Travel & Adventure News

Airport security tightened just in time for the busiest travel season of the year. With better training and more advanced equipment, U.S. agents are expected to screen passengers more thoroughly than ever before. But that doesn't necessarily mean longer delays, says Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows. Here, Bellows talks about what to expect, how travelers can help ease gridlock, and more.

November 21, 2002

The death of three Tanzanian porters on Mount Kilimanjaro nearly two months ago has raised concern about the plight of local people hired to accompany climbers scaling the world's big peaks.

November 15, 2002

The turmoil at many major online travel-booking sites—including revenue losses, job cuts, and other problems—could help restore the health of travel agencies, which were hard hit in the boom, says Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows.

November 14, 2002

Martin Buser is the defending champion and a four-time winner of the Iditarod dog-sled race from Anchorage to Nome. In an interview with National Geographic News, he explained what it takes to succeed in such a grueling sport and what keeps him committed. The Quest for Adventure lecture series, sponsored by Nature Valley, brings great explorers and adventurers to the National Geographic Society. If you missed this year's explorers, read the tale of their adventures.

November 13, 2002

Druids, Pagans, Travelers, and other alternative groups in the United Kingdom are demanding a say in the management of ancient sacred monuments such as Stonehenge. Researchers who studied the issue agree that the groups should have a bigger role.

October 31, 2002

Halloween is the perfect time for hair-raising adventures away from home. Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows offers his take on five of the world's scariest experiences.

October 30, 2002

Birder Mel White muses on rediscovering a passion nurtured in childhood after he was introduced to birds by his mother in Arkansas. "Birds have enhanced my life in ways that I couldn't have imagined at 20," he writes.

October 23, 2002

Forty years ago this month, the Kennedy administration discovered that the Soviet Union was constructing missiles in Cuba—and the resulting U.S. government ban on U.S. tourist travel to Cuba remains today. Traveler Editor Keith Bellows recalls his visit to Cuba, predicts what could happen if the embargo were lifted, and more.

October 22, 2002

For years, Bali was a peaceful enclave in conflict-ridden Indonesia. The popular tourist destination attracted 1.5 million visitors just last year. But on October 12, the peace was shattered when a car bomb exploded outside a tourist-packed nightclub, killing over 180 people. Now, few visitors are likely to return anytime soon. Here Traveler Editor Keith Bellows talks about the future of Bali's travel industry, alternative island getaways, and more.

October 18, 2002

Visit the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 remote islands off the coast of Africa, and you'll find hardly a footprint in the sand. The islands have remained largely untouched and unchanged over the years because of enlightened tourism policies. Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows, having just returned from a trip to the Seychelles, talks about why this corner of the world is truly remarkable, and why it just might stay that way.

October 17, 2002

More than a thousand years after the fall of the Great Library of Alexandria, a marvel of ancient Egypt, a new Bibliotheca Alexandrina opens today in this storied Egyptian coastal city. This report airs on our U.S. cable television program National Geographic Today. Full story and photo gallery:

October 16, 2002

No season brings out photographers like autumn. It's not only because this is arguably the most colorful time of year—spring, summer and winter are, in their ways, every bit as beautiful. National Geographic News birding and nature correspondent Robert Winkler shares his tips about photographing fall. Full story and photo gallery:

October 16, 2002

In a recent National Geographic News interview, Traveler Editor Keith Bellows asserted that the United Nations failed to give tourism the attention it deserved at the Earth Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa. Eugenio Yunis—head of Sustainable Development of Tourism at the World Tourism Organization, dismisses Bellows's claim, arguing that tourism was a high priority. Here, Yunis gives his take on tourism's place at the Summit.

October 10, 2002

Stephen Ambrose and Douglas Brinkley put their storytelling skills to work in a book overflowing with larger-than-life historical figures—heroes and villains, the famous and the obscure. The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation, written to commemorate the bicentennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, celebrates the history, people, and geography of the region acquired in that deal. Full story, video, and photo gallery:

October 15, 2002

Veteran climber Gregory Crouch has climbed the Patagonian Andes seven times—and counting. Along the way, he's penned yarns of summits reached, opportunities lost, laughs shared, and snowbound days up high. His new book, Enduring Patagonia, provides a window to cutting-edge alpinism in a remote corner of the world. The Quest for Adventure lecture series,sponsored by Nature Valley, brings great explorers and adventurers to the National Geographic Society. If you missed this year's explorers, read the tale of their adventures.

October 8, 2002


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