On Harnessing the Fairy Dust of Travel to Create Everyday Magic

A Maasai man blowing bubbles for children in Africa with GeoEx.

Last summer I traveled to Northern Tanzania on an off-road jeep safari with a small group of friends. We bounced our way across the country, and watched as the scenery turned from high verdant cloud forest in Ngorongoro National Park into the brown parched Olduvai Gorge. The gorge is said to be one of the most important places on the planet for understanding early human evolution. You couldn’t help but notice its primal energy. The earth was inundated with shimmering quartz fragments and animal skulls.   We walked with a Maasai warrior across the flat dusty earth, passing baobab trees and a few more giraffes, until we reached his village. The village’s warriors, covered in purple and red cloth, welcomed us with their famous...

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A Ticket to Vienna

Girl reading in park in Vienna, Austria with GeoEx.

Editor’s note: Lonely Planet recently published an extraordinary collection of original tales, The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology, celebrating both the rigors and the life-changing riches of travel. The delightful story below, by acclaimed author Ann Patchett, is excerpted from that collection. Patchett received the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel Bel Canto. Her other novels  include The Patron Saint of Liars, The Magician's Assistant, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. When I was 29 and living in Montana with my boyfriend, I took a year-long fellowship at Radcliffe College and moved by myself to Massachusetts. At the time I had thought it was too great an opportunity to pass up, but by the middle of October I could see what the decision was going to cost me. When I called our apartment in Missoula late at night, no one answered the phone, and when I did manage to...

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Solo Travel is Not Always Alone

Watching the sunrise over the Sahara dunes in Morocco with GeoEx.

I never thought I would be the type of person who enjoys group travel. Collecting travel experiences on my own fueled my independent nature and drive for challenge. I have had amazing experiences and terrifying ones. I’ve found myself on the wrong train heading to a bad part of town in Paris, been stuck late at night in Italy without a hotel room, and felt so deeply lonely that I was planning to cut a trip short and go home. But I’ve also been invited for home-cooked meals by strangers, had friendly locals lead me back to safety, and met kind train conductors who made sure I got off at the right stop. For me, the good experiences outweighed the bad. So there was nobody more surprised than I was when I joined a group trip and discovered I liked it! A Bali Experience My first group trip was to a yoga retreat in

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On Dream Mountain

Sunset over Ait Benhaddou in Atlas mountains Morocco with GeoEx.

Editor’s note: Lonely Planet recently published an extraordinary collection of original tales, The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology, celebrating both the rigors and the life-changing riches of travel. The enchanting story below, by Morocco-based author Tahir Shah, is excerpted from that collection. Shah is the author of The Caliph’s House, In Arabian Nights, and numerous other acclaimed works. The journey ended in a story. Not the kind of story you hear any old day.   But a tale conjured from the farthest reaches of fantastic possibility – a kind of sci-fi grimoire.... A tale that slipped out slowly from between the lips of Mustapha Benn.      In the dozen or so years that I have lived in Morocco, I have heard all manner of stories.      Stories of Jinn, afreets, and of...

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Into the Congo

Young gorilla in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Congo with GeoEx.

Editor’s note: Lonely Planet recently published an extraordinary collection of original tales, The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology, celebrating both the rigors and the life-changing riches of travel. The transporting story below, by GeoEx staffer Jessica Silber, is excerpted from that collection. Forty feet beneath me, one hundred feet above me, and for a hundred-mile radius around me, the forest was bellowing. Standing on the raised camp deck, I was eye-level with the canopy of the Congo Basin. The chirps, howls, hoots and screams that surrounded me suggested a place rich with life, but the sounds were disembodied. My eyes probed the landscape. I saw clusters of vines seize and shake; I saw leaves release from branches and float downward. But I never saw the twitch of tail, or the flutter of wings, or the grip of the horny foot that shook them loose. This was frustrating, because I...

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Don George, Editor

Don George is Editor in Chief of Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler. He has been Travel Editor for Salon.com and the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, as well as Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. Don is the author of "The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George" and of "Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing." He has also edited eleven anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and An Innocent Abroad. E-mail him at [email protected].

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