Essays

Essays

The Nakasendo Trail: Walking Through History

Sitting cross-legged on the floor of a ryokan, my friend Celia and I stared down at the dish before us. We’d partaken in kaiseki, a traditional Japanese meal, many times previously, but had never...
A Croatian flag hangs from a window over a street and across from a Church.

The Benefits of Traveling Alone

Traveling solo can be incredibly daunting. The thought of feeling lonely and homesick stops many from packing their bags and going it on their own, but if you can pluck up the courage, you...

Meet Pando, the Trembling Giant

A giant lives in a forest of central Utah. It spreads itself before the banks of Fish Lake. When the wind blows through the valley, it quakes. It is ancient, older than any human...
Sunset view over a desert of scrubby bushes

Why Exploring Your Own Backyard Can Be Just as Rewarding as Going Abroad

Pick up your cell phone and you’re immediately transported to white-washed buildings in Greece, the stunning emerald waters of Indonesia, and an abundance of other exotic locations. It has the ability to send you...
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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...
Pedestrians in a central square in Krakow, Poland

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,...
Grassy plains lead up to a sandy beach

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....