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Are We Free-Flowing Artists?

Rose Tafoya | Posted 08.23.2014 | Arts
Rose Tafoya

Inspiration is everywhere and comes to us when we least expect it. When it does, we must not resist or question the actions that are needed and taken, for this is the free flow path that leads us to our un-lived life that we want and are meant to live.

5 Gorgeous Real-Life Destinations That Inspired Your Favorite Books

Posted 05.13.2014 | Books

In a letter to Nelson Algren, Simone de Beauvoir once wrote, "I'm just leaving for Antibes. I am dreaming of sun, silence, and time to work." Whil...

The 3 Most Awe-Inspiring Hikes in Maui

Shannon Kaiser | Posted 06.29.2014 | Travel
Shannon Kaiser

Maui in particular is well-known for its breathtaking beaches, luminous coral reefs and epic surfing waves, but don't overlook the hot spots for adventurous land lovers.

Professional Exploring, Social Media and No Excuses: Interview With JD Andrews

Laura Cococcia | Posted 06.15.2014 | Travel
Laura Cococcia

One person who has left the excuses behind? Professional explorer JD Andrews. He's been around the globe several times, amassing an incredible knowledge base.

I Thought The World Would Stop Turning When I Left Home To Go Travel

Joanna Zelman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Travel
Joanna Zelman

It'd be swell if we could all have law degrees without studying and find love without awkward dates and pet kangaroos without biking down highways over glass shards. But achieving a goal requires choosing a path, which may mean you're (at least temporarily) turning your back on another.

Why Do We Write About Cities?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In 2011, amid a visit to San Francisco and just back from Africa, I offered some thoughts about why we write about cities. Three years later, I'm not sure much has changed.

Choose a Better Path, Take Care of Yourself First

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 03.15.2014 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

Over time, I have noticed some big patterns in our guests that have led me to some simple conclusions. One of the most important ones: charity begins at home.

Traveling in Sin: A Travel Memoir Book Review

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 01.13.2014 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

Written in a highly unusual narrative style, it pops between "he said" and "she said" with the authors each penning part of every chapter as they traverse a dozen countries.

10 Greatest Travel Books Of All Time

Budget Travel | Posted 02.22.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Despite their differences in genre and style, these books all give an unforgettable sense of place -- whether that place is a small patch of ground, an entire continent, or just the wrinkles of the writer's mind.

The Bourbon Orleans: One of New Orleans' Best Hotels

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 02.10.2014 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

They're very proud of their ghosts in NOLA, and I saw charming signs throughout the French Quarter hung on real estate shingles: "Haunted" or "Not Haunted." The Bourbon Orleans is no exception.

The Errol Flynn Dance of a Pecan Picker

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

"Dance" lied to just about everybody that teardown night at the Okefenokee Fair but he came out of the shadows when he told me about, and then showed...

I'm With Stupid: Experience Autumn With Expert Tips From Fodor's

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Denver
Todd Hartley

I, like many Coloradans, love autumn in the high country. This one was particularly spectacular, with the aspens and scrub oak bursting out in every conceivable shade of yellow, orange, brown and red.

Bali Through the Eyes of the Hormonally Challenged

Simi Singh Juneja | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Simi Singh Juneja

If one more sun-kissed expat walks up the steps from yoga class without his shirt on, while the sun is pouring down on his perfect body and long tousled hair, I am going to slap the living daylights out of that mosquito that is terrorizing my ankle. I just murdered a mosquito.

A Private Visit to Stonehenge

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 11.25.2013 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

The first time I saw Stonehenge was at night a dozen years ago; it was exactly midnight, in fact.

How to Be a Good Traveler

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 11.26.2013 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

I just got back from almost two glorious weeks in Spain, and it made me realize even more that there are things we can do to be good travelers, which in turn gives us better travels.

In Niagara Falls, Family Travel Writers Agree: Passport Is a Must to Teach Kids the World

Eileen Ogintz | Posted 11.26.2013 | Travel
Eileen Ogintz

It's imperative that we teach our kids to find common ground with those from different cultures and countries and there is no better way to do that than through travel. It isn't always necessary, however, to take the kids to far flung destinations to show them a different world.

Capturing Moments

Meera Ashish | Posted 11.13.2013 | Travel
Meera Ashish

Despite being a writer and even though I wrote about the Himalayas while I was there, there were certain things that, had it not been for such caught-in-the-action pictures, I might have forgotten, that even now I had to ask someone to tell me the full story.

Stay Here, I'm Getting You Out, or Away With Dusty

Timothy Braun | Posted 10.30.2013 | Style
Timothy Braun

Five years ago I looked into a shelter cage and said, "Stay here, I'm getting you out," to my dog, Dusty-Danger. I had no intention of getting a dog, but was enamored by his one blue, one brown eye and his charm.

How to Make Dreams Happen. Right Now. Even if You're Scared.

Tiffany Hawk | Posted 10.21.2013 | Women
Tiffany Hawk

I had the bright idea that I'd become a flight attendant. I loved the idea of airplanes. I loved the idea of travel. The only problem? I was afraid to fly.

Top 5 Tools for Travel Writers

Tiffany Hawk | Posted 10.16.2013 | Travel
Tiffany Hawk

I can be convinced to part with my hair dryer, but there are a few things I won't leave home without.

Let's Get Lost: From Ground to Glass Part

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 08.06.2013 | Travel
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The pickers arrive just after 7:30 a.m. in an entourage of cars. From open doors emerge sundry shapes and sizes. The "gang" circles around its leader, anticipating another day of back-bending labor and hand-rolled cigarettes.

The Red Light District

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

When I went to Thailand to visit my best friend Leah, it was very important to me that we stop in Bangkok to see the Red Light District. Like many naïve young women, I found the sex industry wildly compelling. At 22 sex was rewarding and certain, while the rest of my life felt absurd.

The Life and Not-So Crazy Times of a Travel Writer

Sanjay Surana | Posted 07.03.2013 | Travel
Sanjay Surana

Here are 10 things that I would like to, though never will, read in a travel writer's or blogger's bio.

Read Your Way to a Food and Wine Destination

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen | Posted 06.29.2013 | Travel
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

Despite the easy access of information on the web, we are still fans of paper and longer form narrative, and turn to books for inspiration in travel.

Is There a Third Travel Way?

Robert Schrader | Posted 06.04.2013 | Travel
Robert Schrader

The dissonance between the "traveler" archetype the public craves and the one we travelers actually embody is a result of today's traveler being fundamentally different than it has been at any point in even recent history.