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Up Next: A Journey to East Africa


By Audrey Scott Simien Mountains under a misty cover, Ethiopia. Our journey to East Africa, just about underway.

A New Look at Uncornered Market


By Audrey Scott If you’re looking at this article on our website, either on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone you may have noticed that things are looking a little different around here.

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine — Miyajima Island, Japan [360-Degree Panorama]


Miyajima, a sacred island in Japan. So sacred in fact that its famous Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (now a UNESCO site) was designed very cleverly 500 years ago in a way that prevented anyone from actually touching it.

Being Present in Travel: 6 Reasons Why, 4 Ways How


“Travel is like a good, challenging book: it demands presentness—the ability to live completely in the moment, absorbed in the words or vision of reality before you.” – Robert Kaplan Can being present help us extract more from the experience?

Capturing the Essence of a Place (Or, A Long Weekend in Strasbourg)


Peering down the canal. La Petite France, Strasbourg. A few thoughts on how to find the essence of a place, and I suppose ultimately the essence of life — told through a long weekend in Strasbourg, France.

How to Pack For A Trek: The Ultimate Trekking Packing List


How should I pack for a trek? What should I pack for a multi-day hike? What is too much? And what is too little?

Prague Astronomical Clock, An Hourly Show on Old Town Square [360-Degree Panorama]


As the top of the hour nears in Prague, crowds gather in front of the Astronomical Clock on Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square) and wait for the show to begin — all in a ritual that’s happened almost daily for six hundred years of the clock’s life.

10 Ways Travel Helps You Let Go


Travel. It places us in situations we couldn’t otherwise imagine. It often spurs us to do things we thought we couldn’t do.

Sunrise Towers: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile [360-Degree Panorama]


Our alarm went off at the ungodly hour of 4:30AM. We were huddled together trying to stay warm against the freezing temperatures of the night in a rented tent that wasn’t quite meant for people of Dan’s height.

Ladakh Trekking: A Beginner’s Guide


Prayer flags at the top of Kongmaru La pass (5130 meters/16,800 feet). Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh Every year we try to go on a big trek, one that takes us far far away and high into the mountains.

Antarctica, The Lemaire Channel [360-Degree Panorama]


We were on our way north, making the long return journey from south of the Antarctic Circle to our final destination in Ushuaia, Argentina.

From Kebabs to Khoresht: Eating Your Way Through Iran


“Eat an onion from each new place you visit to adjust your body to the local cuisine.” — Words of wisdom from one of our guides on the subtle appreciation of eating one’s way through Iran.

How to Enjoy a Namib Desert Sunset [360-Degree Panorama]


When late afternoon falls and the day comes to a close in Southern Namibia, a ritual begins: the sundowner.

9 Steps from Doubt to Doing


Running on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border. Have you ever told yourself that you weren’t able to do something?

Thinking Cycles of Renewal: Sunset Puja in Udaipur, India [360-Degree Panorama]


The sun sets on another day in Udaipur, India. People gather at the lake’s edge to watch the day wind to an end and to take part in evening puja (prayers).

Do You Ever Pinch Yourself? (Or, Best 13 Instagram Photos of 2013)


“Do you ever pinch yourselves and wonder if you’re just living in a dream world?” – One of our Facebook fans sounds off, lending us a little perspective on the world around us and the lives we lead The end of the year is near.

Holiday Greetings and a Lesson from Christmas Past


As Christmas and the new year approaches, we’d like to wish you and yours a very happy holidays from an unusually warm Berlin!

German Christmas Market in Augsburg Old Town [360-Degree Panorama]


We edged toward the end of our road trip visit to friends and Christmas markets in the southern German regions of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.

The Joys and Pains of Getting There (Kashmir to Ladakh by Bus)


Mind-spanning landscapes, Kashmir to Ladakh roadtrip. How a two-day 258 miles bus ride through Kashmir served as my price of entry to Ladakh.

Look for Ganesh! Bali Gate in Ubud [360-Degree Panorama]


The town of Ubud, Bali. Away from its polished main streets you’ll find little alleyways like this, narrow walkways cast, ditches cut on each side.


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