As the pandemic continues and travel restrictions remain, National Geographic offers a respite with remarkable photographs of places to visit in the future.
The magazine has published its new ‘Best of the World 2021’ list of ’25 extraordinary destinations that will define our future itineraries and inspire readers to “dream now, go later.”
Profiling inspiring places, communities and innovations, the list provides an optimistic dose of escapism, as would-be travelers navigate pandemic precautions around the world,’ according to its press release.
The list has five categories: nature, adventure, culture, sustainability and family.
‘While the pandemic has brought journeys to a standstill, it’s not quieted our curiosity,’ George Stone, executive editor of National Geographic Travel, said in the release.
‘The world is full of wonders—even when they’re hard to reach. Now is the perfect time to discover something new about an extraordinary place or culture in our world and perhaps dream up your next journey, for when that time comes. Ahead of a new year—with the hope of a return to travel—we’re excited to share these 25 timely tales of timeless places that will define our future itineraries.’
To see more of Nat Geo’s Best of the World 2021 list, visit the magazine’s website at NatGeo.com/BestOfTheWorld.
A group of traditional Aztec dancers perform during Crush Walls 2019, a popular street art festival in Denver, Colorado in the above photograph. Originating in central Mexico, the dance honors ancestors and represents different relationships with the Earth, animals, time, and customs
Above, an aurora borealis swirls over Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories
Founded in 1211, Brasov, above, is a gateway city to the wildflower meadows and wooded mountains of rural Transylvania
A diver, above, explores the coral reefs around Lord Howe Island. The volcanic isle, located in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand, has more than 60 dive sites, including Ball’s Pyramid—the world’s tallest sea stack
Since 2005, the Loango Gorilla Project has been acclimatizing western lowland gorillas, above, to humans for both research and ecotourism purposes in Loango National Park, Gabon
In 1912, an eruption of the volcano Novarupta formed the caldera and crater lake, above, at the summit of Mount Katmai. A 2018 expedition set out to uncover traces of Katmai National Park’s history before the massive explosion
Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus mountain range, Svaneti, above, is home to some of the most isolated villages in Georgia. Many of the watchtowers pictured above were built during the Middle Ages to protect against marauding armies
Above, wildlife lovers can swim alongside Dominica’s resident sperm whales, but only with an accredited tour operator that follows strict animal-welfare protocols