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We are in a new era of travel. Avid traveling has colored our lenses. No longer are we just in search of things to see, eat and do during our trips. Instead, we’re looking for experiences. Not any usual experience, mind you, but those that give us insight into a different culture, that affords us the chance to take a short stint in the shoes of another, or that have us willingly suspend our sense of place even for a few short moments.

In this prolegomenous guide, we delve into new notions of adventure and exploration. We discover how hospitality players have appropriated the co-living concept, offer you digital means of meeting strangers and getting a home-cooked meal during your travels, and even asked a man who travels for beer how he does it. We flew to places like Spain and Fiji to experience local celebrations for ourselves, as well as to Oman and Mergui, Myanmar before the main tourist crowd inextricably find their way there.

That’s not all. We also asked for your story contributions in the making of this guide because we want to hear from you your travel tales. And the results? They're amazing. So please read on. Plus, find out who won the coveted two night’s stay at the luxurious The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Bali worth $1,500. To the winner: We’ll be in touch!

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