Exploration Filter
  1. On That Life I Always Wanted

    “In the end, the basic ingredients of existence never falter, whether you’re flying business or red-eye economy, or staying home.” Erin at outerNotes reflects on the lifestyle of a worldly jet-setter and wonders whether she’s “made it.”

    Essay
  2. The Caffeine Chaser

    On her new blog, The Caffeine Chaser, Cape Town-based Mandie Swart explores the city’s vibrant café scene and her own coffee obsession, one cup at a time.

    Culture
  3. A Historical Walk in the English Lake District

    “It’s been a poignant, thought-provoking journey, punctuated by two monuments: one to a way of life; one to life extinguished; and both inextricably bound to the mountain.” In this longread, George Kitching guides us over the Coniston mountains in the English Lake District, diving into the history and culture of the area.

    Exploration
    Photo by George Kitching
  4. Eating in Vietnam. Also, a Travel Companion.

    “Vietnamese food must always have balance. There is bitterness, there is sourness, there is the pain from heat, but there is also sweet. This is the goal of Vietnamese food: to have all the emotions of life in one bite.” Antonio Perez describes his culinary adventures in Vietnam with vivid, sensory details.

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  5. Heart in a Brown Paper Bag

    “I’ve discovered that a city, while you’re vacationing there, behaves similar to a person on a really good first date.” Los Angeles writer Ze Luiz at StripSearchLA describes his first visit to Seattle, Washington.

    Exploration
  6. Explore Parts Unknown

    Inspired by the Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown series, Explore Parts Unknown is a mobile-first guide to places, people, and stories around the world.

    Culture
  7. A Very Awkward Breakup

    “My mind was spinning. Love with a Chance of Drowning was due to publish in three months time but the love itself was drowning.” Torre DeRoche had to promote her memoir at the same time she and her partner had split. At The Fearful Adventurer, she explains what happens.

    Authors
  8. Life lessons I learned on the Appalachian Trail

    “I now believe that people are capable of altruism. And that we are worthy of this gift.” At (Almost) Unsalvageable, Gabe Burkhardt shares what he learned while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

    Exploration
  9. Who Are You Online? (My Travel Writing Reality)

    “I sometimes feel like we collect different versions of ourselves — and in an effort to fit amongst a particular crowd we pull one of those selves from the pack, like a magician mid-card trick.” Flora at Flora the Explorer contemplates her blogging and social media presence.

    Exploration
  10. Blogging For Your Brand: How Ruffwear Connects to Its Canine Community

    Ruffwear Explored, the blog of Ruffwear, successfully blends product promotion and customer stories.

    Animals
    Photo by Ruffwear ambassador Maria Christina Schultz
  11. CancerRoadTrip

    “Because when the going gets tough, the tough go traveling.” #CancerRoadTrip is Pat Wetzel’s mission for health and healing.

    Exploration
  12. “Instead of getting to enjoy growing up, I felt trapped in my youth, the thing that had made me special until my ex-boyfriend called it my affliction, like a Dorian Gray bargain gone uniquely sideways.”

    Essay
  13. Home is a Cup of Tea

    Sketch artist and writer Candace Rose Rardon tells the story of her search for home through the different teas she has discovered while traveling.

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    Illustration by Candace Rose Rardon
  14. The Traveling Titas of Manila

    Jennie Celdran and Pinky Roxas, the two writers behind The Traveling Titas of Manila, share trip ideas and travel tips. “We let you in on our hits and also our misses and hope you can use the information when you plan your next adventure whether solo, with friends and definitely with family.”

    Exploration
  15. Love at first sight (and in retrospect)

    In which Keerthi Purushothaman falls in love with a city: “If Goa were a man, I would be the clichéd weeping mess of a woman who met her soulmate fleetingly, but recognized when it was too late and the bed was cold.”

    Essay
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