Social media is a riot of snippets, photos, and links. But where are the real stories? We challenged five T+L wordsmiths to tell a pithy travel tale in just 140 characters. Read the results—and submit your own.

Henry Alford (@henryalford): Visited Campari factory outside Milan to determine once and for all whether the aperitif’s main ingredient is cinnamon gift soap. #TLStory

Peter Jon Lindberg (@peterjlindberg): Paddling Zambezi in 2-man canoe. Sunlight glints; hippos grunt. 18-ft croc slinks under boat. Paul (guide) not talking. Um…Paul? #TLStory

Adam Sachs (@sachsmo): Car broke mid-Utah. Instant regulars at only game in town—Don Ho’s Mexican American Chinese Café. Tumbleweeds & joy of slowed time. #TLStory

Dani Shapiro (pictured; @danijshapiro): A tiny café, a glass of Barolo. The air redolent with clove cigarettes, a swirl of language. I close my eyes. Paris? No. Nolita. #TLStory

Gary Shteyngart (@shteyngart): Swiss lounge being fed chocolates and hugs, wish I had a guitar so I could play Kumbaya. #zurichterminalE #TLStory

Now we’re asking you: share your own Super-Short Travel Story on Twitter—using the hashtag #TLStory—and @travlandleisure will retweet them. We’ll publish the best in a future issue.

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By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff