Category: Travel Library
Our Travel Library features essays, photos, video, artwork and journal entries from travel writers (and some wise teddy bears) that will draw you in, make you laugh, cause you to shed a tear or two, but most of all, we hope will inspire you to get out, explore more, savor every bite, and then share your narrative with us. Travel is not something one does to check a box. It is that place where cultures, places, people and adventure intersect. If you can't find what you need in the travel library by using the jump links, above, the search bar also above, or by scrolling through the page, below, simply contact us. We love hearing from our readers and are here to help whenever possible.
Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Travel Essays library here.
It doesn’t come easily, this crashing into a place. I am not a traveler, not really. I am a creature of habit, slipping smoothly into routine. From one country to another, I unfold and refold my clothes, placing them in the same stacks in different drawers. I buy...read more
Korean War Memorials are always on my list to visit when traveling. You see, my Uncle Ara disappeared on Oct. 23, 1951, less than a year into the Korean War. A part of an air mission with nine Super Fortresses, his B-29 bomber was attacked by Soviet MIGs, and it was...read more
It was my first Christmas far away from home. I was 21 and an exchange student in Germany - a country that is very very into celebrating the Christmas season. I realized that when I discovered the country had what was called “First Christmas” and “Second Christmas,”...read more
Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Travel Humor library here.
You don’t have to spend more than a few hours in China before funny Chinese instructions begin to leap out at you resulting in raised eyebrows, giggles, smiles, and even outbursts of laughter. But it is in hotels that the level of ridiculous attempts at English take on an entirely new level of funny.read more
The eleven signs with funny Chinese English in this post are part of our second offering in a series of stories on funny Chinese-to-English translation fails. If you missed it, be sure to check out “Lost in Translation: Fire warnings become funny Chinese signs.” Now, without further ado, funny Chinese signs with extremely humorous translation fails focused on warning the public about something or other.read more
Chinese English translation fails are legendary and the stuff that inspires countless online spoofs, digital highlights, published humor books and even plays. You don’t have to spend more than a few hours in China before funny Chinese signs and translations begin to leap out at you inspiring raised eyebrows, giggles and even outbursts of laughter. And while we were told by a local that there was an official Chinese government office in charge of vetting and approving English translations, it’s staff apparently needs to spend more time actually learning English rather than how to work Google translate.read more
Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our posts, go to the Teddy Bear Widsom library here.
Dr. Whoo and Tony have been traveling together now for several years. And, as you can tell, they are not exactly similar in style or even appearance though they have become the best of friends. And that is because they have learned to work together, listen to each other, encourage each other, and communicate openly and honestly.read more
JoJo knows from experience that travel is fatal to prejudice because travel gives life to new friendships that are never based on skin color, birthplace, language, religion, or sexual orientation — in other words, senseless fears of differences.read more
For Charlotte and FoxFury, the adventure of traveling together and the wonder and joy of seeing new places, meeting new people, and learning new things is the ultimate expression of love.read more
Our most recent video posts are below. To see all of our videos, go to the Travel Video library here.
A fencing flash mob is not your everyday sight in Budapest. We were on our way to find a particular off-the-beaten path sight when we turned a corner and saw a WHOLE LOT of fencers, no really, like hundreds. We had to check it out and learned it was a European...read more
Historian and adventurer Seb Coulthard talks about the history of the Wordie House in Antarctica as part of our visit during a Polar Latitudes guided trip. Built on the site of an earlier British Graham Land Expedition (1937) hut, this structure was named "Wordie...read more
On a trip to the Antarctica with Polar Latitudes in March 2018, we filmed a happy feet penguin, juvenile gentoo, splashing about in slush at Port Charcot. Watch this happy feet penguin double and try not to smile ... we dare you....read more