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Unpacked by AFAR
Unpacked by AFAR
AFAR Media

Unpacked by AFAR unpacks one tricky topic in travel each week. We're here to help you navigate the travel world, whether you... more

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From Moody Venice to Christmasy Vienna, Where to Travel This Winter

Winter is coming. (But not in a threatening, Game of Thrones-y kind of way.) So this week on Unpacked, AFAR’s... more

28 Sep 2023 · 50 minutes
Being a Person With Dwarfism Has Never Stopped Me From Exploring the World

Christophe Zajac-Denek is an actor, a podcaster, a traveler—and he’s 4 feet 4 inches tall. On this week’s episode of... more

21 Sep 2023 · 32 minutes
How Maps Reveal the Secrets of our World

You may use Google Maps every day, but how often do you think about how that map was made—and more... more

14 Sep 2023 · 40 minutes
Can a Pledge Really Help Cure “Bad Tourists”?

If you’ve been following the news, it’s been a summer of “bad tourists.” There was the woman who carved her... more

07 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Think Travel Insurance Is Boring? Prepare to Be Dazzled (or Just Financially Protected).

Travel insurance: It's not the sexiest subject, is it? And yet, it can play a huge role in saving you... more

31 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
A Skeptic's Guide to Birdwatching

Have you ever considered birdwatching? If the answer is a "heck, no"—or even a "not really"—than this episode is for... more

24 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
National Parks Are America’s Greatest Idea—and Biggest Problem

When you think of America’s national parks, what comes to mind? For many of us—myself included—it’s the sense of openness,... more

17 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
Should I Give Money to Panhandlers When I Travel?

There are few things as challenging as the moment when, while walking along a sidewalk in Paris, San Francisco, or... more

10 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Will the "Real" Waikīkī Please Stand Up?

AFAR senior deputy editor Jennifer Flowers—who heads up all our hotel content—has a deep familiarity with Waikīkī, the two-mile stretch... more

03 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
The Promise and Peril of Digital Nomadism

Digital nomadism has been hailed as a way to save communities—and slammed for raising rents and pricing out locals. In... more

27 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
Unpacked by AFAR
From Moody Venice to Christmasy Vienna, Where to Travel This Winter
Unpacked by AFAR