Road Trip…Unleashed: Hitting the Road After All These Years

September 26, 2016 by Phyllis Cohen

Route 66

By Phyllis Cohen

I didn’t realize how badly I’d been bitten by the wanderlust bug until, on the way to the supermarket one Saturday, my husband brought up our son’s upcoming vacation to China. A range of emotions came over me: waves of excitement, pangs of fear. Mostly, I was jealous.

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Photo Essay: Bogotá — Beat the Rush

September 7, 2016 by Alice Pettway


By Alice Pettway

Most days, seeing a couple of tourists in my neighborhood makes me happy. It means that the world is starting to abandon the stereotypes that have obscured the beauty of Colombia’s culture for so many years. It means that people are giving Colombia a chance.

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All Hands Volunteers Pull Together With Ecuadorean Communities

August 24, 2016 by Alice Pettway

Alice at All Hands - Mark Whale

By Alice Pettway

When my partner and I heard about the devastating earthquake in Ecuador last spring, we knew we wanted to help. But we were also wary of throwing in with an organization that might do more harm than good. The earthquake damage was more apparent with each mile that passed—cracks in the road, rubble, half-houses spilling reminders of normal life. It was obvious how much help was needed, and we hoped that All Hands Volunteers Ecuador Earthquake Response was doing a good job. They were—and they are.

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Get Off the Beaten Path in Ecuador’s Southern Highlands

August 19, 2016 by Alice Pettway

Woman in Plaza - Web

By Alice Pettway

Gualaceo, a town known for its crafts just a couple of hours away from Cuenca, was the perfect antidote to the crowds. Our first sign that we’d made a successful decision was the lack of tourists on the bus.

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Happiness, Liberty, Life? Politics and Art

August 16, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

1944 Cartoon(1)

By Stacia Friedman

How does art created 10, 20, or even 50 years ago speaks so loudly to issues that dominate headlines today? Is the current presidential race taking us forward or “back to the future?”

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Time for Travel and Contemplation: Go to the Galápagos!

August 8, 2016 by Alice Pettway

Alice with Big Lens - Web

By Alice Pettway

For the next 12 days, we swam with baby sea lions, watched marine iguanas munch underwater, observed blue-footed boobies dancing, passed among enormous albatrosses, and contemplated the ages of giant tortoises. Each island was truly its own world.

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Women of the World—a Photo Essay

August 3, 2016 by Alice Pettway

Woman Carrying Flowers - web

By Alice Pettway

Most of my travels happen outdoors. The places I feel most alive are sidewalks, trails, courtyards, and parks. The women below are simply the women outdoors who have caught my eye as I wandered in the world.

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On Traveling Alone: The Best Thing Is, It’s All About You

July 27, 2016 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag


By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

The best thing about traveling alone: It’s all about you. No deferring to this friend or that lover. No pretending you are up for another church when all you want to do is collapse. No agenda but your agenda.

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Fourth of July: Freedom Fighters Beneath Our Feet

July 4, 2016 by Stacia Friedman


By Stacia Friedman

The writer discovers that in Philadelphia’s Washington Square Park, where she often strolls, more than 2,500 fallen troops of Washington’s army were buried unceremoniously in a mass grave.

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Clinging to a Minnesota Spring

June 8, 2016 by Diane Dettmann


By Diane Dettmann

“Often as I trekked along the snow-covered roads during my walks I wondered, ‘What keeps me in this frigid, gray winter state?’”

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Time for Travel and Contemplation: Discovering Cartagena—a Photo Essay

May 18, 2016 by Alice Pettway

Rainbow Chairs-Web

By Alice Pettway

Cartagena’s old city has been lovingly restored. Brilliant flowers cascade down walls that echo their colors. And just when you think the scene couldn’t be more stunning, the sun begins to set, throwing its warm light along the cobblestone streets.

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Spring Jaunt: Philly Off the Hook

May 10, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

La reserve hotel(2)

By Stacia Friedman

Here’s an insider’s guide designed to entice you to keep on exploring this captivating city after you’ve paid your respects to the iconic buildings on Independence Square.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Travel Photography

March 4, 2016 by Alice Pettway

Red Dragonfly II - Alice Pettway

By Alice Pettway

Everything you need to capture amazing photos on the road, be it in rainforest or sprawling city, can easily fit in your backpack alongside all your other travel gear.

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U.S.-Cuba Relations: Bridging the Gap

February 5, 2016 by Alice Pettway

Bridging the Gap - Photo 1

By Alice Pettway

The Cuban immigration officer looked at me askance when I told him I’d like my U.S. passport stamped. My accent stood out in a whirlwind of European and South American voices. My anxiety wasn’t lessened as my taxi from the airport passed billboards referring to “El Bloqueo”—the blockade—as genocide.

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A Photo Journey Through Cuba

January 29, 2016 by Alice Pettway

Photo 12

By Alice Pettway

Cuba is a riot of silhouette and tone. From the tobacco-filled valleys of Viñales to the colonial buildings of Trinidad, Cuba and its people demand attention and welcome you into a whirlwind of rum, cigars, and salsa.

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