What am I not seeing?

Are there stories in this destination that would surprise me?

What can I learn about this place that is overlooked by the typical traveler?

How do I uncover those stories?

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The Community


“Whether I’m crossing an ocean, touring a major city, or just observing the day-to-day activities of a port community, I know there are interesting stories hiding in plain sight”
— Alan Parrish, Founder

The Reality Abroad Community

Reality Abroad is a private online community of inquisitive individuals seeking to uncover stories hidden from the casual observer.


We share a curiosity for the world hidden “beyond the facade.” We follow our curiosities wherever they take us to discover stories hiding just out of the view of the average person. These discoveries fuel our desire to share our discoveries and to see destinations in new ways. 


Sharing stories is an important component of our journey to uncover hidden aspects of travel destinations. By sharing our discoveries, we are compelled to look more closely at places than we would otherwise and to listen more attentively to what’s going on.

New perspective

Discovering and sharing stories not only enhances our travel experiences, they change our perspectives of destinations and the people who live there. We even gain a greater appreciation of the world’s seas and waterways. We see the locations differently with every new story.

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The Experience

Reality Abroad is all about helping its members discover the world hidden from the casual observer. The journey includes:

Discoveries and how to find them

Members are continually offered new and unique stories about the world’s travel destinations, with an emphasis on locations enjoyed by cruisers. They also have access to practical advice for uncovering stories on their own.

The stories enhance the members’ travel experiences and reveal aspects of cruise destinations overlooked by most passengers.

Respectful conversations and sharing

We often heard from our former Twitter chat (#RATW) participants that we were one of the few places on the web for respectful conversation. We have always believed that each person’s unique perspective can help us understand more about that person, including their passions and values.

Respectful conversation and sharing are two vital components of the Reality Abroad experience. As the writer Bill Bryson said, “There’s a natural human instinct: Whatever experience you have, as soon as there’s something amazing to you, you want to find another human being to share it with.”

A sense of community and purpose

Conversation, asking questions, and sharing stories are the three primary activities in the Reality Abroad community. Members interact with other curious individuals from many different backgrounds and perspectives, each with a desire to discover and share.

This unique blend of diversity, common purpose and respectfulness serves as a foundation for greater understanding about the world we visit.

So if you are interested in the stories hiding among the world’s cruise destinations, please join us.

Apply Now


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Your First Step

Follow your curiosity.

Join us in the journey to discover the world “beyond the facade.”

Membership rates are $50/year or $5/month. Just fill out the form below to request an invitation to join.


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