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Our writers are constantly on the go, exploring all of the adventures the world has to offer. In this section of our website, we keep you up-to-date with travel news, reports from our writers in the field, new travel resources, and personal essays on travels around the globe.

Passengers on cruise ships must leave nothing behind to safeguard the animals and their habitat. (photo credit: Katherine Rodeghier c 2012)

SATW Central States Chapter Awards BucketTripper Writers

Buckettripper writers again picked up awards for work done in our inaugural year, this time from the SATW Central States Chapter. Kathy Rodeghier was awarded a silver in the digital media category for her article on Cruising to Antarctica, and Melanie McManus received an honorable mention for her story about hiking ...
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Moving around in La Paz, Bolivia

I love exploring villages, towns and city on foot. In South America, La Paz is one of my favorite cities, which center is a hive of activity but still has the amiable feel of a town. I lived there with great pleasure for some six months. However, going on foot ...
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Why I Shop: The Story of a Wooden Box from Branson, Missouri

Shopping is one of the premier activities people do when traveling. According to the U.S. Travel Association, shopping ranks second in travel activities -- behind visiting family, and in front of visiting friends, going to restaurants, and visiting the beach. I'm one of those tourists, which is strange because normally I ...
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Celebrating Corpus Christi in São João del Rei (Brazil)

Girls dressed up as pink, white and blue angels, choirboys in purple outfits, women wrapped in red shawls, men dressed in white carrying lanterns, candles or a staff – all have their role and place in the annual procession to commemorate Corpus Christi. What is the Celebration of Corpus Christi? This year ...
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Buckettripper Writers Collect a Bucket-load of Awards in First Year

We've just celebrated our one year anniversary of going live (May 1, 2012) and, with near-perfect timing, May saw the announcement of the results of three travel writing competitions for work produced in 2012. We are thrilled to report that Buckettripper and its writers garnered awards from coast to coast! In ...
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Still a Hidden Secret: This Florida Westin soon to be found

Where the heck is Cape Coral, Florida? you may ask. You’re not alone. As a neighbor to the more well-known resort towns of Sanibel Island and Fort Myers, Cape Coral – although one of the largest Florida cities acreage-wise – hides in the shadows. For tourists, it lacks Florida West Coast’s ...
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The Arizona Desert: Hide and Seek with a Rattlesnake

In my travels around parks and public gardens, I am used to seeing innocuous signs that read “Do Not Feed the Geese.” During a recent visit to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, it was my first time to see a sign that read “Do Not Feed the Coyotes.” Really? We ...
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The Truth about Jade: It’s a Traveling Stone

What’s in a name? Isn't green what comes to your mind first? I came across surprising facts about jade after contacting the largest mining operation in B.C. for an article about shopping for Jade in Vancouver. First, forget about Chinese jade, it belongs to the past. The reality is that China ...
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