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NGT Best of the World 2021

LONDON (17 November 2020) — With the publication of its new Best of the World 2021 list, National Geographic Traveller (UK) announces the 35 extraordinary destinations that will define our future itineraries. Profiling inspiring places, communities and innovations, the list provides an optimistic dose of escapism, as would-be travellers navigate pandemic precautions around the world.

Framed by five categories — Sustainability, Nature & Wildlife, Adventure, Culture & History and Family Travel — each inclusion honours a superlative destination with a relevant story to tell for the year ahead. From the exploration of ‘Africa’s last Eden’ in Gabon and the environmental efforts of Denver, Colorado, to the nearly completed England Coast Path (the world’s longest seafront walking trail) and so much more, the 2021 list profiles conservation successes, preservation achievements, cultural resilience, and tales of communities overcoming daunting obstacles to thrive despite the pandemic.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “Coronavirus may well have scuppered many of our travel plans in 2020, but it hasn’t quashed our desire to see the world. And while we dream of distant shores and warmer climes, this list recognises the extraordinary destinations we can look forward to visiting when the time comes. Ahead of a new year — with the hope of a return to travel — we’re excited to share these 35 places, which will feature prominently on our future itineraries.”

The list was compiled in collaboration with National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s colleagues at National Geographic and the 16 local language editions of National Geographic Traveler, which serve millions of readers across their magazines and websites around the world.

National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s Best of the World 2021 list is an extended version of National Geographic’s list of the same name, and includes an additional 10 entries for a UK audience.

The list will be published in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK), on newsstands from 3 December.

The Best of the World 2021 list is available online now at

National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s Best of the World 2021 list:

Costa Rica
Helsinki, Finland
Alonissos, Greece (nominated by National Geographic Traveler India)
Copenhagen, Denmark (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Italy)
New Caledonia (nominated by National Geographic Traveler France)
Freiburg, Germany (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Germany)
Gabon, Africa (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Netherlands)
Denver, Colorado, US (nominated by National Geographic Travel US)

Scotland, UK
South Africa
Isle Royale, Michigan, US (nominated by National Geographic Travel US)
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Czechia)
Cerrado, Brazil (nominated by National Geographic Travel US)
Lord Howe Island, Australia (nominated by National Geographic Travel US)

Dominica (nominated by National Geographic Travel U.S.)
Svaneti Region, Georgia (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Poland)
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Latin America)
The Carian Trail, Turkey (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Turkey)

Coventry, UK
Porto, Portugal
Guam (nominated by National Geographic Travel US)
Pueblo Nations, New Mexico, US (nominated by National Geographic Travel US)
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Spain)
Gyeongju, South Korea (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Korea)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, US (nominated by National Geographic Travel US)
Tonglu, Zhejiang Province, China (nominated by National Geographic Traveler China)

England Coast Path (nominated by National Geographic Traveller UK)
Transylvania, Romania (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Romania)
Space Coast, Florida, US (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Russia)
Hortobágy, Hungary (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Hungary)
Indigenous British Columbia, Canada (nominated by National Geographic Travel US)


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National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s Best of the World 2021 list is an extended version of National Geographic’s list of the same name, including an additional 10 entries for a UK audience. To view the US list with its 25 entries, visit For media information regarding the USA’s Best of the World 2021 list, contact or

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