Staff Picks

Mary Osborne13 hours ago
1st Timer's Seattle Guide
We explored Seattle a few weeks ago, and absolutely loved our time there so I wanted to share with y’all some of our favorites! We were visiting some friends in Bellingham, Washington which is about a...
David Doucette20 days ago
Looking for Fall Mushrooms in New Hampshire
Mushrooms are a truly magnificent thing to behold. According to mycologists (people who study mushrooms), there are over 10,000 known species of mushrooms, and there are even more which are undiscovered. Identifying mushrooms is a challenging and rewarding hobby, even if you don't set out to consume any of your findings. Learning about different structures and features can seem overwhelming, but once you can start to put the pieces together, simply identifying different species feels extremely g...
Daniel Lyddona month ago
Hanging Out in Hollywood
I have fond memories of my first trip to LA—landing at LAX with my best friend, climbing into the hire car, and jumping on the 405 in rush hour traffic to head off in search of some Hollywood magic. F...
Jenny Beck2 months ago
'Hi, Bule!" The call of a young Indonesian child makes me turn my head and wave. The child lights up, enthusiastically waving back. I continue walking down the crowded sidewalk, ducking to miss the lo...
Stephanie Alfaro2 months ago
Evergreen and Grey
Surrounded by irregularly stacked houses made mostly of reddish-orange cinder blocks topped with makeshift roofs, the more affluent areas of Caracas are always reminded that poverty is just a breath a...
Jonathan Reed2 months ago
A Heart in Ruin
“Walking at random through the streets, we came by chance upon the Cathedral of Notre Dame. I shall long remember my first impression of the scene within. The lofty gothic ceiling arched far above my ...
Ruth Gibson3 months ago
Midnight Scuba Diving in Iceland
As a scuba diver, if Silfra isn't on your bucket list, it's probably because you haven't heard of it yet! With visibility over 100m, you really have to see it to believe it! It’s surely every diver's dream to experience water that clear, giving viz that can only be compared to the best HD experience that the best technology can provide! Silfra is a world-famous dive site located in Iceland, about 54 km North East of Reykjavik. The site can be reached in under an hour if the roads are clear of sn...
Jay Dee Archer3 months ago
Reverse Culture Shock
It's been three years since I left Japan to return to my home country of Canada. I lived in Japan for eleven years, more than a quarter of my life. That's a long time to live outside your home country. I got married in Japan, had a child in Japan, and had a job I loved in Japan. But why did I move back to Canada? There are several reasons, which I'll briefly touch, but it was a very difficult decision. It's a decision I still live with, and I've changed a lot as a person. When you move to anothe...
Billy Trotter3 months ago
Everything You Need to Know About a Japanese Picnic Party
When was the last time that you gathered all your loved ones for a picnic party? Be it a weekend getaway or a local get-together, picnics are the best approach to spend quality time with your friends ...