Travel & Adventure News

Husband-and-wife team Monique and Chris Fallows photograph giant sharks hurtling through the air to catch seals near the water's surface (includes interview and photo galleries).

Updated July 26, 2004

National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot explores two issues on the front lines of the sustainable tourism debate: Florida sprawl and snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park. Plus, an Aspen, Colorado, ski company turns environmentally-friendly.

Updated November 21, 2003

Penguin rookeries in Antarctica—weather permitting—will be audience to a total solar eclipse Sunday as the moon slips between Earth and the sun and casts a narrow band of the icy continent into daytime darkness. A few hundred humans, too, hope to catch the celestial show. They've paid thousands of dollars to journey to—or over—Antarctica, the only landmass where the minutes-long event will be visible.

November 21, 2003

During the past decade, National Geographic Society photographer Chris Rainier has returned time and again to the West African countries of Benin and Togo to witness the rituals of the voodoo religion and its powerful mask dances. In an essay and photo gallery, Rainier recounts his most recent journey.

Updated February 10, 2004

United States travel companies are earning a reputation for poor customer service, says National Geographic Traveler editor Keith Bellows. But that doesn't mean you have to suffer during your next trip.

November 14, 2003

Considered a Japanese living national treasure, Tamao Yoshida is a master practitioner of bunraku, the highly-stylized puppetry tradition rooted in 17th-century Japan. Today, the 84-year-old artist was awarded U.S. $400,000 as the 2003 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy.

November 10, 2003

Dominica is not like other Caribbean islands—people aren't jaded; prices are low; and the scenery is unspoiled. National Geographic Traveler geotourism editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot examines how the island can attract more visitors, without trampling its charm.

Updated November 7, 2003

English explorer Benedict Allen's latest journey was his perhaps most extreme: an attempted solo crossing of the frozen Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska. Solo, that is, except for a team of sled dogs essential to his survival. National Geographic News interviews Allen about his Arctic odyssey.

November 7, 2003

Dudley Foster holds the record for the most time spent on the deep-ocean floor. A pilot of the Woods Hole submersible Alvin, he has completed 552 dives from the Galápagos' hydrothermal vents to the Titanic. A related story airs tonight on our U.S. cable television program National Geographic On Assignment.

November 6, 2003

In California, United States Forest Service law enforcement officers find themselves in an ongoing battle with Mexican drug cartels that have carved networks of marijuana gardens into backcountry forests. Rising gun violence and billion-dollar harvests highlight a problem out-manned agents say has become a crisis. Full story and photo gallery:

November 4, 2003

Each year, more than a thousand climbers head for the summit of Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak. High altitude, avalanche risk, and fickle weather pose constant threats. Together with National Park Service rangers, a group of skilled mountaineers and medical volunteers work to prevent climbing accidents.

October 31, 2003

What are Americans' attitudes about travel? Geotourism editor Jonathan Tourtellot examines some surprising findings from a joint survey by National Geographic Traveler and an industry trade group. Plus, news on an environmentally-responsible cruise line.

Updated October 24, 2003

Ed Viesturs is on a quest to join only a handful of mountaineers who have climbed all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter (26,000-foot) peaks. In June, Viesturs summited Pakistan's Nanga Parbat, the world's ninth highest mountain and the 13th of the suite for him. He talks to National Geographic News about his personal odyssey.

October 22, 2003

When adventure turns life-threatening, why do brash jocks typically die first while nurses survive? National Geographic Adventure interviews contributing editor and Deep Survival author Laurence Gonzales about his new book and the psychology of survival.

October 21, 2003

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