a dossier of local cool
Cartogramme is the urbanite’s guide to travel, art, design, culture, good food, serious drinks, vintage, weirdness, and everything awesome. From Bangkok to Buffalo, we believe every place on earth has something special to offer. Our goal is to help you find it.
why we exist
Because guidebooks are predictable, travel mags spin fantasy, and social media is a lie. Tripadvisor and Yelp are useful to a point, but they’re weighted by mass opinion and rarely dive deep on micro topics. We’re not interested in cookie-cutter vacations, aspirational luxury, or armchair reportage. We don’t want recommendations for extortionary hotels, backpacker slums, or tourist schlock, nor do we have the patience to wade through navel-gazing travelogues to figure out who makes, say, Japan’s best ramen. Annoying slideshows and lowest common denominator clickbait? No thanks.
Your time is precious and your vacation days even more so. That’s why we cut through the bullshit. Our mission is to help you travel better, smarter, and closer to the ground. We do this by personally vetting every restaurant, bar, boutique, museum, cinema, record shop, art gallery, flea market, hotel, motel, and roadside oddity you find on Cartogramme. If we write about a place, it’s because it’s worth it. Period.
who we are
Andrew Parks is a 15-year veteran of the music and publishing industries, with experience in merchandising, brand development, and content marketing. He has done time in the offices of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, eMusic, and Time Inc., and counted Marriott, Apple, Red Bull, Sony, Interscope, Guitar Hero, Universal Music Group, and Ghostly International among his clients. He is the editor of self-titled, a leading underground music magazine, and a regular contributor to Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, and Food & Wine. Andrew was born in Western New York and fancies himself Cartogramme’s resident coffee and beer expert.
Ashlea Halpern is the Editor-at-Large for AFAR Magazine and an Instagram junkie. She has a decade and a half of media experience at titles as varied as Condé Nast Traveler, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, Wired, and The Wall Street Journal. In her desk-bound days, she was the Special Projects Editor at Bon Appétit, Strategist Editor at New York Magazine, and Senior Editor at Time Out New York. She writes extensively about travel, food, shopping, and business and has produced branded content for Food Network, Ralph Lauren, Target, Etsy, MM.LaFleur, and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Ashlea was born in Maryland and schooled in the deep south. She has traveled to more than 50 countries and won’t stop until she’s dead.
work with us
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