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...

Why We Travel: We Are More Alike

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness” (Mark Twain) I grew up in a picturesque tiny town in southern Louisiana filled with beautiful oak trees and antebellum homes. There was only one high...

Why We Travel: Developing Cultural Understanding

Eight hands of different sizes reach toward the large dish, scooping portions of richly-spiced cardamom rice and goat meat. It is an intimate moment, squeezed into a circle with seven others, sitting on a...

Why We Travel: A Type of Therapy

I have always traveled through soccer. My weekends were spent traveling for tournaments — first to different parts of California, then, as I got older, to other parts of the nation and, eventually, the...

Why We Travel: Lessons from the Islamic World

I’ve always felt comfortable in the Islamic world. My childhood years in the UAE gave me a familiarity and understanding of Islam, a religion based on peace. I've traveled back to this part of...

Why We Travel: What An American Looks Like

My first time flying to a foreign land was when I was six months old … to the United States to meet my parents. I was adopted from South Korea as an infant. When I...

Why We Travel: Essential Dance Moves

My story begins like many professional jetsetters’ — my first time traveling overseas independently was when I studied abroad in college. It was the summer between my sophomore and junior years at NYU, and...

Why We Travel: Walking into a Global Village

During 2012 and 2013, I spent 72 days walking the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile ancient pilgrimage in northern Spain. Although the Camino is rooted in Christian tradition, I was first drawn to it...

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