The Young Pioneer is an online magazine featuring the writing and photography of extreme travellers. Specialising in destinations that your mother would rather you stay away from, content is always well-informed, well-written, and badass.
Hi there and welcome to the third issue – released May 2013. We’re an independently created and run quarterly online magazine. Go ahead and checkout the Editor’s Letter, or jump straight into the articles, they’re now listed on the right-hand-side.
If you’re new to The Young Pioneer, take a deep breath and then just jump the fuck in. This shaggy conglomeration of adventurers came together mid-2012 and have been talking about how we’ve been going strong ever since. You’ll find information about the contributors on each of their pieces at the bottom of the page, and if you think you’re badass enough to contributie something yourself, head on over the the Contact / Submissions page.
There are (currently) six different categories that content falls into:
Red Star Setting - Communism, Socialism, Stalinism, Lenninism, Maoism, Badassism… whatever you want to call it, a lot of the craziest places to visit are those which either currently or previously were under some kind of star. This section of the magazine has been separated for pieces with a focus on any ‘isms’ that happened to pick the colour red.
Desolation Row - Desolate locations are unlike any other. They offer wholly unique experiences and this category of the magazine is a place for people to talk about places that don’t have a lot of people.
Beating Your Own Track - Pioneering is about doing what you want every step of the way. Each month, the contributors to this section are providing inspiration and examples of what this magazine is all about.
Cheap Skates and Practicalities - Travelling can be expensive, and that sucks. The Young Pioneer is about encouraging people to get on a plane and land somewhere kook, and that can’t be done by great new pioneers if it’s too pricey. This category of the magazine has been put aside for contributors with advice to give for people planning on taking a trip. It’s affordable and it’s practical, and it’s awesome.
Visuality - Whilst other sections of the magazine might feature images from the authors, ‘Visuality’ is reserved for truly impressive photographic essays. The images in this category of The Young Pioneer offer insights into crazy places where words just won’t do.
The Significant Other - This category was added for the second issue, because sometimes the most awesome things just don’t fit in with the other most awesome things. Stories about food, love, superheroes and cheese will go in this category from now on.