National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Photo by @amandamustard | Flowered vines stretch along the secluded beach that leads to the Laem Sor pagoda in Ko Samui, Thailand.
Photo by @MichaelGeorge | As our flight landed in Punta Arenas, Chile, I instinctually pulled out my cell phone and opened Google Maps. There I was, a pulsating blue circle barely hanging onto the tip of South America. I scrolled sideways and was surprised to see I was much farther south than Cape Town and Sydney. Not far below, Antarctica was snaking upward like an icy tail. The drive to Torres del Paine National Park was a long one, and our first stop was the Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon, seen here), where we watched the sunset before heading to camp. For more photos and writing from my travels, follow along @MichaelGeorge. #torresdelpainenationalpark #chile #patagonia #torresdelpaine #bluelagoon
Photo by @bethjwald | Men load yaks with timber bound for a distant village near Shey, a Buddhist monastery complex below the sacred Crystal Mountain in Upper Dolpo, in Shey-Phoksundo National Park in northwest Nepal. The people of the remote and roadless Dolpo region rely heavily on yaks and horses to transport their supplies over the rugged mountain trails and passes. This photo was captured during a trip retracing the journey to Shey taken by Peter Matthiessen in his 1978 classic book, "The Snow Leopard." #Sheyphoksundo #Himalaya #yak #pilgrimage
Video by @babaktafreshi | The Big Dipper stood high in the Iceland sky on this November night. The unusual northern light is known as a pulsating aurora. Although it’s faster in this time-lapse video, even in real time it shifts and brightens in patches every second, rather than the typical arcs and streaks. Auroras are caused by energetic electrons speeding down into Earth’s atmosphere and colliding with the thin air on the boundary of space and our atmosphere.⁣ Down on Earth is the iconic Skógafoss waterfall. Explore more of the world at night photography with @babaktafreshi. ⁣The soundtrack is "Red North" by Ali Raini, Tonelabs. ⁣⁣ #astrophotography #aurora #spaceweather #aurora #iceland
Photo by @dina_litovsky | The kaleidoscopic, pre-social distancing vibe in Philadelphia's new Four Seasons Hotel. Its restaurant on the 59th floor has huge windows offering sweeping views of the city and mirrors on the ceiling, making it a stunning place for a happy hour drink. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photo by @joshuacogan | Friday prayer is called at Riyadha Mosque in Lamu, Kenya. This historic Sunni Islamic school in the Swahili islands was established in 1901. The man who built this mosque, Habib Swaleh Jamalulein, is thought to be a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. For more explorations of culture, faith, and the human landscape, follow me @joshuacogan.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | The west face of Cerro Torre—as seen here through the tent door—rises above the Patagonia Ice Cap near El Chalten, Argentina. Images of peaks framed up out the door of a tent are pretty common, and I try to resist the urge, but in this case with Cerro Torre looming out there I had to snap a few images. Camping behind Cerro Torre was like camping in the throne room of the mountain gods. One of these days I will hopefully get back there and actually do some climbing. #cerrotorre #chile #patagoniaicecap #patagonia
Photo by @amandamustard | A monk rides in the front of a long-tail boat that commutes up and down a klong, or canal, in Bangkok, Thailand. These boats service the network of waterways around the city and cost about 8 to 20 baht (25 to 60 cents) per person, depending on distance. #thailand #buddhism #bangkok
Photo by @emilypolar | Taking the “easy” road home through the dry and rocky landscape of Ladakh after a morning grazing in the fields below. To see more of Ladakh and beyond, follow me @emilypolar. #Ladakh #Leh #India
Video by @tobyharriman | In this Inle Lake village, boats replace cars. Inle Lake, Myanmar, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve best known for its beautiful floating gardens. Around the gardens, colorful buildings on stilts dot the waterscape, forming communities only accessible by boat. Every home seemed to be open and active with families out and about—doing chores, fishing, tending the gardens, and guiding visitors. Unfortunately, Inle Lake is facing environmental degradation, partially due to the tourism boom in recent years. One issue is the rapid development of new hotels along the lakeshore and in the surrounding township. Some of these hotels are pumping waste directly into the water instead of disposing of it in a safe and responsible manner. Hopefully the lake’s designation as a biosphere reserve will help ensure sustainability is a priority moving forward. Follow @tobyharriman for more. Music by James Everingham. #inlelake #myanmar #burma #natgeotravel #natgeo
Photo by @steven_gnam | I pause to admire the pines. These old-growth trees bear the scars of numerous forest fires and are shaped by the winds that blast this exposed ridge. This is from a photo series redefining travel during the shutdown, with scenes from my daily run exploring corners of my backyard. #Cascades #PNW #oldgrowth
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | The Hong Kong skyline and its bright lights shining skyward are seen from the Tsim Sha Tsui pier in this photo, shot on a smartphone.
Photo by @daisygilardini | Cruising among icebergs in Scoresby Sound, Greenland. I always carry a few filters in my day pack: a circular polarizer, a graduated grey, and a few neutral-density filters. Since the air is so dry in the polar regions, using a polarizer against a blue sky can be dangerous, as it may turn your dark blue into a pure black. Some people like it, but I personally don’t. I often use a filter, however, when cruising in a Zodiac among icebergs. This helps cut the glare from the water, giving me a deeper view into the part of the iceberg that lies under the blue waterline. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #greenland #scoresbysund #iceberg #climatechange
Photo by @bethjwald | Dawn light touches the old shrines and buildings of Shey, a Buddhist monastery complex below the sacred Crystal Mountain in Upper Dolpo, in Shey-Phoksundo National Park in northwest Nepal. This photo was captured during a trip retracing the journey to Shey taken by Peter Matthiessen in his 1978 classic book, "The Snow Leopard." #Sheyphoksundo #Himalaya #pilgrimage #buddhism
Photo by @babaktafreshi | On a rainy summer day in Iceland, an intense rainbow emerged out of dark clouds above these grazing horses. #iceland #rainbow #summer
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Lydia McDonald hikes above the Grey Glacier on the eastern side of Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile. I have visited Torres del Paine several times, and it is one of the most beautiful national parks in South America. This part of the trail is on the far side of the park, and it has an incredible view looking north up to the Patagonia Ice Cap. #glaciergrey #torresdelpaine #chile
Photo by @dina_litovsky | A woman looks over the port of Jaffa, the oldest part of Tel Aviv, Israel, with the modern city in the background. Jaffa, with its sweeping views and cobblestone streets, is one of my favorite parts of the eclectic city. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Spring Green | The Japanese cedar forest at Mount Yahiko is part of Sado-Yahiko-Yoneyama Quasi-National Park. #Niigata #Japan #cedar #nationalpark
Photo by @MichaelGeorge | On our first evening in Torres del Paine National Park, we took a hike down to one of the glacial lakes. There were bones everywhere. First a skull, then vertebrae with hardened skin, and suddenly an entire carcass. Our guide Geraldinne explained, “The life of the guanaco is to run from the puma. It is puma hour. I don’t like puma hour.” She recalled that a man was mauled and killed by one of the large cats a few years ago. “Where” I asked, expecting her to describe somewhere far away. “Over there,” she said, pointing to a rock about a hundred feet from where we stood. Moments later, we heard a deep rumbling as a white cloud rose from the mountains in the distance, seen in the image above. Torres del Paine is an avalanche behind you, a condor in the sky, bones in the grass, and pumas somewhere, everywhere, always watching from afar. For more photos and writing from my travels, follow along @MichaelGeorge. #torresdelpainenationalpark #patagonia #chile #torresdelpaine #frenchglacier
Photo by @taylorglenn | A magnificent tree rises from the ruins of Beng Mealea in Cambodia. This remarkable structure is believed to have been built in the 12th century. Unlike the more famous Angkor complex, this temple has not been restored, leaving nature to reassert itself among the sandstone blocks of which it was erected. Follow @taylorglenn for more from Cambodia and beyond. #Cambodia
Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | A Ural owl nests in a natural cavity of a tree in Hokkaido, Japan. I hope that during these challenging times you are all keeping well and have a safe home to shelter in. #Japan #Hokkaido #uralowl #wildlife #nature
Video by @MartinEdstrom | Flying low to locate lion prides and buffalo herds from the air is an experience you'll never forget. What you're looking at here is the bird's-eye view of South Luangwa National Park, a well-preserved part of the Zambian outback. It should definitely be on your bucket list if you're looking to experience wildlife. Follow @MartinEdstrom for more stories from Zambia and to go behind the scenes of how we shot the first 360-degree video documentary on wild lions here. #zambia #southluangwa #africanparks #aerial #cloudscapes
Photo by @daisygilardini | Three zebras pass in front of our vehicle at the right moment during a wonderful sunset in Chobe National Park in Botswana. Have you ever wondered why the number three works so well In numerology, the branch of knowledge that deals with the significance of numbers, three is thought to be the perfect number. The Latin phrase “omne trium perfectum” means “everything that comes in threes is perfect” or “every set of three is complete.” The familiar rule of three suggests a trio of things or events is more significant, effective, or satisfying than other groups of numbers. Our minds are kind of set to think in threes, probably because we like to think in patterns. Three is the first number that defines a pattern. The number one is defined as a chance, the number two is a coincidence, while the number three is considered a pattern. There are numerous examples of how the rule of three is common in our language, speech, music, theater (three-act plays), art, and filmmaking (trilogies). Think about three wishes, three guesses, the three little pigs, the three musketeers, and so on. In art, photography, and design, we have the rule of thirds. Images with three subjects create a pattern that is visually pleasing. #Africa #Botswana #ChobeNationalPark #zebra #sunset
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | This was shot on a smartphone one evening on the mountain trails above Innsbruck. We decided to take advantage of the most amazing weather and enjoy a cycle tour high in the Austrian Alps. I'm looking forward to getting back to this beautiful mountain freedom soon.
Photo by @amandamustard | Two boys ride water buffalo through a rural village outside of Naypyidaw, Myanmar. #myanmar #burma #dailylife
Photo by @babaktafreshi | At midnight in the Australian outback, under an ocean of stars, the branches of this gum tree connected me to the universe beyond our tiny planet. Less than a hundred years ago, everyone could look up and see a spectacular starry night sky. Today most city skies are virtually empty of stars. There is a new generation that has never seen the Milky Way. Natural night sky has become a forgotten part of nature, but it is an essential element of our environment, worthy of preservation. Learn more @babaktafreshi and on International Dark Sky Association @idadarksky. #twanight #lightpollution #darksky #outbackaustralia
Video by Matt Borowick @mborowick | Svínafelljökull glacier tongue is one of the many outlet glaciers of the Vatnajokull ice cap in Iceland. Flying through the giant crevasses gives us a new perspective that we otherwise would never be able to see, which is pretty cool if you ask me. The incredible mountain peak in the background is Hrutsfjallstindar, which stands just under 1,900 meters high and is climbable—but only for the most experienced trekkers. Music by Beacons. Follow @mborowick for more videos like this. #glacier #mountains #travel #nature #explore
Photo by @chrisburkard | Nearly 80 percent of Iceland is uninhabited, which gives it a remote and isolating atmosphere. It feels as if you’re on another planet. One of the youngest landmasses on Earth, Iceland possesses some of the most active volcanoes. Vik, a small village in the south of Iceland, sits just beneath the Myrdalsjokull Glacier. The glacier sits atop the Katla volcano. It has been said that if Katla erupts, it could wipe out the entire town. This church perched up on a hill just outside of Vik is said to be the only building that would survive such a disaster. Locals know this to be the safe zone. After seeing this place for myself, I now understand the reason for choosing this location.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Spring has sprung here in the southwestern United States. Even with COVID-19 still keeping most of us inside, the flora in the world is blossoming and blooming as usual. Here, I am looking straight up into an apricot tree with a clear blue sky in Santa Fe, New Mexico. #newmexico #santafe #bloom
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Luermen Sheng-Mu Temple, the largest temple in Taiwan dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu, is decorated in the colors of the rainbow. In these trying times, remember, after every storm comes a rainbow. #tainan #mazu #taiwan
Photo by @MichaelGeorge | Torres del Paine National Park is a five-hour drive north of Punta Arenas, Chile. We piled into a van and passed horse-mounted shepherds, flamingos, guanacos (the region’s famous red-haired llamas), and Darwin's rhea (full-grown birds that look like baby ostriches). After passing through hill country, we entered a forest reminiscent of an elephant graveyard. Living and petrified wood mingled together, bending, twisting, and hinting at the dramatic weather of other seasons. The mountains emerged on the horizon like shattered teeth. As we entered the park I marveled at a cerulean lake, realizing the photographs I’d seen were not oversaturated. The visual drama is concentrated here. As the eastern and western coasts of South America converge, it is as if they push nature’s forces together, creating a holy land. For more photos and writing from my travels, follow along @MichaelGeorge. #patagonia #torresdelpainenationalpark #chile #torresdelpaine #macizopaine
Photo by @taylorglenn | A portrait of one of Africa's greatest creatures in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Elephants are simply incredible, and to see them in close proximity will leave you speechless. Follow @taylorglenn for more from Tanzania and beyond. #elephant #africa #tanzania
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Thousands converge on Xuyi County, Jiangsu Province, China on June 13, 2016, for the annual crayfish-eating festival. Crayfish, often referred to as little lobsters, provide a significant source of revenue to residents of Xuyi, accounting for about one-fifth of their average income. Chinese demand for the high-protein crustaceans is on the rise, and more than 32,000 acres in Xuyi have been cultivated as crayfish pond farms. Owing in part to the naturally robust constitution of the crayfish, no pesticides are used on these farms. Farmers are creating a system that will enable consumers to easily determine the source of the crayfish they are purchasing, as part of an environmental monitoring system currently being developed in Jiangsu Province. Though crayfish are caught wild from local rivers and lakes, their farming is a relatively recent phenomenon in China, beginning in the 1990s. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photo by @bertiegregory | Wildlife guide Steve Schellenberg shares a moment with a wild gray wolf on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. This particular wolf is part of a pack that takes on polar bears. They’re the only pack in the world known to do this. This pack was bold, but whenever they came over to investigate us, we felt zero aggression, just curiosity. We humans have done terrible things to wolves. It’s estimated that in 1600, there were two million wolves in North America. Due to 400 years of systematic extermination, there are now just 80,000. There is hope that they are making a comeback, but they still need us to stop persecuting them. These top predators keep herbivore populations in check, allowing countless other species to thrive. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #wildlife #animals #wolves #snow #canada
Photo by @daisygilardini | The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a photographer’s paradise. I simply love how the backlight catches the grass in the African savanna. It makes the entire scene glow, giving it a surreal, dreamy feel. Whenever I'm driving by a field of glowing grass, I instinctively look for any subjects that might happen to be grazing in it. As much as I love the backlit grass, as it creates that magical ambience, it can be a real pain when trying to get a clear view of the face of the subject without having a long stalk of grass right in the middle of it. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #africa #zebra #wildlifephotography #okavangodelta #botswana
Photo by @stephen_matera | The sun rises over Mount Baker, a heavily glaciated stratovolcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. Washington has five prominent volcanoes that are heavily glaciated and significantly higher than their nearby peaks: Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, Glacier Peak, and Mount Baker. At 10,781 feet (3,286 meters), Mount Baker is the third highest volcano in the state. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #mtbaker #stratovolcano #glacier #wildflowers
Photo by @MartinEdstrom | Climbing Storsylen isn't as hard as it might look at first glance. Here a band of climbers make their way to the top on the right side of the ridge, on a clear day with perfect conditions. You climb the mountain in Sweden, but just before reaching the summit you cross the border and enter Norway. No passport officers in sight, though. While you definitely should hire a guide if you haven't climbed before, Sweden offers a lot of options for easy climbing for those who want to get started with adding a bit more altitude to their travels. Plus, you get to see the vast wilderness of the Jämtland mountain range from the top. Follow @MartinEdstrom for more travel tips from the Nordics. #sweden #sylarna #jamtland #adventuretravel #greatoutdoors
Photo by @Jonathan_Irish | There aren’t many cuter things in the world than baby animals. So when I heard that @sararacamp, the camp I was staying at in northern Kenya, had rescued a baby reticulated giraffe, I asked to see him. And what a beauty he was. He stood about as tall as me (6’3”) and was very friendly and inquisitive. He had been found alone and abandoned, and without being taken in he would have likely died. Nobody knows why he was left alone, but it was probably due to a lack of water in this dry northern desert. He will be fed and taken care of until he is healthy and strong, at which point he will be reintegrated with his own kind. Until then, he’s more than happy to say hello.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Overlooking Monastiraki Square, the Plaka neighborhood, and the ancient Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece. After two months of a lockdown due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Greek government announced that the Acropolis and other ancient sites will be reopened on May 18 for visitors. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens #acropolis #staysafe
Photos by @hellokrisdavidson | A balloonist adjusts the inside walls of a balloon as it fills with air before a dawn flight over the desert just outside Phoenix, Arizona. A form of travel that embodies open-ended and whimsical adventuring, the balloon’s course is largely determined by the wind. The first untethered manned flight began in Paris, France, in 1783, landing about a half hour later some five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away. Legend has it that when the pilots landed they gave bottles of champagne to the startled farmers. #Arizona #hotairballoon
Photo by @chrisburkard | White Sands National Park, the largest gypsum dune field in the world, is in the Tularosa Basin of New Mexico. A wonder of their own, the dunes are like an ocean, with endless waves of gypsum sand engulfing 275 square miles (712 square kilometers) of desert. You don’t have to walk far to escape tourists or see any footprints other than your own.
Photo by @joshuacogan | People pray at the Nizamuddin Dargah, a Sufi shrine in the western part of New Delhi. Nizamuddin Dargah is the mausoleum of one of the Sufi saints, Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya. Thousands of devotees visit the site weekly. Pilgrims gather for evening devotional qawwali music. To this day, the generational descendants of Nizamuddin Auliya look after the care of the mausoleum. For more explorations of culture, faith, and ritual follow me @joshuacogan.
Photo by Matt Borowick @mborowick | A favorite photography spot for many when visiting Hong Kong is the Choi Hung Estate. Flanked by tall buildings with muted colors on all sides with a basketball court in the middle, it attracts tourists from all over the world. Follow @mborowick for more images like this. #hongkong #choihungestate #travel #urban #explore
Photo by @MartinEdstrom | Human existence | About 100 people live here in Tiilerilaaq in eastern Greenland. After getting through the belt of ice in the spring, houses are just beginning to thaw and reveal their seasoned faces. Compared to western Greenland, which houses a lot of people, this side of Greenland is almost completely wild. During the few summer months, people will be out and about running errands underneath the seemingly everlasting midnight sun. Follow @MartinEdstrom for more images of Greenland and the Nordics. #greenland #eastgreenland #ilovegreenland #greenlandpioneer #lastwildplaces
Photo by @bertiegregory | Male polar bears can weigh more than 700 kilograms (1,543 pounds). This presents a potential problem when hunting seals on thin ice. Their solution: massive paws. Their paws can be 12 inches wide, spreading their weight. Their rough foot pads and short, sharp claws also give them extra traction. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #wildlife #animals #snow #bear #polarbear
Photo by @paoloverzone | The convent of Mont Sainte-Odile, dedicated to the patron saint of Alsace, attracts many pilgrims and visitors. To fully enjoy the sunset view of the plain of Alsace, I suggest an afternoon visit. Follow me @paoloverzone for more photos and stories. #alsace #france
Photo by @daisygilardini | Shooting during the golden hour in Antarctica often means being up in the middle of the night. Even if it’s sometimes hard, it always pays off in the end, on many levels. Photography pushes us to witness some of the most spectacular wonders of nature. These moments of pure quietness are simply priceless. I love every minute in the field. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #Antarctica #sunset #iceberg #landscapephotography
Photo by @dina_litovsky | A pre-social distancing moment in Philadelphia’s colorful Spruce Street Harbor Park. A fairly new addition to the city, the park features hammocks, floating gardens, and numerous food stalls. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photo by @stephen_matera | A Fremont cottonwood tree stands next to a sandstone wall along Utah State Route 95 south of Hanksville. Fremont cottonwoods are a common but beautiful sight along riparian zones in the Southwest, and they are especially striking when contrasted against a colorful sandstone wall. The drive from Hanksville to the Hite Crossing Bridge over the Colorado River is full of such scenery, as well as more expansive views of the arid desert landscape. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Utah and around the world. #desert #fremontcottonwood #sandstone
Photo by Kahli Hindmarsh @kahliaprilphoto | Taking in the grandness of this scene as ancient glaciers tumble into turquoise lakes in Jasper National Park.