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.
Noel’s Havana workshop was also a hangout for taxi drivers, street vendors, and roosters. Spaces like this happen naturally – you can’t create them.
Over the course of a few blocks, inventive murals and sculptures tell the story of Cuba and the creative people it has produced.
For kids in Havana, a sudden downpour is an opportunity for adventure.
Stephen Friedman discovers the secret Havana restaurants only locals know about.
In this photo essay by scholarship winner Dimitri Staszewski, nomadic herders perform an awe-inspiring yearly ritual.
Traveling overland can open the door to aspects of a country you might otherwise never see.
Preparing to be the first woman to paddle the entire length of the Nile, Sarah Davis learns what's involved with organizing a first-of-its-kind endeavor.
At Tirana’s crumbling monument to communism, Elle Hardy joins locals in a joyful ritual of defiance.
Andrés Brenner learns why the locals in Peru’s Sacred Valley choose to keep the ancient ways.
Andrés Brenner finds out what it’s like to live on Santa Cruz del Islote, the world’s most densely populated island.
In this photo essay by Kamran Ali, serendipity leads the way to a series of unforgettable experiences.
In El Alto, Bolivia, a group of women wrestlers are fighting against the patriarchy both inside and outside the ring.
Foreign schoolteacher Rebecca Wilson finds community amid the chaos in Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela.
What's life like on the way to Everest Base Camp? Dinesh Gurram shares a photo blog of 14 days on the trail.