Essays

Essays

The Healing Power of the Wilderness

The most obvious reason to venture to a mountain is for the summit. This is the raison d'être of mountaineers the world over and, sure enough, there is victory for those who make it...

Editor’s Blog: How the Portuguese Term “Saudade” Relates to Travel

There’s a Portuguese word I became quite obsessed with a few years ago when I read it while researching Lisbon and the fado music genre that originated there in the early 1800s. That word is...

The Truth About Traveling Solo As An Introvert (And Why You Should Do It...

On an evening in late June of 2016, crowds gathered at every restaurant and in every square of Budapest to watch the Hungarian football team play Portugal in the European Championships. The red, white, and...

Saba: After the Storm

If you look at an atlas, you’ll find a small, dark-green dot in the Caribbean Sea marked Saba. Located in the Lesser Antilles, this volcanic island has withstood the tests of time and has...

Our Public Lands

For weeks I have been trying to summarize my adventures in the U.S. in one encompassing story. To find one perfect day that represents the rest. But, I find that no story can capture...

On the Road in Ireland

Welcome to Dublin, the flight attendant says. The man at border control cracks a joke as he stamps your passport and the man at the car rental desk welcomes you with a friendly demeanor. Lovely accents...

Souvenirs From Familiar Places

I have a collection of souvenirs that remind me of the far-off places I’ve seen and the life-changing moments I’ve experienced on the road. I have a tin of fish spices from Kaohsiung that...

The Front Porch Lifestyle

It was already dark when I arrived in New Bern, tired after a full day of traveling from the West Coast. My driver was a soft-spoken man who waved furiously and shouted my name...

The Mystery of Venice

It's vanishing. Gradually ceasing to exist. "The bottom step used to be at the top of the water," Luke tells me, a simple fact that makes me sad for reasons I can’t explain. I wonder aloud...