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“Discovery is the journey; insight is the destination.”

–Gary Hamel
The stories below are a mix of opinions, thoughts, reflections and revelations from travel experiences. Some stories suggest an idea others highlight a discovery, experience, perception or observation.
Travel storytelling or travel insights is an interesting way to experience the beauty and ups and downs of the journeys done by different travelers. Never mind if you can’t take the journey, but you can always read and enjoy the travel experiences and explore places through someone else’s vision.
Matshona Dhliwayo says that insight–not intelligence or understanding– is meant to foster perception and contemplation. It is our hope that you’ll gain greater travel insights through these stories.


Choeung Ek - a Killing Field in Cambodia

Dark Tourism in Cambodia: Exploitation and Cultural Insensitivity

By Tara Tadlock

Over four years in the early 1970s, Cambodia, a Southeast Asian country now frequented by backpacking tourists, faced one of the worst human atrocities imaginable– a state-sponsored genocide wiping out one-third of the nation’s population.   Read more

Asia Insights Social Responsibility
9/11 Memorial Reflection Pool. Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Remembering 9/11 Twenty Years Later

By Terri Marshall

I’ll never forget the bright blue skies as I watched an airplane fly into the World Trade Center’s North Tower at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001.   Read more

United States Insights History
Digital nomad office is a dream lifestyle

Lessons I’ve Learned Since Becoming a Digital Nomad

By Ali Jennings

Becoming a digital nomad is the dream lifestyle for many people nowadays. This shouldn’t come as a surprise.   Read more

The World Insights
America's History | American Hidden Historical Narratives

The Importance of Expanding America’s Hidden Historical Narratives

Expanding America’s historical narrative to include enslaved and Indigenous people and their contributions to the country.   Read more

United States Insights History
penguins-antarctica

Keep Travel in Your Life Through Planning

By Terri Marshall

Travel teaches us acceptance. It opens up new worlds to us, making us richer in the process.   Read more

The World Insights
Township Tourism

Township tourism: The good, the bad, and the ugly

By Rachel Flynn

If you have traveled to a developing country, you have probably seen tours that visit favelas, slums, or in South Africa’s case, townships.   Read more

Africa Insights Social Responsibility
Green Chamber. Photo courtesy of Schuyler Mansion State Historical Site.

Schuyler Mansion: History, Enslavement and Alexander Hamilton

Heidi Hill and Jessie Serfilippi from the Schuyler Mansion State Historical Site share the stories behind the stories about the Schuyler family and Alexander Hamilton.   Read more

United States Insights History
The Rainbow Nation - Table Mountain in South Africa

Shaping the rainbow nation: The role of Indians in South Africa

By Rachel Flynn

Welcome to South Africa, the country with too many names! The list is long, but some of the most notable options include the Republic of South Africa, my absolute favourite country, Mzansi, and the rainbow nation.   Read more

Africa Insights History
Author dancing in Greece experiencing Kefi

Kefi Culture: The Greek Ethos

By Jim Bamboulis

Greeks don’t seek kefi, they find it naturally in their day-to-day lives.   Read more

Europe Insights Lifestyle
Airport terminal

Here’s what to expect as international travel returns

By Audrey Lim

It feels like second-nature now, packing hand sanitisers in our bags, getting our temperatures taken at checkpoints, and having face-masks at the ready. So what trends can we expect to see in post-pandemic travel?   Read more

The World Health & Wellness Insights
Kimberly Stone smiley

Travel and Beauty According to a Gifted BIPOC Plus-Size Model

See the world differently as we explore travel and beauty through the eyes of a gifted BIPOC plus-sized model.   Read more

United States Insights
US Marine corps

Inspirational Life and Travel Journeys from a Woman Marine

In a human interest story that travels we introduce 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
people-digital nomad reflections

Why I advocate for slow travel—and why you should, too

By Jessica Barrett

Travel used to be slow. Granted, it was slow because there was no other way…Somewhere along the way, we got (very) lost.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
Diversity in art - photos

Teaching Children to Appreciate Diversity

By Breana Johnson

The best way to travel with the intent of exploring diversity is to ditch the touristy places. Sometimes, tourist attractions bring people from all over the world — the Grand Canyon or Disneyland, for example.   Read more

The World Family Travel Insights The Arts Social Responsibility
Hasidic Community

Brooklyn’s Hasidic neighborhood and Ecuador’s Huaorani people

Hasidic Community You have probably seen the men with black coats, black panama-style hats and long curly sideburns (payots) and wondered who they are. These men (and women) in black are members of the Hasidic Jewish religious group. The group that arose as a spiritual revival movement in 18th century … Read more   Read more

The World Insights History Humanity