Share your travel tales and photos with the world

Have you ever considered turning your hand to travel writing or photography? An experience-sharing website by the name of Trazzler hosts a Weekly Worldwide Contest which seeks write-ups and photos based on a specific theme, location or list of worldwide destinations. If your submission is recognized as the best of that week’s entries, you can lay claim to a contract with Trazzler to provide similar content on a paid basis.

Trazzler periodically seeks submissions focusing on hundreds of destinations. Many are reasonably close to U.S. military communities in Europe. Those on the list for Germany include the town of Bamberg, the Pilgrimage Church of Wies in Steingaden, the island of Reichenau on Lake Constance, the Würzburg Residence and the Harry Klein nightclub in Munich. In Italy, they’d like to learn more about the rock drawings of Valcamonica in Brescia, the Moxa Club in Mantova and the residences of the Royal House of Savoy in Turin. In England, the call is out for your thoughts on a club known as Gatecrasher in Birmingham, the Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and a handful of venues throughout London. In Spain, they’re interested in the Doñana National Park in Almonte. Trazzler’s editors are also happy to take on board user-generated suggestions for new places to review.

Valentine’s Day for one or more

While pondering the ways in which to mark Valentine’s Day in Germany, it occurred to me that my list of suggestions might just as comfortably have worn a title something along the lines of “How to chase away the winter blues.”

Romance is supposed to be a key element of this day. But when married couples make up less than half of all American households, and those in relationships are often geographically separated through deployments or other demands of a job, isn’t it time to toss aside the notion that the day can only be enjoyed in sets of two?

Garmisch for non-skiers

Even if you’re no great fan of winter, frolicking in the snow at least once in the season can be a very pleasant thing. And when the white stuff fails to materialize in other parts of Germany, Americans based in that country know very well where to go to find it. So it was that we, as countless others have before us, set out for Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the end of January.

Garmisch is certainly a haven for snow bunnies, but suppose you don’t ski. Is there a point to making your way to an Alpine playground if you or your family members don’t care to take advantage of the area’s biggest draw?

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