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AFAR is a traveler’s dream. It’s a magazine about travel, not to be confused with vacations. With thick paper, lush photography, and well-written articles, the magazine seeks to offer readers insight into unique experiences of different cultures and places. Like other travel magazines, Afar sometimes spins off into decadent hotels and restaurants (safaris come up often), but you’ll also find advice on local food specialties (chicken-fried steak in Texas, cao lau in Hoi An, Vietnam), out-of-the-norm sites, and out-of-the-way places. To preview the magazine’s delights, explore the website, called “The Experiential Travel Guide.” Or just enjoy the website by itself, as it offers many destination-specific ideas. A great gift for travelers, armchair or otherwise. Beware the wanderlust it will inspire!

About the Author

Kristy Quist is Tuned In editor for The Banner and a member of Neland Ave. CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich.