Kinfolk Wilderness

Artisan. (Kinfolk Adventures). Apr. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781648291715. $45. TRAV
Burns’s second book in the “Kinfolk Adventures” trilogy (after Kinfolk Islands) blends lush photography, storytelling, and unique adventures. Burns, editor in chief of Kinfolk magazine, brings readers to 18 international destinations to explore outdoor experiences with a focus on slow travel. It includes intimate, vibrant photographs, community stories, and brief itineraries. Readers will be transported to experiences such as hiking in Kurdistan, observing icebergs in coastal Greenland, and farming in Transylvania. The book is organized around themes: “Adventure,” “Wonder,” and “Retreat.” Each section includes essays that touch on climate change and the balance between protecting and enjoying access to wild spaces. The book effectively focuses on less conventional aspects of these destinations; local geography and the relationship between humans and the land are emphasized. The selection of locations and experiences, paired with musings on balancing ecological responsibility with enjoyment of these wild places, makes this a rich addition to the series. It will appeal to readers who appreciate the intersections of travel, culture, and art. Readers looking for sustainable slow-travel inspiration may also enjoy Slow Escapes: Rural Retreats for Conscious Travelers by Clara le Fort.
VERDICT An evocative, enlivening look at global outdoor adventures.
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