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AFAR Media is the multi-platform brand that inspires and guides those who travel the world to connect with its people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. Headquartered in San Francisco, with an office in New York City, the company launched in August 2009. Its platforms include the award-winning AFAR magazine, now celebrating its second anniversary and awarded the Best Travel Magazine in America;, recently named a Top 10 site That Makes Travel Easier; the non profit foundation Learning AFAR; and immersive travel series AFAR Experiences.

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10 Reasons to Visit Mexico Now

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 8:32 PM


In anticipation of this year's AFAR Experiences-Mexico, set for October, AFAR co-founder Joe Diaz visited Mexico City, as well as Mexico's beautiful Pacific Coast, in the fall of 2013. Each time he has visited, he's found new reasons to...

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Views From AFAR: How to Make the Most of Mardi Gras in New Orleans

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 4:47 PM


February is winding down, and it's nearly time for New Orleans to revive its most famous annual tradition. The legacy of Mardi Gras stretches back to 1857, and since then, some 1,800 parades have brought the party outdoors onto the streets of the...

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AFAR's 13 Top Picks For Places To Go In 2013

(22) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 6:00 AM

At AFAR, we believe that (nearly) anywhere in the world could be a place to go in 2013. Maybe it's because we subscribe to the choose-your-own-adventure approach to travel. That said, the following 13 places really stand out for us this year. Some are emerging destinations just coming...

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Eating The World's Best Pizzas (PHOTOS)

(47) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 6:00 AM

This summer Eddy Bourdages, 33, and his mother, Mireille Anderson, 57, made their first trip to Italy. "We wanted to open an authentic Neapolitan wood oven pizzeria, so we went to the source," says Bourdages. Anderson has owned L'Odyssée Bistro & Steakhouse in Labrador City, in eastern Canada, since 2008....

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How To Eat Local In Asia (PHOTOS)

(12) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Where in the world is the best street food? Well, a lot of it is in Asia, where there is no stigma against pedestrian consumption and a perpetual plethora of choices. AFAR Deputy Editor Jen Murphy compiles a Wanderlist with great tips for eating like a local all...

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AFAR Magazine's Julia Cosgrove On Where To Go In San Francisco (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 7:00 AM

"It feels like a gold rush again in the San Francisco Bay Area, and with the tech dollars have come plenty of great new restaurants, bars and shops. Fall is a gorgeous time to visit the city. Here is a Wanderlist of what to do and where to...

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15 Fabulous Fashion Hotels Around The World (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 7:00 AM

"Buongiorno Signor," said Umberto, the head waiter at Hotel Missoni's Cucina restaurant. By the beginning of the third day of my stay, the staff knew what I drank with breakfast. An espresso doppio was delivered to my table a minute later. "Prego," the server said.

You'd think I was in...

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Egypt's Jon Stewart Meets America's Jon Stewart

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 6:50 PM


Inspired by The Daily Show, a political satirist took to the airwaves of the fledgling democracy. Now he'll talk shop with the master.

"You have to meet Bassem! He is the Egyptian Jon Stewart." That's what a friend told me last July...

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Playing Pick-Up Soccer Games Around The World (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 7:00 AM

The documentary Pelada follows two ex-college soccer players across four continents, playing pick-up soccer games wherever and whenever they can (watch the trailer below). The game's power--as discovered in games played in places from a Bolivian prison to a garbage dump in Kenya--is the intimacy it creates between strangers, and...

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10 Volunteer Vacations For Generous Adventurers (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 6:00 AM

From helping rebuild earthquake-damaged communities to working on Meerkat-conservation efforts, volunteer vacation opportunities abound. Many packages combine a few days of volunteer assistance with sightseeing for the best of both worlds.

See more vacation ideas at

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Hiding From The Cold In A Quebecois Timber Lodge

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2012 | 7:30 AM

The following story first appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of AFAR.

When I stepped into the grand lobby of Québec's Le Château Montebello, I felt like I was entering Paul Bunyan's living room. Giant timbers braced a three-story-high...

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A Chocolate Retreat In The Caribbean

(9) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 6:30 AM

The following story appeared in the January/February 2012 issue of AFAR Magazine.


Alphonsus "Stan" Stanislas stretched a pole above our heads and slid it along a branch of a cacao tree. Using the blade at the end of the pole, he cut a squashlike...

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Impressions Of Cairo (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Since launching AFAR magazine in 2009, we've wondered how we might create events that bring the spirit of experiential travel to life. Immediately after the fall of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in February, AFAR's founders Greg Sullivan and Joe Diaz traveled to the country. In the midst of post-revolution euphoria,...

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