The 2014 Guide to Exceptional Travel Experiences
Collected by Afar Magazine
Where will your next adventure take you? To a beach in Brazil? A croatian olive grove? The capital of Azerbaijan? Here, 13 stories from our favorite travelers to inspire your next (exceptional) trip.
Every June 23, the Danes celebrate the summer solstice (they call it St. Hans Eve) pagan style, carousing and lighting bonfires along their beaches. When my fiancé and I visited Copenhagen, we biked through the festivities, logging 56 miles along...
129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655, USA
I could listen to the Thacker Mountain Radio show from my house in Oxford, Mississippi, but when I’m in Off Square Books—shelves pushed aside, folding chairs unfolded—and the house band launches into its rockabilly theme song, something in me is...
Praia do Espelho, Bahia, Brazil
The dirt road that leads from the hip beach town of Trancoso, Brazil, to Silvinha’s could be a luge run but for the potholes and the stream we had to ford. We arrived queasy and left with the deep calm that often follows deep pleasure. Silvinha’s...
Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194104
I came to Ladakh, in northern India, to explore the 20,000-foot peaks and ancient monasteries the area is known for. A two-day detour to volunteer at the Jamyang School, which the Dalai Lama founded to provide free education to local children,...
Taveuni Island, Fiji
We spent five nights on the three-deck ship, sipping cocktails on daybeds and working through our differences in our cushy stateroom. We, along with a dozen other guests, sailed along the island of Taveuni and out to islands where local chiefs...
Chang'an, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
In a courtyard of the Guanzhong Folk Art Museum, three men saw away on fiddles, another rocks out on a banjo-like instrument called a sanxian. Turns out lao giang, the folk music of China’s Shaanxi Province, sounds like a riff on American...
15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
I’m not sure at what age humans develop the skill to stand still and appreciate scenery, but based on a scientific survey of kids who live in my house, it’s not age seven. (On a trip to the Canadian Rockies, as my wife and I snapped photos of the...
Glaubenbielen Pass, 6074 Giswil, Switzerland
High in the Emmental Alps, off the Glaubenbielen Pass, Rita and Wisi Enz run a small summer farm called Egghüttä. It’s a modest affair surrounded by clichés: towering peaks and lazy cows. I wandered in and Rita fed me a cheesy noodle dish called ...
Ka'u, HI, USA
Darci teaches us to make room for the “O” sounds that float under every word of the lyrics. My mouth feels too full when I try to sing. But by the end of the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music Workshop on Hawaii's Big Island, I’ve loosened the grip on the neck...
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