Archive for the 'Sixteenth Annual Solas Awards Winners' Category

House of Transfiguration

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

By Dianne Cheseldine Travel and Transformation Gold Winner in the Sixteenth Annual Solas Awards Finding an oasis in the ancient medina of Fez. Only a small plaque indicated the entrance to my riad, Dar Attajalli, meaning House of Transfiguration. The door opened and with one steep step I entered a new world. The young employee, […]

Journeys with an Amazonian Shaman

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

By Johnny Motley Men’s Travel Gold Winner in the Sixteenth Annual Solas Awards Further proof that lives can change in an instant. On the sixth day aboard an Amazonian cargo ship, I spied the faint outline of São Gabriel da Cachoeira from the aft deck. Located deep in the Upper Amazon, São Gabriel held the […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: Boots Bilong Mi

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

By Patrick Ritter On a dugout canoe trip through the interior of New Guinea, how far would you go for a pair of shoes? I heard a splash behind me and I froze midstroke. Sounded close. I twisted around to see a large tree crashing into the water. The Sepik River winds across the swamplands […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: Honor and the Sea

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

By Janna Brancolini How a female pioneer of underwater archaeology teamed up with a Sicilian winemaker to save a priceless ancient shipwreck. Buried beneath the floor of the Mediterranean, in waters so turbulent the epic poet Homer had imagined the thrashings of sea monsters, the ship waited. She had once defended an ancient settlement near […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: The Shakeout Trip

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

By Robert Dale Fama A premature midlife crisis, a sack of money, and a backpack combine to reveal that a beginner traveler learns quick in the Sahara. We had already broken down five times when Amadou snapped the ignition key off in his dilapidated Land Rover. He reached up and rubbed his necklace, a black […]

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