Keys to the Outback

Keys to the Outback

This story about the time I accidentally locked my keys in the car — in the middle of the Australian Outback — was published in the Travelers’ Tales anthology, The Thong Also Rises. By Laurie McAndish King “I can’t believe you left them there,” Jim muttered as I squeezed the handle and pulled hard for […]

The Truth about Eco-Travel

The Truth about Eco-Travel

This story won the 2008 Solas Award bronze for the best “Bad Trip” story. By Laurie McAndish King Jim was hesitant right from the start. “Cape Tribulation? Wilderness Area? No way!” Our travel agent had provided a bright, glossy brochure of the Bunyip Lodge, and I talked my husband into going along to this eco-resort […]

Which Way is North?



This story about feeling lost in downtown Melbourne was chosen as a Travelers’ Tales Editor’s Choice. By Laurie McAndish King They say the Polynesians navigated by squatting low between the two hulls of their ocean-faring canoes, testicles dangling into the water. The combination of ultra-sensitive skin, keen attention to the subtleties of ocean swells, and […]