South America
June 25, 2020

Written in the Stars

While lounging in the hot springs of Baños, Ecuador, a traveler encounters a stranger who attempts to predict her romantic future. Grey nose hair is the first thing I see…
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North AmericaUnited States
June 20, 2020

A Life Worth Dying For

Photojournalist B.A. Van Sise takes to the road in the American South to document the happenings as states begin to defiantly reopen after months of lockdown. On a rural stretch…
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India
June 16, 2020

Beyond Bollywood

A filmmaker travels to Mumbai and discovers the reality behind some of Bollywood's most emotional movies.   Once we landed in Mumbai and descended the plane, we were greeted by…
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Europe
June 10, 2020

The Hermitage

A traveler to Lake Maggiore crosses the water and discovers the simple lives of Benedictine monks and the subtle beauty of their dwelling. Many centuries ago, a violent storm and…
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Australasia
June 5, 2020

After the Earthquake

A traveler in New Zealand experiences the immediate aftermath of the devastating Christchurch earthquake. Almost a decade later, she is ready to tell her story. After six months, thumping dryers…
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South America
May 31, 2020

J’ouvert Morning

Trinidad and Tobago's annual J'ouvert festival wakes a traveler and pulls her into the traditional madness and revelry of the day. In the early hours of a February Monday, I…
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AfricaChance Encounters
May 25, 2020

Coffee in Kigali

In the winning story of our 2020 Chance Encounters travel writing competition, a woman shares a table with a stranger and finds that her worst days will never compare to…
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AsiaChance EncountersEurope
May 18, 2020

The Last Days of Communism

In the final story selected as one of three finalists for the 2020 Chance Encounters travel writing competition, a traveler making her way through St. Petersburg and Siberia witnesses the…
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AsiaChance Encounters
May 10, 2020

For the Love of a Dugong

In the second of three stories selected as finalists for the 2020 Chance Encounters travel writing competition, a traveler heading to the Spice Islands relays an unexpected encounter with an…
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Chance EncountersEurope
May 4, 2020

Knights on the Mountain

In the first of three stories selected as finalists for the 2020 Chance Encounters travel writing competition, a pilgrim of the Camino de Santiago meets the knight sworn to protect…
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