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9 Powerful Transformative Travel Stories That Inspire

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The greatest gift that travel affords us is the power to transform our lives. Travel is like an elixir for the soul. A single trip can change your life by giving you the space to embark on an inner journey towards personal growth and self-reflection.   Read more

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Anietra standing in front of the American flag before catching the last evac flight out of India. Aneitra was sent to India on a fishing assignment to write about the goonch catfish.

Escape from India during COVID-19 (Part 3 Final)

The conclusion of Escape from India during COVID-19 continues with Anietra sharing more of the roller coaster ordeal that took her and Ian from hope to hopelessness and back. Now she is confronted with the memories of the traumatic experience.   Read more

India Experiences
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Escape from India during COVID-19 (Part 1)

What was meant to be a four-week writing assignment to Nepal and India for veteran journalist Anietra Hamper, turned out to be an absolute nightmare for her and her traveling companion, Ian Henderson.   Read more

India Experiences
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Travel during a pandemic: Responsible or reckless?

By Jessica Barrett

My last trip was in February 2020, just a month before the coronavirus pandemic shut much of the world down for months on end.   Read more

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South Africa - Lion's Head, Cape Town. Photo of Kellie Paxian

Balancing safety and sanity as a nomadic soul during the pandemic

By Kellie Paxian

But for many of us wanderlust-filled souls, there is one major influence on our well-being that the pandemic discourages — and that is travel.   Read more

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National Shop for Travel Day - River in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Celebrating the joy of travel on National Shop for Travel Day

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The technological resources that are available make research and planning for vacations much easier. This was the reasoning behind the creation of National Shop for Travel Day.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
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What will travel look like in 2021?

By Kellie Paxian

Looking back at the previous year is seriously lacking in travel nostalgia. Looking forward is shrouded in uncertainty.   Read more

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Happy New Year's Eve

How to celebrate New Year’s Eve safely around the world

By Tara Tadlock

Lockdowns and government restrictions don’t have a put a damper on New Year’s Eve festivities.   Read more

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Twenty Twenty | Nigel Watts's Twenty Twenty

Global Pandemic, Climate Change, Virtual Tourism: Twenty Twenty novel predictions from 1995

As 2020 comes to a close we remember the late author Nigel Watts and the eerie predictions he made about this year in his 1995 novel “Twenty Twenty”. Nigel’s predictions are shared through the voice of his widow, Sahera Cohen.   Read more

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Holiday from Home with Virtual Tours

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Virtual tours have been a massive hit in 2020, thanks in a large part to the COVID-19 lockdowns. When lockdowns first started in early 2020, many popular venues and institutions were offering virtual tours via social media.   Read more

United States Technology
Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks in 2020

By Terri Marshall

Often seen as the kick-off to the festive holiday season, families and friends come together to eat, drink and be merry. But like pretty much everything else in 2020, Thanksgiving will be different this year.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
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Maunakea – The White Mountain

By Manali Shah

A sacred mountain for Hawaiians, it is also an Observation facility with telescopes bigger than the Hubble Space telescope.   Read more

United States Technology
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Opinion: Is “No Travel” the new Responsible Travel?

By Ann-Marie Cahill

It’s the statement no traveller wants to hear: “Please Don’t Come Here”.   Read more

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Author Kellie Paxian Traveling during COVID

Fleeing the cold to weather the storms

By Kellie Paxian

A global pandemic, travel bans, and now hurricanes — what else have you got for us, 2020?!   Read more

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Safe and Spooky: Where to enjoy Halloween from a Social Distance

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Halloween is around the corner and the ghouls and goblins are coming for us whether we’re ready or not. This time they will be frightening us from a safe distance. But don’t worry because your adrenaline will still run high.   Read more

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