Roads & Kingdoms is dedicated to a simple idea: knowing more makes travel better. We use talented local journalists, deep storytelling, and the good things in life—food, music, booze—to inform and inspire about destinations around the globe. R&K won the 2017 James Beard Publication of the Year award and is a winner of SATW’s Best Travel Journalism award. We focus on useful information for armchair and aisle-seat travelers alike.
Our publishing partnerships include Explore Parts Unknown, the digital home for our partner Anthony Bourdain’s award-winning show on CNN and our weekly foreign correspondence dispatches with Slate. We also partner with select brands. See R&K Productions for case studies and contacts.
“Roads & Kingdoms” is cribbed from The Book of Roads & Kingdoms, a phenomenal early travelogue written in the 11th century by Abu Abdullah al-Bakri in Córdoba, now home to a mediocre football club playing in Spain’s second division.
How to Pitch: We accept pitches from freelance writers, carousers and photographers. The first and most important thing is to read Roads & Kingdoms. Our stories are a little different here, and if you can pick up on that difference, you’ll have a much better chance of success. We do not accept completed manuscripts, so even if you’ve already written a piece, just send us a pithy paragraph or two about what it is. Email your idea to email@example.com and you’ll get an autoresponse with more information about our rates and approval process.
Nathan Thornburgh (Co-founder/Publisher) spent nearly a decade working at TIME Magazine as a foreign correspondent and editor. He’s reported on everything from cyberwar in Russia (favorite dish: solyanka) to the drug wars in Juarez (favorite dish: chilaquiles). Nathan speaks four languages and can point at menus written in 20 others.
Matt Goulding (Co-founder/Publisher) is a James Beard-award-winning food writer and editor. His book series Eat This, Not That sold over 10 million copies, and his HarperCollins book series with R&K has garnered numerous awards (Pasta Pane Vino: Deep Travels through Italy’s Food Culture is dropping in 2018). He divides his time between the tapas bars of Barcelona and the barbecue pits of rural North Carolina.
Douglas Hughmanick (Co-founder, Chief Creative) is an award-winning Creative Director/Designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area and co-founder of R&K as well as ANML design group. Also: as an MC, he has opened shows for hiphop legends MosDef and Talib Kweli.
Anup Kaphle (Executive Editor) is the former deputy world editor for BuzzFeed News and digital foreign editor at The Washington Post. His remit includes editorial oversight at R&K and Explore Parts Unknown. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, Anup has lived and worked in three countries—and knows a butcher who sells the best goat in each one of them.
Alexa van Sickle (Senior Producer/Journalist) has worked in journalism and book publishing for over a decade, covering everything from Cuban baseball to obscure EU agricultural laws. Alexa is a graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism. She grew up in Vienna, Austria, with British and Canadian heritage.
Cara Parks (Editor-at-Large) is the former executive editor of Modern Farmer and deputy managing editor of Foreign Policy. She’s also lived in Barcelona, Paris, Lisbon, and a few other places where the food wasn’t as good. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. In a former life, she was a line cook in Portland, Oregon and a baker on the Lower East Side.
Chris Rhee (Chief Developer) started making websites at age 13 and never stopped. As a freelance designer & developer, he’s worked with small startups, household names and a half dozen companies worth over a billion dollars. For R&K, he single-handedly built both ExplorePartsUnknown.com and RoadsandKingdoms.com. Chris only speaks one language, but with a lot of slang you never heard before.
Shivani Mehta (Business Development Associate) is originally from Mumbai, India. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she joined The Barbarian Group as a Media & Distribution Lead for Pepsi. Shivani has a lifelong obsession with all things spicy and/or covered in cheese (as long as it’s vegetarian). She documents her food journey through her Instagram: shivseatsworld. Oh, and she’s also danced in Bollywood films.
Tyler Elmore (Producer/Social Media Producer) was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area before taking the leap to study Journalism + Design at The New School in Manhattan. When she isn’t working on making Explore Parts Unknown look fantastic, she spends her time roaming New York streets looking for a super burrito that is comparable to the ones back in California. (The search is still ongoing.)
Michael Snyder (Associate Editor) is currently based in Mexico City, after having lived in Mumbai, India, for nearly five years. He has reported on pirates, insurgent hill tribes, urban planning, and vegetarian extremism for publications like Lucky Peach, the New York Times and The Believer, among others.
Laura Pérez (Administration) was born in Igualada, Spain, a small town outside Barcelona mildly obsessed with Catalan independence. She has a Masters in online marketing from ITEAP and was the fearless producer behind R&K’s first international foray, a trip to Burma where she posed as a caterer from New Jersey to gain entrance into the country.
Anthony Bourdain (Editor-at-Large) is a chef, bestselling author and multiple-Emmy winning maker of television. He is Roads & Kingdoms’ sole investor and a creative partner on many R&K projects, particularly the Dispatched by Bourdain series on R&K and Explore Parts Unknown.