Exploration / Editors’ Picks Filter
  1. Pick a piece of sky

    “Reluctant to give up the exclamatory joy of seeing, I have built a life at the untranslated point of an outstretched finger.” Roxani Krystalli writes about exploring the Scottish landscape and learning to see differently.

    Essay
  2. The Statesider

    “We’re only selling one thing: the idea that our country is immense, diverse, and infinitely interesting.” Co-founded by travel writers Pam Mandel and Andy Murdock, The Statesider newsletter compiles the most interesting stories about U.S. travel, culture, food, landscapes, and more.  

    Culture
  3. To What Place

    At To What Place, expat Jaughna shares stories about food and travel from destinations less commonly explored. Her blog won the Saveur Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice awards for “Best Culinary Travel Blog” this year.

    Cooking
  4. Quirky Wanderer

    “Travel for me was an escape earlier but now it’s the best source of learning I can ever get. It’s an exchange, between places and me. People and me. Stories and me.” Divsi Gupta shares her adventures around the world at The Quirky Wanderer. Her doors of photographs are especially stunning.

    Exploration
  5. Gap Year

    Gapyear.com is an online community for backpackers and gap year travelers. Search for trip advice, travel inspiration, jobs, tours, and volunteering ideas.

    Exploration
  6. Hunting Dinosaurs in Central Africa

    At Contingent Magazine, Edward Guimont dives deep into the 19th century, and tells the story of the strange European quest to find living dinosaurs in Africa.

    Animals
  7. _southstart

    _southstart 2019, a festival in Adelaide, South Australia, will “gather disruptive ideas, unlock curious minds, and unleash the sharing of real-world experiences from the business and technology frontlines of the future.”

    Business
  8. The Not-So-Slow Leak

    “Some are tired. All are broke. Some are gay or trans and suffer for it. All have professional ambitions beyond what they can achieve on a blockaded island.” At Here is Havana, Conner Gorry reflects on emigration, loss, and Cuba.

    Exploration
    Photo by Bibhash Banerjee
  9. Beer Samples By State

    Love craft beer? There are over 6,300 breweries across the U.S. and more than 150 different styles. On this list at BREWS ‘N’ BBQ, explore craft beers by state. All the beers have been consumed by the writers!

    Exploration
  10. Okonjima Nature Reserve: The African Cat Experience

    “There she was. Amali. In all her splendor.” At Big Tiny World Travel, Brianna recounts her adventure searching for big cats in Namibia’s Okonjima Nature Reserve.

    Animals
  11. Austin City Limits Music Festival

    Taking place at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, the Austin City Limits Music Festival has grown to two weekends, eight stages, and over 130 bands. Explore the lineup, festival map, and so much more on the official website.

    Current Events
    Photo by Greg Noire via ACL Festival
  12. Home Is a Mug of Coffee

    “Just like the countless options on my office’s hot drinks machine, I fell in love with a fresh sense of possibility — that there was more than one way to live my life.” In this illustrated longread, Candace Rose Rardon reflects on coffee, life, and finding herself, no matter where she is in the world.

    Art
  13. Gratitude Revealed

    Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg’s TEDx talk on gratitude was a viral sensation. On his site, Moving Art, explore more what gratitude is, why it’s important, and what you can do to live a more gracious life.

    Exploration
    Image via Moving Art
  14. Life is Beautiful Festival

    The Life is Beautiful festival has “contributed over $350 million of economic impact to Downtown Las Vegas.” On the festival website, explore the music lineup; learn about its comedy, art, and culinary experiences; buy tickets; and more.

    Exploration
    Photo via lifeisbeautiful.com
  15. Deafinitely Wanderlust

    Stacey Valle is a Deaf Latina storyteller and traveler. On her blog, Deafinitely Wanderlust, she shares her experiences as a Deaf traveler, as well as thoughts on Deaf awareness, well-being, cultural and racial identities, feminism, and more.

    Exploration