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Jan. 3: This week’s best travel journalism

The Reporter has scanned the web for this week's best travel stories and longreads.

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Chasing the Northern Lights in Alaska

The New York Times

A frosty family trip in pursuit of the aurora borealis slides between watching and waiting, panic and prayer, reports Ethan Todras-Whitehill. Read the story.


The surprising secret of the Galápagos Islands

Travel and Leisure

Protecting the unique creatures of the Galápagos Islands is a shockingly recent concept. And the preservation battle is far from over, reports Rich Beattie. Read the story.


The most extreme explorers of 2013

The Daily Beast

From a seven-year journey tracing the history of humans to a man attempting to be the first to walk the entire length of the Nile, meet some of the craziest adventurers of 2013. Read the story.


Wrangling the Goodyear blimp


It’s New Year’s Eve, and we’re suspended 2,000 feet above Atlanta by an iconic bag of gas. It’s kind of hard to believe I’m actually flying the Goodyear blimp, reports CNN’s reporter. Read the story.


What are the best cruise lines for adventurers?

Outside Magazine

Whether on water or off, prepackaged trips can be a version of hell. But there are a few options around for adventurers, too. See the list.



The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.