Beings – the human side of travel

Travel opens your mind and broadens your horizons. But travel is more than ticking off a list of sites. The spirit of travel isn’t captured in the idea of having ‘done’ a country, as if you’ve exhausted all the possible experiences that place has to offer.

What often makes a place so memorable is the people.

Those chance encounters with someone that leaves a mark on you. The crazy characters, the weirdos. The people living their life. The ones doing remarkable things, making the world a better place in their own way. The ones whose story warms your heart; the ones whose story breaks your heart. Those who teach you about their culture. Those who take you in and look after you, just because you’re a stranger from out of town.

If you keep your mind open, you’ll meet the real-life characters in the story you’re making as you go. And Beings is a place for those stories.

Beings will be a printed magazine that celebrates the human side of travel. And we’re looking for stories about the memorable people you’ve encountered while travelling. The finished article should be no longer than 1,500 words – but please first get in touch with a summary of your story by 6th August, for consideration. Aim for no more than 250 words, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch sooner.

For more details, and a fuller brief, drop an email to and



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