Exploring Bhutan, Baby in Tow

Explore Bhutan with Family by GeoEx

GeoEx's Carey Johnston, just back from a trip in Bhutan with her husband and nine-month-old son, River, sat down with us to answer some questions about their adventure. Her experience—like so many others of GeoEx travelers—dispels the myth that having kids means ditching your travel dreams.  Were you nervous about traveling with your baby? Definitely. But my husband and I agreed not to give in to fear. Everybody gets a little anxious before traveling to new places, and doubly so with a child. But once you’re on the road, you just roll with things in the same way you do at home..  How did traveling with River affect your experience? I’ve traveled all my life, but on this trip, I saw new things through his eyes. For example, at the Divine Mad...

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Saved by a Camel

Saved By A Camel In India by GeoEx

Sometimes the most poignant gifts of travel are the most unexpected, and sometimes innocence is the key that unlocks a transformative travel experience. This premise is at the heart of Lonely Planet's engaging anthology An Innocent Abroad, which presents 35 tales of life-changing trips by acclaimed and emerging writers. In the coming months, Wanderlust will be presenting a series of excerpts from this collection. Today's delightful tale, by award-winning writer and photographer Amanda Jones, recounts a life-changing adventure in India.  “You are not what I was hoping for,” the terrifying face of my boss was saying. “I’m not sure you’re cut out for the fashion world.” This news was not unsurprising. Shortly after graduating from university with a science degree, I’d somehow talked my way into a middle-management position at a venerable fashion magazine. Though I’d always fancied myself something of an...

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Return to Ryoanji

Return to Ryoanji Japan by GeoEx

I first visited the rock garden at Kyoto’s Ryoanji Temple in the fall of 1977. Just out of graduate school, I had moved to Tokyo to teach for two years on a fellowship. For my first venture outside the modern capital, I chose to visit the ancient Japanese capital, in search of the heart of Old Japan. I loved Kyoto’s neighborhood temples, narrow alleys, tree-framed canals, and exquisite closet-sized crafts shops—but of all the city’s treasures, Ryoanji’s karesansui dry landscape garden, an intricately designed Zen puzzle of rocks and pebbles and moss, was the one that moved me most deeply.  What did I find there? A living koan. As I wrote in a recent column for the National Geographic...

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Two Angels in Anatolia

Two Angels in Anatolia Turkey by GeoEx

Sometimes the most poignant gifts of travel are the most unexpected, and sometimes innocence is the key that unlocks a transformative travel experience. This premise is at the heart of Lonely Planet's engaging anthology An Innocent Abroad, which presents 35 tales of life-changing trips by acclaimed and emerging writers. In the coming months, Wanderlust will be presenting a series of excerpts from this collection, beginning with today's poignant tale of fear and redemption on a rural road in Turkey, written and illustrated by world-wandering writer and artist Candace Rose Rardon. When I decided to walk the Evliya Çelebi Way, a 220-mile trail across northwest Turkey, named after the 17th-century Ottoman traveler whose pilgrimage to Mecca it follows, I didn’t exactly stop and consider whether doing...

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An Unforgettable Journey in Chau Doc, Vietnam

Experience Chau Doc Vietnam by GeoEx

Boats appear like spirits through the mist, their bows painted with Buddha eyes to guide them through the velvety morning haze that coats the Mekong River like a gauze curtain between us and the jungle. The humidity hangs on us like a drooping blanket and whenever our boat slows, swarms of insects invade every bodily orifice.  In a shoreline eddy, I watch a boil of catfish compete for breakfast, and the sunrise, filtered through a thousand coal fires, blurs all the edges, as though we are sailing through an Impressionist painting. On this, our third day of chugging northward from Saigon, our tiny boat pulls into Chau Doc, the northernmost outpost in Vietnam before the Cambodian border. During the time known locally as the “American” war, this little village was a United States Special Forces base charged with operating heavily armed river patrol boats. ...

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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 has published eight books, including Travel Writing, A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and Tales from Nowhere. E-mail him at [email protected]

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