Here at AFAR, we have a tradition. Every issue, we spin a literal globe, pick a country at random, and send a lucky contributor there on 24 hours’ notice. Since the inception of this crazy idea, AFAR has spontaneously sent over 40 people—journalists, authors, chefs, actors, political correspondents—to countries all over the world. And one thing is always true: Our writers are great improvisers. Navigating in a new place with next-to-no prep time isn’t easy, but it does make for a great story. Here, some of our favorite Spins to date.