by Team Fathom
This bouncing baby website is a year old today.
So while a rousing happy birthday is in order, so too is a mega thank you.
To our writers and photographers and contributors — for filling these pages with wanderlusty awesomeness. To our community on the website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram — for sharing your travel mania. To our partners, like Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and the Cosmopolitan — for being so awesome to work with. To the media who has covered us, like TechCrunch, PaidContent, Travel+Leisure, CoolHunting, and DailyCandy — for spreading the word.
We're looking back at some of our favorite stories from the year.
In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream "Waiter!", by Eve Epstein
"I watch all twelve episodes of From the Earth to the Moon on the excellent entertainment system and then fall asleep for the remaining 60 hours of the historic voyage."
Confessions of a Four-Star Chambermaid, by Holly Rhodes*
"She demoted me from bathroom duty (from bathroom duty!) and laughed at my attempt to make a bed."
Love from Clubland, by Lauren Cerand
"Membership first revealed its privileges when my father insisted I meet some of his friends to find a new job. 'I could take you to the Club for lunch,' one of them said, in a warmly patronizing tone. 'Or I could take you,' I coolly replied. We met as equals."
Teton Ghost Town, by Robert Christian Malmberg
"The trees were always amazing. They took on a whole new meaning for me amidst a landscape of collapsed homes and technology graveyards."
The Humanity Tithe, by Stephanie March
"You can take precious time off, see a remarkable country, and enjoy a truly fun vacation with cocktails and nice sheets, and still contribute in some way to the human experience."
Plying the South Seas, by Ann Abel
"That meant I got to spend a lot of time with resident dive master Goris, a sort of elder statesman of the crew - he helped build the boat 13 years ago - with a wicked sense of humor and endless patience. I did my last test dive with five-meter manta rays swimming overhead. I am forever spoiled."
The Innkeeper's Tales, by Tereasa Surratt and John Voigtmann
"I've never been confronted with a begging raccoon at a restaurant, but if the occasion were to arise, I would likely feel compelled to hand over my dinner, given that raccoons aren't known for negotiating for what they want."
How Locals Spend a Sunday in Paris, by Christine Muhlke
"If it's rainy and crummy, I'll see whatever's playing at the wonderfully named Action Christine movie theater. I like to imagine Susan Sontag, who was a regular, sitting behind me."
Just Back From: Coachella, by Heather Catania
"There is something about thousands of people pilgraming from all over the world to the desert to dance, listen to music, see famous people rock headbands, and celebrate life that gets me in the jugular."
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As always, we'd love to hear from you.
*Not at all her real name.