New Year, New Travels

Happy New Year! If one of your resolutions is to travel more—and if it’s not, it really should be!—we’ve got you covered with great products, trip suggestions, and more. Ready? Start planning!

See where you came from. Discover your deep ancestry with Geno 2.0, then head off to explore those countries in person. You’ll get a rich report that reveals the anthropological story of your ancestors—where they lived and how they migrated. All that’s left is for you to explore your origins in person.


Give spontaneity a spin. Find your next travel destination with the Bancroft Black and White Globe, a striking, geographically precise black-and-white modern globe that features thousands of place-names. Give it a spin and see where you end up. Andorra, anyone?


Don’t get lost. Wallace Stegner called national parks the “best idea we ever had” and we couldn’t agree more. Know where you’re going with the Greatest National Parks Trail Map Collection, featuring 10 Trails Illustrated maps of the most popular parks in a beautiful wooden collector’s box.


Get inspired. See the sights that evoke awe and wonder with Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary. Shot by some of the world’s finest photographers, this gorgeous book reveals a world very few have the chance to see for themselves: volcanic lightning, 30,000-year-old cave art sealed from the public, animals that are among the last of their species on Earth, giant crystals that have grown to more than 50 tons, and much more.


Keep warm. It gets cold when you’re exploring Antarctica, climbing Mount Everest, skiing the Matterhorn, or waiting for room service in Paris. Protect your feet with the Ultimate American Bison Socks, made of bison down that’s softer than cashmere and warmer than wool.


Keep track of time. Make sure you’ll make it on time to the Sydney Opera (or the Man U match) with the Carabiner Clip Watch With LED Microlight. This clever explorer’s watch has a built-in carabiner that clips onto belt loops and backpacks, as well as a powerful LED microlight to shine a light on your surroundings.


Read up before you go. The excitement of travel starts while you’re still at home. These three books will give you tips and tricks for your next trip—and new destinations to add to your bucket list. How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler guides readers through the complexities of travel with practical advice from experts. Abroad at Home presents a potpourri of international experiences in the U.S. and Canada, from finding the best Chinese pot stickers to celebrating Oktoberfest. And The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide is a must for any backpacking, hiking, or camping trip, with info on what to wear and bring, how to choose a campsite, and much more.


Travel Inspiration From Nat Geo

Now that you’ve got your gear, where should you go? Here are some suggestions to whet your wanderlust.


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101 Reasons to Travel Now

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Travel Quiz

Test your travel smarts with this quick quiz. Answers are below. No cheating!

  1. What country is the most popular international destination?
    1. France
    2. Mexico
    3. USA
  1. What curiosity did Las Vegas use to attract tourists in the 1950s?
    1. Atomic bomb testing
    2. Building demolition
    3. Gangsters
  1. A typical Egyptian breakfast comes with which of the following?
    1. Chocolate
    2. Fava beans
    3. Salsa
  1. If you spent one day visiting each of Indonesia’s islands, how long would it take you to see them all?
    1. 8 months
    2. 5 years
    3. 48 years
  1. The word “spa” comes from a town with healing springs in what country?
    1. Belgium
    2. Ethiopia
    3. Spain



  1. A. More international visitors head to France than any other country.
  2. A. Bright flashes and mushroom clouds could often be seen from downtown Las Vegas when the U.S. government began nuclear tests at its Nevada Test Site in the early 1950s.
  3. B. A bowl of simmered and mashed fava beans sprinkled with spices is part of a typical Egyptian breakfast.
  4. C. You’d need nearly 48 years to visit each of Indonesia’s more than 17,500 islands.
  5. A. The cold springs of Spa, Belgium, have attracted people seeking a healing soak since the 14th century.