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Living Local: On Home Swaps and Friendships

By Stephanie Schroeder   I arranged my first home exchange in 2006. The deal was that my partner at the time and I would give up our Jersey City, NJ, apartment for a couple who had a house in Alkmaar, North Holland in The Netherlands. It was all very new to me, this home exchange adventure, but it was the only way I could afford to travel. I had only five days vacation from my job at a corporate PR firm, plus two bookended weekends. The dates on the ad that read “Historical Dutch Town for NYC” perfectly matched the dates ...
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The Saving Grace of Books (Paris)

By Sammantha Bennett Paris was chaos. Ten days after suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a concert hall, a stadium, restaurants, and bars, I stepped off a train from Munich into a swarm of armed military and local law enforcement at Gare de l’Est. I had 40 liters on my back and a bit of panic in my mind. Munich had been so perfectly Bavarian: neat, clean, peaceful, expected. Everyone had been polite and no one crossed the street unless the crosswalk sign permitted it. Paris was the opposite: loud, busy, dirty, confusing. I had left the picturesque Bavaria behind, lightly ...
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A Good Book Is Hard to Find…Until It’s Given (Savannah, ...

By Kelly Murray The only way to read Flannery O’Connor is while taking a hot bath in a clawfoot tub in an old Victorian home on a warm night in Savannah, Georgia. That’s exactly where I was when I read her for the first time. I was staying at an Airbnb in Savannah’s Eastside district; a gorgeous renovated Victorian home with four bedrooms, a grand staircase, wraparound porch, a sunny shared kitchen, and, yes, a clawfoot tub. Three of them, I’d come to find. All the stuff of classic Southern charm. I had met two of the house guests, an ...
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SPORT: Editor’s Note Issue 5

Sports are one of the drivers of travel. We go to far-flung places for sporting events, from the Thai kickboxing club to the Rugby World Cup to your daughter’s travel soccer team’s Saturday tournament. These slices of experiences are a filter for interacting with another culture, an excuse to get out of our own bubbles, and, sometimes, a complete surprise (Gaelic football, anyone?). They are also a way to find common ground with people who may come from different backgrounds and experiences. Play on.  
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WOMEN: Editor’s Note Issue 4

Growing up, I wasn’t allowed outside after dark alone, so the idea of traveling somewhere outside of my comfort zone by myself did not occur to me until after college. I didn’t take my first big trip alone until I had to do so for work, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Friends and family delivered dire warnings of what could happen to me if I went (a young woman! alone! in Asia!), but go I did, and never looked back. This issue, WOMEN, opens a window on some experiences women have when they go it alone. For so long, the travelers’ ...
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