Craft Stories Around Influential People for Afar

These readers aren't your typical fanny-pack-wearing tourists.


AfarSix-year-old Afar magazine caters to travelers who like to do a lot more than lounge by the hotel pool. Its readers enjoy communing with locals, going off the beaten path and eating foods representative of their destination.

Explains editor in chief Julia Cosgrove: “So many of the other magazines out there were focusing on sightseeing and escapist travel, where you just sort of picked things off the list. We really felt like there were travelers out there who traveled to… come up with a deeper understanding of a place and its people.”

This means, among other things, freelancers should aim for first-person accounts, especially from influential chefs, wine makers and geographical experts.

Following a redesign last year, the front-of-book section now includes a group of regularly occurring rubrics, said Cosgrove. “Wander,” one of the revamped departments, covers the in-depth, as-told-to travel experience of a person of cultural renown and looks at a recently visited destination from his or her perspective. For example, chef Marcus Samuelsson’s trip to Toronto and fellow chef Rosio Sanchez’s visit to Oaxaca were profiled.

For more, including online writing opportunities, read: How To Pitch: Afar.

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