Profile: World Hum
The best travel stories on the Internet.
World Hum was started in May 2001 with $35 and one goal: To publish the best travel stories on the Internet.
Countless travel publications and websites tell you where to go, where to stay, what to do. At World Hum, we focus not only on destinations but on the journey, on travel in the broadest sense of the word. We explore how travel changes us, how it changes the way we see the world and how travel itself changes the world.
Who are we? We’re storytellers of all kinds, from world renown authors and adventure photographers to videographers and bloggers on the backpacker circuit. What all of our contributors share is a passion for travel—and a talent for telling great travel stories.
Over the years, stories from World Hum have been honored with awards, including Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards, and have been included in countless travel anthologies, including regular appearances in The Best American Travel Writing.
We’re proud of our tradition of great travel storytelling, but we’re not satisfied. World Hum continues to evolve, using video, audio, photography and others tools of the digital revolution to tell new stories in new ways from all corners of our shrinking planet.
NoteStreams By World Hum
Her official title was faculty sponsor. But in the confusion of post-Katrina New Orleans, Kristin Van Tassel realized the slippery nature of the roles we all play.
Although known first as a novelist, humorist, and regionalist, Mark Twain was a prolific travel writer as well. He wrote five travel books: The Innocents Abroad (1869), Roughing It (1872), A Tramp Abroad (1880), Life on the Mississippi (1883), and Following the Equator (1897).
Kristin Van Tassel considers two books about Mark Twain, arguably America's greatest traveler -- and travel writer.
Stories can help us face the anxieties and uncertainties of being human. And the people who tell these stories can also challenge us, or inspire us, to learn again what it means to live in this world.
An 81-year-old Mexican writer, a literary luminary speaking English in her home country—and a young student who loves her—showed me what it means to speak with courage, to take a risk, to offer language to another as a gift.