The numbers give rise to the reason: There were 25 million international tourists in 1950. Last year, more than one billion globetrotters set out to see the world’s cultural and natural wonders—from the Serengeti’s Great Migration to the ancient Inca cities of Peru. We now have more places to go and more ways to get there than ever before. With that comes an even greater responsibility to safeguard our fragile planet for future generations.
At National Geographic, we believe in the power of exploration to make the world a better place. And that conviction is why we launched the World Legacy Awards—to honor the travel visionaries of today who blaze the trail to a better tomorrow, based on environmentally-friendly practices, saving nature, protecting heritage, and supporting the well-being of local people. Our partners and sponsors include ITB Berlin, the Botswana Tourism Organisation, Adventure World, and the TreadRight Foundation. But at the core of our mission are fellow sojourners like you who share our passion for experiential travel and, yes, fun on the road, too.