The best journeys don’t just show us the unfamiliar – they help us understand it. In these stories, our nomads dive deep into the local culture in search of the beliefs, desires, and history behind the customs.
In this photo essay, Bhishma Thapa captures Nepali villagers as they harvest hallucinogenic honey from tall cliffs in the Himalayan foothills.
Why do the locals in this UK village carry flaming barrels through town every November 5? The reasons are less important than the centuries of tradition it represents.
A family of four experiences the controlled chaos of the Delhi train station.
In rural Cambodia, reliance on the environment is visible every day, everywhere you look.
Photographer Mili Paul captures daily life on the Yamuna, one of India’s holiest, and most polluted, rivers.
After seven months on the river, Sarah Davis kayaks through Egypt and towards the end of her one-of-a-kind adventure.
Photographer Francesco Soave documents the daily toil and dedication of East Javan sulfur miners.
Visiting a black market in Havana, Ashlee Craig discovers the quirks and ironies of daily Cuban life.
In modern Beijing, in the dead of winter, photographer Sonia Cacoilo captures the tense rivalries and warm camaraderie of a simple board game.
Traveling in remote Tanzania, Miles Rowland gets the rare chance to witness a rite of passage.
On leg three of her epic journey, Sarah battles parasites, gazes at pyramids, and discovers the surreal beauty of the Sahara desert.
Nomads Joel and Stephanie tag along on a Creole trail ride in East Texas.
Sarah Davis and crew conquer the rapids and connect with the locals as they continue their journey down the length of the river.
Travel Photography Scholarship winner James Griesedieck captures the essence of Christmas Day celebrations in Lailbela, Ethiopia.