The Quest to Save the Pink Apples of Italy

A beautiful account of the remaining growers of the pink apple in Marche, Italy. Agostino Petroni’s descriptions will leave you ready to pack your bags for a visit.

The earthquake, then the COVID-19 pandemic, reduced the small flow of tourism to the region. Yet Fayers believes that pink apples keep pulling people to those lands—a lifeline for the local economy.

Source: AFAR
Published: Jun 28, 2022
Length: 10 minutes (2,646 words)

The Greatest Traveler You’ve Never Heard Of

Since 1966, J.R. Harris has traveled the globe 13 times, taking more than 50 trips to many of the world’s bucket list-worthy destinations, including the Andes, the Amazon, Greenland, and more. Now 78, the Black hiker from Queens is arguably one of the world’s most prolific solo explorers, but — as Katherine LaGrave writes in this AFAR profile — you’ve probably never heard of him.

In a time when travel is too often bounded by bucket lists—moments measured by monuments seen—J.R. was, is, and will be an anomaly in the very best sort of way: someone who seeks out travel because it is challenging, requires changing of self, serves as a mirror unlike any other.

To J.R., as in work as in travel, life is about meeting people and trying to understand them; attempting to learn a little bit more about them in the hopes of learning more about yourself, the world. Like in his work, J.R. is no quiet, passive traveler. He’s invested, interested, intent.

Source: AFAR
Published: Apr 19, 2022
Length: 15 minutes (3,932 words)

A Very Big Little Country

“Today, there are nearly 100 active micronations around the world, although the number fluctuates frequently. They engage in diplomacy, have feuds, military uniforms, and self-fashioned leaders with opulent titles, because—well, why not?”

Source: AFAR
Published: Oct 13, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,919 words)

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)

Waterworld

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)