Stories for the globally curious

Stranger’s Guide is ideal for its luscious photo spreads, and its features go deep into subcultures that, until now, only the luckiest of strangers might discover.”
Paris Review

“Visually stunning… Stranger’s Guide is a must.”

 “…a one-of-a-kind travel magazine, with a literary vibe that calls to mind Lapham’s Quarterly and McSweeney‘s
Texas Monthly

“A stunning magazine”
The Believer

Who we are

Stranger’s Guide, a travel publication that explores the power of place-based journalism to break down stereotypes and foster global citizenship, was founded in 2018 by Editor in Chief Kira Brunner Don and Publisher Abby Rapoport. Stranger’s Guide includes print guides, newsletters, and carefully-selected products and partnerships.

Based in Texas and California, the magazine commissions stories from local writers and photographers to build authentic portraits of a place. Stranger’s Guide‘s work has been featured in the Best American Travel Writing collection, and the magazine has won three National Magazine Awards in General Excellence and Photography. Stranger’s Guide is distributed at Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods, independent bookstores, and through partnerships with organizations from Bogotá to Lagos.

Read more about our staff here.

Our guides

Through arresting photography, luminous essays, and fascinating facts and figures, our collectible print guides bring together topics as diverse as arts, sports, politics and human rights to provide a new understanding of each place. 

Rather than parachute in foreign writers, our quarterly guides feature original works from local voices. These stories portray unique facets of each place, from the complex and controversial to the intimate and beautiful, together building a contemporary awareness of the location and its culture. Our volumes have featured a number of world-renowned writers, including Cervantes Prize winner Elena Poniatowska, National Book Award winner Colum McCann and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka. Alongside such celebrated writers, you’ll also find new and up-and-coming voices from locations around the world.

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