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There is nothing to search for because nothing is missing

There is nothing to search for because nothing is missing

Catherine Ingram, wearing a brown jersey and a red watch, ended her opening meditation with a soft, deep, deluxe smile that in a way seemed wasted on her few students in their hard-backed chairs. It was the kind of smile I used to go to India in search of. Not something you expect to find in an upper room between Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

How to craft perfect travel writing pitches and leads

How to craft perfect travel writing pitches and leads

Leading travel authors and editors share what they look for in the perfect pitch and lead. For more professional advice, consider enrolling in the MatadorU Travel Writing program.DON GEORGE, Lonely Planet’s Global Travel Editor, explains a perfect pitch in succinct terms: “A perfect pitch is where a writer puts themselves in the mind of the editor.

How to piss off a writer

How to piss off a writer

Tell me you want to write a book with me, or you want me to write a book about your fantastic idea.Last week I got a very excited phone message from an old friend. She said, “Since you have free time this summer, I was thinking we’d write a book together…here’s what it will be about….” This is not the first time I have heard this from friends, people I love and who love me.

The birth and death of a tourist hotspot

The birth and death of a tourist hotspot

The whale shark is slowly swimming 25 yards from the boat — a shadow in the clear, warm water. The German guy is the first to see it; he leaps to his feet and shouts, “Butanding!” The word sounds ridiculous with his accent, but we all crane to see. Jesus Christ, it’s huge! 10 meters at least! I’m the first in the water, beating my fins to catch up to the beast.

5 ‘cultural experiences’ not worth having

5 ‘cultural experiences’ not worth having

Whenever I return from traveling, I love to tell stories about my ‘cultural experiences.’ Usually, at the end of these stories, I come off as a bit of a jackass, but if I call it a ‘cultural experience,’ I sound like a fabulously worldly jackass.I’ve learned that a lot of cultural experiences are complete bullshit.

The rainforest is not a Big Mac (and other lessons learned in Puyo, Ecuador)

The rainforest is not a Big Mac (and other lessons learned in Puyo, Ecuador)

MY OLD APARTMENT in the capital of Quito is a rather famous hub for travelers in Ecuador. My roommates and I were active Couchsurfing hosts, and incessant streams of surfers from all walks of life crashed on mattresses around the house.On a recent return visit to La Casa Equinoccio — named after the street we lived on, Equinox — a bunch of us decided to take my friend Omar up on his open invitation to visit Finca Argentina, his childhood home in the jungle.