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The Best American Travel Writing

"The beauty of good writing is that it transports the reader inside another person’s experience in some other physical place and culture, at its best, evokes a palpable feeling of being in a specific moment in time and space.”

- Padma Lakshmi


The essays in this year’s Best American Travel Writing are an antidote to the isolation of the year 2020, giving us views into experiences unlike our own and taking us on journeys we could not take ourselves. From the lively music of West Africa, to the rich culinary traditions of Muslims in Northwest China, to the thrill of a hunt in Alaska, this collection is a treasure trove of diverse places and cultures, providing the comfort, excitement, and joy of feeling elsewhere.

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