Intrepid’s Dr. Susanne Etti Recognized by National Geographic as One of Nine New “Travelers of The Year” for 2024

15 February 2024

Each year, National Geographic announces their 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.

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“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 organisations 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.”

About Intrepid Travel
Intrepid Travel has been a world leader in responsible travel for more than 30 years. The company’s mission is to create positive change through the joy of travel, which comes to life on more than 1,150 tours, all designed to truly experience local culture. With its own network of destination management companies in 26 countries, Intrepid has unique local expertise and perspectives. Globally recognized for their commitment to transparency and ethical travel, they became the world’s largest travel company to achieve B-Corp certification in 2018. Intrepid Travel is also the first tour operator with near-term science-based climate targets through the Science Based Targets Initiative, and its not-for-profit, The Intrepid Foundation, has raised more than $13 million for more than 135 partners. For more information download the company’s 2022 Annual Report and follow Intrepid on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, or LinkedIn.

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