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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I Must Be Off! New Look, New Concept

Hi, adorable I Must Be Off! readers. You may have noticed that a few things have changed here. The biggest change is that you now can become part of I Must Be Off! You can submit your own travel writing, photos, and links to your YouTube videos. After we review and accept them, you’ll be […]

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Beyond the Reef by Brittany Rohm

Warm water licked my bare feet as I waded into the South Pacific. Sand the color of lightly toasted sugar tickled my toes. Behind me, towering palms swayed in the sea-salt breeze, guarding the tiny island of Lifou. Through the narrow strip of jungle, in the protected bay on the opposite side, swimmers bunched together, […]

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The 2018 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Results!

Again this year the I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition has been a storm of stories from around the world. From the mountains of India to the depths of the oceans, from Mongolia to Maine, you’ve taken us there–and for this we’re grateful. We love being part of your adventures. This year’s judge has […]

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First Hard Hike of 2018

Brauneck is a mountain for the heart. I don’t mean your sappy soul; I mean that muscle pumping in your chest that will be in your throat by the time you’ve hiked halfway up this steep mountain. This is our fourth or fifth time here. It’s only 12-15 pop songs away from Munich depending on […]

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First “Easy” Hike of 2018

Everywhere the sound of mountains thawing. The waterline in the reservoir is frighteningly low, we assume to make room for the water raging down from above, gurgling all around us. It’s a warm day in the middle of April. And the place is almost deserted. We go left around theSchlegeisspeichersee (Schlegeis reservoir), home to one […]

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Announcing the Sixth Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition!

Submissions closed! Please keep an eye on I Must Be Off! in August when the long list will be announced! It’s that time of year again!Time to type up those travel articles, travel stories and travel reflections. We want to read about that place that changed you, about the experiences you can’t wait to share […]

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Thirteen Days of Hiking on Corsica — Tizzano to Cala di Conca

The few weeks before I left for Corsica, my French clients assured me that I’d probably die in a forest fire set by a crazy arsonist. And if I didn’t meet this fate, I’d certainly be shot or at least shot at. All the road signs, they said, are riddled with bullet holes. So of […]

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