Come travel the globe with us by picking up a copy of the September issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine, now on newsstands. You won’t want to give up on that family beach trip you never took this summer after reading our cover story. Author Elizabeth Berg travels to Hawaii’s Big Island, where she hopes a little aloha spirit can bring her together with her long-estranged brother. Staring at the stunning photos by photographer Chris Bickford you can’t help but be convinced that this island provides just the right amount of TLC to bring a family together.
Also in this issue, we rediscover “The Towns Italy Forgot.” Miriam Murphy investigates Matera, a centuries-old town that’s turning to a game-changing hotel concept to survive. But don’t just armchair travel to this Italian hill town, get up and go. National Geographic Expeditions makes it easy with a new itinerary based on this narrative, to be led by the story’s photographer Massimo Bassano beginning in 2012.
Continue your around-the-world trip this issue with a last minute stop in Hanoi where author Steve Chapple finds that Vietnam‘s exotic capital lends itself to impromptu travel. All you need is a smile. Photos by contributing photographer Justin Guariglia provide a delightful look at the city. Finally, this might be the best time to visit Egypt. Photographer Alexandria Avakian’s photos evoke an Egypt at a time of uncertainty yet much promise and certainly without the crowds.
Our columnists tackle some big topics in this issue. The Insider Christopher Elliott tells how baby boomers are leading the way to make travel more accessible and what all travelers can do to push for change; Costas Christ takes a hard look at who really benefits from voluntourism trips; and Unbound’s Boyd Matson spends a day with the Pygmies who teach him how to leave behind a smaller footprint. On the lighter side, Daisann McLane writes about travel encounters that benefit from a common third language; and Editor in Chief Keith Bellows sits down One on One with globe-trotting Univision TV star Raúl de Molina, aka El Gordo (“The Fat Man.”)
Plan your fall trips with this issue’s Smart Traveler section: navigate Route 90, the Route 66 of the U.S. South, or try a day trip to a regional pick-your-own orchard. Spend 48 Hours in Kuala Lumpur, check into a stylish boutique hotel in Mexico City, or take a road trip along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Plus, our editors pick the top immersion programs where the whole family can learn a new language.
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