Because you can make a sentimental journey to a place that changed your life 40 years ago in the hope of finding some trace of your younger self, and then discover that this younger you has been living in Paris all these years, just as Paris has been living all these years in you.
– Don George, BBC Travel contributing editor, t: @don_george
A trek through the jungles of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada Mountains (Credit: Daniel Noll)
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Because I trekked with an indigenous guide through the jungles of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Lost City and found that we and nature are all connected.
– Audrey Scott, BBC Travel contributor, t: @umarket
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Because after ignoring advice that winter in Cappadocia, Turkey, wasn't the best time to visit, the clouds parted, and my husband and I quickly hiked up above the city for this magical, white-capped, so-worth-it view.
– Kelly Phillips Badal, BBC Travel contributor, t: @kellybadal
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Because I’d never cared much for botany until a walk to the summit of Mt Arthur in Nelson, New Zealand, when an older man stopped to explain the peculiarities of every tiny plant dotting the meadows around us – like this whipcord hebe – giving me a sense of the enormous variety of life flourishing in some of the harshest environments.
Because following in my dad's footsteps, continuing his crocodile research and studying the world's largest reptiles [allows me to] protect them for generations to come. To see, experience and touch these modern-day dinosaurs ultimately touches you.
– Bindi Irwin, actress and conservationist, t: @BindiIrwin
Jean-Philippe Blondet in Sti Fadma, in the region of Marrakesh (Credit: Jean-Philippe Blondet)
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Because I visited Sti Fadma, in the region of Marrakesh, and met incredible women who use traditional methods to produce argan oil. It reminded me how food is not only about the taste, but also about the memory you get from a genuine encounter.
Because this picture reminds me that wherever you are, it's the people you spend time with that turn any spectacular view into cherished moments. Here we are enjoying the fresh air, music, mountains, roasted marshmallows and each other.
This woman in Jericho works every day for almost no money in a couscous co-operative (Credit: Andrew Zimmern)
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Because in one of the world’s most notorious and hopeless places, there are people who won’t give up or give in. [This woman in Jericho] works every day for almost no money in a couscous co-operative run by women, for women. Without her job, she told me, she wouldn’t have been able to feed her three kids and put them through school.
Because four days among puffins, seals and otters on the remote Scottish island of Unst reminded me that soul-lifting wildlife experiences don't automatically mean big crowds. Sitting utterly alone for hours watching the bird colonies? Unforgettable.
The bewitching hill town of Calcata (Credit: David Farley)
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Because you can turn a corner in the Italian countryside and suddenly a bewitching hill town like Calcata halts you in your tracks.
– David Farley, BBC Travel Eatimology columnist, t: @davidfarley
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Because, even after seven months of sailing in the Indian Ocean, I can enjoy freediving back home at Reunion Island, where I can feel the calm of the water, the precious air in my lungs and the hug of the ocean.
Creative pursuits on the island of Madeira (Credit: Jodi Ettenberg)
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Because even within the aggregate natural beauty of an island like Madeira, there is always room for creative pursuit. This door in Funchal captures my feelings about the island: all colour and artistic wonder, swirling beauty against a backdrop of solid rock.