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I Must Be Off · 2M ago

Why the Gods Have Great Bums

The sunset from our hotel in PrairanoThere's nothing I like more than hiking. Call it trekking, call it tramping, call it treading the path unbeaten--whatever you call it, please keep it coming. Actually, could someone send me a t-shirt that says I'D...
I Must Be Off · 2M ago

The Fifth Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition

It's that time of year again! Time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and ...
I Must Be Off · 2M ago

To Carry Her Home: The Bath Flash Fiction Anthology Volume One

I won a beauty contest! No kidding. But it's not what you think. I learned that my story had made the shortlist in the Bath Flash Fiction competition while I was hiking the Sentiero degli dei (the Path of the Gods) on the Amalfi Coast, so of course t...
I Must Be Off · 3M ago

High Heels Travel Agony in Athens by Mihaela Lica-Butler

Mihaela Lica-Butler at the Acropolis“Oh, I love your boots!” chirped Eleni.And I am happy....
I Must Be Off · 4M ago

A Country Divided

The Western Wall, JerusalemIt is difficult these days to think about anything but the mess...
I Must Be Off · 4M ago

Racism and Immigration in the USA

Eight years ago I was in Rome on a guided tour of the city. Our group was divided into two groups, one English-speaking and one Spanish/German-speaking. Because the Spanish/German-speaking g...
I Must Be Off · 5M ago

I Must Look Back--Looking Back at 2016

It's been a busy year. Sometimes I kind of feel like the tower in that picture to the right, drowing in stuff to do. This is one reason you haven't seen much from me here at I Must Be Off! apart from the wildly successful annual travel writing compet...
I Must Be Off · 6M ago

The Lost Story of the William & Mary: An Inter-Review with Gill Hoffs

A ship is impaled on a rock in a sea swarming with sharks 1200 miles from home. Worse yet, the almost 200 passengers on board the William & Mary have been abandoned by a cowardly captain. Nearly 200 European emigrants, each with their personal storie...
I Must Be Off · 6M ago

Walking and Cycling Bordeaux

It's not really fair to a city like Bordeaux--to approach it with such dogged ignorance. But this is the way I travel: without preconceptions, without study. I just go. I must be off, so they say. The short answer to why I don't do (much) research be...
I Must Be Off · 6M ago

An Interview with Graham Mercer, winner of the 2016 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition

Graham Mercer was born and brought up south Lancashire, England. He spent nine years in the Royal Navy before becoming an elementary teacher. Mercer lived and taught for 34 years in Tanzania, East Africa where he met his Pakistani wife, Anjum. Now th...