Take Nothing, Leave Nothing,” Lapham’s Quarterly (via Byliner.com)
How do we measure the impact of our visits to faraway places, especially if we write about them after the fact? In this 2009 story (brought back to attention thanks to Byliner), Simon Winchester, author of The Meaning of Everything and The Map that Changed the World, finds himself banned from “the world’s most remote island,” and contemplates not only his culpability but what the future might hold when other tourists arrive. —Derk Richardson

Follow Them to the Food,” the New York Times
Jeff Gordinier writes about a new breed of local tour guide: the food sherpa. Who made the list? Such fantastic AFAR contributors as Meg Zimbeck and Elizabeth Minchilli. —Julia Cosgrove

Wild Ones, Jon Mooallem
Not only does this book take the reader on a heartwarming literary journey that delves into the relationship between humans and wild creatures in North America, there’s even a soundtrack! Mooallem collaborated with the folk/bluegrass band Black Prairie to compose a series of songs that help guide your imagination of these fantastical, yet true, stories of polar bears, butterflies, and whooping cranes. A must read (and listen)! Plus: lucky concert-goers will have a chance to see Mooallem read excerpts from the book at select Black Prairie gigs this September. —Jill Greenwood

Turntable Kitchen City Guide: Tokyo and Kyoto,” Turntable Kitchen
I’m starting to plan a trip to Japan for late fall, and Kasey Fleisher of Turntable Kitchen is providing plenty of inspiration. I followed her Kyoto and Tokyo travels on Instagram, and I appreciate the helpful details and tips in this comprehensive post. (Should we really skip the fish market?) —Davina Baum

My Starring Role in Laos,” AFAR
I know, I know—I’m rooting for the home team. But I’m making my way through AFAR’s back issues and this piece by Andy Isaacson was just too delightful not to share. On the surface, it’s about the lasting legacy of the ‘falang roll,’ a dessert sushi Isaacson and his then-girlfriend concocted while backpacking through Muang Ngoi in 2002. Between the lines, though, Isaacson underscores that travel isn’t just about passing through; it’s about the impact we make on those we leave behind. His next legacy? Backpacker pizza. —Kim Fortson

The Soul of São Paulo: Rock, Rap, and Future Music from the Endless City,”  Afropop Worldwide
This hour-long audio report digs into the culture of Brazil’s southeastern coastal megalopolis (population nearly 20 million) through its popular music. The featured artists—Holger, Barbara Eugênia, Criolo, Rodrigo Brandao, and Thago Pethit, among others—may not be household names in North America, but that’s the point. Their music reveals how deeply the city’s hybrid aesthetic penetrates culture and sets the tone for the future.  —Derk Richardson

The Art of Slow Travel—Fraser Island, Australia,” Matador
I visited Fraser Island when studying abroad in Australia and pieces like this one always bring on a serious case of wanderlust. Cody Doucette’s gorgeous photos capture the essence of the island’s off-the-grid magic, reminding that every now and then we need to turn off our devices and marvel at the beauty around us. —Kim Fortson

Photo courtesy of Daniel Robbins/AFAR