Abby Falik Named One Of AFAR’s “10 Most Interesting Travelers We Met This Year”

2017 AFAR Travel Vanguard included in AFAR’s list of 10 Most Interesting Travelers 

From a famous rock star to a professional ghost hunter, here are the people who intrigued our readers in 2017.

Travel is about people. On trips, we try to meet as many locals as we can to get a true feel for a place. But we also love talking to like-minded travelers to get a glimpse into their lives, whether that person is an Italian winemaker or an intrepid world explorer who won’t let her disability dictate where and how she travels. Here are the 10 most interesting people we got to meet this year.


10. Draymond Green Talks Last-Minute Travel, His Travel Must-Have, and His Love for HotelTonight
The Warriors star forward does plenty of traveling during the basketball season. But even when he’s not on the court, Draymond Greene loves spontaneous travel. Here’s how he books his trips last-minute.


9. How to Do Piedmont Like an Italian Winemaker
Michele Chiarlo—the acclaimed winemaker who has witnessed 61 vintages—shares his picks for where to eat, drink, and wander this region and taste Piedmont’s famed white truffles.


8. What to Expect from Blackberry Farm’s Dreamy New Project in the Great Smoky Mountains
We adore Blackberry Farms—but this new fitness- and wellness-focused property is next-level. Plus, proprietor Mary Celeste Beall tells us how to spend a perfect day there when it opens.


7. Vanguard 2017: Abby Falik, Founder of Global Citizen Year
The visionary entrepreneur bridges education and travel for students across the nation. Falik founded Global Citizen Year in 2010 to send high school students to developing countries, including Brazil, Ecuador, India, and Senegal, where they live with host families and apprentice with a wide range of local organizations.


Read the rest of the list here.

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