When Afar began publication in August of 2009, the economy was ragged and the state of journalism and media in flux.
That didn’t stop two San Francisco entrepreneurs without any previous publishing experience to start a travel magazine. Since their first issue, Afar has grabbed attention and audience based on its remarkable design layout and its dedication to solid travel journalism.
There are a lot of beautiful publications that show pretty pictures of atolls, deserted islands and empty beaches. These images evoke a sense of wonder and a passion in people to dream lustily about their next vacation. But a lot of times, these publications are in the business of advertising across both pictures and stories.
Afar brings an experiential sense to the cadre of travel publications. Founders Joe Diaz and Greg Sullivan have quite successfully eschewed that business model, and in return, let the places and people tell intimate travel stories. Instead of reading articles on celebrity travels, luxury island resorts, and industry rankings, you read essays by wandering globetrotters and travel writers such as Tim Cahill.
This is truly a publication worthy of subscribing for the iPad — helpful to carry about physically as you explore, but also one in the mail, and to hold and admire at home.
And buried in its beautiful pages are true travel secrets and tips revealed to help develop that sense of exploring deeper into these dizzying array of places. Afar has tons of neat, worthwhile segments such as city trip reports from locals that live there, profiles on where to travel next: