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May/June 2019

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AFAR.COM @AFARMEDIAFOUNDERS GREG SULLIVAN & JOE DIAZEDITORIALVP, EDITOR IN CHIEF Julia Cosgrove @juliacosgroveEXECUTIVE EDITOR Jeremy Saum @jsaumDESIGN DIRECTOR Jason Seldon @jseldon11DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Tara Guertin @lostluggageDEPUTY EDITOR Jennifer Flowers @jenniferleeflowersDEPUTY DIGITAL EDITOR Kate Sommers-DawesMANAGING EDITOR Nicole Antonio @designated_wingit_timeMANAGING EDITOR, GUIDES Ann Shields @aegisnycSENIOR EDITORS Tim Chester @timchester Aislyn Greene @aislynjGUIDES EDITOR Natalie Beauregard @nataliebeauregardTRAVEL NEWS EDITOR Michelle Baran @michellehallbaranDESTINATION NEWS EDITOR Lyndsey Matthews @lyndsey_matthewsDIGITAL PHOTO EDITOR Lyn Horst @laurella67JUNIOR DESIGNER Emily Blevins @emilyroseblevinsASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR Rachel McCord @rachelmc_cordASSOCIATE EDITOR Maggie Fuller @goneofftrackASSISTANT EDITORS Sarah Buder @sarahbuder Sara Button @saramelanie14EDITOR AT LARGE Ashlea Halpern @ashleahalpernCONTRIBUTING WRITERS Lisa Abend @lisaabend, Chris Colin @chriscolin3000, Emma John @emmajohn01, Anya von BremzenCOPY EDITOR Elizabeth BellPROOFREADER Pat TompkinsEDITORIAL FELLOW Brooke Vaughan @_brookevaughanAFAR MEDIA LLCCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Greg Sullivan @gregsulVP, COFOUNDER Joe Diaz @joediazafarVP, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Laura SimkinsDIRECTOR OF…

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“parral night”

GROWING UP IN New Mexico about an hour from the U.S.–Mexico border, photojournalist Paul Ratje would see homes on the Mexican side during drives to visit family in El Paso. The houses were close by, but they looked completely distinct from the ones he was used to seeing. The country continued to spark his imagination, and as an adult Ratje turned his lens to the compelling characters and creative design he found there. Though he had spent a fair amount of time exploring Mexico, he had not spent much time in the state of Chihuahua. So Ratje decided to road-trip through the region with a friend. “I wanted to get to know this mysterious place south of us that few tourists experience,” he says. In his winning photo, he captured…

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the world needs better travelers

Travel shouldn’t be about impressing our friends, posting the photo, and saying “been there, done that.”The best travel experiences connect us with people, help us appreciate our differences, and reveal our common humanity. (EVA KOLENKO)WHEN WE LAUNCHED AFAR, most of us weren’t worried about “overtourism.” We were in the midst of a global recession, which kept travelers at home and hit the travel industry hard. Instagram, which now gets blamed for making certain spots too popular, hadn’t even been invented yet.Today it’s a different world. Back in 2008, when we opened the first AFAR office, the United Nations World Tourism Organization counted 922 million international tourist arrivals. By last year, that number had climbed to an estimated 1.4 billion. And as the number of travelers has increased, some destinations are…

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Anissa HelouWriterSacred Supperp.74Memory serves: “Growing up in Beirut, I remember the atmosphere of Ramadan—the restaurants where the food was laid out for the breaking of the fast, and of course the activity of the sweets makers, butchers, and bakers.” Food for thought: “Ramadan is a month of being charitable, so people are better disposed toward everybody. Food is a wonderful way to connect with people because even those who don’t live for food like I do love to talk about it.” Join her food journey: on Instagram @anissahelouRobbie LawrencePhotographerAre We Loving Venice to Death?p.98Early riser: “When shooting, I always try to get up before the sunrise, when no one is around. People who are out at that time of day don’t notice you because they’re tired or rushing to work.…

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the happiest hour

AS BOTH A BER-MUDIAN AND eighth-generation Gosling, Malcolm Gosling Jr. has rum in his blood, figuratively and, during summer happy hours, literally. Gosling’s Rum is more than Bermuda’s oldest family-owned business and the local rum of choice—it’s also the key ingredient in the island’s national drink, the Dark ‘n Stormy®.Perhaps the one thing Bermudians love more than their Gosling’s Rum is a good party. “Every Friday at five o’clock, the happy hours kick off,” says Malcolm. “They’re an all-island affair. Locals, tourists, and business travelers let loose and have a good time.” Whether your scene is to chill out at an outdoor garden bar, by a beach bonfire, or on a packed catamaran, Gosling’s Rum will likely be in your glass. And Malcolm himself might even be there. “I love…

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how can i stay calm when everything goes wrong?

Planes get delayed, reservations blundered, restaurants overbooked. Sometimes it rains on your only beach day. “Travel inherently involves uncertainty,” says David Gelles, a New York Times reporter and the author of Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out. “Mindfulness can make us more comfortable with that uncertainty.”The practice of mindfulness—focusing on the present moment without trying to change it—is rooted in centuries-old Buddhist traditions. But in recent decades, Western medicine and psychology have acknowledged its benefits on emotional well-being. How can we channel mindfulness when travel mishaps occur? Here’s where to start.1. Take daily moments to meditateWhether in your hotel room or on a park bench, find a comfortable place each day where you can close your eyes and practice meditation. “It’s about [taking] short moments,…