FM Travel Issue


Madlib: How to Make Your Staycation Seem Like a Vacation

So you bummed around your childhood home all winter break? Here's how to make your time away from Harvard sound a bit more productive.

Bill Bensley
Fifteen Questions

15 Minutes with Bill Bensley

The most important inspiration we have comes from Mother Nature, from the site that we’re working on.

On Campus

Hey Professor: Tourism Photography with Robin Kelsey

​In the era of vacation photoshoots, iPhone cameras, and “doing it for the Insta,” 21st century vacations often include more time spent camera-in-hand than not. History of Art and Architecture Chair Robin E. Kelsey, who specializes in the history of photography, sits down with FM to chat about our tourist tendencies.​

Santiago, Chile
Photo Essay

Photo Essay: Bangkok, Thailand

Choomchon Pattaya slum is just one of Bangkok’s many slums. However, this particular community shares a wall with some of the most exclusive and opulent night clubs in Bangkok and has become a hub for drug deals and crime. Overflowing with trash, sewage, and the remnants of bulldozed shacks, the slum is a side of Thailand that most tourists are unaware of—and a side of Thailand that the government is attempting to wipe out with little care to the communities that reside within them.

Che at the Plaza Revoluciónario
Latin America

Che's Cuba

Though Che’s body may be decaying, his dashing face is still everywhere.

India Narratives

Questions of Travel

Traveling to India for the first time, I wanted to shed the heroic-journey paradigm.

Pavic in Progress

Pavić in Process

I’d been told to “swim” in the intellectual environment, to identify with the author and his sources, rather than scoop out what I wanted with my usual external and surgical precision.


Welcome, Nomads

The work I was doing is easy to put into do-gooder buzzwords: access, public health, marginalization, human rights, etc., etc. It’s the sort of work that Harvard likes to fund.

Welcome, Nomads

Welcome, Nomads

The real “nomads” don’t own real estate in hipster neighborhoods, and don’t have track lighting.

El Deporte Argentina de Palermo

El Deporte Argentina de Palermo

In Argentina, I saw a whole new side of polo.

Santiago, Chile
Photo Essay

Photo Essay: Santiago, Chile

Santiago, the vibrant, overwhelmingly modern capital of Chile, is a sprawling metropolis of seven million people. Amidst the sea of contemporary architecture, there are remnants of the city’s dark, not-so-distant past: the years of political oppression, human rights abuses, and socioeconomic inequality the country suffered under the Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship from 1973 to 1990. Underneath it all, however, Santiago lives up to its nickname of "Sanhattan"— a city that's always in motion, that never sleeps, and that’s home to great spots for exploration.

New Year Celebrations in Japan
Photo Essay

Photo Essay: New Year Celebrations in Japan

Happy New Year from Osaka, Japan! I had a special moment with my family, ate traditional Japanese “Osechi” dishes, visited a temple to make wishes for the coming year, and traveled a time-honored street in Kyoto.

Thailand and China
Photo Essay

Photo Essay: Thailand and China

FM photographer Cynthia Guo explores Thailand and China through photos.

Thailand and China
Photo Essay

Thailand and China

Food and Drink

Eating My Way Across the United States

It was, without a doubt, the best brisket I’ve ever eaten—thick slabs of meat, blackened around the edges, yet nonetheless so tender it melted immediately in my mouth.