Collected by Greg Sullivan, AFAR Founder
San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
My favorite small town in the world. Period. Dusty and dry, located on the edge of the Atacama desert in South America’s Altiplano (High Plains) this little post-hippie adobe town has boomed in recent years as tourists have “discovered” the north...
Taranna TAS 7180, Australia
We kayaked halfway around Australia’s heart-shaped island state in four weeks and almost every night dined off what we caught or pried from the sea. When the tide was low, we would pull over and knife oysters and clams from the coral and bake them...
Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia
The Tuamotu archipelago – 78 coral reef atolls spread north and east of Tahiti – are just remote enough they’ve not been spoiled by excessive tourism. There are a few high-end hotels, but just a few. Instead of tourism, the local economy is still...
Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
One of my favorite big cities in the world because it was designed by a Frenchman, thus low buildings and big skies (see Washington D.C. and Paris). Nothing can be built taller than Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum. Start the morning observing tai chi...
Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA
The Aleutian Islands, days away from civilization, with winds blowing 70 mph and pouring rain, I'm glad that I like to write (with pen and paper, because there are no battery chargers). Dutch Harbor is a main point of interest, but the whole of...
The biggest national park in Croatia is made up of 140 islands in the northern corner of the Adriatic Sea. Located along the coastline known as Dalmatia, Kornati National Park is accessible from Zadar. It boasts islands that are not much more than...