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Judith Fein
Judith Fein is an award-winning travel writer, speaker and videographer who lives to leave. She is the author of the acclaimed book, LIFE IS A TRIP: The Transformative Magic of Travel. With her photojournalist husband Paul Ross, she travels the world, learning about how other people live, love, laugh, worship, eat, celebrate. Their website is

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The Real Talking Stick: A Visit to a Reservation in Scottsdale

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 9:37 AM

"We've never been here before," our friends, who grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, said as we drove onto the Salt River reservation in their hometown. "And we thought we really knew Scottsdale."

The houses got sparser and the flat, parched, winter landscape was crowned and made glorious by the red-hued...

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Being a Tourist in Santa Fe, New Mexico

(7) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:04 PM

Last week, some friends came to visit my hometown. My husband Paul and I live in Santa Fe, "The City Different," the home of ice-skating rabbis, rocker accountants, people named Empathy and Setter, Chinese burritos, and the annual Hysterical Historical Parade.

"We know it's a drag to have to...

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Deja Vu in Ukraine

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 2:13 PM

It wasn't like any other trip I've taken in my life. From the moment I arrived in Ukraine, I could feel the past under my feet, in front of me, behind me, in the air I breathed, in the food I ate.

I had come to track down what remained...

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Grand European River Cruise

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 7:40 AM

It was certainly cold. In each port city, we bought yet another layer of clothes to buffer our bodies against the early Winter. And it was certainly beautiful. Our footsteps echoed on the cobblestone streets as we looked up at Medieval and Renaissance architectural marvels. We peered into the windows...

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Cowboy Culture on Ted Turner's Ranch

(3) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Photos by Paul Ross

A month ago, if you mentioned "hunting" to me, I would turn blue, as though my oxygen supply had been cut off. Guns? Shooting innocent animals? Skinning? Gutting? Blood lust?
Born to kill? My imagination ran wild.

But that was before I went to...

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What's New in the City of the Gods

(6) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Photos by Paul Ross

People who visit Teotihuacan, outside of Mexico City, for the first time, often wonder if it was built by aliens. How else could humans who had nothing but stone tools construct a city with broad avenues, a main street that points to astronomical north, huge stone...

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Ten Reasons to Love Pennsylvania

(62) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 4:30 PM

"You're going to Pennsylvania?" our friends asked. "You're usually flying off to some destination we've never heard of, but the state named after William Penn? Why Pennsylvania?"

I could hear the thud of a gauntlet being tossed down when the words "why Pennsylvania?" were uttered. I picked up the metaphorical...

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12 Reasons to Visit Colombia

(25) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 2:47 PM

My husband Paul and I just came back from our second trip to Colombia. We know what you are thinking: danger, danger, drugs, dissolution, despair. Here's what I am thinking: fabulous, friendly, fun, fave country. In 1993, when drug kingpin Pablo Escobar was killed, it was the end of the...

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In Myanmar, Making A Real Connection (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 6:00 AM

It has always been my belief that if you can communicate with locals in another country, you can have an authentic, personal experience no matter where you are. Toss in a little quoi de neuf, saludos, shalom or salam aleichem, and you're half way there.

But Myanmar (Burma) was...

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Why Your Body, Mind and Soul Will Love the Central California Coast (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 6:00 AM

I have a sniffer for trends, and my nose perked up recently when my goddaughter Daisy said she had found the perfect place to study and live. Then my buddy Charmaine wrote to say she had relocated to Paradise. When my buddy Judy said she resided in the happiest place...

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The Sioux Falls Challenge (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 7:30 AM

When I told people I was going to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, they rolled their eyes, mimed munching on corn kernels on a foot-long cob, or simply twisted their index fingers against their temples, suggesting that it was wacko to go there.

I took all of it as a challenge...

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Only In Santa Fe (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted July 28, 2012 | 9:05 AM

"What is there to do in Santa Fe?" people always ask me. It's a hard question to answer, because I don't know if they are interested in culture, wining and dining, art, soft adventure, architecture, history, nature, human nature, shopping, walking, hiking, biking, visiting Native American pueblos, museum hopping, festivals,...

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Carnival In Barranquilla, Colombia (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I don't like crowds, chaos or cacophony. I also don't like giving in to fear, so I decided to go to Carnival in Barranquilla, Colombia.

"Heck," I thought, "it's not Rio, so the Carnival probably isn't that big."

"It's the second biggest Carnival on the planet after Rio de...

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