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You can't open a magazine this summer without seeing stories about swarms of tourists crowding once-serene locales. During an age when everything is relentlessly mediated on social media, NPR's Life Kit wanted to step back for a moment and ask: What is traveling away from home really for? How can it be more meaningful?

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In the latest episode of Future You, check out an armband that lets you control tech devices with your mind. This is not a brain implant or even a headset. It's an armband that reads neuron activity to let you move objects in digital space. Then it goes further, giving you mental control of physical robots too. Think "the Force" from Star Wars.

It's almost summer, and if time and resources allow, a time to get away.

NPR is putting together a how-to guide — in podcast form — for navigating the social dynamics of travel. How do you get enough downtime on a trip, if you're an introvert? How do you deal with group dynamics when traveling? We will use your stories for a new NPR Life Kit podcast.

So tell us, what have you learned to do to make travel meaningful, despite different personality types? Or tell us about a time the group dynamics didn't work out.

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Evacuee Roxanne Peters had planned to prepare food tomorrow, for Thanksgiving dinner.

"I was celebrating at two different houses. We were invited to two different places, and I was cooking, you know, potluck," she said.

Both those homes burned to the ground in the historic Camp Fire. The scale of the fire's destruction is so spread out that very little of the towns of Paradise, Magalia and Concow remain. So far, the fire scorched 230 square miles — an area the size of Chicago.

"I'll be giving thanks this year that we made it out alive," Peters says.

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Fleeing war, more than 500 Yemenis arrived earlier this year in an unlikely place — a tiny South Korean resort island. They're hoping to be granted asylum so they can stay in South Korea, but as they wait on the island of Jeju, they've become the target of blistering backlash from South Koreans.

"I love Korea, really," Ebrahim Qaid says. He is one of 561 Yemenis who arrived on Jeju earlier this year through the island's policy of allowing most foreign nationals to enter without getting a visa in advance.

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We're going to get a much-awaited report later today coming from the Justice Department.

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