Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. National Geographic Traveler hand-picked 20 must-see destinations for 2013 for our latest issue, but travel is such a personal thing. That’s why we asked our travel staff where they would go if they could only visit one place next year.
Check out the line up, then let us know what’s at the top of your travel to-do list in 2013:
“No. 1 is Bhutan, which through scheduling conflicts, I missed being able to visit four times. I want to see what Gross National Happiness index looks like up close and to visit before the hordes begin to shred the fabric of its relatively intact culture and untrammeled landscape.” – Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler
“I’m a huge fan of street art, and Valparaíso (one of our best-trip picks for 2013) is a street art hub. I have never been to South America, and from what I’ve seen of pictures of Patagonia, Chile seems like a logical (and beautiful) place to start.” – Carolyn Fox, Senior Producer for Travel Digital, National Geographic
“I want my next adventure to put me in touch with the natural world. Costa Rica, with its rich opportunities for sustainable and authentic ecotourism, is the perfect place to start.” – Erin Block, Editorial Assistant, National Geographic Traveler
“I’ve been all over Europe, but I’ve never been to France. It’s been a dream of mine to visit, but I’ve put it off, waiting for the ‘travel stars’ — time, money, the perfect travel companion — to align. It’s time.” – Leslie Trew Magraw, Editor, Intelligent Travel
“Well off the beaten path with beautiful arctic landscapes, grand fjords and remarkably remote little Inuit villages, Greenland is the place to go in 2013. The world’s largest glacier (besides Antarctica) has never been more accessible–hike over virgin mountains, do winter adventure sports in the middle of summer, and kayak in the country that gave us the word ‘qajak.'” – Andrew Evans, National Geographic’s Digital Nomad and a contributing editor at Traveler
“I would like to gawk at its Futurama capital, Astana, look for the elusive snow leopard, and hike the alpine meadows of the Tien-Shan (Heavenly) Mountains. The only part I wouldn’t like would be drinking fermented mare’s milk.” – Marilyn Terrell, Chief Researcher, National Geographic Traveler
“It’s exotic, it’s larger than France, and then there are those lemurs.” – Norie Quintos, Executive Editor, National Geographic Traveler
New Zealand (with a side trip to New Caledonia)
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“Stunning landscapes, world-renowned wineries, and adventure sports abound in New Zealand, and New Caledonia has some of the more remote and beautiful beaches in the world.” – Sarah Polger, Senior Digital Photo Editor, National Geographic Travel & Adventure
“With the recent repatriation of Machu Picchu Incan treasures from Yale University to Cusco’s Museo Casa Concha, I figure this is the year to visit Peru.” – Amy Alipio, Associate Editor, National Geographic Traveler
“I want to go bushwalking on the Overland Track in Tasmania. I know a Tasmanian guy who makes amazing local cheese and another who runs an ecotourism company in Hobart, so all I need now is a plane ticket and a case of shiraz!” – George W. Stone, Contributing Editor, National Geographic Traveler
If you could travel to just one place next year, where would it be and why? Let us know in the comments section below for a chance to appear in an upcoming issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.