Costas Christ

of National Geographic Traveler

Costas Christ is an award-winning travel writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, where he pens the “Trending” column. Follow Costas on Twitter @CostasChrist.

In addition to his work with National Geographic, Costas's articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Virtuoso Life, International Herald Tribune, and the Sunday Times of London, among other publications.

One of the world's leading sustainable tourism experts, Costas's work and travels have taken him to more than 125 countries across six continents. He has been recognized along with Dr. Jane Goodall, Ted Turner, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as one of 50 Global Visionaries working to save the planet.

Costas also serves as chairman of the National Geographic World Legacy Awards, which honor companies, organizations, and destinations on the leading edge of positive change in the global travel industry.

Budget Botswana: Four Great Adventures

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Botswana is renowned for delivering stand-out safari experiences and some of the most spectacular—and extravagant—ecolodges on Earth. Less well-known is the affordable side of exploring this iconic Southern African republic. Here are four unique adventures in Botswana that will have you coming back for more, without blowing your budget for the year.

A Food Lover’s Guide to Maine

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I straddle two worlds as an organic blueberry farmer and a travel editor, but these two realities pleasantly meet in the realm of farm-to-fork adventures—and there is no better place to be than Maine during harvest season. There are more than 400 organic farms and roughly 130 farmers markets in this rugged state I call home.…

Trending: Private Nature Reserves

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A notable thing is taking place around the globe: Communities and conservation entrepreneurs are creating private nature reserves, from coral lagoons in Asia to sanctuaries in the Americas.

Generation Next: The World’s Young Eco Warriors

The days of children waiting around for grown-ups to save the planet are over. Nowadays, they’re taking conservation action into their own hands.

Why You Should Plan an African Safari…Now

Despite the fact that the Serengeti is farther from the Ebola zone in West Africa than New York is from Fairbanks, Alaska, the fallout of the Ebola outbreak continues to wreak havoc—not just for people but also wildlife; not just in West Africa but also across the continent. Travelers have canceled their safari plans in droves, dealing a blow to the ecotourism economy. Guess who’s filling the void? Poachers.

Jane Goodall: What I Know

Conservation crusader, renowned primatologist, and Nat Geo Explorer-in-Residence Emeritus Dr. Jane Goodall talks about her hope for the future and the double-edged sword of tourism.

The Wild Side of Tuscany

Over a decade ago, the film “Under the Tuscan Sun” tossed Italy’s Maremma region into the global tourism spotlight. For today’s thoughtful travelers, this fertile region offers authenticity and nature on a grand scale best sampled in spring, when the days are warm, the nights are cool, and the land is bursting with life renewed.

The Future of Greener Air Travel

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Has the age of flying green arrived? Not quite.

Seven Perfect Days in Belize

I have been traveling to Belize every year for more than a decade and am already planning my next trip. Why? This small Central American nation delivers cultural and natural heritage in spades. Here’s a prescription for the perfect week in this small but mighty wonderland.

Island of Nice: Sri Lanka

Fellow travelers frequently ask me if there are any places I have been that I would go back to in a heartbeat. Well, Sri Lanka quickly comes to mind (I’m currently planning my third trip there). Which, of course, begs the question: Why? Here are seven reasons Sri Lanka is on my revisit list for 2015.

Edible Conservation: Eating the Enemy

Invasive species are wreaking havoc on fragile natural ecosystems. In response, a culinary movement spearheaded by conservation groups and sustainably minded chefs is gathering steam, with a clear message: Eat the invaders.

A Birthday Wish for America’s National Parks

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Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872, leading the British diplomat James Bryce to declare national parks “the best idea America ever had.” Indeed, it was, and is. But celebrations and plaudits aside, look at what we have done to our national treasures. As we prepare to celebrate the National Park Service centennial in 2016, here’s a birthday wish for the future.