Bathing Under Waterfalls in Baños

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After my lovely stranger ensured my safe arrival to Baños, I realized that I’d been dropped off three blocks from the bus station. There was no other option except to trudge up the street with my bags in tow. I finally found my cousin towering above the crowd of people when I arrived at the […]

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Hunting for Robin Williams’ Bench in Boston Commons

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One of my favorite pastimes is finding iconic film or literary locations. I know I’m not alone, but it’s one of my quirks that suddenly manifests itself while traveling to new places. I have a deep love for film and literature, and I continue to use that passion to fuel my wanderlust. In 2007, I […]

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Have You Ever Traveled With Your Parents?

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Have you ever traveled with your parents? I’m not talking about a family vacation where you have siblings or other relatives to distract you. I’m talking about you plus mom and dad where all of their attention is you. In 2009, I went to Yellowstone National Park for one week with both of my parents. […]

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10 Reasons to Fall in Love with Western Australia

My husband, Leon, and I spent a lot of time planning to visit Australia in the summer of 2016, but we kept mulling over the countless places to visit. Sydney was at the top of our list, but three weeks in the country’s most popular city was overkill. I wanted to see the outback. Australia […]

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Where Are You From? Travel and Empathy

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Over the course of my life, I’ve grown accustomed to a certain type of social exchange when introducing myself: Hi, I’m Esther. Nice to meet you. What do you do? Maybe not quite so direct, but you see my point. Inquiring about a person’s profession is normal and even expected during any conversation in the […]

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Lovely Stranger in Ecuador: A True Act of Kindness

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I meet a lot of people every day in my line of work. I’ve also met countless people during my travels and in my every day life. I’m someone who has to arrange for someone else to set up introductions because I can never remember anyone’s name. However, over the years there have been a […]

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