Posts Tagged ‘travel writing’

Poetry of travel: Balinese rice terraces

bali rice terraces

The rice terraces form long emerald staircases as they tumble down glittering green hillsides.

Poetry of travel: Jacaranda flowers in Uruguay

jacaranda flowers

Blooming purple jacaranda flowers weave a labyrinth of wonder. Their sight and scent seeps into every moment of a day spent wandering through a picturesque town by the water.

Poetry of travel: Snow and sunshine in the Alps

Gornergrat railway Zermatt

A trip that began in springtime ends amidst a wintery panorama of Alpine peaks. We disembark and stagger into a world that is entirely, mesmerizingly white.

Poetry of travel: Dawn in Kenya

Kenya landscape

I stand outside at daybreak as a frosty breeze dances through the Masai Mara National Reserve. Steam rises from my mug and slowly melts away into a misty violet-colored dawn.

Poetry of travel: High above the Himalayas

Himalayan mountains from the air

The heavens are colored a passionate blue and the earth below is draped in a jagged blanket of white. All sense of time has melted away as we glide in a dream world through shimmering skies above snow-capped peaks.

Poetry of travel: Ancient ritual on the Ganges

Ganges River, Varanasi

It’s five in the morning in Varanasi, India. The early rays of dawn paint the Ganges River with a silvery-orange glow and infuse everything with an ethereal radiance.

Ferry adventures on the Red Sea

Aqaba, Jordan

Sometimes travel is a dazzling collage of sights and wonders, and sometimes it’s an exhausting, sigh-inducing day of trying to get from one place to another. If you’re lucky enough to be traveling, though, then even the sigh-inducing moments can be memorable.

Poetry of travel: Life in the Sonoran Desert

Saguaro National Park

Inch along eight-mile long Cactus Forest Drive in Saguaro National Park and imagine traversing the landscape of a distant world.

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.

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.

Great American road trip adventures

Americans love road trips. They love taking them and they often enjoy reading about them, as well. But what are the best U.S. road trip books ever written? Smithsonian magazine took a stab at that question and came up with a list of 11 titles, which are featured in a recent article. Here is an […]

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