It's not always the items on the itinerary or the carefully planned sightseeing trips that make a trip memorable. Often, it's chance encounters with strangers, people we’ve never met and know nothing about that impact us more greatly and teach us more about our humanity and ourselves. In the article below, readers submit personal stories about just such situations. From a New Yorker in Indonesia during 9/11 to comparing afros in Africa to helpful local farmers in India these stories remind us why the unexpected can sometimes be the highlight of the trip.
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