Thank you to all the writers who participated in our 2013 Gratitude Travel Writing Contest! Two hundred and eighty-nine writers from thirty-eight nations participated to write about one hundred and two countries for our contest! Click here to read all the entries. AND THE WINNERS ARE:  Our First Place Winner is Michael MacKenzie...

They crept up the path holding one hundred pound sacks of rice on their heads, dark forearms glistening in the late afternoon sun. The elderly man approached first, maneuvering around the two motorbikes we had parked on the hill’s gravelly shoulder. The two women followed,...