Passionate as I am on the written word about travels worldwide, I continue to respect and enjoy ‘AFAR’ the brilliant American consumer magazine which has the mantra ‘Where Travel Can Take You’. I am honoured, as a reader and subscriber, to have the website status of ‘local expert’, to a publication that is devoted to experiential travel. AFAR connects you with the authentic essence of a place and its people, deepening your understanding of the world, its cultures, and yourself. Founders Greg Sullivan and Joe Diaz had the vision carried through in a hugely interesting and enticing way by Editor-in-Chief Julia Cosgrove and her team. The content and visuals make this a must-read and with some fascinating and widely travelled contributors, it is now read globally. A personal thank you must go to my friend John Galante, their International Travel Director who introduced me to it on ‘AFAR’s’ inception.