The 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Winners!

I hope you’ve been keeping up with this year’s competition. We had an incredible variety of entries from almost all corners of the planet. Over 300 people from 43 countries sent in stories. Many of them, even though they did not make it into the semifinalist and finalist rounds, were memorable and very well written. […]

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Travel Writing Competition — Semifinalists

We’re excited to announce the titles of the 30 semifinalists in the 2015 I Must Be Off! travel essay contest. If the title of your entry appears on this list, you’re still in the running to win. At this point, we can’t announce the names of the writers since the judge, Catherine Sweeney, is still […]

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From Kilkenny to Killarney

Kilbarron, Kilbeggan, Kilbride, Kilcarragh. Kilcommon, Kildalkey, Kildare, Kildorrery. Kilfithmone, Kilgarriff, Kilkee, Kildeedy. Ah, Kilkenny! I know that one. Wow, there are a lot of Kils in Ireland. Stupid me thought “Kil” might have something to do with a kiln, but of course that’s wrong. It’s Gaelic for church or cell–and from my reading I assume […]

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Traveling with Sweeney — an Interview with the judge of the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest

IMBO: Cathy, it’s so gracious of you to take time out of your crazy travel schedule to talk. Where are you off to next? Thanks, Chris. I’m headed to Italy next week with my mysterious husband/co-blogger Mr. TWS (as he’s affectionately known on our blog). I fell in love with Italy on my first visits […]

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Announcing the Third Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest!

It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you.We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is […]

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