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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

The World Transformative
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
One of many police checkpoints where we got hassled. Photo: Anietra Hamper

Escape from India during COVID-19 (Part 2)

In Episode One of Escape from India during COVID-19, we introduced you to veteran journalist Anietra Hamper who was trying to escape from India after COVID-19 derailed her fishing assignment trip. Anietra and her fishing guide, Ian Henderson, were left stranded in India with only a narrow window to get … Read more   Read more

India Experiences
Junction-of-the-Sarayu-River-and-Mahakali-River-famous-for-golden-masheer-fishing.--in-Champawat. Photo: Anietra Hamper

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
Plastic garbage on a beach in Bali

Bali battles a plastic ocean while eagerly awaiting economic respite

By Bianca Caruana

As if Bali hasn’t been suffering enough with the economic blow of COVID-19, locals are also battling a catastrophic environmental disaster as an abnormal amount of plastic washes up along popular tourist beaches Kuta & Seminyak.   Read more

Asia Social Responsibility Sustainability
Cabarita Beach photo by Ann-Marie Cahill

A Trip Through Tradition on the Tweed Coast

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Wollumbin is not the first site to be ‘renamed’ in Australia, and it certainly should not be the last.   Read more

Oceania Landscape Indigenous
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Go With the Flow: Life Lessons From Backpacking to the Pandemic

By Natasha Tucker

Some of you may ask why I chose Guatemala — especially if you’re like my parents whose idea of adventure is an all-inclusive trip to Cuba.   Read more

Central and South America Backpacking & Camping 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

The World Safety Social Responsibility
Washington DC Tourism

Tourism in Washington, D.C. amid COVID and the 2021 Presidential Inauguration

With all of the challenges facing Washington and a forthcoming Presidential Inauguration to prepare for, we spoke to Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO of Destination DC, to talk about the status of tourism in the District.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
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

The World Safety
Riverwalk in Ljubljana. Photo by Trixie Pacis

Reminiscing on Slovenia Through the Senses

By Trixie Pacis

From the summer of 2018 to 2019, I called the charming Slovenian capital of Ljubljana my home. For those of you who have yet to experience Slovenia, it is a feast for the eyes.   Read more

Europe Architecture History
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
Vacation shopping

January 12: National Shop for Travel Day

By Breana Johnson

If you’re itching to get out of town, you’re not alone in your wanderlust. Maybe that’s why National Shop for Travel Day – a day dedicated to (you guessed it) shopping for your upcoming adventures – may very well gain quite a bit of traction this year.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
Travel 2021 - Thoughtful traveler

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

The World Social Responsibility
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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