The Traveller blog

Writings, photos and videos from National Geographic's explorers, adventurers and staff

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True Thailand

By Guest blogger
If you’re after a trip to Thailand that goes beyond the classic sun-and-sand beach holiday, here are a few simple ways to discover unique local Thai experiences
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Utah: Land of canyons

By Guest blogger
If it’s breathtaking views and iconic activities you seek, a self-drive trip through Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks delivers scenery on a spectacular scale
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The musical gongs of Sabah

By Evie Farrel
Discovering a musical tradition in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
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Picture perfect

By Geordie Torr
The story behind one of the finallists in a recent National Geographic Traveler cover photo contest
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Discover the magic of Fraser

By Guest blogger
There has never been a better time to discover the wonders of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island
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Lupa Masa Jungle Camp

By Murphy Ng
Lupa Masa Jungle Camp in Sabah in Malaysian Borneo is a place where time seems to stand still
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Heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies

By Guest blogger
When your backyard is the glorious Canadian Rockies, you want to get out and about to see the shimmering lakes and marvel at the soaring peaks. There’s only one way to do this: a heli-hiking trip with CMH Summer Adventures
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A Swiss Alpine adventure

By Guest blogger
An adventure-filled trip to Switzerland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Jungfrau region.
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A truly Great Walk

By Guest blogger
Queensland's Scenic Rim Trail offers hikers the chance to enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country
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A whale of a time

By Geordie Torr
Each year, Hervey Bay in Queensland hosts one of the world's great wildlife spectacles
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Building bridges

By Deborah Dickson-Smith
Where to find soul superstar Leon Bridges in Fort Worth
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I love Sabah

By Cassie Forsythe
The state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo offers a wealth of experiences beyond the jungle
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Food trucking in Forth Worth

By Deborah Dickson-Smith
Deep in the heart of Texas, Fort Worth is making a name for itself as a culinary destination, but many of its food outlets refuse to sit still for long
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Nepal trek, Day fourteen

By Geordie Torr
On the final day of their trek, the trekkers make their way to Lukla, where they bid a fond farewell to the team that has been looking after them for the past two weeks
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Nepal trek, Day thirteen

By Geordie Torr
The trekkers return to Namche Bazaar via the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde
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Nepal trek, Day twelve

By Geordie Torr
Mount Everest finally puts in an appearance as the trekkers make their way from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery
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Nepal trek, Day eleven

By Geordie Torr
The trekkers enjoy a rest day in Namche Bazaar, but Everest evades them again
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Nepal trek, Day ten

By Geordie Torr
With almost 750 metres of altitude to cover, the trekkers take on the exhausting climb from the Dudh Kosi river to the village of Namche Bazaar
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Nepal trek, Day nine

By Geordie Torr
Joining the main route between Lukla and Everest Base Camp, the trekkers find themselves surrounded by other tourists, as well as porters carrying unfeasibly heavy loads
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Nepal trek, Day eight

By Geordie Torr
The trekkers contend with a long uphill climb while sharing the path with a constant stream of heavily laden mules
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Nepal trek, Day seven

By Geordie Torr
With their arrival in Kharikola, the trekkers enjoy the return of hot showers and power, celebrating with a glass of raksi - a powerful local drink made from millet
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Nepal trek, Day six

By Geordie Torr
On their biggest day of walking so far, the trekkers visit a school for the children of Dalits, Nepal's 'untouchables'
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Nepal trek, Day five

By Geordie Torr
The trekkers are starting to get into the groove, seeing a side of rural Nepal that few tourists get to experience - and put on a science show for the locals
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Nepal trek, Day four

By Geordie Torr
As the trek starts in earnest, the trekkers begin to get to grips with the realities of getting around in Nepal - what goes down, must come back up... and then go back down again... and come back up again
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Nepal trek, Day three

By Geordie Torr
The trekkers get trekking, heading into the hills after another school visit
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Nepal trek, Day two

By Geordie Torr
Dignitaries for a day, the trekkers do their small part to rebuild a school devastated in last year's earthquakes
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Nepal trek, Day one

By Geordie Torr
Join National Geographic Traveller Aus/NZ editor Geordie Torr on a 14-day trek through the foothills of the Himalaya
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Rainforest Revelry

By Michelle Hespe
Meet David Gibson, host at the Canopy Treehouses on Queensland’s Atherton Tableland, in 40 hectares of pristine, wildlife-laden rainforest
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Expect the Unexpected

By Michelle Hespe
When you meet chef and restaurateur Ryan Squires, it's clear right away that he’s full of surprises. Not even he knows what he’ll be doing next
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Walking the scenic rim

By Lee Mylne
One of Australia’s great walks opens up the history of southeastern Queensland’s spectacular Scenic Rim
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Joining the dots

By Riley Palmer
In Australia's Red Centre, everything is connected
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From the desert to the snow

By Michelle Hespe
Explore the Atacama Desert and visit the ski-fields of Valle Nevado, all in one big, colourful week in Chile. WORDS: Michelle Hespe PHOTOGRAPHY: Matt Glastonbury
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Journey through Suriname

By Michelle Hespe
Richard Bangs — an adventurer and presenter — is soon to guide a small group of travellers on a life-changing journey through South America’s Suriname
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Capital culture

By Michelle Hespe
Canberra’s impressive gallery scene has always attracted the cultured visitor, but this beautiful Australian city also has attractions to entice lovers of everything from technology and science to horticulture, wildlife, conservation and upmarket hotels
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Broken Hill

By Charlie Sweet
Brimming with art, history, sensational scenery and a real sense of space, this outback city certainly knows how to charm
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Citybites

By Charlie Sweet
For a fun stay in the middle of Sydney, QT SYDNEY has it going on
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Ezardesque

By Michelle Hespe
Teage Ezard, known for his Asian-influenced fine dining at Ezard and Black, and his modern street food adaptations at Gingerboy, is out to delight his fans again
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The Yukon Quest

By Jennifer Ennion
One of travel writer Jennifer Ennion’s dreams came true this year when she journeyed to the Yukon to follow one of the most iconic winter sports events in the world – the Yukon Quest.
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The return of small-ship cruising

By Sail Croatia, as an advertising feature
Along with an ever-increasing interest in small-ship cruising, Croatia is becoming a soft-adventure destination of choice for many travellers
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Queenstown Highs

By Michelle Hespe. Photography by Jeff Atkinson
Despite being a hotspot for adventurers and sports lovers, Queenstown is also a chilled-out piece of paradise perfect for unwinding and indulging in the finer things.
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Sangoma Serenity

By Michelle Hespe
Spicers Sangoma Retreat in the Blue Mountains brings peace, style and the great outdoors together seamlessly.
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Close encounters

By Deborah Dickson Smith
Deborah Dickson Smith explores the watery depths of Christmas Island — Australia’s own Galapagos.
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The Mane Event

By Jocelyn Pride
Jocelyn Pride looks into Ewaso Lions — a campaign in Northern Kenya that not only aims to save lions, but to educate younger generations and spread word of animal conservation far and wide.
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Born to Explore

By Michelle Hespe
Meet Chris Bray, an Aussie explorer and photographer with a passion for big challenges and preserving the natural world.
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City Isle

By Michelle Hespe
Introducing the thriving cultural and historical hub that is Cockatoo Island.
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How Soft is Your Adventure

By Fiona Hunt
Fiona Hunt, Managing Director of Adventure World, reflects on the meaning of soft adventure.
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Where the wild things are

By Michelle Hespe
Jamala Wildlife Lodge prompts the question: who is looking at who?
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Spotlight on Lisa Ray

By Michelle Hespe
Lisa Ray is an actor, philanthropist, inspirational speaker, and a woman on a mission to dispel misconceptions about cancer.
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From little things, big things grow

By Michelle Hespe
Having spent decades working in media, Indira Naidoo is no stranger to having an effect on people’s lives. But nowadays her impact is of a global green kind.
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Croatia Calling

By Sail Croatia (advertising special)
Family-run business Sail Croatia is considered the boutique cruising specialist of the Adriatic, for many wonderful reasons.
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Lured by Dragons

By Susan Gough Henly
Come for the dragons and stay for the diving, kayaking and unusual adventures.
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Whitehorsing Around

By Michelle Hespe
A trip to Canada's Yukon Territory reveals more than what you'd expect.
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Botswana's Top 5 Places to Visit

By Kristy Johnston
With an unusual combination of desert and delta, Botswana is home to some of the most unique ecosystems on earth. Here's our favourite places to visit.
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The bare necessities

By Riley Palmer
Meet Daniel Flynn: life-changer, entrepreneur and Managing Director of Thankyou Group.
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Deep Blue Quest

By Michelle Hespe
National Geographic explorer Enric Sala speaks about his life- and sea-changing project, Pristine Seas.
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Wildlife Warrior

By Riley Palmer
Australia Zoo is on a mission to protect the world’s threatened species.
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Swimming with Whales

By Michelle Hespe
Whales are stealing the show in the waters near Fraser Island.
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Australian Style

By Michelle Hespe
Celebrated chef Peter Gilmore asks: does Australia have its own cuisine, or is our national cuisine more about style?
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The Art of the Camouflage Traveller

By Fiona Hunt
Observing locals while undercover can help you to understand a country's culture.
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Local legend

By Michelle Hespe
On the island of Atiu in the Cook Islands, there is a man called George. Others know him as the Bird Whisperer.
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Books as Travelling Companions

By Fiona Hunt
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AZTECS at The Australian Museum

By Michelle Hespe
An exhibition on the Aztecs at The Australian Museum in Sydney sheds some light on the fascinating world of a lost ancient civilization.
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Eco expeditions: Winter 2014

By Simone Henderson-Smart
Trips to change your life while changing the world.
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Travel trends: Age of the 'bucket list'

By Fiona Hunt
Travel experiences feature strongly in most people's 'bucket lists', but don't forget to allow for the gloriously unexpected.
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Welcome to Natgeotraveller.com.au

By Michelle Hespe
Hello, and welcome to the official website for National Geographic Traveller Australia & New Zealand, Natgeotraveller.com.au!
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Planet-loving produce: Winter 2014

By Michelle Hespe
A new generation of farmers, chefs and restaurateurs is embracing sustainability — and we can all enjoy the benefits.
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Get ready for National Geographic LIVE! Pacific

By Katherine Scott
This winter, the National Geographic LIVE! series returns to Pacific shores to enchant us for a third season with their incredible footage and thought-provoking explorations.

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