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K-pop in Morocco

BTS has catapulted Korean pop into some unlikely places

Not long ago, a Chinese man who lives in Dubai told me about a survey conducted by Zayed University to determine what foreign language young people in the United Arab Emirates were most eager to study. “Can you guess which language came first?” he asked. When I supplied the correct answer without hesitation, he was dumbfounded: “How did you know it was...


North America

Consider the Diner

Greasy spoon cafes are the must-visit destination for reporters on the campaign trail

Consider the diner. It has been with us for a century or so, offering a reliable...


Dancing the Diaspora

How West African spiritual practices withstood colonialism

You are invited to take a walk, or rather to dance through the African diaspora. The...

United Kingdom

Grand Tours

How travelers became tourists

In 2003, while studying for a graduate degree in geography, I started working weekends at Stanfords,...


It’s Ugawood!

Inside the nascent Ugandan action film industry


In Love with Nigeria

Beauty in the eye of the beholder in Africa's most populous country


North America

Alone at Sea

All one adventurer asked for was a tall ship and a star to steer her by

As told to Alex Hannaford I have been a serial entrepreneur my whole life, and the...

Middle East

A Tourist in @DowntownCairo

Virtual travel in the age of Instagram

My thumb hovered mid-scroll, as the ethereal shape of a dancer floated upwards on the screen....

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Photo credit: Joachim Huber


A City Afloat

Ganvié is a city on a lake. Literally on a lake. In fact, it’s the largest collection of lake dwellings on stilts in Africa, and 20,000 people call it home. It’s been this way—in the middle of 84-miles-square Lake Nokoué in Benin, West Africa—for more than 500 years, and was originally designed as a safety measure. The people who called the lake home were shielded by law from being captured and sold into slavery. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the name Ganvié translates from the Fon language as: “We’ve survived.”

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.