CW Travelogue

Why Every Traveler Should Read Haiku
Five Senses | By Matt Thompson, Jul 7, 2014 04:59 pm

Our new Guided Walking trip, Japan: Kyoto, Nara & the Kumano Kodo, (as well as our recent Six-Word Travel Memoir Contest) has gotten me thinking about one of my favorite exports from Japan—haiku. Though often taught as a simple counting game (say it with me: five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables), this ancient poetry form is actually one of the most nuanced, profound, and surprisingly hilarious writing forms ever created. And, best of all, it’s a great tool for exploring the Land of the Rising Sun...

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Your Top Camino de Santiago Questions, Answered

Your Top Camino de Santiago Questions, Answered

For centuries, the faithful have been trekking across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago (also known as “The Way of St. James”). Now it’s your turn. We’re excited to debut our Spain: Classic Camino de Santiago Guided Walking experience, which brings you all the best of this renowned route in a manageable 9-day format. We sat down with the trip’s designers, Deb Emerson and Alex Hynes, along with recent traveler (and Marketing Director) Carolyn Fox to learn a bit more about it.

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The Treasure of the Maori

The Treasure of the Maori

When you travel to the South Island of New Zealand, you’ll likely find a curiously ubiquitous style of jewelry. Made from vivid, green stone, it can be found everywhere from the highest end jewelry stores to the tackiest tourist shops. Carved in a variety of interesting ways—stylized fish hooks, bug-eyed humans, simple pendants, organic leaves—it has an entrancing luminosity and an understated warmth. While not every instance of this ubiquitous bijoux is created equal—a few of the cheaper ones are actually plastic—they’re an essential piece of the island nation’s history and, as such, deserving of a closer look...

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