Travel Stories

Catching the Gist

Catching the Gist Photo by Jessica Colley

How to communicate when you don't speak the language? In Italy, Jessica Colley fumbled toward an answer.

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Subterranean Gulag Baroque

In an excerpt from his new book, "Straphanger," Taras Grescoe explores Moscow's extraordinary Metro system

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Still Listening

Still Listening Photo: anoldent via Flickr (CC)

On New Hampshire's Androscoggin River, Catherine Buni tried to draw her paddling partners into conversation. But her questions only got her so far.

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Translating Respect

In Italy, visiting Nigerian students asked Lenore Greiner to explain a classic American song

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Detained in the Sahara

It was night. Soldiers ordered Bill Donahue from the vehicle. Would they administer primitive justice?

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Bali Belly and the Zombie Apocalypse

When Linda Watanabe McFerrin fell ill, all the travel meds in the world couldn't keep the undead away

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Tags: Asia, Indonesia, Bali

River a Mile Deep

River a Mile Deep (Photo: Michael Shapiro)

Michael Shapiro rafts down the Colorado in the wake of Captain John Wesley Powell

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Into Sacred Air

Into Sacred Air Photo: Goran, Flickr, (Creative Commons)

In an excerpt from "Radio Shangri-La," Lisa Napoli makes the climb to Bhutan's Taktsang Monastery

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Old Guidebook, New Life

In an excerpt from "Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day," Doug Mack envisions a new future for himself in a vintage guidebook

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The Ferries and the Last Frontier

Alaska ferry Photo: Eva Holland

In a four-part series, Eva Holland explores Southeast Alaska by state ferry

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The Particular Anger of Powerlessness

Laos-Cambodia Border Photo: Hector Garcia via Flickr
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Lauren Quinn confronts a culture of bribery while crossing the Cambodia-Laos border

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A Street Corner in Paris

A Street Corner in Paris Photo: tibchris, Flickr, (Creative Commons)

Jeffrey Tayler had all but given up on the City of Light. Then he sat down at a Left Bank cafe.

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The Inner Nightclub of Everlasting Joy

In an excerpt from his book "Man Seeks God," Eric Weiner explores Buddhism in Kathmandu

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Journey to High Mountain

Journey to High Mountain Photo: Tara Austen Weaver

In an e-book excerpt, Tara Austen Weaver finds a new home in rural Japan

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Tags: Asia, Japan

Are Travel Writers the New Poets (Though Not in a Good, Lyrical Way)?

Are Travel Writers the New Poets (Though Not in a Good, Lyrical Way)? iStockPhoto

Tom Swick on writers and readers in an increasingly fragmented world

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