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While the United States government still urges tourists to avoid Iraq, it recently lifted a travel ban imposed 12 years ago. Some tour operators are already planning trips to the war-torn nation, betting that Iraq will be the place to travel once the country stabilizes.

The trekking boom has laid bare the great mountain's base. The main problem? Firewood. National Geographic Traveler's TravelWatch explores possible solutions. Plus: Nine green hotels in Negril.

At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida there is much that is bigger and better than almost anywhere else, including the landscape "show" of more than seven million trees, shrubs, and flowers that form part of the popular travel destination's entertainment.

In a few months Antarctic summer will begin. Tours to the southern continent have doubled and redoubled in less than a decade. Is this jump in tourism hurting Antarctica, or helping it?

Charming Port Townsend, Washington, beat decay and sprawl. Will it now drown in tourist dollars?

Media hype surrounding the SARS epidemic spurred an 82 percent drop in tourist visits to China this past year. Despite the hit, the Chinese government hopes its tourist industry will soon bounce back. Which means now is the time to visit, says Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows.

Princess Royal has not attracted much casual travel. But operators have started summer tours to the remote Canadian island, and several thousand potential visitors go by on Alaska cruise liners. Day tourists seeking a glimpse of the rare "spirit bear" could soon be disturbing stream valleys and sacred traditional sites.

North Carolina's Outer Banks—that thin, 300-mile-long thread of beaches that forms the world's longest system of barrier islands—illustrates the extremes, from the sprawling hodgepodge of Kitty Hawk to the still-quiet charm of Ocracoke. This is the online debut of a weekly column on sustainable tourism and destination stewardship by National Geographic Traveler Geotourism Editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot.

Travelers are slowly getting used to airline ultimatums: Fly where we want you to, when we want you to, or pay dearly for your ticket. But even though the airlines show no sign of changing their ways this travel season, you can still work the system—and save. Traveler Editor Keith Bellows gives the inside scoop.

Nestled along the mountainous border of Bolivia and Peru at 12,530 feet (3,820 meters), Lake Titicaca's manmade "Floating Islands" built from totora reeds are under threat. Pollution is stunting the growth of the totora reed threatening not only the foundation of the islands but the culture of the Uros tribe who constructed them.

Driving a car that has been obsolete for nearly as long as he is old, a 71-year-old retired orthodontist is attempting to re-create America's first cross-country car trip. The endeavor is one of several to mark the hundred-year anniversary of the first transcontinental car trip in America.

One of the poorest countries in the world, Kenya depends heavily on its tourist industry. But in the wake of a spate of terrorist attacks on international targets within the country, and subsequent U.S. and British government discouragement of their nationals from visiting Kenya, tourism has all but ended.

SARS has created more turbulence for the airline industry than 9/11 and the Iraq War combined, according to an airline trade group. But Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows says media hype has overstated the risk to travelers and that deals in Toronto and Beijing abound.

Between an outbreak of sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the war in Iraq, it's no surprise travelers are postponing trips or canceling plans altogether. But war is no excuse to stay home, says Traveler Editor Keith Bellows.

Not every sun-seeking family need set their sights on the beaches of California, Florida, or Texas for their spring vacations. Another, culturally-rich option lies just a short airline flight away: the Caribbean. National Geographic News recently spoke with Candyce Stapen, author of a new guidebook to the region, published by National Geographic Books.


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