Travel Essay Contest — Entry 20

I Must Be Off! is having its first annual Travel Essay Contest. Each entry will appear at first without byline or bio. These will be added at the end of the contest. As you enjoy these travel essays from around the world, please feel free to comment; but if you offer criticism, remember to be […]

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Gluten-free through Southeast Asia?

I had such good intentions. I was going to print off dietary-requirements cards available free from Celiac Travel to use on our trip through Singapore, Thailand and Bali. I was going to buy a bottle of gluten-free soy sauce. In essence, I was going to turn over several new leaves: I was actually going to […]

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Bali is Adorable

Bali is adorable. As long as you stay away from the beach. Most people who visit Bali book a beach holiday in Kuta. They hang around the pool and drink cocktails, listening to bad renditions of “Raindrops Keep Failling on My Head” and “My Heart Will Go On” droning from the speakers in the bar. […]

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Three Things I’m Thankful for

Things don’t always go as planned. Four days ago, I got up in the middle of the night to let the guy upstairs know that his domestic problem really didn’t need to become a hotel-wide problem: he was banging and banging on his hotel door presumably because his traveling companion had locked him out, and […]

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A Year in Wacky Signs

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) Do your friends walk 20 meters in front of you when you’re taking pictures of signs? Do they whisper under their breath, “Oh God, Chris is taking another picture of a sign.”?Do theymake gestures–signs of their own […]

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My Year in Photos

This picture was actually taken in 2009 at a Christmas market in Alsace, France–one of my favorite places on earth. Every little village in Alsace is more Hänsel-und-Gretel than the one before it. If you’re planning a trip to Alsace, don’t miss Eguisheim, the birthplaceof Pope Leo IX.Winetasting is great fun in Alsace, and it’s […]

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My Favorite Starbucks, Ubud on Bali (Indonesia)

I’m a Starbucks-goer. I even collect the mugs. I am one of the millions of Americans who ENJOY the feeling of home that a Starbucks outside the US gives us. The US Starbucks have given up on “cozy” and crammed the space with as many wooden chairs and tables as possible. Those leather sofas and […]

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Travel Warning!

This week the US government has issued a travel warning for US-Americans traveling to Indonesia. Oops. Too late. I was already there when I read the travel warning. I was on the island of Bali in the beach resort of Kuta, the site of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people and injured 240 […]

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