The Fifth Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition

It’s that time of year again! Time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. We want to read about that place that changed you, about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–send it in. This year, submissions are free […]

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An Interview with Graham Mercer, winner of the 2016 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition

Graham Mercer was born and brought up south Lancashire, England. He spent nine years in the Royal Navy before becoming an elementary teacher. Mercer lived and taught for 34 years in Tanzania, East Africa where he met his Pakistani wife, Anjum. Now they live in north Cheshire, England. Interests include wildlife, writing, travel, reading, photography, […]

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An Interview with the 2016 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition Judge, Paola Fornari

Travel writer Paola Fornari was born on Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. She has lived in a dozen countries over four continents, speaks five and a half languages, dabbles in several others, and describes herself as an expatriate sine patria. In every new posting, her curiosity leads her to explore every corner of her […]

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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition

First of all, each of the Top 18 entries in this year’s competition deserves high praise. The entries on the long and shortlists also deserve recognition. We received so many memorable stories from writers around the world. Thank you to all 647 writers who entered the I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition. You made […]

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Wild Encounter by Graham Mercer

When I was about five my Aunty May took me to the theatre to see Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I came away with a doomed infatuation for Goldilocks (I was short-sighted and from the stalls, in her short skirt and stage make-up, she must have looked like Degas’ Dancer with a Bouquet of Flowers, […]

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