Travel Stories

Travel Stories

When I first traveled to places I’d likely never go back to—the world is a big place—I was frustrated and even sad to leave beautiful and interesting sites behind. Sure, I’d bring back photographs galore, souvenirs and other mementos, and books, but they weren’t enough. They wouldn't keep my memories alive.

But writing stories about these places would let me keep them forever. And since everything is better when it’s shared, I am sharing them here, in an uninterrupted reading format that, I hope, will let your mind drift to those places and engage in the experiences. I hope the photographs will then visually take you back there, as they never fail to take me.

Most articles were first published at Buckettripper.com, a multiple-award-winning digital travel magazine - no longer collaborative. Other original travel articles appeared in my travel column in the West Vancouver Beacon. More stories will follow as I format them for Writing is Living.

Travel Memories Marie-Claude Arnott
Hawaii – The Aqua Farmers and Apple Snails

Hawaii – The Aqua Farmers and Apple Snails

I am standing at the lookout of the Hanalei Valley and enjoying another day in Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. Decade after decade The Garden Island pleasantly looks as if nothing has changed.

Pristine pastures, continual warm rainfalls, isolation from industrial pollution, and fertile..

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Bali – Teeing-off at Nirwana Golf Course

Bali – Teeing-off at Nirwana Golf Course

My caddie briefly scouts the fairway and points to my ball lodged in the narrow berm of a soggy ditch alongside a rice paddy. I take in her encouraging smile as I deal with the outcome of my first drive. All eyes are on me as I give it my best shot, mud flecking my face. I know my ball is out from..

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England – Cart Marking in London

England – Cart Marking in London

What do Montgomery’s Rolls Royce and a butcher’s handcart have in common? On that day, they appeared in a London ritual dating back to 1667.

I admit that the first time I heard the name of the ceremony—Cart Marking Under the Worshipful Company of Carmen—I wondered who Carmen was. We..

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Mexico – Sand to Sky Adventure

Mexico – Sand to Sky Adventure

“No special skills needed,” the young man says. Never mind that I’ll be ‘sailing’ 200 meters up in the air, suspended to a parachute, and connected by a rope to the boat that will pull both the parachute and me—so we stay up over the Bahia de Acapulco.

After watching people parasail..

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Australia – Learning Aboriginal Survival Skills

Australia – Learning Aboriginal Survival Skills

Should we ever get stranded in the Australian Desert, we might have a better chance to survive than I thought. My husband just showed surprising skills at throwing a spear.

This walk in the bush gives me plenty of food for thought. As it turns out, survival in this harsh environment is..

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Italy – Capri and the Blue Grotto

Italy – Capri and the Blue Grotto

The tour guide says it’s impossible, but I couldn’t give up the hope that there might still be a chance to see the Grotta Azzura.
We are on a cruise from Monte Carlo to Venice on the Regent Seven Seas Voyager. Today’s port of call is Sorrento, on the Amalfi Coast, where we’d visit the..

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Tahiti – A Wet Walk in Polynesian Waters

Tahiti – A Wet Walk in Polynesian Waters

“It will be weightless underwater,” I am told as I stare at the eighty-pound helmet that will encapsulate my head. On my mind is that a stingray had accidentally killed the Australian diver and conservationist Steve Irwin. Our guide tries to reassure us about this shark-related fish, “If..

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Australia – Sunrise at Uluru

Australia – Sunrise at Uluru

I feel as if I am part of an entourage waiting for the awakening of the Sun King. Except that here at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park—aka Ayers Rock, in the Australia Red Center—cameras, tripods, binoculars, and phones are contemporary evidence that the real sun is rising and the event not limited..

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Morocco – A Shopping Marathon in Tangier

Morocco – A Shopping Marathon in Tangier

I am rushing through the crowded streets, minding my steps, keeping up with the pace. Our first day trip to Tangier has turned into a shopping marathon with a guide we nickname ‘Speedy’ Mustafa.

Morocco is one hour behind Spanish time, so we arrived before the shops opened. Never mind…

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Morocco- Tangier for Foodies

Morocco- Tangier for Foodies

A labyrinth of streets in the medina, haggling in the souks, spices, antiques, a sputtering moped, Moroccan wares aplenty, a loaded camel, these are the sights and sounds of Tangier. But its pulse is truly taken through the taste buds. When in Tangier, I never miss the food market.

Tangier’s..

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