Larry Habegger

The Soul of a Great Traveler

Since 2006 the editors of Travelers’ Tales have run a writing competition to find the best travel story of the year: The Solas Awards. Over those years, thousands of stories have come across their desks, from writers famous and unknown, covering all corners of the globe with stories of adventure and discovery, love and loss, humor and absurdity, grief and joy. In this collection appear all of the top prize winners of the first ten years, stories that bring readers along for journeys that are inspiring, uplifting, and, very often, transformative. These tales are powerful, moving testaments to the richness of our world, its cultures, people, and places.

The Soul of a Great Traveler2022-03-30T11:19:45-07:00

Bush Tucker

By Larry Habegger

The author discovers more than food in sampling plants from the land.

I’d been thinking a lot about crocodiles. The saltwater species that lives in tropical Australia grow to 20 feet or more, and they’re so stealthy and quick it’s said you never see them until they’ve got you. Just yesterday we got hung

Bush Tucker2018-02-12T16:47:29-08:00

Going to Hana

HawaiiOnce we left Kahului, we were driving along a country road with the deep blue sea on our left. Windsurfers raced across the whitecaps at Ho’okipa Beach Park, and a few miles on, we entered the rain forest on the

Going to Hana2017-04-24T02:32:13-07:00

Mockingbird Summer

BirdsI came home one evening this spring to the rollicking song of a mockingbird in the trees outside my house. The song filled an empty space in me I’d forgotten existed, because it was the voice of a long lost

Mockingbird Summer2017-04-24T02:32:13-07:00

Tao of the Racetrack

hongI’m not a gambler. I know nothing about horses. But I was drawn irresistibly to the track in Hong Kong. I’d heard the amazing numbers about gambling on the horses here, more money being bet on one race than in

Tao of the Racetrack2017-04-24T02:32:13-07:00