National Geographic Traveler‘s latest issue is here — and poised to inspire great travel as 2013 approaches.

Start planning your next trip. Traveler‘s Best of the World highlights 20 wildly diverse places — from Crimea to Memphis — that made our wanderlust wish list for the new year.

Get inspired to travel with purpose with Travelers of the Year, our inaugural celebration of passionate globe-trotters who are changing the world, one passport stamp at a time.

Then get inspired to take better photographs. Photographers from 152 countries submitted more than 12,000 images to our 24th annual photo contest, and only three walked away with prizes. Check out this year’s winner’s circle.

Also in this issue:

Costas Christ pens an ode to lodging that embraces a sense of place (not conquers it); consumer-travel expert Christopher Elliott shares a tale of two (very different) airlinesBoyd Matson shows us the power of doing something you’ve never done before; and “Real Travel” columnist Daisann McLane fesses up to her most egregious travel faux pas.

Plus, find out what to do with 48 hours in Washington, D.C., get an insider look at Casablanca 70 years after the eponymous celluloid love story premiered, and join us on an epic road trip from Key Largo to Key West on the Overseas Highway.

See it all: There’s a lot you can’t get online. To see all Traveler has to offer, pick up a copy on newsstands today, subscribe to have it delivered right to your door, or download a digital copy on your iPad. .

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  1. Tammy
    Tampa, FL
    February 7, 2013, 4:21 pm

    The trip from Key Largo to Key West is one of the best road trips. There are hundreds of things to do and see. Glad the area is spotlighted. I’m on my way there next week!
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