Roads & Kingdoms is dedicated to a simple idea: the more you know, the better you travel. 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 Site award. We focus on useful information for armchair and aisle-seat travelers alike.
The late Anthony Bourdain was our first and only investor, our spirit animal, our guide to so many things.
Our publishing partnerships include Explore Parts Unknown, the digital home for Bourdain’s award-winning show on CNN. 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.
Want to write for R&K? Here’s how to pitch.
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.
Cengiz Yar (Photo Editor) is an award-winning documentary photographer and journalist who spent the last two years in Iraq covering mass displacement, religious and ethnic minorities, and the fight against ISIS. He grew up in New Jersey, swears by Taylor Ham, and probably listens to too much death metal.
Danielle Renwick (Senior Editor, Explore Parts Unknown) was formerly an editor at the Council on Foreign Relations and Americas Quarterly. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, she’s lived in Spain, Argentina, and Brazil. Few things make her happier than fluorescent lights, plastic chairs, and salty snacks served with Cerveja bem gelada.
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.
Tafi Mukunyadzi (Associate Editor, Explore Parts Unknown) is a former reporter for the Associated Press and the editor of BlackGirlNerds.com. A graduate of Boston University, Tafi is a Zimbabwean-American who grew up in Arkansas. She is always up for a braai and writing poetry about tea.
Kate Kunath (Director/Producer/Showrunner) is a freelance filmmaker who works on short and long-form documentaries for Roads & Kingdoms and elsewhere. She won a 2018 Webby for our digital series Return to Catalunya with Anthony Bourdain on Explore Parts Unknown, and is the director of the fantastic We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite.
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) 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.
Will Atkinson (Intern) is the culture editor at Duke University’s The Chronicle, where he previously served as the head arts editor and currently co-hosts the pop culture podcast Reel to Reel. A native of eastern North Carolina, he’s a staunch defender of vinegar-based barbecue and is always on the lookout for cheap coffee.
Monika Davis (Photo Intern) is a journalism student at Emerson College in Boston. She grew in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she likes to spend time by the beach, reading a good memoir. Nothing makes her happier than a good bagel.
Cara Parks (Editor-at-Large) is the former executive editor of Modern Farmer and deputy managing editor of Foreign Policy. In a former life, she was a line cook in Portland, Oregon and a baker on the Lower East Side.
Mohammed Syed (Video Intern) is a political science student at Rutgers-Newark in New Jersey. He’s a Bay Area native and can be found either hiking or looking for the closest South Asian cabbie joint in search for a cup of chai. His other passions include poetry, muay thai boxing, and urban exploration.
Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) was a chef, author and maker of television. He was Roads & Kingdoms’ sole investor and a creative partner on many R&K projects, particularly the Dispatched by Bourdain series on R&K and the Explore Parts Unknown project, for which he filmed with Roads & Kingdoms in Los Angeles, Catalunya, and throughout Asia.