Essays

Essays

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...

Postcards From Tokyo

Tokyo: It is a whirl, a twirl, a blur. Facades of steel and glass form angles against the blue sky. Mind-boggling crowds of humans move like liquid across wide intersections, down shopping streets, and through perfectly...

Madeira Island: Where Mountains Meet the Sea

I have always believed that you can never have enough nature in your life. The power to be in awe of the world is a real gift, and some places on our planet are...

Collioure, France: A Modernist’s Seaside Muse

“Most painters seek an exterior light in order to see clearly within themselves,” artist Henri Matisse once said. Nowhere in France, according to Matisse, is the sky bluer than in Collioure, a tiny harbor town...

A Love Letter to Paris

When my plane landed at Charles de Gaulle, it was past dark in the City of Lights. I had booked our group an AirBnB apartment in the Latin Quarter, just across the street from...

Why We Travel: Savoring the Small Moments

Some trips are about big moments; they’re filled with nonstop epic sights, dramatic landscapes, architectural wonders, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. These trips are mind-blowing, exhausting, and often they’re over and done with before you’ve even...

Meeting the Nenets

In the language of the indigenous Nenets, “Yamal” means “the end of the world.” A fitting name for such a place. It is a remote, wind-blasted area of permafrost, serpentine rivers, and dwarf shrubs,...