Since launching in March of this year, Far & Wide has published nearly 200 stories that have been viewed more than 20 million times. We've covered spectacular beaches, top-rated restaurants, towering skyscrapers and iconic bridges. We've looked at the lighter side of travel by sharing hilarious airport photos and travel-fail tweets. And we've examined the extraordinary power of travel to transform lives in essays exploring getting stranded in Cuba and meeting a shaman in Mexico.
Like travel itself, it's been an amazing ride. Here are 10 of our most-read, most-discussed, most-loved stories of 2018. We can't wait to explore the world together more in the new year.
"Forbidden Destinations You Can Never Visit"
Proving once again that people want what they can't have, our most-read story of the year was about destinations travelers are unable to access. On average, people spent over 7 minutes reading this piece, which contains fascinating facts about snake-infested islands, top-secret military bases and fiercely guarded historical archives.
"Overhyped, Overrated Tourist Traps to Avoid at All Costs"
This much-discussed story laid out all the reasons some of the world's popular attractions, from Times Square to Stonehenge, aren't actually anything to write home about. Disagree? We welcome the debate.
It should come as little surprise that readers loved learning about peculiar animals — including giant lizards, one-humped camels and flat-bodied sharks — that have survived for millions of years.
If you need more evidence that people can complain about anything, look no further than this round-up of absurd grievances about some of America's most astonishingly beautiful sites.
Our most popular photo essay looked at major cities around the world in a new way — from the vantage point of drones. The resulting shots are both surprising and awe-inspiring.
Readers enjoyed adding to their bucket list with the help of this piece, a helpful guide to amazing parks too few have visited.
Everyone's endured terrible airport experiences, making this round-up of the worst-of-the-worst extremely relatable. In fact, many commented that there weremany
more terrible airports that could've been included. (See also: World's Worst Airlines, Ranked
This list combines surprises — no Eiffel Tower in the top 20? Alcatraz doesn't make the cut at all?! — with practical advice on enjoying destinations that can be too crowded to enjoy.
Did you know most maps contain egregious geographical errors? And that this misinformation can powerfully influence the way we view the world? Thanks to this thought-provoking story...now you do.