Originally, The New York Times Magazine Voyages issue is a twice-yearly tradition that appreciates travel and exploration in all of its forms. They chose some of the best writers and photographers to take readers with them to far-flung destinations through incredible stories and pictures. Here, we look back at some of their favorite voyages of the last few years…
In 2010 Sarah travelled from Siberia to Australia, alone, on foot. From freezing cold to desert heat, from high mountains to jungles, 6 countries to cross, 6 different languages. More than an expedition, it’s constantly going further than you think you can. This extreme walk lasted 3 years. Obstacles of all kinds pushed Sarah beyond her limits…
Mongolia – Somewhere only we know
In the taxonomy of travelers, the word “explorer” suggests a morally superior pioneer; “adventurer,” by contrast, implies a self-indulgent adrenaline junkie who scares loved ones by courting puerile risk. In a world that has been thoroughly Google-mapped, Sarah Marquis is one of the few who can claim the former title. Her 10,000-mile journey took her three years to complete, and she cataloged it with videos and a book about the experience.
” Journey was a dream of mine, sarah Marquis ‘ journey was a response to the calling I’ve got inside me. I want to understand nature and what I’m made of at a deeper level” by Sarah Marquis
Travelers tend to go where other travelers have gone, Teju Cole says. The photographer Alec Soth followed in the footsteps of fictional characters in the film “Lost in Translation.” Soth went to Tokyo and stayed in the Tokyo Park Hyatt hotel for five days and five nights and used Craigslist and other websites to bring people from around the city to him. “Normally, I have a wariness of photographing in other cultures,” Soth said of the project, “but I felt as though I could get away with it here, because I’m not even pretending to enter the city. I was totally lost in translation, presented with this fabulous surface of things that I don’t entirely understand.”
The Danakil desert is extremely hot, bordering Ethiopia’s most active volcano and an ever-present lava lake. The salt plains are white and dusty, almost colorless, but as you go farther out, the mineral landscape becomes a psychedelic vision of reds, yellows and greens. Andrea Frazzetta photographed the Danakil Depression for the September 2016 Voyages issue.
Northern Lapland is above the Arctic Circle, and yet it’s known in part for its wildlife. Tourism and reindeer husbandry are the two main industries, and every summer in July and August the Finnish people who live in the region stop what they’re doing and forage for the elusive, magical cloudberry. The tart, orange berry grows only one per stalk, and it stays ripe in the wild for only three weeks. When the photographer Kirsten Luce heard about the berries and the national obsession, she traveled to Lapland in the summer to join the foragers on their hunt and finally taste the mysterious cloudberry.
Jon Mooallem writes about his experience with the giant sequoias in Northern California: Trees so big you can walk through them. Trees so big they have their own parking lots. Trees so big you find yourself uttering the occasional, involuntary “Whoa.”
Mamadi Doumbouya is a 21-year-old photographer based in New York. For two days in 2017, he traveled to his family’s home in Guinea. He drove with his great-uncle, Mory Sanda Doumbouya, and 15 other family members in two vans, covering 400 miles between the city of Conakry to their ancestral village near Kankan to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.