The 2018 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Long List

First of all, thank you to everyone who sent us your words and your adventures. We were impressed with the breadth of experience represented in the more than 400 entries this year from all over the world. Here is the 2018 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition Long List, by title in alphabetical order. […]

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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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Forbidden Fruit by Fiona Dixon

Whenever the rain stopped or slowed long enough for the mist to lift and reveal the steaming hills, I took to exploring. At the far edge of the settlement, past the family of black pygmy pot-bellied pigs, I began to climb the hill on the ridge that looked most accessible. It had been peering down […]

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Old Foreigner by Fiona Rintoul

‘They are dead,’ grinned Mrs Wu, who had met me at the airport. I looked out the minibus window. Four bloodied bodies lay on the road. Behind them, two vans, crushed like tin cans, were fused in a wonky embrace. The men were indeed dead but they hadn’t been for long. Their blood was as […]

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Thirteen Days of Hiking on Corsica — Col de Bavella to the Paliri Hut

Today we’re on the trail from Col de Bavella to the Paliri Hut. Do you like narrow serpentine roads graced with sheer drop-offs, crumbly guardrails, and pigs running wild? Well, half-wild and not exactly running. They seem bored by the constant stream of cars. Col de Bavella is a popular starting point for lots of […]

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The 2017 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Shortlist!

Congratulations to all of the solid writers whose travel pieces have made the 2017 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition Shortlist. Such talent makes choosing winners very hard. You have taken us around the world again with smart, crisp prose. Each of these entries is a gem. A very special thanks goes out to […]

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The 2017 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition Long List!

It’s been another great year of travel writing. Just over 500 entries from all over the world came in this year, most during the free-entry period. If the title of your piece appears on the list below, you are still in the running to win the 2017 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition. Sadly, […]

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Why the Gods Have Great Bums

The sunset from our hotel in PrairanoThere’s nothing I like more than hiking. Call it trekking, call it tramping, call it treading the path unbeaten–whatever you call it, please keep it coming. Actually, could someone send me a t-shirt that says I’D RATHER BE HIKING across the front? In black please. I’ve hiked in South […]

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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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High Heels Travel Agony in Athens by Mihaela Lica-Butler

“Oh, I love your boots!” chirped Eleni. And I am happy. I love my boots too. They are John Galliano knee platforms, brown, high, and perfect in every way. I love all my boots, but these are insanely high, and I take great joy in dissing the wiseacres who advocate no-heels, fugly all-terrain sneakers: “Wear […]

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