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Poetry of travel: A cafe by the Red Sea

cafe in Dahab, Egypt

A scorching desert drive across Egypt’s otherworldly Sinai Peninsula has sucked the moisture from your skin, but as you descend from the jagged and dusty terrain a vision of an iridescent sapphire sea appears before you.

Poetry of travel: An introduction

chalk poem

The challenge of describing a travel encounter in a single paragraph and doing it in such a way that the reader could perhaps see and feel some of what I was seeing and feeling.

Can you have both an adventurous life and a stable life?

Monument Valley

It’s a great question. As the author of an Air Treks article phrased the query: “How can we travel like we want and still maintain the nested, domestic life we spent most of our early days expecting, preparing for and nurturing.” He suggests there are at least six means to this end.

Seven stunning fall foliage drives

Vermont fall foliage

October is peak leaf-peeping season. It’s when the maple trees of New England burst into color, the aspens of Colorado turn the Rockies golden, and hordes of camera-toting tourists swarm the back roads of popular foliage locations from North Carolina to Oregon. Here are seven stunning fall foliage drives for you to enjoy.

Riel World photo – Masai village, Kenya

Masai tribesmen

A group of Masai tribesmen near their homes in southwestern Kenya.

Five lessons on travel and writing

Meet Plan Go Boston

I recently attended two conferences – one devoted to career breaks and extended travel and the other one a writer’s conference. Two different meetings, and yet there were striking similarities in what I took away from the events. So here are five lessons learned about travel and writing from two September conferences.

Most picturesque lakes in the world

Most picturesque lakes in the world

There are any number of stunning waterfront vistas in the world and they’re not all along ocean coastlines. Budget Travel and Yahoo just published their take on 10 of the world’s most beautiful lakes.

Riel World photo – Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Zihuatanejo sunset

Sunset over the beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

Two woman and their luggage in Jerusalem

Jerusalem skyline

What happens when you take an American female traveler, an elderly nun and a taxi filled with luggage, and throw them into the middle of a gay pride parade in Jerusalem?

Can a career break also be a good career move?

Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina

There is a Meet, Plan, Go! event being held Tuesday evening in 13 cities across North America to promote the benefits of taking a career break for extended travel. So now is a good time to check out this article from the U.K. about why a career break can also be a good career move.

Talking travel and ‘Meet, Plan, Go!’ with Lillie Marshall

Lillie Marshall

If you’re a fan of career breaks and extended travel, or if you have even a bit of interest in those topics, then you should know about Meet, Plan, Go! And you should also know about Lillie Marshall.

Riel World photo – Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Robed Buddha statues sit silently amidst the ruins of the old Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya.

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