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Confronting the Post-Trip Blues

“Beware of destination addiction — a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, and with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is...
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Slow Travel: Taking a Step Back

Have you ever sat in the window seat on an airplane, watching the world below crawl by unassumingly, and wondered what it would be like to wander through those distant landscapes? If you answered...

Is Overtourism Affecting Wildlife and Their Ecosystems?

The rate at which humans have uncovered every inch of our planet can be hard to fathom. It was only a century ago that the first commercial flight left the runway, but now, it...
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How to Use Social Media Mindfully

It’s safe to say that in our 21st-century lives, we have a complicated relationship with our technology. The manifold benefits and widespread availability of smartphones could not have been anticipated even 15 years ago,...
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A Journey to the Isle of Vlieland

In the Netherlands, we celebrate not just one day of Christmas, but two. This year, on the second day, I traveled to the isle of Vlieland, one of five beautiful islands in the north....
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The Difference Between “Expat” and “Immigrant”

Names build worlds. They are vessels of reputation, a means of categorization, and a code of identification. Nomenclature serves a system — in scientific, public, and political discourse by which we distinguish difference, signpost...
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Why I Prefer to Take the Road Less Traveled

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson I can’t recall the first time someone asked me why I was...
A sign reads "We are better than this" at the Women's March on Washington

Women’s Equality Around the World: How Far Have We Come?

Women’s equality has been a hard-fought issue in almost every nation around the world. It’s a struggle that has, to a great extent, defined the social and political discourse of the modern era. Issues...

72 Hours in the Past

I stopped to get gas just past Jackson, like I had many times before, in a place called Parker’s Crossroads. It’s a famous Civil War battleground, which I will always remember because a gentleman...

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