Hawai‘i Is Not Our Playground

“To most outsiders, Hawai‘i is defined by the lei-draped, aloha-dispensing, honeymooner-welcoming image of the place. There’s no room for another version to emerge.”

Source: AFAR
Published: Sep 2, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,943 words)

Next Stop, K-Pop: A Dizzying Tour of Seoul’s Pop Music Scene

“The problem, I realized, is that they were my trips, with Sonya accompanying me—involuntarily. I wanted this trip to be different. I wanted it to be her trip.”

Source: AFAR
Published: Apr 22, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,531 words)

Once Upon a Time in Central Florida

“Inside Give Kids the World Village, where the ice cream is unlimited, nightly tuck-ins from six-foot bunny rabbits are complimentary, and Santa Claus visits every Thursday.”

Source: AFAR
Published: Feb 3, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)


Still or sparkling or artesian or glacier? Martin Riese, America’s first water sommelier, believes that the more we think about what we drink, the more we’ll care about the planet.

Source: AFAR
Published: Oct 28, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,187 words)

The “Flying Feminist” Who Was the First Woman to Design, Build, and Fly Her Own Plane

“Lilian Bland was the first woman in the world to design, build, and fly her own plane — before Amelia Earhart had even become a teenager. So why don’t more people know her name?”

Source: AFAR
Published: Aug 26, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,237 words)

Honky-Tonk Tokyo

Country music became popular in Japan after World War II. Today, Tokyo has a vibrant underground country music scene.

Source: AFAR
Published: Jul 7, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,902 words)

Meet the Revolutionary Women Strumming Their Way Into the World of Flamenco Guitar

“A former child prodigy travels to Spain to revisit the instrument of her youth—and to learn flamenco guitar from the tocaoras playing to the top of the male-dominated world.”

Source: AFAR
Published: Jun 4, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,284 words)

Tokyo’s Long Lines Lead to Magic (And Life-Changing Ramen)

What do you do when you’re sent to Tokyo with no notice — and no dinner reservations? You learn how to be a person who waits.

Source: AFAR
Published: Jul 31, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,283 words)

In Guatemala, a Solo Traveler Learns It’s Sometimes Best to Leap Before You Look

A travel essay in which, during a last-minute solo excursion to Lake Atitlan, Jami Attenberg considers the advantages to taking more risks and opening up to the unfamiliar, and the differences between healthy solitude and isolation.

Source: AFAR
Published: May 30, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,560 words)

The Ideal Iceland May Only Exist in Your Mind

Taffy Brodesser-Akner goes to Iceland in search of relief and discovers that the island nation, with its quirky puffins and lunar landscape and crowds upon crowds of American tourists, lends itself well to the pursuit of escape.

Source: AFAR
Published: Jun 13, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,000 words)