AFAR March/April 2019

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TUDOR PRISĂCARIU had long associated California’s landscapes with the beaches and palm trees he had seen in Hollywood movies. But when the Romanian digital designer and developer embarked on a two-week road trip through California last summer, it was the Golden State’s inland desert that intrigued him most. “I’m quite interested in these peripheral places,” Prisăcariu says. “Even when I go to a city, I’m more interested in the edge of the city. That’s where the stories are told about a place.” Prisăcariu found inspiration for his photo series in the expansive stretches of sand and sky, which were unlike anything he’d seen before. His photo series focuses on contrasts of light and landscape and contradicts the romanticized stereotypes of the California Dream. “It’s a very realistic interpretation of the…

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Rahawa Haile Writer Key Change p.84 An unexpected joyride: “Driving through the Florida Keys is a singular pleasure. You can eat a million different Key lime pies, yes, but I think that’s also where the weird state is most overtly itself.” Float or flight: “I was surprised to see all these people disembark the ferry to Dry Tortugas and within 30 minutes be like, ‘OK, I’m ready to leave.’ Pack sunscreen, folks! I brought an inflatable parrot-shaped float that I used to while away the hours when I wasn’t snorkeling. It was spectacular.” Join her: on Instagram @rahawahaile Carlotta Cardana Photographer Along the Red Road p.96 Diversity, USA: “Even if Americans speak the same language, the differences among regions are stark. If you take a New Yorker and put her with a Nebraskan, it’s like taking a Roman and…

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a traveler’s approach to america

THIS YEAR MARKS the 10th anniversary of AFAR. Some of you may remember that for our first two years, AFAR’s coverage was 100 percent international; we published no stories about the USA. That certainly wasn’t because we didn’t think there were great travel experiences to be had in America. But we were a brand new travel media company, and we thought being purely international was one way to find our niche. There was also a more personal reason. I grew up in Oklahoma, went to school in Indiana and Virginia, and had lived most of my adult life in Arizona. Though I had visited all 50 states by the time I was 31, I came to international travel relatively late in life. When I did, it had a profound impact…

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the many voices of america

WHEN I FIRST met the writer Rahawa Haile in Oakland in 2017, we had a frank conversation about the dearth of non-white writers published in travel publications, including AFAR. Earlier that year Rahawa had written a story for Outside about her experiences as an Eritrean American woman walking the Appalachian Trail on her own from Georgia to Maine. It moved me, and it helped me to see my own shortcomings, blind spots, and naïveté as an editor, especially at a time when historically underrepresented and marginalized voices needed to be heard and listened to—now more than ever. In a new collection of essays titled The Good Immigrant, 26 U.S.-based writers, actors, artists, comedians, and directors (including Rahawa) share their multifaceted experiences of life in America. Why this book now? Editors Nikesh…

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rediscover the st. regis bahia beach

THE ST. REGIS BAHIA BEACH RESORT has long been a discerning traveler’s paradise—and thanks to its recent $60 million renovation, this paradise is worth rediscovering. The updated St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort embraces Puerto Rico’s natural beauty with mesmerizing ocean views, pristine beaches, and private bird sanctuaries. Reimagined by celebrated Puerto Rican designer Nono Maldonado together with Hirsch Bedner Associates of San Francisco, the 139 refurbished rooms and suites are contemporary and welcoming. Tranquil shades of white and blue complement the sea and garden views, and the modern custom furniture makes you feel right at home. The sleek renovations sweep throughout the resort, from the light-filled grand lobby to the two-story St. Regis Bar overlooking the ocean. The resort’s farm-to-table dining venues, oceanside pool, and esplanade have all been updated as well.…

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face the nation

1. San Jose, California “Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World” San Jose Museum of Art The first North American solo exhibit by Bengali American Rina Banerjee explores fragmented identity, tradition, and belonging in immigrant communities. Her multilayered installations of globally sourced materials reveal the tension between the pull of one’s native land and the push of a new, foreign home. At the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts through March, then in San Jose May 18–October 6. 2. Bentonville, Arkansas “The Future Is Female” 21c Museum Hotel The boutique hotel/art museum is exhibiting works by multiple women artists. Britain’s Zoë Buckman grapples with the patriarchy in a neon sculpture of female anatomy outfitted with boxing gloves, while U.S. multimedia artist Saya Woolfalk creates a utopian vision of a fictional race of women…