World Travel WatchConcerned about traveling safely? World Travel Watch reports on developments that affect travelers around the globe, from crime waves, disease outbreaks, and transit strikes to political upheaval and cultural quirks. Larry Habegger and James O'Reilly have been reporting on such issues for major newspapers since 1985. They have traveled to more than fifty countries, from equatorial jungle to the Arctic, from the Himalayas to the Dead Sea. Because conditions can change overnight, always make your own inquiries before you leave home, and if possible, when you're on the road.
- Argentina: Carnivorous Fish Attck Tourists
- Honduras: State Department Issues Travel Warning
- Indonesia: Series of Volcanic Eruptions at Mt. Sinabung
- Russia:More Violence in Volgograd
- UK: New Law For Medical Visits
- China: Xiamen-Shenzhen High Speed Railway launches Dec. 28
- Egypt: The U.S. Department of State Reissues Travel Alert
- Russia: CDC Recommends Precautions for Winter Games
- Thailand: Protestors Continue to Fill Streets in Bangkok
- Turkey: Fresh Protests in Istanbul’s Kadikoy Square
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100 Places in the USA Every Woman Should Go
Just in time for making those summer plans, our latest book, Sophia Dembling's 100 Places in the USA Every Woman Should Go, shines a light on this country's top attractions, quirky sites, and lesser-known wonders. Pick up a copy today and start rediscovering the USA.
Join Larry Habegger at Hawai'i Writers Workshop
TT Executive Editor Larry Habegger will be teaching at a writers workshop on the north shore of Oahu in May. If you want an idyllic retreat to work on a special project or just the peace of writing without distractions, check it out. The Mokuleia Writers Retreat is an intimate and magical gathering of serious writers eager to get away from the world, spend six days and five nights on a remote stretch on Oahu, in the community of like-minded souls, and see where the imagination takes them. The focus is on craft, and we work under the tutelage of great teachersa mixture of mainlanders and islanders, fiction and nonfiction, low-key and high-profile. The theme, nā wahi hooulu, acknowledges that a sacred spot like this will inspire us to explore other placeswhether in the heart, in memory, or in the moment. See campmokuleia.com for more information.
Eighth Annual Solas Awards Winners Announced
The TT editors announced the winners of the Eighth Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year on March 1. Congratulations go to Grand Prize winner Bill Giebler, who collected $1,000 for "The Tea in Me," his compelling story about travels in India where he sees his life revealed through the processing of tea. Lisa Alpine won the silver award and $750 for "Fish Trader Ray," her quirky tale of Amazon adventure and the characters she met there. James Michael Dorsey and Keith Skinner shared the bronze and won $250 each, James for "From the Ashes," his haunting tale of a Cambodian Buddhist monk who survived the Pol Pot genocide, Keith for "Inside the Tower," his moving account of a visit to the home of the late poet Robinson Jeffers. Read these stories below or at BestTravelWriting.com. Look for the other stories on both websites soon. Visit BestTravelWriting.com for more about the awards and a complete list of winners.
Deer Hunting in Paris Is Here!
The poignant, hilarious, and gritty new memoir Deer Hunting in Paris by Paula Young Lee is available now in both print and ebook editions. Follow along as this Korean-American former vegetarian preacher's daughter learns about love, hunting, DIY food culture, and dressing a kill.
Larry Habegger Reflects on TT & Book Passage
The 2013 Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference was, as usual, an extraordinary four days of inspiration and transformation. TT Executive Editor Larry Habegger shares some thoughts on his experience there, including a tribute TT received in a "toast to Travelers' Tales."
Fresh Look at Berlin Old and New
Ghost Dance in Berlin is an unlikely declaration of love by the American-born son of German-speaking Jewish refugees. Peter Wortsman dances back and forth over invisible borderlines between present and past, drawing a poignant portrait of Germany's most storied city.
Inspiring Memoir: Kin to the Wind
In the early 1960s, a self-taught musician set out to travel the world with no money, following the grand tradition of the troubadour. With faith in the goodness of people, Moro Buddy Bohn played for the famous (Queen Elizabeth, Pablo Picasso) and the unknown, and his picaresque tale is the stuff of dreams. Engaging, charming, sometimes frightening but always good humored, Kin to the Wind will redeem your faith in humanity.
Author Interview: Susan Van Allen in Italy
In an interview with Traveler's Library, 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go author Susan Van Allen shares how Italy has changed and remained the same over thirty years of her travels and the must reads in a travel library on Italy.
TT Writers Interviewed
Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of 100 Places Every Woman Should Go and editor of one edition of The Best Women's Travel Writing, has interviewed 13 of the writers who contributed stories to the collection. Stop by Stephanie's blog for some good conversation about writing and travel.