Hello, and welcome to the official website for National Geographic Traveller Australia & New Zealand, Natgeotraveller.com.au!
We’re excited to be launching the new website alongside our first print issue and a nifty digital edition that includes added interviews, videos and image galleries to keep you inspired by the world of National Geographic.
For those who aren’t familiar National Geographic Traveler, it was launched 30 years ago in the US and has now grown to have16 editions (including ours) around the world – there are Travellers everywhere from Moscow and the UK, to Mexico City, China and India. It has an incredible combined readership of around 7 million people, many of them also loyal readers of National Geographic, the original magazine.
Becoming the editor of the Australian/New Zealand edition and working for the global brand that is National Geographic is a childhood dream come true, and so it is with great pride that I will continue to work with my team to compile what we consider to be some of the best travel stories, accompanied by some of the finest photography in the world.
Travel is a wonderful thing in itself, but to be able to put together a magazine, app and a website that also focuses on the environment, history, culture and people in this world who are doing amazing things not just for themselves, but for the planet, is humbling and exciting. It gives us a vehicle to reach out and inspire so many people.
Having been writing and editing travel articles for over 15 years, I often sit back and wonder if there will always be another place in the world that I know nothing about. And sure enough, every week, the seeds of new ideas come across my desk, and I marvel at how I’ve never heard of another place, and know not a thing about the people who live there. How about Humpty Doo near Darwin in Australia? Or Truth or Consequences – a spa city in New Mexico? Heard of them? And the UK is full of hilariously named places such as Tiddlywink in Wiltshire, or River Piddle in Worcestershire. Have you heard of The Gambier Islands in Tahiti or Wrangel Island off Siberia? Nope, neither had I until this week.
My hope is to take some of the many interesting things I somehow find out about, and transform them into something for National Geographic Traveller that will then surprise and delight others – taking them out of their own world and into another.
Watch the National Geographic Traveller teaser video below and start exploring now.
For our launch issue, we'll be showing you the latest quirky initiatives by Australian-based artist and visionary Joost Bakker in People Who Care; revealing our favourite family-friendly pit-stops in Top 10: New York With Kids; and uncovering the chain of events that sent National Geographic explorer David Doubilet on a magical journey below the ocean's surface in Under Cover.
We also think you'll enjoy our photo-packed features on the world's last great wilderness, Antarctica; a father's experience travelling with his teenage daughter in Tanzania; a snapshot of the once war-torn Italian Dolomites; and a colourful glimpse into the remote markets of Myanmar's Inle Lake.
We hope you enjoy reading our latest stories and blog posts as much as we enjoyed putting them together! To stay up to date on National Geographic Traveller Australia & New Zealand news and exclusive offers, sign up to our official newsletter.
This magazine is about showcasing the most wonderful things in the world for travellers who just can’t get enough of all there is out there. It’s for people who want to make every minute and every journey count. And with the amazing explorers, writers and photographers that National Geographic draws like bees to flowers, we can keep on giving you more of what you love, improving our offering with every issue. You can help us to do that too, by giving us feedback. Feel free to drop us a line anytime as we value your ideas.
But in the meantime, whether you are out and about or sitting at home reading a story, happy travels. I hope your next trip is the best one yet. Perhaps it’ll be the town of Chicken in Alaska? You never know. Or maybe you’re headed to Batman in Turkey? That’s pronounced Butmun, I’ve just been told. Have fun.