Best Travel Blogs 2014, National Geographic Traveler
2013 Lowell Thomas Silver Medal | 2013, 2015 Best American Travel Writing
”Nowhere’s pages are full of the kind of stories mainstream travel magazines insert as an afterthought, a brief and rare glimpse into the traveler’s inner journey reflected through the exterior trip.” The Review Review
“A welcome departure from straight travel reporting,” Fathom.com, Best Travel Websites 2014
Nowhere has been everywhere since we launched in 2008. We started as a simple website that published literary travel writing—which to us means narrative with a strong sense of place, character and time. We ran stories about the longest sea voyage in history, living on a farm in Tuscany and kidnappings in Libya.
We were tired of reading—and writing—marketing-driven travel stories that have taken over much of the travel media world. We wanted to bring back old school, immersive, long-form travel writing like Holiday, Colliers and the Saturday Evening Post used to run. Jack Kerouac was a travel writer back then. Arthur Miller was a travel writer. Hemingway, Faulkner, Jan Morris, Steinbeck and Mary McCarthy were travel writers.
Jack Kerouac was a travel writer back then. Arthur Miller was a travel writer. Hemingway, Faulkner, Jan Morris, Steinbeck and Mary McCarthy were travel writers.
We wanted stories that didn’t just tell you where to stay and what to do in a place, but made you feel, smell, taste and hear it. We originally launched the magazine online so we could instantly publish it in every country in the world. Ten years and 500 travel features later, we publish to a readership of 20,000 across 119 countries.
We have seen dozens of travel magazines come and go since we started. They were all great, but most fell prey to the ambition to grow, monetize, merge, get bought, get famous… Nowhere never strived to get bigger. We just wanted to get better.
And we did. One hundred percent of our content now comes from submissions. We receive more than a thousand stories every year and sift through them slowly and thoughtfully. The stories that the editors select go through a complete editing and design process, followed by promotion and, for the best work, submission to national competitions. Our writers have won Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards and been anthologized in Best American Travel Writing. The Review Review wrote, “Nowhere’s pages are full of the kind of stories mainstream travel magazines insert as an afterthought, a brief and rare glimpse into the traveler’s inner journey reflected through the exterior trip.”
We now publish a Print Annual every year to bring together the best Nowhere content of the year. The Print Annual helps us pay for all of this, bring in a new crop of readers and writers, check in with our loyal supporters and shout out to the world that in the most challenging climate the publishing industry has ever seen, WE’RE STILL HERE!
In an age when stories are getting shorter and content dumbed-down, we are taking a different path. We continue to publish long-form features about places you have never heard of, photo essays of how life really is off the tourist grid and first-person testimonials of life on the road.
Our goal is to surprise you every week. As travelers, we thought you would appreciate that. So be sure to sign up for our newsletter and check back and see what we’re up to.
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