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“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Travel is one of the best teachers and the lessons we learn from journeys undertaken provide the richest travel experiences.

When we interact with our friends and our near and dear ones who are just back from one or other trip, there is so much excitement in the room as they share their travel stories. There is a long list of activities they might have taken like diving, sight seeing, tasting delicious food, some adventure trip up the hills, finding some off the beaten path spot, some warm interactions with local people, and so on. Each travel journey has some good and bad parts , yet they all are memorable ones.

The stories in this section reflect the range of emotional, spiritual and physical experiences one can have from a travel opportunity.  Some travel experiences are deep, some are lighthearted and some are “adventurous” (referencing the night in jail story). All of the experiences shared here are impactful.

Create your experience vicariously through these stories.


las-vegas-strip casino tourism

The World’s Most Lucrative Casino Destinations

Traveling is a popular recreation. Many people choose to travel as a part of their vacation because it is fun and informative. Nevertheless, traveling offers you much more than a cultural experience and entertainment. There are quite a few people who travel specifically to experience different variations of gambling and … Read more   Read more

Experiences
US Marine corps

Inspirational Life and Travel Journeys from a Woman Marine

In honor of our Veterans we are pleased to share a conversation with Dr. Betty Moseley Brown, one of the first women of color to join the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1970s.   Read more

United States Experiences Insights
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Ghost Towns and Goblins: Halloween Traditions in the Lone Star State

By Courtney Campbell

The Lone Star State contains some unique Halloween traditions. Filled with ghost towns, haunted hotels, and spooky lore, Texas has summoned attention for its intense connection to the paranormal.   Read more

United States Experiences History
Bedouin on camel in Jordan near Dana Biosphere Reserve.

Shooting Stars and Shay in Jordan’s Dana Biosphere Reserve

By Christina Newberry

Lying on stacked cushions on the roof of a lodge in Jordan’s Dana Biosphere Reserve, I watch a beam of green light shoot into the sky as our guide circles a constellation with the most powerful laser pointer I’ve ever seen. “That orange star, that’s the womanizer,” Ali says. “He’s … Read more   Read more

Middle East Experiences
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Meet the Manatees of Crystal River, Florida

By Cara Siera

The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge shelters solitary manatees year-round, but their numbers increase to around 600 individuals from mid-November through March, when they retreat to the Three Sisters and other natural hot springs as ocean temperatures drop.    Read more

United States Experiences Social Responsibility
Berber Village & Mount Toubkal, Morocco photo by Julia Madlin cc 2.0

Slow Tourism in Morocco: My 5-Day Trek up Mount Toubkal

By Sara Perillo

Standing at 4167 metres, Mount Toubkal is the tallest peak in Northern Africa. As prominent as it is (the highest mountain for over 2000 kilometres), Toubkal is a popular, relatively safe and non-technical destination for hikers. In fact, Toubkal National Park attracts roughly 40 000 tourists per year!   Read more

Africa Adventure Experiences
Inside the Stairway to Heaven in the Phillippines. Photo: Len Cristobal

Climbing A Stairway to Heaven in The Philippines

By Len Cristobal

Growing up in the Philippines, an intensely Catholic country, I have seen the extremes that people sometimes go to in the name of religion. “Stairway to Heaven,” a giant, outdoor stairway leading to a breathtaking replica of heaven, or how heaven looks according to traditional beliefs.   Read more

Asia Experiences Religious Travel
Tourists in Cambodia

5 Ways to have a more cultural experience in Cambodia

By Derek Cullen

When you think of Cambodia, first impressions can come with some very negative connotations.   Read more

Asia Experiences
Man floating in the Dead Sea of Israel

Defying Gravity at the Dead Sea in Israel

By Thomas Später

It was a hot summer day when I left Jerusalem to travel south towards the Dead Sea, an indescribably beautiful salt lake, sitting peacefully landlocked between the countries of Israel and Jordan. Although visiting Israel had been on my bucket list since forever, the Dead Sea had always fascinated me … Read more   Read more

Middle East Experiences
Photo credited to Gisuru School of the Deaf.

An African School for the Deaf

By Breana Johnson

There are only two schools exclusively for the Deaf in Burundi (the other, also founded by my husband’s family, is five hours away). Without the chance to go to school and learn sign language, these kids would never have the chance to learn any language at all, a situation that … Read more   Read more

Africa Accessible Experiences
Exterior of Vue Orleans. Courtesy of Vue Orleans.

Vue Orleans: A Love Letter to New Orleans

See New Orleans like you’ve never seen her before atop a 34th floor observation deck and experience the richness of New Orleans history as cutting-edge technology immerses visitors into the spirit and soul of the city. Experience a love letter to New Orleans inside the new Vue Orleans.   Read more

New Orleans Experiences History
Ian and a group in Montana on a dinosaur dig. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

5 Places to See Dinosaur Fossils in the U.S.

By Breana Johnson

On your next trip, bring natural history to life with a dinosaur encounter! The U.S. offers many attractions where you can view dinosaur fossils—or even participate in a dino dig.   Read more

United States Accessible Experiences History
A traditional yurt with a view of Mongolian mountains.

Longing for isolation: A demanding journey through Mongolia

By Thomas Später

When I was desperately searching for a new place to explore without hundreds and thousands of other tourists around me, I came across a mysterious and equally attractive country called Mongolia.    Read more

Asia Experiences
Author on a deserted and unrehabilitated part of the Great Wall of China

One Night on the Great Wall of China

By Thomas Später

I have already traveled most of Asia, but never really had the chance to see the Great Wall of China. It was the end of May, when I touched down in Beijing after traveling both Japan and Mongolia for 8 days each. Using Beijing as a 3-day layover on the … Read more   Read more

Asia Experiences
Falklands Island penguins

The Falkland Island | A Birdwatcher’s Paradise

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

So let’s discover why the Falkland Islands are an excellent place to visit and how you can have a unique birdwatching experience.   Read more

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