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    Introducing the 2013 Travelers of the Year

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Introducing the 2013 Travelers of the Year

National Geographic Traveler celebrates individuals who travel with passion and purpose, have an exceptional story to tell, and represent a style of travel, motivation, or method that can inform and inspire us all. More than 1,500 nominations were submitted to the 2013 Travelers of the Year program. Traveler magazine editors and advisers selected passionate travelers who turned trips into opportunities to assist with conservation efforts, connect with local cultures, volunteer in surprising ways, challenge themselves, deepen familial and community bonds, and engage with the world in meaningful ways. Get to know them in photos and interviews.

Travelers of the Year Advisers: Russell Mittermeier, president, Conservation International • Angélique Kidjo, Grammy-winning singer, Batonga Foundation founder, UNICEF goodwill ambassador • Kumi Naidoo, international executive director, Greenpeace • Jonathan Tourtellot, founding director, National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, editor, DestinationCenter.org • Catherine Karnow, contributing photographer, National Geographic Traveler • Costas Christ, editor at large, National Geographic Traveler, president BeyondGreenTravel.com • The editors of National Geographic Traveler

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