Share your stories for our annual Destination Paradise magazine!

Share your stories for our annual Destination Paradise magazine!

Stripes Okinawa

Times are tough and we’re finally starting to get a glimpse of a return to normalcy. Did you get to explore your local city or curb some of that cabin fever with a family daytrip close by? Or, in an attempt to escape while staying socially-distant, did you discover an affinity for hiking?

We know our readers love to travel and explore new places in the Pacific, but also that this last year has changed the way we do just about everything. So, we want to hear about how you traveled. Whether you had a staycation or brought out the photo albums and talked with your kids of the places you went and will go again someday— let us know!

Did you already have the vacation of a lifetime? Send us your photos and a story of your favorite spots to see. Did you discover some places nearby? Make the most of those memories and share how and where you traveled in 2020.

Plane rides and suitcases may not be in our immediate plans, but dreaming up where we'll go next is allowed. This is a call to lovers of the open skies, crashing waves and roads less traveled. Those who see the world as their oyster and want to taste it all. Tell us your travel tales and the secrets of your best vacation.

Stars and Stripes wants to be your travel companion. Write about your own piece of paradise and we'll make you famous! Our annual Destination Paradise highlights the travels of your fellow community members and we want to include you in our 2021-2022 edition.

It doesn’t have to be an exotic island with pristine beaches. Maybe your idea of paradise is a secluded hiking trail, a quiet park in a congested city, a colorful snorkeling spot, or the fashion district of your favorite destination. 

We want to hear about a place you cherish, a place you feel most compelled to share with others.

Your story will not only appear in the Stripes Destination Paradise magazine that will hit the streets on Pacific bases in September, but it will also appear in our community newspapers - Stripes Japan, Stripes Okinawa, Stripes Guam and Stripes Korea and websites - stripesjapan.comstripesokinawa.comguam.stripes.com and stripeskorea.com.

We may not be able to travel now, but let your thoughts take you on a journey and put pen to paper (or hands to keyboard) and start writing! Have fun with it, write long or short and don't forget to send your photos, too!

Submit your story and photos to paradise@stripes.com by July 20!

To get your creative juices flowing, take a look at these links to some Destination Paradise stories from previous years:

https://okinawa.stripes.com/travel/lets-take-virtual-vacation
https://okinawa.stripes.com/travel/my-paradise-backpacking-adventure-through-gorges-alpines-japan
https://okinawa.stripes.com/travel/my-paradise-riding-waves-and-hitting-slopes-japa

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