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May/June 2021
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AFAR is a different kind of travel magazine that guides and inspires those who travel the world seeking to connect with its people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. Get AFAR digital magazine subscription today for intriguing travel stories told with beautiful photos and a fresh design.

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contributors

DANIEL MÜLLER Photographer German photographer Daniel Müller spent four days last June shooting his first feature story for AFAR (p.78). An active hiker now based in Switzerland, Müller is used to the mountains, but this was different: He and his assistant trekked upwards of four hours a day, battling inclement weather and icy trails. And while Müller says the sweeping Alpine vistas impressed him, he also wanted to capture what he calls the “in-between” moments—the hikers sharing schnapps in the sun, the smiles and advice traded on the trails, and the deeply satisfying Kaiserschmarrn, a traditional fluffy, torn pancake that served as a fitting reward for reaching yet another mountain hut. “I wanted to get at the sense or feeling you have when you hike these mountains,” he says. Since coming down…

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making up for lost trips

AFAR.COM/TRAVEL-GUIDES Asheville Craft brewers and culinary upstarts, artists and free spirits mingle in this North Carolina city set against the Blue Ridge Mountains. Puerto Rico We’re craving mofongo and fluffy mallorcas, the sound of panderos in San Juan, and a sandy path that leads to a secluded beach. Time to consider a trip to PR. AFAR.COM/OUTDOORS Outer Peace Thinking about exploring the outdoors on two wheels? Want to discover underrated national parks? Check out our new guide for the “camping curious.” AFAR.COM/TRAVELFORGOOD Travel Sustainably Consult our list of once-in-a-lifetime adventures that also support Indigenous-owned businesses, wildlife restoration, and more. WHERE ARE YOU GOING NEXT? TWEET US @AFARMEDIA AFAR.COM/TRAVELTALES New Episodes! Don’t miss season two of our Travel Tales by AFAR podcast, streaming this May. PHOTO: ROSE MARIE CROMWELL; ILLUSTRATIONS…

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travel to make the world a better place

I’VE MISSED WANDERING until my calves hurt. Getting lost and then found again. Making a serendipitous discovery on a small, empty street in a big, bustling city. Tasting a dish that has deep ties to traditions that aren’t my own. I’ve missed meeting strangers whose love of home and pride of place upend any preconceptions I might have had before visiting. I’ve missed figuring out the idiosyncrasies of transit systems. I’ve even missed hearing, “We’ve reached our cruising altitude.” We will travel again soon—of that I am sure. Borders will reopen; family, friends, and loved ones will reunite; and milestones will once again be celebrated in crowded restaurants and on epic trips we’ve spent the last year wistfully dreaming about. But when travel does come roaring back, I want it to be…

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it’s time to make travel more sustainable

AS WE WRITE THIS, the world is beginning to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. COVID cases and death rates are dropping, and, most significantly, distribution of vaccines has accelerated worldwide. Travel is starting to rebound after the most devastating year in memory. We at AFAR are as anxious as anyone to get back on the road. We are also more cognizant than ever of the effects of our actions and are deeply committed to traveling more conscientiously. With that in mind, we have converted AFAR into a public benefit company, specifically devoted to making travel a force for good in the world. We will be accountable to all our stakeholders—including you, our readers—for our success in this regard. Later this year we are launching a program we believe…

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the 2021 afar travel vanguard

+ APOORVA GANDHI + RUEMAPP + MEIZHANG + DANIEL SK JELDAM + AKWA SIAGYE MAN + ZITA COBB AFAR, AT ITS CORE, has always believed in the power of travel as a force for good. After an unprecedented year, our mission—to inspire, guide, and empower travelers to have enriching experiences that make a positive impact on the world—resonates more than ever. The people you’ll meet on the following pages, our 2021 Travel Vanguard honorees, have spent years working to contribute to responsible, sustainable, lasting change in the travel industry. As we begin to explore again, these visionaries are fitting guides to motivate us to tour, cruise, journey, stay, hike, and meet in more conscientious and connected ways…

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rue mapp

IN 2009, Rue Mapp sat down at her computer to start a blog called Outdoor Afro, where she wrote about what had long been on her mind—the lack of Black representation in the nation’s parks, forests, and riverways. “We needed to tell a new narrative,” says Mapp, a nature lover from her earliest days. As a child growing up in Oakland, California, Mapp spent weekends and summers on her family’s ranch 100 miles north of the city. “When you looked at images of the outdoors in magazines and in commercials, you didn’t see people who look like me,” she says. “What was missing was an empowered story that lifted up Black joy in nature, and showed Black people outside as strong, beautiful, and free.” In 2015, after years spent working as an…