Travel Writing Competition 2013 Shortlist

Between a Croc and a Hard Place

The Omo Valley of Southern Ethiopia is one of the most isolated places on earth.

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Between Heaven and Hell

Cycling west out of Kathmandu in the post monsoon humidity, my clothes clung to me like a wrapper to a lollipop. I had gingerly negotiated my exit of this ancient city through the cacophony of traffic, pedestrians and livestock.

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Chaos and Karma

ďThis bus is awesome dad!Ē exclaims my 10 year-old son as we board the overnight-sleeper coach to Hampi. The other passengers have already spread themselves out so liberally itís like scrambling through an obstacle course...

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Don't Mess With Millie

Itís the middle of the night over the middle of the Pacific. Thousands of miles from even Hawaii, which is thousands of miles from everywhere else. Weíre twelve hours from home, barely finished with the meal service...

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Journey to the Unknown

The sound of the sirenís ĎAll Clearí would prompt sighs of relief but on that particular night I recall my motherís face remained empty, her movements flurried.

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Missing A Broad In Norfolk

Even disasters can have a silver lining. For my husband, whose life-long mission is never to let an old joke die, this one presented him with a gift opportunity to revive the gag about the man who unwittingly left his wife behind at the petrol station.

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The Great Escape

A wave of heat engulfs us as the cabin decompresses. Outside the airport itís difficult to spot a taxi through the crazy assortment of people clattering their luggage.

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The Lion, the Winch, and the Weather

'Water is a problem, make sure you have enough.' The warnings resounded as we prepared to cross the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

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The Turpan- Kashgar Express

The moment I stepped aboard I knew the next 26 hours were going to be odd.

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