Meet the champion for black and brown travelers.

A three time expat, Evita began giving a voice to travelers of color by documenting her own experience © | Phil Provencio/Unearth Women

It’s a balmy summer morning when I arrive at the landmark Akwaaba Mansion in Brooklyn. The converted 1860s home was turned into a bed and breakfast by former Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine, Monique Greenwood. Nestled on a quiet tree-lined street in Stuyvesant Heights, sun pours generously through the windows to illuminate elegant Afrocentric decor. There is a Southern charm that infuses Akwaaba Mansion, giving the feeling of being transported to another state entirely.

In sweeps Evita Robinson, a tour de force in the travel industry with a seemingly innate confidence that seems to draw the light in the room. For…

It all started with some bad hummus.

Manal Kahi at the Eat Offbeat Offices in Long Island City, NY | © Phil Provencio

When Manal Kahi arrived in New York City as a Lebanese immigrant, she was less than impressed by the subpar quality of local hummus. In a city where packaged, mass-produced hummus is in pretty much every grocery store, Kahi struggled to find anything that could compare to what she was used to back home. So she opted to make her own hummus from scratch. Together with her brother, Kahi was onto a business idea that would soon blossom into Eat Offbeat. Based in Long Island City, Eat Offbeat employs resettled refugees to share their home recipes with New Yorkers.


In the Western world, the ease with which women can manage their periods can often be taken for granted.

From organic cotton tampons to THINX underwear, we have a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to our monthly flows. But, in countries around the world-from India to Uganda-sanitary products can prove too expensive or unattainable, while periods are often taboo.

According to a global survey, 73 percent of women “sometimes or always” hide their periods from others, while 68 percent of women are afraid to talk about their periods with their romantic partners. Lack of clean water, sanitary products, or even access to restrooms can make periods difficult for women to navigate or even speak about…

What it’s like to truly disconnect while traveling.

The author in Southern Iceland, en route to the Sólheimasandur plane crash | © Jeff Cerulli

All too often, my weekdays are ruled by social media, screens, and e-mail. My focus is constantly divided between a task at hand, a moment at hand, a conversation at hand, and some incessant ping of a notification vying for my attention.

While traveling should offer respite from the tentacles of everyday digital usage, more than 74 percent of travelers use social media on trips and spend an average of nine hours on social media during a week-long holiday. …

A young woman navigates a new city | © astarot

Monday morning at the office and the week seems to stretch on ahead of you in an endless parade of incessant e-mails, meetings, and deadlines.

An hour passes impossibly slow as day dreams begin to swirl in your head about an alternate reality, one spent working and living abroad.

The dream seems all at once unattainable; squashed by the daunting practicalities of saving enough money, securing visas and (the big doozy) convincing your corporate boss to let you work remotely. For most, the wish to work out of some open-air café in Chiang Mai stops right there.

Enter Behere, a flexible lifestyle service that helps women live and work from cities around the world. Behere takes the guesswork out of relocating your life, providing everything…

Don’t call her a female reporter.

VICE Correspondent, Isobel Yeung, on assignment in Afghanistan | © Courtesy of VICE HBO

Memorial Day morning at the VICE offices in Brooklyn and the normally bustling newsroom is eerily empty, showing just details of an edgy, award-winning media organization that is known for pushing the boundaries of journalism. An unblinking neon sign proudly displays the company’s namesake, a wood-paneled bar suggests afternoon happy hours, a stunning, wildflower-covered rooftop with an enviable view of the Manhattan skyline comes into focus.

Just then, the front door swings open and in rushes Isobel Yeung, an on-air reporter for VICE HBO and Vice New Tonight who has reported from countries such as Syria and Afghanistan. With a…

The future of the country’s street food culture hangs in the balance as an ongoing debate about moving street vendors indoors blazes on.

Hanoi, Vietnam | © Nikki Vargas/Culture Trip

It’s everything put together that makes the meal complete. The flimsy red and blue plastic furniture that looks as though it has been stolen from a preschool playground. The crowded streets of t-shirt clad backpackers and conical hat wearing locals weaving in and out of each other’s way like an orchestrated dance. The fragrant smells of fresh herbs, cooked fish and spiced broth mixed with the faint odors of gasoline from passing motorbikes. The Vietnamese street food experience extends far beyond the plate to encompass the surrounding chaos and charm of the culture.

It’s an experience that has been etched…

A campaign is working to raise awareness of “bad animal selfies” as reports come in of the brutal conditions these picture perfect animals must live in.

A tourist poses with a wild sloth | © World Animal Protection Organization

Early morning in Manaus and the first rays of sunlight pierce through the dense blanket of fog that has drifted off the Amazon River overnight and wrapped itself languidly around the Brazilian city. Manaus, which serves as a gateway to the Amazonian rainforest, is a popular tourist destination sitting on the nexus of the murky Rio Negro and the famed Amazon River. A launchpad for jungle adventures, Manaus whets traveler’s appetites with local tours promising exotic animal encounters.

With an estimated 94 percent of local tour operators offering animal excursions, travelers could almost be forgiven for paying a small fee…

An immersive, performative experience takes place each year at the Green-Wood cemetery, which dates back to the 19th-century.

Graveyard | © Scott Rodgerson/Unsplash

Saturday night in New York City, and I am en route to the historic Green-Wood cemetery for an evening of libations and performances at Atlas Obscura’s Into the Veil event, now in its third year.

The towering, gothic archways of the historic Green-Wood cemetery stand like a portal between the living and dead. As crowds of New Yorkers make their way under the illuminated arches, a sense of surreality begins to set in. Yes, I am in fact spending Saturday night in a graveyard.

Green-Wood cemetery isn’t any ordinary graveyard though. Founded in 1838, the winding pathways of the cemetery…

The bygone era of flappers, jazz and speakeasies can still be found in New York City, if you know where to look.

Courtesy of Amanda Suarez/Culture Trip

It’s hard to miss Dandy Wellington. The Harlem-born musician walks into a crowded room and immediately attracts glances for his impeccable style that evokes the bygone eras of the 1920s and 30s.

Wellington — who is lead vocalist of Dandy Wellington and His Band as well as member of the performance group, the Harlem James Gang — taps into a larger nostalgia scene that thrives here in New York City. A sub culture in which dimly lit speakeasies host young people sipping gin rickeys, who look as though they’ve been plucked from the pages of a Fitzgerald novel.

I met…

Nikki Vargas

Founding Editor, Unearth Women. Previous Editor at The Infatuation, Atlas Obscura & Culture Trip. Subscribe to my Substack newsletter:

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