Archive for the 'Great Stories' Category

Travel and Healing Silver Winner: Moorstones

Monday, December 12th, 2016

By Anne Sigmon
A weight of awe, not easy to be borne,
Fell suddenly upon my spirit
—From “The Monument” by William Wordsworth
At nearly one in the morning, the night was black around me—not even a sliver of moon to hang onto. Standing on the damp, foggy grounds of my English manor house hotel, I felt adrift, like [...]

Travel and Food Bronze Winner: Youth Hostel Cuisine

Monday, December 5th, 2016

By Bonnie Morris
Notes from a Woman Backpacker.

Food and drink will tempt you constantly—crepes on the streets of Paris, smorgasbord in Scandinavia, beer in Germany… —“Planning European Travel,” Harvard Student Agencies; Let’s Go Europe 1982
When I began to travel, as a young woman of twenty back in 1981, I traveled cheap. I had no trust fund, no [...]

Travel and Sports Bronze Winner: Parahawking in Nepal

Monday, November 28th, 2016

By MJ Pramik
Seeing the world anew.
When I hit sixty, my eldest daughter said, ‘Sixty is the new forty.’ These words spawned in me a wanderlust the likes of which I couldn’t believe, and weeks after my birthday I challenged myself to go alone to Antarctica. After cavorting with flocks of frenzied penguins and climbing out [...]

Travel Memoir Bronze Winner: Singing Lesson

Monday, November 21st, 2016

By Megan McNamer
Taking Communion in a karaoke bar.
In the late Seventies, when all of Taiwan was under construction, there was a bar in the capital city of Taipei called the Club Kotobuki. It was a place to go for Japanese businessmen missing the home office. It may still be there, I don’t know. I haven’t [...]

Honorable Mention: From Morocco, With Love

Monday, November 14th, 2016

By Anna Elkins
A progressive encounter of possibility.
Paris, Night, Letters
My love letter from the Sahara begins in Paris.
It is March and just after dark on the Île Saint-Louis. My friend Christina and I have arrived at a literary salon in a swanky apartment with high-beamed ceilings and low lights. The evening’s theme: letters written by hundreds [...]

Men’s Travel Gold Winner: The Physics of Regret

Monday, November 7th, 2016

By Lance Mason
A suicide memoir, disrupted.
While any high-speed “get-off” from a motorcycle is a brush with death, each one is unique. So here you are, zipping over the asphalt at sixty miles per, and the next moment your machine’s wheels depart the ground. Its normal exhaust note, a throaty, twin-cylinder rumble-and-thump, vanishes, immediately replaced by [...]

Most Unforgettable Character Gold Winner: The Spinster of Atrani

Monday, October 31st, 2016

By Amber Paulen
Stories from the old can change the direction of life for the young.
Someone called my name and a figure came toward me—a shadow against the yellow lamplight of the road, and beyond that, of Atrani. It surprised me that someone knew me. I had been in the small town for only three hours [...]

Elder Travel Silver Winner: To Live or Die in the Danakil

Monday, October 24th, 2016

By James Michael Dorsey
How to survive a suicidal trek up a volcano.
All six gunmen arrived at sunset, bought and paid for, and all we had to do was choose who would go with whom. Moussa was quite small as Afar tribesmen go and yet, everything about his manner suggested he was a predator. He squatted [...]

Animal Encounter Silver Winner: If Cats Could Type in Key West

Monday, October 17th, 2016

By Shelly Rivoli
It would be a literary pilgrimage for the grownups, but what would it be for the kids?
Their eyes combed the lush jungle landscape as we stood waiting at the gated entrance to 907 Whitehead Street. With a quiet gasp from my travel companions, the first orange splash of cat appeared, a bold stroke [...]

Funny Travel Bronze Winner: Somewhere Under the Florentine Moon

Monday, October 10th, 2016

By Pamela Wright
What’s the Italian word for cougar?
I wasn’t overly concerned when I heard the shouting start in the apartment next door. I’d neglected to learn more than a few pleasantries in Italian before leaving Atlanta for Florence, so I was unable to decipher so much as the rudiments of the argument. I stopped unpacking [...]

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