Bullet Proof

by Jennifer Craig It’s 1996 and I’ve been living in Moscow for two years. My Russian is fluent, but my accent leaves a lot to be desired and I’m mistaken, variously, for an Estonian, a Latvian or, more insultingly, a local with learning difficulties. Unlike the majority of Westerners living in Moscow who call themselves […]

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Bijihuanu

by Hannah Storm ‘You are Bijihuanu’. His mother gifts you this title, with the geometric terracotta and black skirt of his people. ‘It means Sparky’, he says, and you marvel at what she has bestowed. In Shipibo, his name means born in a boat and you imagine him slipping from her, lithe as the anaconda […]

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Desert Fishing

by Tim Craig When Yossi punches me in the mouth, I think it’s as much of a surprise to him as it is to me. But then, surprise attacks are the house speciality in this part of the world. Perhaps the only surprise is that people are still surprised by them. It is May 1991 […]

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When The Rain Comes

by Stephanie Mayle I arrive to the Center just in time for Julyta’s talk. She’s excited to see me, and quickly ushers me in, offering me the only chair in front of the gathered group of women and girls. I offer to sit on the floor, as well, but she insists. She takes a seat […]

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The 7th-annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition Winners!

Congratulations to everyone who made the long- and shortlists in the 7th-annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition! It’s always a pleasure and an education reading your work. The following are the winners of the competition this year, chosen by Michelle Elvy: First Place “Bijihuanu” by Hannah Storm Second Place “Desert Fishing” by Tim […]

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The 2020 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Shortlist!

Congratulations to the following 13 writers for making it to the 2020 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition shortlist! A Tale of Two Homes An Unexpected Visitor Bijihuanu Customs Deep Breaths Desert Fishing Hope Pushing the Boundaries The Accidental Alpinist The Shepherd’s Table West Country, Black Hills When the Rain Comes Where Goats Climb […]

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The Seventh-annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition Long List

Thank you to everyone who entered this year. Thank you for sharing your adventures, your disasters (quite a few disastrous stories this time), and your inspiring moments on the road. This year 25 of you made it to the long list. Congratulations to all of you. Please keep an eye on I Must Be Off! […]

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An Interview with Michelle Elvy, the judge of the 7th annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition

Thank you, Michelle, for judging the seventh annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition. Each year we read hundreds of stories by writers around the world. In June we led a workshop focused on travel writing. What in your opinion makes a great piece of travel writing?  Thanks for having me, Chris – and […]

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My Name is Mai by J L Hall

Every time I climb the stairs to the Skywalk, I look for her. For Mai, small and filthy in her yellow dress. She sits here against a pillar, baht scattered and glinting around her, a tattered cardboard sign propped in her lap etched in marker pen that says: My Name Is Mai. I think she […]

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