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It’s not every night you’re out swilling cocktails with a National Geographic Traveler of the Year, but sometimes the stars collide, the rain pours and you duck into the dbar at the new flagship Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto to celebrate.
And sometimes Heather Greenwood Davis wins big. In this case, a National Geographic Traveler of the Year award!
Heather, who was with Amy Rosen and me, is, according to National Geographic Traveler (along with the other winners) a “boundary breaker who explores the world with passion and purpose, inspiring others to expand their horizons, ask big questions and seek new answers.”
Geez. I’m still looking for the old answers and coming up with small questions, but we’re still very proud of Heather and husband Ishmael and sons, Ethan, 10, and Cameron, 8, who share the award after they gave it all up to travel the world for a year and record their adventures at globetrottingmama.com.
Personally, I think they all deserve the award for not throttling each other during a year of close contact, but according to George Stone, contributing editor of National Geographic Traveler, the Travelers of the Year stand out because they are “dedicated voluntourists, green-minded adventurers and culture-embracing pilgrims.”
Sounds good to me. Here’s what Heather has to say about all the fuss: