It is no secret how much I love AFAR. I do happen to be an ambassador for them, but the love affair started long before that. Whether it is the magazine (my favorite), their charity, or the online site, AFAR creates an experience.
And it is not just the folks that get an actual paycheck from there (can you say, dream job?), no it is the community of fans and followers and fellow travelers which bind it all together.
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One aspect of the travel community I have already written about is the Highlights and Wanderlists. Little gems of information that you can create on their website. As a traveler, it is a spot that I can get sucked into for hours. Building lists for places I want to go and things I want to eat. I do my own highlights and create a wanderlist to share my experiences as well.
I find them highly useful when heading out of town. I can quickly search and see what other people's experiences have been. I can see it visually in the photos but also read about it in their descriptions and see what other people comment as well.
And it is not just the places in the far corners of the world that are shared, sometimes it is about the town right next door. Towns where AFAR local experts share what is best about the spots they live in or visit often. What not to miss, what foods to try out. For me, I find that far more interesting than reading a travel guide. When someone eats, breathes, and lives a place frequently, if not every day, they are exactly the people I want to take advice from.
I am always saying that anyone can travel. Even if it is the next town over, the next county, the next state. AFAR in their designation of people as local experts perpetuate that belief which is just one more reason why I love them!
But here is where YOU come in. There needs to be more, more more! I need more Vegas (Abby?), I need more Oklahoma City (Jen, you had a good start), I need more Dallas (Clara, how about you?), and Nashville (Kristin?), and Charlotte is woefully under-represented (Andi P I need you!).
I want to learn more about these places. I want to know what the locals know when it comes to the best spots to visit and places to eat. Start sharing!
The amazing local experts on AFAR share their expertise and it benefits everyone.