Collected Travels

Hunters Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine

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Submissions (and a quick story of my own)

As we headed past the last rocky islands on the recently restored 105' schooner Malabar, I had no idea what I was in for. The land behind shrunk to nothing. The waves were still building. After three days alternately motoring and drifting through the Gulf of Maine in 6'-10' seas, as our engine cut out every hour and our perfectly furled sails (too big for our skeleton crew to handle) remained useless, as salt water sloshed around the deck constantly, as I puked my guts out, I began to realize I was not a blue-water sailor.

I wasn't much of a deckhand that trip. But every moment — from watching an enormous finback whale surface right alongside us after midnight under a stunningly bright moon; to seeing a pod of hundreds of Atlantic white-sided dolphins leap towards the gray sky over the angry ocean; to feeling the calm behind Cape Cod after three days of torment on the open sea — every moment is still with me.

A traveler always has a story to tell. No matter what happens, there are unforgettable experiences, beautiful images, a compelling cast and, of course, plenty of self-discovery. Challenging, unfamiliar places can show us as much about ourselves as the world at large.

Collected Travels is an anthology devoted to the exciting, unfamiliar and sometimes life-changing experiences that happen when we leave the life we know to explore, discover, learn and grow.

Have a great story to tell? We'd love to hear it!

Submission Guidelines

How to submit

Send your 250-750 word submission to The only thing I ask is that your story is authentic. (Skip the part about the all-inclusive resort!) Obviously, the words must be your own.

Photos are great! Attach three to five photos if you have them. Again, the photos must be your own.

By submitting, you are granting license to Collected Travels to publish your story and photos on our website in original or edited form. We may copy edit your work for grammar, spelling and minor style edits. We won't do any major structural editing. If we think your story needs some heavier editing, I will let you know and request that you make the requested edits in your own style.

Your photos may be retouched or edited to match the design style of Collected Travels.

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