In The Dark at the Great Barrier Reef

The boat rocks precariously and the storm’s waves slap and crash over the dive platform that stretches across the boat’s stern. While we pull on our scuba wetsuits, diving tanks and masks, dark descends over the boat and The Reef, the locals’ name for The Great Barrier Reef. The battleship gray clouds obscure the moon and stars. The ocean is the color of charcoal, the …

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War

She is a photojournalist with a passion for telling the stories of people in desperate circumstances in dangerous places. These are places to be visited currently only by humanitarian workers and professional journalists. Packing pretty much only her camera equipment, this award-winning woman dropped into war zones to cover the humanitarian plights of people there—citizens, soldiers, women and children. She transports her readers to virtually …

DEEP SURVIVAL Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Review by IWTC DEEP SURVIVAL was published in 2004 but offers such a wealth of useful information that applies to travel that we had to review it.  For starters, the author, Laurence Gonzales, researched and wrote this book because his father was a combat pilot in WWII that crashed, was taken prisoner and managed to survive.  The author wondered what it was that allowed his father to …

Black and (A)broad: Traveling Beyond the Limitations of Identity

by Carolyn Vines Review by Marta Turnbull Travel memoirs are all about providing fun armchair travel with a bit a voyeurism tossed in. Crawling inside someone else’s travel experience lets us hitch a ride as the memoir writer bumps into curious cultures, weird food, and awkward interactions. We readers feel the writer’s discomfort as she bumbles into foreign social mores, trying to successfully fit in. …

Making Art While You Travel – The Why and the How

Cameras are a great way to capture your experience while traveling.  Making art adds a different dimension, whether you’re sketching or painting, because you are not just copying but interpreting.  It also causes you to more deeply absorb and enjoy what you’re experiencing.  Later, when you look at your sketchbook, it will all come back far more vividly than a photograph would.It’s not hard to …