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Climbing Mount Sinai

Climbing Mount Sinai

Getting lost on Mt. Sinai leads to a front row seat for one of nature's amazing displays.
Geisha girl in Japan. Flickr/Japanexperterna.se

Going Geisha in Gion

Tradition runs deep in Kyoto, Japan -- especially in this unique profession.

Paris’ Famous Pere-Lachaise Cemetery

Visit legendary Parisians of the past at Père-Lachaise Cemetery, the most famous cemetery in Paris, France. Here's what you need to know for your visit.
Wartburg Castle, where Luther spent 10 months hiding from potential assassins after the pope declared him a heretic, stands on a mountaintop high above Eisenach. (Photo credit: Anna-Lena Thamm — Thüringer Tourismus GmbH)

Germany: In the Footsteps Of Martin Luther

An unlikely pilgrim becomes fascinated with the Martin Luther story, and travels to Germany for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Bodrum, Turkey. Flickr/ Wooden sail boats in the harbor in Bodrum, Turkey. Flickr/Ming-yen Hsu

Bad Night in Bodrum: An Adventure in Turkey

A frightening travel experience has an unexpected outcome in this moving travel essay by writer Rich Grant.
Veteran Rob Jones and his brother, Steve, in Springfield, MO.

First Person: Why One Hotel Guest Didn’t Have to Pay a...

Wounded veteran Rob Jones biked 5,200 mi. to raise money for the charities that helped him. Hotels across America came together to help make that dream come true.
Hawaiian culture is rich with diversity. Photo by Janna Graber

One, Many, All: Hawaii’s Human Mosaic

Hawaiian culture is rich with diversity. A local offers his insight on his unique island home.
Some 850 people call Churchill, Manitoba home. Photo by Janna Graber

Churchill, Manitoba: Small Arctic Town with a Big Heart

I had to come to Churchill to see the whales, but found something even better.
Travel American Samoa

American Samoa 101: An Island Introduction

Located 2,300 miles southwest of Hawaii, these volcanic islands are remote, but worth the trip.
Sumo culture in Japan

When Giants Collide: Sumo Culture in Tokyo

Catch a rare glimpse into Japan’s ancient sport of sumo from a ringside seat.
Travel in Mauritania

On the Move in Mauritania: The Iron Ore Express

Amid thick desert dust, this Mauritanian train transports iron ore and provides small-town passengers with access to the outside world.
Iowa Hogback Bridge in Madison County. Photo by Diana Lambdin Meyer

Iconic Iowa: John Wayne Birthplace Museum and Covered Bridges of Madison...

Film buffs can find plenty of movie history in Iowa, from the John Wayne Birthplace Museum to the Covered Bridges of Madison County.
Alton, Illinois

Ghosts of the Mississippi: The Haunts of Alton, Illinois

Be ready for spirit sightings while learning the scandalous history of this small midwestern town.
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Video: What to Wear When Visiting a Muslim Country

Elayne Jude offers her fashionable insight on what to wear when visiting a Muslim country.

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