburnt Country for American audiences) helped me to completely forget how exhasuted and carsick I was while taking the bus from Sydney to Canberra, and A Walk in the Woods was so enchanting, I actually took one.

Read, plan, go.