Patrick Symmes

Patrick Symmes

Patrick Symmes is the author of The Boys from Dolores and Chasing Che.


How to Make Friends with Strangers

Travel is one long introduction to the broadest of humanity. We aren’t perfect, but most members of our species are worth knowing. Here are some simple rules for meeting the neighbors.

Patrick Symmes
Aug 1, 2017

A Year After the Quake, Nepal Is Still a Mess

Help came right away. And then it stopped. A year after the earthquake that turned Nepal to rubble, the government has accomplished little. Patrick Symmes reports on the business-as-usual corruption...

Patrick Symmes
Jun 6, 2016

The Golden Age of Havana Is Now

With Airbnb and Yelp already operating in Cuba's capital, will hordes of American tourists sipping McDaiquiris ruin the very authenticity that draws us to the rebel island nation?

Patrick Symmes
Sep 28, 2015

The PTSD River Cure

PTSD survivor Chad Brown put down a suicide weapon and picked up a fly-fishing rod. The Navy stevedore turned gear designer now wants kids and vets to heal each other on the Oregon waters that saved...

Patrick Symmes
Jun 16, 2015

Syria, as the World Closed In

Today, Syria is known more for creating international unrest than its sweet shops and minarets. Journalist Patrick Symmes explored the cultural heritage of Damascus before the outside world...

Patrick Symmes
Sep 16, 2014

The Real Rebels of Timbuktu

Tuareg nomads have stormed out of the desert again, threatening a return to culture war in the Sahara’s legendary lost city. Patrick Symmes on the rebel alliance, and the fire next time.

Patrick Symmes
Apr 18, 2014

A Wild Country Grows in South Sudan

The new country of South Sudan is blessed with oil, water, and a safari bonanza: one of the largest, most stunning animal migrations on earth. But without roads, laws, or infrastructure, can Africa’s...

Patrick Symmes
Apr 9, 2013

The Beautiful Game

Argentina's soccer fans may be the sports' most impassioned. So much so that the rowdiest among them have formed gangs that intimidate players and coaches, control stadium concessions, and murder...

Patrick Symmes
Oct 9, 2012

Who Pinched My Ride?

When thieves stoles his beloved commuter bike on a busy street in broad daylight, Patrick Symmes snapped—and set out on a cross-country plunge into the heart of America's bike-crime underbelly. What...

Patrick Symmes
Jan 9, 2012

Sand Storm

With demonstrations sweeping Yemen, Patrick Symmes landed in the country for a long-planned excursion. The tourists were there, all right, but so were the riot police and pistol-flashing National...

Patrick Symmes
May 2, 2011

Meet The Neighbors

What doesn't South America offer in the way of big adventure? Here are the 10 best ways to drop in on our amigos down south.

Patrick Symmes, Stephanie Pearson, Abe Streep, Ryan Krogh, Brittany Retherford, Tom Winter, and Josh Dean
Mar 10, 2011

Cuba Libre

Why hordes of Yankee travelers are exactly what the island needs.

Patrick Symmes
Oct 1, 2010

Off the Deep End

By the time George W. Bush created the Marianas Trench Marine National monument, he had shocked his detractors and quadrupled the size of the planet's fully protected waters. But if a preserve is...

Patrick Symmes
Jul 19, 2010

The Beautiful and the Dammed

ALLAH WAS INVOKED THAT DAY, after a wood-fired breakfast in an 18-degree dawn. The earth was cloaked anew; hoarfrost made the grass crunch under my boots. Wind ripped away the plume of Daniel Gonz...

Patrick Symmes
Jun 14, 2010