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What you can expect from National Geographic Traveller in light of the coronavirus crisis

With the coronavirus pandemic temporarily halting all travel, the National Geographic Traveller team is now doing things a little differently, and we want to take stock and welcome you into the world of the armchair traveller.

Published 24 Mar 2020, 17:30 GMT

For many of us, travel is integral to who we are — it’s in our hearts, our minds, our souls. And yet, here we are, in unprecedented times. Travel is, for the time being, stalled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time of writing, borders are closed, airports are silent, planes are grounded and people worldwide are severely curtailing their movement. Health and wellbeing, rightly, are at the forefront of our minds. It’s never been more important to stay at home.

But, like all crises, this will pass. And the hope is that we’ll emerge united — and perhaps more resilient, too. Despite the challenges posed, for many of you, the desire to travel will remain. And if there’s one thing we strive for at National Geographic Traveller, it’s to ensure our content offers as much to readers who aspire to travel as it does to those who are already committed globetrotters.

So, with all of us now armchair travellers, for the time being our magazine and our website suddenly find themselves a vibrant lifeline to the wider world. Dive deep into our long reads and allow yourself a little escapism — immerse yourself in sumptuous photography and unparalleled storytelling from distant climes. A journey through our website offers sunsets over jagged mountains, encounters with locals on the road, thrilling insights into the frontline of conservation, and vibrant, in-the-know city guides — and much, much more. With a little imagination, you can explore the globe without leaving your house.

Now is a good time, too, to reflect on adventures already taken. Why not enter our prestigious Travel Writing Competition (open until 30 June), with the chance of being published in the magazine and a grand prize of a two-week trip to Vietnam? Or dig into past albums and share your travel photography with our intrepid, global community on Instagram using #NGTUK

Keeping connected is more important than ever, and we’ll be asking questions and sharing insights on our social media profiles, so do get in touch and let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see more — or less — of during this tumultuous time. We’re committed to bringing you plenty to read and inspire, so you’ll be seeing a lot more on this website in the coming weeks.

Travel is, at its heart, as much about fascination and learning as it is about physical exploration. Now the physical act is temporarily on hold, this is a time to stoke your imagination — and tentatively start planning — for all the journeys yet to be made.

Pat Riddell, editor
National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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