Sebastian Modak is a writer and multimedia journalist based in New York City. He is spending 2019 circling the globe as the New York Times 52 Places Traveler.

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How the Azores Will Hold Off the Crowds and Stay a Natural Wonder

A year after visiting the Azores, I check back on the archipelago—and find a place that’s debunking its reputation as “the next Iceland.” (For Condé Nast Traveler)

A Love Letter to Nasi Goreng, Jakarta’s Street Food Staple

How one late-night dish turned a city into a home. (For Condé Nast Traveler)

For Third-Culture Kids, Travel is Home

Reflecting on a childhood spent in transit. (For Condé Nast Traveler)


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