Travelers of the Year

  • Date
    February 6, 2014
  • Time 7:00 p.m.
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price Starting at $30

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Picture of Hilda and John Denham
Hilda and John Denham

Photograph by Martin Hartley

Picture of Tracey Friley

Tracey Friley

Photograph by Tricia Cronin

Back by popular demand, meet National Geographic Traveler magazine’s 2013 Travelers of the Year. Be inspired by the stories of people who go beyond merely vacationing to make the world a better place.

Hilda and John Denham established the Pacuare Nature Reserve to protect turtle nesting areas in Costa Rica, after John’s first visit to the area where he witnessed poachers roaming freely along the beaches. United Airlines® Sustainable Travel Leadership Award winners.

Alison Wright, a photojournalist who survived a deadly bus accident in Laos, went on to launch the Faces of Hope Fund, which partners with communities and organizations to help provide medical assistance, education, and aid to children in crisis around the world.

Shannon O'Donnell, a frequent traveler and volunteer, launched Grassroots Volunteering, a carefully researched database of volunteering and sustainable tourism opportunities worldwide.

Molly Burke and Muyambi Muyambi, former Bucknell University classmates, formed Bicycles Against Poverty, a nonprofit which distributes bikes to low-income entrepreneurs in Uganda.

Tracey Friley, a youth travel advocate whose travel experiences inspired her initiative to help underserved girls obtain their first passports through her Passport Party Project.

Moderated by National Geographic Traveler editor at large George W. Stone.

Sponsored by United Airlines. Reception to follow.

The National Geographic Museum will be open until 6:45 p.m. on February 6. Get admission to A New Age of Exploration and our other exhibitions for an additional $7 when you purchase your ticket to this event.

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