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A Clash of Titans: Digital Versus Print Travel Media
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As a travel writer for print media, I’m often asked by other freelancers how digital media has affected the print travel magazine business. That’s a fair question. DEFINITIONS Print travel media consists primarily of travel magazines, travel memoir books, & travel guidebooks. Digital travel media includes travel websites, travel blogs, travel service websites like TripAdvisor.com, [...]

The Traveler Vs. Tourist Debate
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[Posted on: 1 December 2017]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Year End Reflections]
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I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with this silly debate….. During a recent conversation with a young-ish travel blogger, one who hasn’t even been alive as long as I’ve been traveling on my own (yes, as an adult), I was told “Oh sure I travel a lot but I’m NOT a tourist, I’ve NEVER [...]

5 Tips for Wannabe Travel Bloggers
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Do you envision yourself on a distant shore, documenting your daily adventures, while at the same time, funding your dream lifestyle? Many people are finding that becoming a travel writer is an attainable goal. But a few missteps can shatter those dreams in record time. Some of the suggestions below are applicable to all who [...]

We’re Travel Writers, Not Critics. (And A Few Other Shocking Travel Writing Home Truths)
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Some travel writers seem to forget that we’re travel writers first and foremost, and not critics. Our job, as travel journalists, is to show and describe our destinations to our readers. We should be painting a picture of the places, showing our subscribers the people, the culture, the food, and all those other neat things [...]

Weird, Eerie, and Strange Places I’ve Visited on Travel Writing Assignments
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[Posted on: 2 October 2017]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, First Person Experience, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities]
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Travel writing can take us to some bizarre places. I’m always on the lookout for extraordinary places to visit and write about. Here are a few of the most unusual places I’ve covered, all in the name of travel writing. The Downright Weird Some of my most interesting and bizarre travel writing assignments covered weird [...]

Five Important Things You Can Learn from My Ten Years as a Freelance Travel Writer
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[Posted on: 28 July 2017]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, First Person Experience, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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Wouldn’t it be great if we had the power of foresight? We could gaze into the future and learn from our mistakes. Well, I may not have the superpower of foresight, but I’ve learned a lot—and gained a lot of valuable experience—in my ten years in the rough-and-tumble freelance travel writing game. Looking back on [...]

Can Joining a Travel Writer’s Organization Help?
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Whether you are a beginning writer or one with several articles under your belt, you might miss being part of a group since writing can be a lonely occupation. Maybe you have been mulling over whether you should join a traveling writing group or not. If so, the first question would be what are the [...]

Finding YOUR Voice
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[Posted on: 7 March 2017]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, First Person Experience, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts]
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When I started my travel blog some seven years ago, I’m quite sure I wrote as I thought a “travel blogger” should. Ironically, in the process of trying to be something I wasn’t, I was nullifying my own actual writing ability, which is what people ended up actually responding to. I was 19, and I [...]

Writing Travel Articles with Authority
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Having been to Utrecht 19 times in 14 years and written about it in press, I feel that I can write about it with some authority. I know what I am writing about and I know how to make it useful to people who may seek to go there. But what about the travel writer [...]

How a Travel Bloggers Network Can Fuel Your Blog’s Success
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I typed in “Travel Blog Conference” into the Google search box and my life changed forever. I know this sounds a bit dramatic, and at the time I didn’t know that search was going to change my life, I was just trying to figure out how to take my little travel blog to the next [...]



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