Each year, National Geographic announces its picks for BEST OF THE WORLD, the brand’s annual guide of the most exciting, meaningful, and one-of-a-kind travel experiences for the year ahead. Today, Nat Geo unveiled BEST OF THE WORLD 2024 with a brand-new category: TRAVELER OF THE YEAR.
Dr. Susanne Etti, Intrepid Travel’s Global Environmental Impact Manager, was recognized as one of only nine National Geographic “TRAVELERS OF THE YEAR,” the designation for changemakers who inspire National Geographic’s own global community of travel experts on where and how to travel.
From PastaGrannies to Liliana Palma Santos to Dolly Parton, these creatives, guides, influencers and adventurers excel at exciting people about the wonders of our world, illuminating diverse cultures and showing them how to travel smarter.
Part of National Geographic’s BEST OF THE WORLD 2024, the TRAVELERS OF THE YEAR selection was thoughtfully curated by National Geographic’s international editorial teams, which serve millions of readers through their magazines and websites around the world.
“At National Geographic, we know that travel has the power to move you. That the experiences you have can make you see the world — and yourself — in a new light. Our expanded BEST OF THE WORLD franchise is the ultimate guide to the exceptional experiences that we and our global community of experts are most excited about right now, whether that’s hiking to the El Valle de Antón volcano in Panama or listening to live music in Kyoto or bear-watching in Alaska,” said Nathan Lump, National Geographic’s editor-in-chief. “This year, we wanted to give travelers more ideas than ever before to jumpstart their travel planning for 2024 and beyond, so we grew our lists to include curated hotels, restaurants, wellness retreats and cultural spots that we believe are worth getting on a plane for, and gear that will make your travels smoother. And because we know that people can also be a great source of inspiration, we’re sharing our picks for Travelers of the Year—those individuals like Dr. Susanne Etti who, through their example, make us all want to get out there and experience something new.”
“I regard National Geographic as one of the most iconic and respected media organizations in not only the field of science but in the world,” says Dr. Etti. “To be named in its Traveler of the Year category is truly an honour. I hope we can inspire many more conscious adventurers to help see and protect our planet.”
In total, BEST OF THE WORLD 2024 includes:
TRAVELERS OF THE YEAR – From a family searching for African ancestors to a music icon celebrating her Tennessee roots, National Geographic’s Travelers of the Year inspire us to experience the best of the world and, once we’re out the door, help make our journeys more meaningful. These are explorers, boundary breakers, and changemakers who know a thing or two about where and how to travel right now … and even what to pack. Nat Geo gathered tips and travel-related insights from these nine trendsetters to share with audiences at NatGeo.com/Travelers.
TOP 20 TRAVEL EXPERIENCES – A selection of must-do adventures right now. From the total eclipse in Niagara Falls in April to glacier treks in Chile, this year’s highlights include a ranking system — another first. The full list of animal-watching, rapid-rafting and road-trip experiences can be found at NatGeo.com/BestOfTheWorld.
WORTH A TRIP: Hotels, Restaurants, Cultural Spots and Wellness Retreats – The definitive guide to the best hotels, restaurants, cultural gems and wellness retreats to plan your trips around in 2024. Each of these establishments is a gateway to a destination, helping travelers explore the culture, history, landscape or wildlife in a deeper and richer way.
GEAR OF THE YEAR – 18 expert-approved innovative products every traveller will want to pack, whether the next big trip involves a first-class ticket or a full tank of gas. With tips from pro cyclists to adventure photographers on everything from bike racks to binoculars, Gear of the Year highlights the latest equipment travellers will be most excited to take with them in 2024.
The BEST OF THE WORLD 2024 travel guide is available online now at NatGeo.com/BestOfTheWorld, where readers will be transported to each destination through spectacular photography and reporting.