Costas Christ is an award-winning travel writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. Prior to that, he was the Global Travel Editor and World Class columnist for National Geographic Adventure. His column, “Tales From The Frontier,” appears in Traveler.
Costas' articles and essays have also appeared in numerous other publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, and Sunday Times of London. He is best known as one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism experts, whose work and travels have taken him to more than 125 countries across six continents.
He serves as Chairman of Judges for the World Travel and Tourism Council Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, which recognize best practices in the travel industry that support the protection of cultural and natural heritage. He also writes the Go Green travel column for Virtuoso Life, the largest circulation travel trade magazine.
Costas has appeared frequently on television and radio, including Travel Channel, NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, BBC, and National Public Radio, among others, to discuss travel trends and emerging destinations. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of ecotourism, both as a founding member and former Chairman of the International Ecotourism Society. He is a special adviser to travel philanthropy organizations, including the Spirit of Big Five Foundation, the Bodhi Tree Foundation, and the Leading Travel Companies Conservation Foundation.
A dynamic keynote speaker, he was selected for three National Geographic Adventure speaking tours in North America and currently speaks at international travel conferences and events. Costas was also honored as a "Travel Visionary" by the International Restaurant and Hotel Awards for his articles about sustainability and tourism issues.
When not traveling, he lives on a 40-acre organic blueberry farm in Maine where, during August and September, he can be found tending the crop and managing a farmers market cooperative representing local family farms.
2014 Traveler Photo Contest
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