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National Geographic Traveler
December 2012/January 2013 cover of National Geographic Traveler
EditorGeorge Stone
Frequency4 per year-1984-1988
6 per year-1989-1998
8 per year-1998-2016
6 per year-2016-2019
Total circulation
(June, 2012)
735,453 [1]
First issueSpring, 1984
Final issueDecember, 2019
CompanyNG Media
(Disney Publishing Worldwide)
CountryUnited States
Based inWashington, D.C.

National Geographic Traveler is a magazine published by NG Media in Armenia, Belgium, the Netherlands, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Latin America, Israel, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and the UK. The US edition was published from 1984 to 2019.


National Geographic Traveler was launched as a quarterly publication in the Spring of 1984 by the National Geographic Society under the leadership of president Gilbert M Grosvenor.[2] Vice president for publications, Robert L. Breeden oversaw the launch.[3] Joan Tapper was the first editor.[3] The final US print edition appeared in December, 2019 with George Stone as editor.[4] In its 35-year run, the US print edition had six editors:

  • Joan Tapper, 1984-1989
  • Richard Busch, 1988-1998 [5]
  • Keith Bellows, 1998-2015 [6]
  • Norie Quintos, Acting Editor, 2015 [6]
  • Maggie Zackowitz, 2015-2016 [7]
  • George Stone, 2016-2019

In September 2013, the National Geographic Society formed National Geographic Travel group by consolidating its travel assets, including National Geographic Traveler magazine, National Geographic Expeditions, its travel books, digital travel content, maps, apps and travel community. National Geographic Traveler editor Keith Bellows was named senior vice president of the newly-formed group.[8]

On September 9, 2015, the National Geographic Society announced that it would reorganize its media properties and publications (including National Geographic Traveler) into a new company known as National Geographic Partners LLC. 21st Century Fox paid $725 million to own 73% of this new, for-profit, corporation.[9]

The acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company began December 14, 2017 and continued to March 20, 2019.[10] Among other key assets, the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney included a 73% stake in National Geographic Partners (including National Geographic Traveler). As of August 2019 NG Media publishing operations were assumed by Disney Publishing Worldwide. Disney ceased the National Geographic Traveler print edition with the December 2019 issue.


  1. ^ "AAM: Total Circ for Consumer Magazines". 18 April 2014. Archived from the original on 18 April 2014.
  2. ^ Poole, Robert M. (2004). Explorers House. New York: Penguin Press. p. 281. ISBN 1594200327.
  3. ^ a b "National Geographic to Publish Quarterly 'Traveler' Magazine". Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  4. ^ "George Stone Appointed Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Travel". National Geographic Partners. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  5. ^ Hunter, Margaret (1 July 2021). "A new trip for Traveler; shaking up the old guard at the Society has raised competition in the travel field again". IndexArticles. Folio: The Magazine for Magazine Management. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  6. ^ a b Weissmann, Arnie. "Bellows leaves National Geographic Traveler, as another consumer editor moves on". www.travelweekly.com. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  7. ^ "National Geographic Traveler Reveals Its New Editor-in-Chief". Skift.
  8. ^ Schaal, Dennis; September 4th, Skift (4 September 2013). "National Geographic Forms Travel Group and Keeps Print Central to Strategy". Skift.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Farhi, Paul (9 September 2015). "National Geographic gives Fox control of media assets in $725 million deal". Washington Post.
  10. ^ Szalai, Georg; Bond, Paul (19 March 2019). "Disney Closes $71.3 Billion Fox Deal, Creating Global Content Powerhouse". The Hollywood Reporter.

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