Essays

From personal narratives on the voyage of self-discovery to first-person accounts detailing a bucket list trip, these essays offer a deep dive into the great impact of travel. 

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The Pandemic, the City, and 7 P.M. — Reflections on New York in 2020

 “The particulars of this past season will always be novel, even by New York standards,” lifelong New Yorker Eliza Dumais writes of a year filled with masks, clanging pots and pans, “walktails,” openings, closings, reopenings, and reflection. 

I Took an Overnight Train During the Pandemic — Here's What I Learned

After taking Amtrak's Coast Starlight train from Portland to Los Angeles during the pandemic, one traveler shares her experience of the 30-hour journey.

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Mail From My Mom in a Pandemic, an Ode to the USPS

In Paris, an expat reflects on the joy of receiving mail from her mom thousands of miles away.

The Unexpected Lessons One Writer Learned From Returning to Her African Homeland

The Zambezi has played a defining role in the life of Alexandra Fuller. On a momentous return trip, she reflects on the river's significance, past and present— and its power to unlock one of the continent's great safaris.

What It Means to Be a Black Traveler

“I will confidently take up space as a proud Black traveler. Because I do belong.”