Stranger’s Guide is a publication designed to evoke place through long-form travel essays, in-depth investigative stories, fiction, maps, whimsical facts and figures and beautiful photo essays. Working with writers from around the globe, we present travel writing like you’ve never seen before.
Encounters that take you there.
Before there were guidebooks, 18th– and 19th-century authors wrote “stranger’s guides” to cities and countries, pamphlets and books that combined helpful tips with particular and offbeat advice and context: the best boarding houses alongside bits of history, preferred brothels as well as ways to avoid pickpockets. These guides were far removed from a modern, sanitized Fodor’s—rather they were personal, eccentric and intimate portrayals of place.
Stranger’s Guide is a modern version of that idea—a nonprofit publication designed to reveal the intricacies of places across the globe, through both local and foreign eyes.
We come with a basic premise: we don't know each other all that well. Despite living in the age of Facebook and Google Maps, people have never been more alien from one another. And most travel writing is focused on giving its readers a sense of luxury or adventure. Our magazine and website will seek to introduce readers to different communities and unexpected places, while also encouraging readers to consider their own experiences and connections to places they consider home.