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Buendía and the Route of the Faces: A Different Side of Spain

  • Anne Sewell
  • 3 October 2016

While these iconic destinations are indeed worth a visit, sometimes it pays to go off the beaten track and discover a different side of Spain, like the the Ruta de las Caras, or the Route of the Faces,” near Buendía.

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A Pictorial Journey and Photography Workshop in Morocco

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 18 September 2014

When you go to Morocco, don’t make the same mistakes I did. Learn how to capture the country’s special light, and with it your impressions of a place that will surprise you. When I was there, I met the woman I eventually married. I deeply wish I had taken more pictures and that they were more evocative and of better quality. I wish I had taken a photography workshop in Morocco.

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Something in the Water and Air: Costa Rica’s Pura Vida – A Portrait of Glenn Jampol

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 18 December 2013

This is the first in a series of portraits, long and short, of some of the people I met and places I visited during a recent trip to Costa Rica. Like Glenn Jampol (the focus of this article), the subjects were chosen as noteworthy examples of Costa Rica’s distinct pura vida.

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The Best Local Travel Pictures of 2012

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 January 2013

With another year of pictures under our belt, it’s time again to spotlight our Photo of the Year – an image that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of external judges. Like our Photo of the Year 2010 and Photo of the Year 2011, we believe this year’s winning image truly captures the imagination, a glimpse of something uncommon in a very familiar place.

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Video Spotlight: Bali, je t’aime

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 14 December 2012

Although it is just a small island, Bali, one of the most famous islands of Indonesia, has justifiably become one of the world’s top beach tourism destinations, attracting nearly three million visitors yearly. Aside from the island’s busy seaside resorts, awesome beaches and pounding surf, however, lies another side of island life. It’s open to anyone ready to venture just a bit off the tourist trail. It’s this more remote and local side of Bali that is captured in the short film

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Photo of the Week: Angel Place Birdcages, Sydney, Australia

  • Ryan Zaknich (photo and text)
  • 7 December 2012

This photo was taken in Angel Place in the downtown area of Sydney, Australia. It is part of an art exhibit installed by the local council to remind us of the abundant birdlife that was in the area prior to English settlement. The birdcages are empty to remind us of the birds that have long since flow away.

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Africa Straight Up: Countering Stereotypes

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 16 November 2012

Anyone who has been to Africa knows that there is no such thing as a single Africa. ‘Africa Straight Up’ debunks the (in)sensibility that Africa could ever be limited to a single narrative. The video is “a more complete story about Africa and its diaspora” and “a dynamic ‘not your parents’ documentary’ about the stereotypes confronting Africa,” according to promotional material written about it.

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Busha Village, a Bright Star on the Tourist Map of Ukraine

  • Natalia Lukianovich
  • 17 October 2012

For a long time I had dreamed of running away from Kiev, but, for many reasons, I was tied to my city life. Then, during one of my annual small trips around Ukraine, I accidentally found the village of Busha. It was then that I knew that I’d soon be living here – and the very next year I began my new life. I have finally found what I was looking for and am eager to share it with visitors, who can stay in my home.

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Preserving the Tribal Custom of the Ibans, Once the Headhunters of Borneo

  • Oshin Chin
  • 14 October 2012

Ibans are the native people of Sarawak and the dominant ethnic group in Malaysian Borneo. Today, their headhunting days are long gone, but they have succeeded in preserving many tribal customs, rituals and traditional beliefs. These are clearly visible during their harvest festivals, weddings and unique art and crafts such as Pua Kumbu, the Ngajat dance and the Iban tattoos.

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How Literature Inspires Travel – by John Shors

  • John Shors
  • 5 September 2012

I believe that people within the travel industry should look at literature as a means to promote destinations and itineraries. Travel marketing shouldn’t be just about beautiful photos, slick graphics and discounted pricing. The old cliché claims that a “picture is worth a thousand words,” and that may be true, but right now I am finishing a 148,000-word novel about Angkor Wat, and I’m certain that when it is released, thousands of people will plan trips to Cambodia.

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