Travel & Outdoor

AFAR March/April 2017

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2 min.
founder’s note

THAT’S OFTEN ONE OF THE FIRST things we’re asked as travelers. I don’t have just one answer. Oklahoma, where I was born? Arizona, where I lived most of my life? California, where I pay my taxes? San Francisco and New York, the two cities I bounce between each month? Or maybe simply the United States? “I’m a citizen of the world,” was the answer reportedly given by ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes. I’d probably get some funny looks if I said that, but I do consider myself a global citizen. If you’re reading this, you might consider yourself one, too. And you’ve probably learned what I have: The more we travel, the more we realize how much we have in common with our fellow humans and how dependent we are on each other…

2 min.
from the editor

I’LL NEVER FORGET receiving my roommate assignment the summer before my freshman year of college. Sitting on my family’s front porch in Berkeley, California, I tore open the envelope and there it was: Anna from Paris. I couldn’t believe my luck. Visions of spring breaks spent gallivanting around Europe filled my head. I had been to France once as a child and had fantasized about returning ever since. Anna didn’t disappoint. Born in Italy, she had also lived in France and Miami before coming to New York for college. Because she had attended international schools, she knew people from all over the globe. At 18, her worldview seemed vast and sophisticated compared to mine. We quickly became friends and did in fact spend school breaks exploring Italy, France, and even California.…

2 min.

ERIC PUCHNERWriter A Return to Oaxacap.96 On taking chances: “My wife and I talk about our life in Oaxaca as a trial by fire. We moved with rudimentary language skills and a nearly broken-down car, and we lived together for the first time. We’ve been together ever since, so I’d recommend it!” Mexico today: “It’s weird to think about the Mexico that I know and compare it to the negative version we see in American news and politics. The discrepancy motivated me to visit again and see it as I remember it.” JOONEY WOODWARDPhotographer The Other Sidep.76 Rain or shine: “It was pouring during the majority of my time in Ireland. Once, I got out of the car with an umbrella to get a shot, and the umbrella nearly broke from the wind.” Some peace…

2 min.
one great block

Though it’s only a five-minute walk end-to-end, central Reykjavík’s steep and narrow Skólavörðustígur Street is a mix of modern and folksy that merits hours of exploration. The standout silhouette in Reykjavík’s skyline, Hallgrímskirkja is the modernist triumph of Icelandic architect Guðjón Samúelsson. Pop inside the church’s great white hall for a concert or take an elevator to the top of the tower for the ultimate panoramic view of the city. Hallgrímstorg 101 SMOKY GOURMENT Inside the cozy, wood-and-leather decorated walls of Kol Restaurant, chef Kári Þorsteinsson conjures Viking-era flavors in Nordic comfort foods with an Icelandic twist, including braised ox, duck-fat soaked and deep-fried potatoes, and grand platters of fresh fruits de mer. Skólavörðustígur 40 JUST LIKE GRANDMA KNITTED Skip the tourist shop imports and hunt for handmade knitwear at the Handknitting Association of Iceland.…

1 min.
doors are open

Airbnb is entering the hotel business (sort of). Imagine booking your next Airbnb stay—with an entire town as your host. That’s the idea behind Yoshino Cedar House, the home-sharing site’s first-ever guesthouse, set along a river 65 miles south of Kyoto in rural Yoshino, a town surrounded by the cedar forests of Japan’s Nara prefecture. Yoshino Cedar House is the inaugural project from Airbnb’s new Samara design and innovation studio, created by cofounder Joe Gebbia to explore the company’s next frontier of service offerings. Part guest lodgings, part community center, the building was designed to boost the town’s economy and support the aging, dwindling population, a common demographic in rural Japanese communities. Locals manage the house, and profits stay within the community. The project started as an exhibit in Tokyo before the structure was…

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Move over #selfie. The overhead foot shot—otherwise known as a #selfeet—is a toe-tally different way to capture your march around the globe. MEET THE INSTAGRAMMERS ON THIS PAGE AT AFAR.COM/HAPPYFEET…