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Trump’s Travel Ban and Sher She Goes to Cuba

President Trump’s travel ban targets citizens and refugees of Muslim majority nations, sparking protests at airports across the country as well as the seemingly continuous one outside of the White House. Then Sher of SherSheGoes.com joins Without A Path to talk about her passions of fashion and scuba diving. She was also recently in Cuba during the mourning period of Fidel Castro and offers her thoughts on what increased tourism will mean for the isolated island.

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Africa / egypt / international / podcast / travel

Sally Elbassir Confronts Stereotypes as a Muslim Traveler

Sally Elbassir of Passport & Plates bills herself as an Arab-American Muslim food and travel blogger. On Without A Path, she shares how she’s confronted stereotypes in her travels from California to Egypt.

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Europe / international / podcast / Spain / travel

Andy MacGregor On All Things Spain

Andy MacGregor, founder of Travel Massive’s Madrid chapter, shares how (and why) he made the move from Scotland to Spain complete with all the current events you didn’t know about. He’s since gotten his face on Spanish television’s Canal Plus as the host of a fishing program. When he’s not keeping an eye on his line, he edits CARPdiem Magazine and even runs a swing dance course.

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Top 8 Off the Tourist Trek Destinations for 2017

We’ve all heard about what a crummy year 2016 was from Zika to Brexit and Trump to celebrities gone too soon. It got so bad, people were looking back to 2006’s Children of Men as some kind of peek into the future. (Happy New Year! Humanity is sterile.)

Methinks we could all use something to look forward to. Something to get the imagination running and potentially even build a little excitement in our respective lives.

Nothing takes my mind off things more than travel, whether it’s the actual act of travel, planning a trip or simply reading of another’s travels. This works exponentially well if said destination is someplace a bit off the tourist trek. After all, Without A Path is primarily interested in getting to those lesser-traveled corners of the world to hear more stories and expand our worldview. As Alexander von Humboldt said, “The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world.”

I think the idea behind that quote is more important now than perhaps ever before. With that in mind, we’re offering for the first time a look at the coming year’s top off the tourist trek destinations as decided by travel writers. For this first edition I solicited inquiries from “The Road Less Traveled” Facebook group, which is made up of travelers who participate in the weekly #TRLT twitter chat. These travelers have shown an exceptional interest in expanding their worldview by traveling to and writing about destinations not typically at the top of a tourist’s wish list.

Below are 8 destinations followed by the traveler’s case for following in their footsteps in 2017. Continue reading

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Top 10 Travel Experiences of 2016

Wadi Rum sunset in Jordan

I’m sure nobody wants to hear this, but 2016 wasn’t all bad for me. At times it would be easy to sink into the growing collective despair. Then again, I find it perfectly healthy to reflect and take stock of the good things that happened over the past year. Truth be told, 2016 was not a bad year in terms of the things I care most about, those being travel and hearing and telling stories. Over the course of these 12 months, I covered distances as far as Alaska to Jordan. I learned about indigenous tourism and finally set foot in a corner of the globe that continues to be thoroughly misunderstood by people from my North American background. I personally feel better educated to share the stories I’ve heard to continually do my part, as little as it may be, to make people less terrified of one another.

Below are 10 of my top travel experiences of 2016 complete with a snippet from the article referencing said experience. Yes, it’s a bit like when a TV sitcom assembles a clip show as a cop-out for an episode, but I hope it’s clear that my intentions are noble.

I also hope it’s clear that I’m not sharing these to brag or incite envy. Rather, I’m sharing them in hopes you might feel compelled to either follow in my footsteps to some of these destinations or to simply recount the positive aspects of your year. Continue reading