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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.


humpback-whale swimming

Like Peering into Human Eyes: Swimming with Humpback Whales

By Cara Siera

Whales, it turns out, are a lot like us. They live in family groups whom they go to great lengths to protect and care for. They love to sing, and “chart-topping hits” spread quickly from group to group. They’ve even been known to stand up for other, weaker species — … Read more   Read more

Australia Adventure Experiences
Scuba divers

Cold Water Confidence

By Natasha Tucker

As a kid growing up near the ocean, the movie that I resonated with the most was The Little Mermaid. I wanted to be Ariel, but, in reverse. Unlike Ariel striving to transition from a life underwater to on land, I wanted to live underwater, where the fish are, to … Read more   Read more

The World Adventure Experiences
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Game On: How Melbourne Leveled Up as a Playable City

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Melbourne is a Playable City; in both name and character. It is one of my favourite cities to visit, with its hidden laneways scattered throughout the bustling CBD.   Read more

Australia Experiences Off the Beaten Path
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
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
Train featured in Flagstaff Pioneer Museum. Photo: Breana Johnson

How to Experience Train Tourism and Become a Railfan

By Breana Johnson

While many of these train activities are rooted in nostalgia, there are still plenty of modern-day travelers who not only enjoy trains as a means of transport but also the object of entire vacations.   Read more

United States Family Travel Rail & Road Travel
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
India - 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
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Exploring Comfort Zones and Culture in China

By Alexander Galant

Leaving Canada for a three-week cultural adventure in China, I become infected with the travel bug that now fuels my future.   Read more

Asia Experiences Transformative Events & Festivals
Malaysia | Carmen Ang in Malaysian Langkawi Rice patties

Discovering my Roots in Malaysia

By Carmen Ang

My first trip was a six-week journey through Malaysia, the country where my dad was born. Not only did this trip ignite the wanderlust that fuels me to this day, it also helped me discover my roots and develop a better understanding of my ethnic heritage.   Read more

Asia Experiences History
Plusisize travelers from Stop Weight Bias image gallery.Friends exploring courtesy of World Obesity

Enjoying the World as a Plus-size Traveler

Plus-size travelers face challenges that aren’t generally considered—lack of appropriate accommodations, one-sized fits all robes that don’t fit larger bodies, zipline cables that may not support extra weight and other concerns.   Read more

United States Experiences
Chiesa San Gavio from Spiaggia di Balai

Porto Torres: A case for slow travel

By Torrance McCartney

With little care as to where on the island I would go, I found a perfect apartment located in a place called Porto Torres.   Read more

Europe Experiences
Travel and Friends in Tanzania. Photo: Terri Marshall

Expanding Friendships Through Travel

By Terri Marshall

Changing careers from an estate and trust administrator (think death and taxes) to a travel journalist brought me more than a flexible fulfilling career.   Read more

The World Experiences Humanity
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South Dakota: An Underrated U.S. Road Trip

By Tara Tadlock

While most tourists may flock to the Californian coast for a road trip (and fairly so), travelers searching for something different should set their gaze on the Midwest towards South Dakota.   Read more

United States Rail & Road Travel