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How Salamanders led me on my travels

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When I was little my mom, sister, me and our dogs used to get lost on purpose. We lived in the country of the deciduous North Eastern United States. Maple, birch, apple, cherry, oak and ash trees rooted themselves on our rolling hills. No matter if it were early spring or late fall, leaves would […]

Finalists for Inspiration Travel Writing Contest 2014

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WRITING CONTEST: Our fourth Travel Writing Contest ended on February 14, 2014 with 505 people from 55 countries involved. The judges and I are happy to announce the fifty finalists! Winners will be announced May 27. The next contest also opens May 27! PLEASE ENJOY THE ENTRIES FROM THE FINALISTS:   Alexander Heaven and Hellhttp://www.wesaidgotravel.com/heaven-hell-day  Amy An […]

Mts. Iglit-Baco, Philippines: Into the Savannas

One of the rangers of the park who doubled as our guide. He is a Mangyan, and treats this place as a sacred space. It is part of his job to make sure that there is no poaching happening in the area.

               

The Peace of Green: Slovenia

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What is an inspirational place to me? I can think of only one. It takes me to emotional places that I’m never at. It makes me feel unique and special. This place makes me feel confident like I have wings and I can fly anywhere. In this particular place, I am optimistic because it motivates […]

Something Unexpected in the Philippines

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Searching frantically for scraps of food, like ants trapped inside a lunchbox, it was that all too familiar look of confusion mixed with a hopeful desperation that brought us together. We were the only Americans in the international terminal of the Manila, the Philippines Airport, five minutes into a four-hour layover on Christmas Eve. There […]

Live in London or Die Trying

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I now cherish time ever since time was nearly taken away from me. I am in the passenger seat, flustered and frustrated, wondering why the driver that the bride’s father hired keeps missing the proper turns. I have to photograph this wedding and I need to be on time. I politely ask why he’s not […]

The Allure of Costa Rica

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Sitting on a log overlooking the blue Pacific waters, time seems irrelevant. One minute, one hour, only the changing tide and movement of the sun hints at a waning day. Trees shade the log and our bodies. Occasionally a slight breeze tempers the heat. Waves smash beyond the rocky, gray sand beach. Surfers paddle out […]

In Photos: Tri Hita Karana

In a village temple in Gyaniar, Bali.

The cultural landscape of Bali in Indonesia is largely shaped by the traditional belief systems of its locals. Tri Hita Karana — roughly translated into English as “the three causes of prosperity” – is a philosophy that governs and guides the daily lives and attitudes of Balinese. This unique concept puts premium to the universal respect of and […]

Kaleidoscopes in Austin, Texas

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Taillights stretch long past the line of sight, blurring like the colors of a twirling kaleidoscope. Traffic is to be expected along the highways and byways of Central Austin, but this is far worse if one is not prepared. This is typical traffic plus all of the travellers converging for the latest international event, adding […]

Dreaming of South Korea

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I was once told that I could never be where I am now. Now I am being told that I can never go to where I want to be. To breathe air from a different part of this earth and feel foreign soil before my feet, to interact with others who are not quite like […]