Flag of Germany (Image via CIA Factbook.)

Chinese tourist spends two weeks in German refugee center after mixup

A Chinese tourist in Germany unwittingly signed an asylum application that got him stranded as a refugee for two weeks, according to reports.
Aug 8, 2016
Ambulance cars arrive at Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016.  (Photo by Osman Orsal for Reuters.)

Update: At least 28 killed after explosions hit Istanbul airport

Turkish officials said the attackers blew themselves up after shooting dozens of people at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul. At least 28 are dead.
Jun 28, 2016
Jenny Chen, a resident of Wallingford, has gone missing while backpacking in Mexico. Here, Chen is seen while traveling in Puebla, Mexico, in March. (Courtesy of Jonathan Reinhard)

What do you do when a loved one goes missing abroad?

Frustration with uncooperative embassies and local police are common when Americans go missing abroad.
May 20, 2016
Jenny Chen, 26, was backpacking in Mexico for several weeks and hasnt been heard from since April 11, her husband says. Photo via Help Find Jenny Facebook group.

Seattle woman reported missing during solo Mexico backpack trip

Jenny Chen, 26, was backpacking in Mexico for several weeks. Her friends last heard from her April 11, her husband says.
Apr 27, 2016
Piazza Navona in Rome. (Photo by Katy Sewall.)

A former expat’s ode to Rome

Being an ex-expat raises questions: If you move home, will it feel right? If you revisit the foreign city where you once lived, will you find it the same?
Feb 8, 2016
Jordan Chaney and Reagan Jackson (center) with the youth of Many Voices One Tribe at the Pyramids of El Tajin in Veracruz, Mexico. (Courtesy photo)

10 lessons I learned by starting my dream nonprofit

Building a dream isn't easy, as Reagan Jackson learned firsthand. Here are her top 10 tips for founding a nonprofit.
Dec 22, 2015
Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt using a GPS device or smart phone app. There are over 2.5 million geocaches around the world and with those devices, geocachers can locate a hidden container that can be slightly bigger than a thumbtack or the size of a car. (Photo by Joanna M. Kresge)

Geocaching fans find happy hunting in foreign lands

Geocaching, the GPS-driven treasure hunt with roots right here in Seattle, is the center-point for more and more trips between the Northwest and Europe.
Aug 18, 2015
Reagan Jackson (upper left) with her travel group of young people in Guatemala. (Photo courtesy Reagan Jackson.)

The sanctuary of abroad: Why youth of color need to travel

As Many Voices One Tribe readies for its first trip, Reagan Jackson reflects on how international travel can be a needed soul-healer for a person of color.
Jul 6, 2015
Flag of Cuba. (Photo by Stewart Cutler via Creative Commons license.)

U.S., Cuba announce embassy plans as relations thaw

In a continuation of the thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, President Barack Obama announced a U.S. Embassy will open in Havana.
Jul 1, 2015
A BoltBus driver loads luggage into the bottom of a bus in Seattle. (Photo by Holly Thorpe)

BoltBus makes travel cheap, but is it cheapening travel?

No car? No cash? No problem. With the advent of cheap, “alternative” travel, crossing the border is easier than ever. But are transport services like BoltBus cheapening the experience of traveling “meaningfully?"
Apr 16, 2015
A vendor in the famous Ankara alley of Balogun Market in Lagos. (Photo by Lola Akinmade)

Five ways Seattle keeps reminding me of Lagos

At first glance, Seattle may not have a lot in common with Africa's largest city. But a Lagos native says a few things about the Emerald City always remind her of home.
Apr 7, 2015
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El Salvador shows signs of progress in the shadow of U.S. intervention

With popular media influencing U.S. perceptions of El Salvador, it's easy to forget the progressive democratic changes that are underway.
Mar 24, 2015
Migrant domestic workers lay low on a Sunday afternoon at Victoria Park. Sundays are their only day off in Hong Kong. (Photo by Chong Kai Xiong)

Exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements

How a transpacific exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements.
Jan 22, 2015
1990 RomCom "Green Card" depicted a French-American couple whose sham immigration marriage turned to true love.

Green card marriages blur lines between love and convenience

A green card marriage is one of the easiest ways to immigrate to the U.S. — but you'll have to convince the government your love is true.
Jan 6, 2015
Nomadness travelers in Pushkar, India earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of Nomadness)

Nomadness: The new tribe changing the face of travel

Meet Evita Robinson, the woman behind the movement shattering the myth that people of color don’t travel.
Dec 4, 2014
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Seattle photographer issues a new kind of passport

A new interactive art installation invites people to consider ways race, nationality, gender and other boxes are used to limit and divide people.
Sep 11, 2014
Delta’s inaugural flight to Hong Kong from Sea-Tac Airport in June. (Photo by Don Wilson/Port of Seattle)

Delta and Alaska fighting for Seattle’s gateway to Asia

By the end of this year, Delta officials say Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will see the addition of 96 flights to 33 destinations, including Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as many domestic flights.
Jul 23, 2014
Was your bar tab closer to $400 or $40? (photo via Flickr user epsos)

I got scammed abroad so you don’t have to

Five tourist scams to remember next time you travel
Jun 30, 2014
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Sister city travel guide: Eating your way around Iceland

It’s no coincidence that Seattle and Reykjavik have been sister cities since 1986.
Jun 12, 2014
Backpacker enjoying street food at a curbside cafe in Haiphong. (Photo from Flickr by HRamirez)

Sister city travel guide: Haiphong, Vietnam

On a bus on my way to Haiphong,  Seattle’s Vietnamese sister city, I chatted with another young American about our travels. He mentioned that it was his “second tour through Vietnam.” Forty years ago, a “tour” in Vietnam meant something entirely different for young Americans. In the space of just one generation, the setting of […]
May 6, 2014