Reflections: Travel Writers Tell Their Personal Stories
Photo by Alex Maher
The stories in this section are not intended to provide information about travel destinations. They're primarily about the travelers themselves.
All travel stories tell us something about the teller, but in these pieces, the authors take the insights gained from travel and reflect on what they've learned about themselves -- hence the name.
These stories show the ways in which travel can change us. As GoNOMAD Writer Sony Stark has observed, "Nobody warns you that when you travel, your mind stretches and never returns to its original size."
England: Finding Moushill Mead
Thailand Love Me
Why You Should Travel at 50+
Mystic Tourism: Searching for the Yagé in Peru
Phi Phi Islands, Thailand: Beauty and a Bummer
Volunteering in Zambia: 'This is the Growing'
Jaipur, India: The Monkey Business Traveler
Returning to Sierra Leone: Elemental Africa
Tipsy Pilgrims Lost in Ireland: A Rambling Fireside Story
Jordan: Lessons From the Other Holy Land
Go Somewhere, Don't Know Where: An Ex-Pat Returns to St. Petersburg
A Woman's Life in Jordan: The Joys and the Hassles
A Perfect American Fourth of July -- in Thailand
Visiting a Wounded Giant: A Journey into American
Spain: Cheering for the Bull in Valencia
Love the One You're With: How to Travel Together Without Killing Each Other
Running with Gazelles in Morocco
Loafing in Croatia: Even Travel Writers Need a Vacation
Ah, But You Are Americans, Aren't You?
Niger: A Visit to the Fortune Teller
A Brief Tour of the Holy Land
Being an American in Iran makes you the most popular kid in the village.
Touring Scenic Afghanistan: Climbing in Kunar
Rick Steves Visits Iran: "Death to Hatred and Militarism"
Cambodia: A Little Girl in a Tiny Tin Boat
Iran: A Conversation in the City of Poets and Nightingales
Marie Javins World Tour:
GoNOMAD Transports Editor Marie Javins travels around the world using only surface transportation "by land and sea, ship, train, bus, and donkey anything but a plane."
Crossing the USA by Train and the Pacific by Freighter
A little girl selling soft drinks in Cambodia
Dilly Dallying on the Banana Pancake Trail
Bugs and Slugs from Siem Reap to Beijing
From Nairobi to New
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