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I’m writing today from my balcony in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. It’s summertime. It’s hot. Tourism is at its highest. I look out below as selfie sticks extend, sunburns worsen, and loudness takes over.

Living in the Gothic Quarter has been one of the best, yet worst decisions I’ve made while living in Barcelona. I’m surrounded by beautiful architecture, fantastic shops are at my doorstep, and my favorite coffee shop is just around the corner. However, also at my doorstep are hundreds of tourists. …


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Poetry is a timeless art form. The power of good poetry is its ability to make you feel a certain way. A good travel poem is one that can give you the sense of being back in time or launch you into the future, envisioning your next journey into unknown. If not that, it sends you into your thoughts asking questions of “Why do I travel?” “What does travel mean to me?”

Here’s a collection of 5 poems to inspire wanderlust and to remind you to keep on traveling — and a great reminder why we should look forward to traveling soon, even if we can’t right now. …


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I sit looking out over the East Tennessee mountainside writing this as my grandparents lay in hospital beds facing the reality of the world we’re living in. Hospitals at capacity sent them to Asheville, North Carolina, blood clots and pneumonia have grown in their bodies as this unforgiving virus takes hold of them. There’s nothing I can do now except call them and wait for the uncertainty to reveal itself.

I was driving today, and I imagined myself hugging them, thinking about my life of uncertainty has led me to almost never hug them. Maybe once a year. …


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Vienna’s Cafe Central is like a time machine. One step inside transports you a hundred years in the past to a ritzy cafe where the likes of Freud and Trotsky spent their afternoons discussing the world over coffee, cake, and a thick cigar. Nowadays Cafe Central is one of the most famous Viennese coffee houses, with good reason too.

When you walk inside Cafe Central you see sophisticated waiters carrying tray fulls of delicious treats as they sway alongside marble-topped tables. This exquisite room features chic booths situated under nearly a dozen paned glass windows, each with a silky pair of yellow curtains. The middle of the room is home to the bar where fresh cakes, coffee, and tea are served. However, your eyes are quickly led to its cathedral-like ceiling with numerous marbled pillars and rustic chandeliers. In a pleasant surprise, the cafe is not just one collectively large room. …


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When the year 2020 has more similarities with a fictional, dystopic interpenetration of 1984 than the prior year, it’s evident our world has become quite familiarly unfamiliar.

In George Orwell’s 71-year old book 1984, we follow the main protagonist Winston Smith as he navigates London in what he believes to be the year 1984. Working for the Ministry of Truth, he spends his days as a journalist altering news articles and erasing the past — not by choice, per say. It’s the world he lives in. …


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He’s not what you might be picturing right now. He doesn’t wear a turban or a kaftan that goes down to his ankles — at least not on a typical day. No, in fact he prefers floral, short sleeve button-downs, black jeans, and leather loafers — all which hug his body perfectly. He’s got soft skin, a warm heart, and a wise mind.

The day we met

I came to Morocco with every intention of connecting with the locals, but I had never expected to meet a man romantically — it never even crossed my mind. …


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Hello from my Island called Saorsa, meaning freedom in Scots Gaelic

Planting virtual flowering, showering my villagers with love, wishing on shooting stars, and redesigning my island 1,000 times over has consumed my life since the pandemic hit. I’m so addicted to the goodness of this game that I’ve accumulated of 300+ hours of game time since April, joined like 5 Reddit communities, a Facebook group, and literally talked my poor friends’ heads off who have absolutely no idea what I’m on about. So, why am I so addicted to this little game?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is this super zen video game available on the Nintendo Switch which allows you to create a home, chat up villagers, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life — virtually, of course. The New York Times named it the “Game for the Coronavirus Moment” and it’s no wonder why. It hit the charts its first week out and the Nintendo Switch was sold out for weeks quickly after. I mean…. did Nintendo know there was going to be a pandemic because its release was so perfectly timed! Just kidding, but seriously everyone sitting at home with nothing to do but live life on a virtual remote island. …


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Barcelona, 2020

Our 20s; the time of our lives in many cases, but it’s also a decade of emotional roller coasters, a crave for freedom and success, and the years where we begin to really understand who we are. Turning 25, I was hit with a lot of feelings. One hovering thought was just how much I’ve transformed since I graduated from university at 21.

A few months after graduating, I hopped on a plane to Barcelona where I started my new life, discovered myself, grew, and adapted to my surroundings. The best decision I’ve made; I think getting pushed out of our comfort zone should be a requirement in our 20s. …


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Once upon a time, we nonchalantly booked plane tickets to the other side of the world, but that is no longer the case. Instead we must now tiptoe around travel bans or wait patiently for this pandemic to end. It’s clear that no industry has been quite as affected by the pandemic as the travel industry. From spring break to summer vacations, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted travel plans, closed down airlines, businesses, amusement parks, attractions, and cruise lines around the world — many of which rely heavily on tourism. How’s how the pandemic has impacted the travel industry.

100% of destinations around the world imposed travel restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus, according to research from UNWTO. With the travel industry contributing 2.9 trillion-dollars to the GDP in 2019, that number is set to drop significantly for 2020, resulting in a likely 60–80% drop compared to 2019. Tourism decline is especially harsh on destinations that rely heavily on the tourism industry. For example, states like Nevada, where casinos and hotels fuel the economy; and countries like Greece, where touristic islands like Santorini have seemingly become ghost towns, business from tourism is an essential part of these destinations’ economies. …


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Rupi Kaur wrote in The Sun and Her Flowers,

in a dream
i saw my mother
with the love of her life
and no children
it was the happiest i’d ever seen her

- what if

It gives me chills to even just read that and when I do, I think about my own mother.

She is a single mother, having raised 4 girls by herself. I’ve seen her breakdown, work back to back hours just to put food on the table, and still manage to haul me to all my after-school activities. …

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Christa Adams

Freelance writer, solo traveler & sustainable explorer. http://christaadams.com

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