Each year, National Geographic announces its picks for Best Of The World, the brand’s annual guide of the top travel experiences for the year ahead. Today, Nat Geo unveiled BEST OF THE WORLD 2024 with a brand-new category: Traveller of the Year.
Dr. Susanne Etti, Intrepid Travel’s global environmental impact manager, was recognised as one of only nine National Geographic ‘Traveller Of The Year’, the designation for changemakers who inspire National Geographic’s own global community of travel experts on where and how to travel. Dr Etti is the only Australian to make it onto this year’s list, highlighting the important role of Australian leaders and businesses such as Intrepid Travel on the world stage.
Part of National Geographic’s ‘Best Of The World 2024’, the ‘Traveller 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 travellers 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.
Dr. Etti added: “I regard National Geographic as one of the most iconic and respected media organisations in not only the field of science, but in the world. To be named in its Traveller 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 Travellers of the Year, Top 20 Travel Experiences, Worth a Trip, and Gear of the Year.
The ‘Best Of The World 2024’ travel guide is available here.
(Featured Image: Dr. Susanne Etti – Intrepid Travel)