Travel Essays

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Ghosts and Referenda

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Yes: I shaved 13 days off a two-week trip, and flew halfway around the world (and back!) in two days so that I could make things right—and garden, bake brownies and watch the season finale of Veep—with the love of my life.

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Here’s How to Fly from L.A. to Paris on the Cheap This Summer

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Here’s how to fly from L.A. to Paris this summer without going broke.

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Hallucinations at the Door to Hell

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Selective vision is a necessity, on the Ethiopian plateau and in the hellish valleys beneath it, whether your selection is to be blind or to see.

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Falling in Love In—and With—Old San Juan

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Where can you take a romantic vacation and, as an American citizen, not even need a passport? San Juan, Puerto Rico—that’s where.

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Here’s How I’m Spending My 31st Birthday

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Turning 31 is not exciting—it’s realizing, for maybe the first time ever, that life doesn’t need to be exciting for me to be excited about living it.

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Myanmar, I Hardly Knew Ye

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I expected my driver to be shocked and amazed when I told him I’d visited his country more than five years prior, but all he seemed to care about was my nationality.

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Queen of Scotland

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Scotland is as much its unreal beauty and surreal folklore as it is the contradictions that carpet the country like its iconic green grass.

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How to Breathe in Beijing

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Next year I’ll learn how to breathe in Beijing, so I can continue feeling as rosy as its delightful, toxic skies.

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