Get inspired by stories and reflections on travel as an experience, a lifestyle, and an identity.

A Time Machine Made of Rocks

March 27th, 2018

Like the Berlin Wall of fond memory, the Great Wall of China has spent the better part of its existence as something like a rumour.

China was so inaccessible for so long, the wall took on the patina of myth. Among Westerners, it had only been seen by the lucky few and as a result, like Stephen King’s monster in the closet, it became an almost supernatural thing, so when China started opening up, which is still not so very long ago, the Great Wall of China shot to the top of everyone’s list of things that must be seen.

The Sublime Sophistication of Travelling by Train

March 21st, 2018

There’s something regal about train travel, about sitting comfortably in a seat beside a huge window as the world passes by just below eye level.

It may be blustery or fine, arid or swampy just on the other side of the glass, but you are enveloped in a perfectly temperate pod, food and drink never more than a few steps away, a book, Kindle or other screen of choice within easy reach whenever you want a momentary distraction from the scroll of life outside.

Iceland’s 1,000 Years of Secrets

March 6th, 2018

You may think you know Iceland, but Iceland doesn’t give up its secrets easily.

Sure, the Blue Lagoon is lovely. But that’s not Iceland.

Iceland is a place unlike any other, a sort of time capsule of a nation that’s preserved many aspects of Viking-age life.

The Undiscovered History of Wine

January 20th, 2018

On May 24, 1976, nine French wine experts sat at a long table in a small side room off the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel on rue de Castiglione in Paris to drink.

A couple of hours later, the world of wine had been, as the French say, bouleversé.

In the blind tasting, the best red wine and the best white wine were both from California.

What’s missing from your bucket list?

January 7th, 2018

Checklists are for chores. But bucket lists are more than that, more, even, than life goals. Your bucket list isn’t a to-do list, it’s nothing less than a guide to the world and your place in it.

India: Worlds within Worlds

December 19th, 2017

There is no way to “do” India, any more than you can decide you want to see the world. All you can do is make a start.

Of Alleyways and River Runs in Laos

December 12th, 2017

The capital of Laos is the product of ancient Lao civilization and French colonialism, set on the banks of the Mekong River, the Danube of the Orient.

The Majestic Fjords of Norway

December 7th, 2017

Norway is a nation of superlatives. Not only is her coastline longer than that of the Unites States, her fjords are one of the few natural wonders that exceed expectations.

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