The title says it all! This June, a new chapter of my cultural storytelling begins in French Polynesia (insert endless exclamation marks here). I’ll focus on the Marquesas, the most distant island group in this part of the Pacific, and a robust cultural network. I’m calling the project South Pacific Stories, I’m still pinching myself, and yes, I’m likely to burn to a crisp. I will continue posting to social media via @meetthenorth.

While I have loved exploring the north—and I will return to Norway, Greenland, and Nunavut this year—my passion is for personal stories and their power to build cultural understanding. With that commitment, it’s time to visit somewhere new, to be an outsider all over again, and to be curious & listen.

I’m very happy that my three-years-and-counting collaboration with Eric Guth will continue, and I’m thrilled to welcome filmmaker Matt Mastrantuono to the team.

My sponsorship from Lindblad Expeditions enters a new phase in a landscape of palm trees, sharks, coral … and more stories you will only find by following us!