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)

Dispatch From a Refugee Camp in Greece

David Farley spends a month volunteering in a refugee camp on the Greek island of Chios

Source: AFAR
Published: Mar 2, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,551 words)

Pregnant in Panama

To celebrate the release of the 2016 edition of Best American Travel Writing, here’s one of the essays reprinted in the anthology. In it, writer Freda Moon visits her father in Panama on the cusp of having her first child. People kept telling her “having children will change everything,” but her traveling parents taught her that parenting does not spell the end of exploration and adventure.

Author: Freda Moon
Source: AFAR
Published: Oct 14, 2015
Length: 12 minutes (3,234 words)

What It’s Like to Rent a Friend in Tokyo

Colin investigates an unlikely Japanese service: the booming rent-a-friend industry.

Source: AFAR
Published: Feb 19, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,047 words)