Here are a few more stories from our recent travel story contest. May they inspire you to write your own!
My grandmother always used to tell me the most wonderful tales of her travels but I always thought she exaggerated for effect: sudden snakes and baby kangaroos would appear in her magic stories. When I first arrived in Alice Springs, surprised by the redness of the earth, I set out to explore this magnificent explosion of colors, then suddenly I saw a baby kangaroo in the distance. It was then that I realized looking at this beautifully strange land that magic did exist; it wasn’t all stories.
– Yvonne from California
We walked the cobblestone streets in the plaza’s while noshing on freshly made pretzels, sausages and cheeses, sipping wine and making new friends. We shared laughs in the rain, walks through the alleys, shopping, art, and nights with the music. When all was done, we had a glorious time in the city of Salzburg, where Mozart had been born 250 years earlier, making our trip so much more of a celebration!
– Michael from Connecticut
Four months spent in Seoul, Korea as an exchange student: living, laughing, learning, speaking, doing, drinking, running, eating, BEing. Lifelong friendships formed those 13 years ago; seems like an eyeblink. Daily runs up the mountain behind the school, stopping at the Buddhist monastery half-way up to breathe in tranquility and nature’s grace. I can never return to what was then, but it is in my heart and memory for all time.
– Jason from Michigan
The heartwarming smile of a village child. The rumbling, smoking waterfalls. The hippopotamus rocking my boat. Staring into the gorgeous liquid gold eyes of a lioness. My spirit being lifted by the natives’ beautiful voices and energetic dancing. Reliving history at Robben Island. The postcard picture perfect beauty of Table Top Mountain. All rolled into the ever changing, enchanting, picturesque landscape. South Africa-beyond my dream.
– Joanne from Illinois
A young Thai monk runs his hand over his newly-shorn head. I am focusing my camera, framing him in an arched doorway while he reads at his desk. A sideways glance, he flashes a smile and a peace sign…and receives a teacher’s scolding!
– Katie from British Columbia