Rebecca Baer

Rebecca Baer

Senior Map Editor

In seventh grade, Rebecca Baer did not get the homeroom teacher who made every student draw a map of the entire world from memory, making this bio far less fascinating than it could have been.


  • Why do you travel?

    To fill in the blank spaces on my map, and admire any dragons that be there.

  • What’s one thing you never travel without?

    A camera.

  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

    New York City. It’s true love.

  • City or country?

    Yes, please!

  • Train, plane, or ship?

    Yes, please!

  • What’s the first thing you do when you arrive in a new place?

    Reach for my money or ID, discover it’s missing, PANIC, dump out my entire bag…and realize the thing’s in my pocket where I put it to make it “easier to find.”

  • What items do you always try to bring back as souvenirs?

    Local currency. It’s art. It’s culture. It’s history. Technically, it’s leftover loose change and small bills I didn’t spend, but physical money is also a perfect memento of its particular country.

  • Carry-on or checked?

    Carry-on. I have no confidence I’ll see anything I’ve checked ever again. Plus, when I travel I don’t want to be weighed down by too much stuff from home.

  • What will always earn a spot in your carry-on?

    A novel or novels set in the place I’m visiting, and a bathing suit.

  • What is your favorite book or genre of books?

    Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals. I reread it often for a vicarious trip to Corfu. Someday I’ll reread it on a real trip to Corfu, then die happy.

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