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by Mahvish Rukhsana Khan

     The war on terror is an ephemeral, free flowing concept. People are instructed to keep their eyes and ears open for any clues that will unearth a sleeper cell, much like the ones that were embedded in the United States before the events of September 11, 2001......Click to see

"So Many Enemies, So Little Time"
by Elinor Burkett

     When the attacks of September 11th took place in New York and Washington, it began to seem as though it was a dangerous time for an American to travel. There were those I spoke to at the time who thought it might be better......Click to see

by Tony Horwitz

     The adventures of Captain Cook can conjure up images of adventure and intrigue for those who are tantalized by tales of discovery and history. Without the voyages of Captain James Cook, history would probably look a lot different than it does today. This British figure.........Click to see

by Mary Morris

     The reasons for travel are many: adventure, escapism, fun, pilgrimage, or education. There are times, however, when a person travels not so much to get away, but to find..... ......Click to see

by Jon Krakauer

     Life is full of action, actions which seem to come so fast and furious that it may become easy to not see what one is doing. A person may be in the midst of doing a project, say,.... ......Click to see

by Stephen Benz

     In the last decade or so, eco-tourism has become a trendy way to travel. Spending thousands to see rare species in Costa Rica with your own private tour guide or going to Galapagos......Click to see

"A Hundred and one Days"
by Asne Seierstad

     With embedded reporters, blogs and news coverage twenty-four hours a day, the reportage of the Iraq war and the fall of Baghdad has been unprecedented. But Asne Seierstad, a Norwegian journalist, took it to another level......Click to see

"The Old Patagonian Express"
by Paul Theroux

     "The Old Patagonian Express" is the third book I have read by the lauded traveler, Paul Theroux. Sick of the winter cold while writing......Click to see

by William Langewiesche

     The U.S.-Mexico border is a source tension and upheaval, and has been so for years. Though no iron wall has been built across its environs, it evokes a boundary that may be stronger than barbed wire. On the north side is a mighty nation......Click to see

by David Yeadon

     Some travelers like to hang out in cities. Other people like museums, while still others like to go to resorts. Some travelers prefer to venture to wild places, where there are few people and much solitude......Click to see

by Sara Bongiorni

     With the dire combination of the Holiday shopping season approaching and the massive recall of toys and other products made in China, Sara Bongiorni's book "A Year Without Made In China" is a very timely book......Click to see

by Emma Larkin

     Burma has finally made the news. A country that was veiled in Buddhist mystique and shadows has had its doors thrown open by the imprisoned citizens who reside in its confines. Those prisoners are the citizens who have been forced to smile and speak a language that was not their own, instead a Newspeak that the military regime forced upon them. It is, as a citizen says in Emma Larkin's book......Click to see

by David Friend

     The subtitle to David Friend's book "Watching the World Change" is "The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11." An understated introduction to a book of wrenching sorrow and tragedy, this title aptly leads to the tone of how the book tells its story......Click to see

by Heinrich Harrer
   "Seven Years in Tibet" is Heinrich Harrer's memoir of how makes his way to the city of Lhasa, becoming a witness to the last great years of the Tibetan society before the Chinese invasion......Click to see

by Rick Bass
   Some stories are just stories. They have a beginning, a middle, and end, reaching their inevitable conclusion. Then they're done, and you forget about them. Then there are other stories that stick and resonate, promising that long after you've turned the last page, the story will remain with you and never leave......Click to see

"The Sex Lives of Cannibals"
by J. Maarten Troost
   Have you ever dreamed of moving to a deserted tropical island, living the life of Robinson Crusoe, or as a beachcomber? To be away from all the demands of civilized society and to just spend days at the shore, now that would be paradise to many people. It was for J. Maarten Troost ......Click to see

by Jared Diamond
   Why do some societies and culture survive and thrive, and why do many others collapse and fail? In "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed", author Jared Diamond explores several societies asking this very question......Click to see

"Miles From Nowhere"
by Barbara Savage
   "Miles From Nowhere" is the story of this unique adventure. It takes the reader from the couple's home in Santa Barbara, through the continental United States and Canada, through Europe, Egypt, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Tahiti......Click to see

"White Silk and Black Tar"
by Page Spencer
   Page Spencer's "White Silk and Black Tar" is an autobiographic journal that catalogues the damage rendered upon the human soul as the oil seeps its way through the Alaskan wilderness......Click to see

"China Syndrome"
by Karl Taro Greenfield
    "China Syndrome" is a book by journalist Karl Taro Greenfield that explores the minefield of Ground Zero for SARS, as the virus spreads through humanity......Click to see

"A Year in the World"
by Frances Mayes
    Go tapas bar hopping in Spain. Eat fresh caught fish in Portugal. Get lost in the labyrinthine roads in Morocco. Look at the sarcophagi in Pompeii. Enjoy the sights of Corfu. Take a Mediterranean cruise. Buy rugs in Turkey. Hear the Sirens call you in Capri. Admire the gardens and castles of Great Britain. And of course, while you are at it, enjoy and savor the wares of France and Italy, wherever your whim may take you, or you are led. Or, have Frances Mayes do it for you, and read "A Year in the World"......Click to see

"Conservatives without Conscience"
by John W. Dean
    What happened to Barry Goldwater's Republican Party? And is there some kind of polarization going on in politics? In "Conservatives without Conscience", John W. Dean investigates these questions......Click to see

"Travels with My Chicken"
by Martin Gurdon
    I've heard of solo travelers who get attached to their backpacks and give them names. But this would be the first time I ever read about traveling with a chicken. That's exactly what Martin Gurdon did in his book, appropriately named "Travels with My Chicken". Taken place in the British Isles......Click to see

by Thomas L. Friedman
    One of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century, outside of the war on terrorism, is globalization and how it affects individual countries and individuals themselves. Thomas L. Friedman's "The World is Flat" attempts to cover the scope of this topic......Click to see

by Michael Eric Dyson
    Did the disaster in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina take place because of racism? In "Come Hell or High Water", Michael Eric Dyson explores this question......Click to see

by Diane Johnson
    In "Natural Opium", Diane Johnson discusses how travel changes her, eventually transforming her into a seasoned traveler......Click to see

by Barbara Ehrenreich
    In "Bait and Switch", the new book by Barbara Ehrenreich, the author goes undercover to discover for herself what the quagmire of the white collar lifestyle is all about......Click to see

by Sara Wheeler
    Have you ever traveled solo in a foreign country for months on end, or even considered doing so? Sara Wheeler considered this, and went. "Travels in a Thin Country" relates the author's trek through the country of Chile, where she starts in the north by Arica all the way south to the part of Antarctica managed by Chile......Click to see

by Anya Kamenetz
    Is today's younger generation a bunch of slackers, or are there real economic and social factors working against them? In "Generation Debt", author Anya Kamenetz attempts to answer this question......Click to see

by William Golding
    "An Egyptian Journal" is a travelogue which shows that fantasies about a place and reality don't always mix. The book is by the British novelist William Golding, of "Lord of the Flies" fame......Click to see

Edited by Cynthia Kuhn Beischel with Kristina Chase Strom.
    "From Eulogy To Joy is a unique, autobiographical anthology. These moving and thought-provoking personal stories are shared from the heart and contain the words of people who are "experts" by virtue of having experienced grief firsthand in myriad situations: loss of children, siblings, parents, mates, relatives and friends through accidents, illness, suicide, murder and natural death."......Click to see

Recommended Sites

"JohnBdigital Photos"
by John B.
A collection of photographs including macro, sunrise and sets, pets, parks, landscape, wildlife, special effects, infrared and misc. Also some tips and a forum for questions.

by Jessica Kuzmier
A site where I started posting my writing online. Also a collection of poems and short stories with a couple of novels.

Publishers of Stories, Wit and Wisdom from Travelers Around the World.

"Amnesty International USA"
Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide. Amnesty International undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the U.S. Section of Amnesty International.

Each month over five million travellers visit LonelyPlanet.com. So why do they come here? To get hardcore about travel. To dream about it, plan it, book it and talk about it. They come to shop, to read features, to listen to podcasts, to enter competitions, to watch videos, to swap stuff. They come to find a job, share advice, read reviews…

by Hannelore Hahn
The IWWG, founded in 1976, is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing and open to all regardless of portfolio. As such, it has established a remarkable record of achievement in the publishing world, as well as in circles where lifelong learning and personal transformation are valued for their own sake. The Guild nurtures and supports holistic thinking by recognizing the logic of the heart--the ability to perceive the subtle interconnections between people, events and emotions- alongside conventional logic.

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