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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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's Like to Live in a Tourist Hot Spot Without the Tourists

"What happens when you remove all of the travelers, and are left with mostly locals? You have the unique opportunity to see a place as it really is — not as it’s often depicted."

10 Travelers on What It Really Means to Be a Traveler of Color

“The more we all travel authentically and the more we all open our minds, the more — I hope — our shared human experiences won’t rest in the differences on the surface, but with the similarities underneath.”

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