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Endless Vacation vs. Responsibility to Readers
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Years ago, I thought of writing a book called, “I left Paradise a Day Early” on the many hardships travel writers have to endure while on the road. I “shelved” the idea back then because a colleague/friend said to me, “Susan, normal people won’t get this.” Of course, how can staying in a pristine villa […]

Lost Work: A Life Lesson in a Bottle
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A couple of years ago, I came across a treasure. At least I think it was a treasure. Unfortunately, its real value I’ll never know. What I found, while taking a break in my boat (I’m a sculler as well as a travel writer) was a bottle bobbing in the waves. I paddled over to […]

Make the Most of Your Business Card
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[Posted on: 24 May 2010]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, Tips & Tricks]
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Congratulations…you are now a travel writer. Do you have a business card that says you are a travel writer? You should. Your business card is just a tiny piece of paper, but its value is disproportionate to its size. Because space is limited, the weight of each word on your card is exponentially greater than […]

The Write Time
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[Posted on: 3 May 2010]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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Right now, I am on flight from Johannesburg to New York, some 38,000 feet in the air. After a bit of dozing off and accepting that I just won’t get a full night’s sleep (we left Jo-burg at 10pm and are flying into daybreak), I’ve decided to seize my writing moment. Writing first thing in […]

To Be Successful at Writing, Make Time to Write
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[Posted on: 26 April 2010]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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Where do you find the time to write? That is a question most writers ask themselves at one time or another, or all of the time. I’ve taken more time management classes than I can count and always pick up a hint or two that I can incorporate. However, I discovered most people taking these […]

Write as if Your Life Depends On It
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[Posted on: 21 April 2010]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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The first time I walked into a writer’s workshop, I had a story to tell and thought it was ready to rock and roll. After all, hadn’t I just spent six months crouched over my laptop in the garage of my cousin’s house, wrapped in a blanket and writing my story? Hadn’t the publisher agreed […]

Take Advantage of Google’s Free Tools
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[Posted on: 14 April 2010]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, Technology, Tips & Tricks]
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  Google offers a wide variety of free products, services, and tools. Some of these tools are designed to help websites become successful. I use Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools on a regular basis to gather the information I need to improve my blog. Yes, I look at how my numbers are doing – […]

Ten Tips for Hunting Down Stories on the Road
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It can happen to us all, eventually. Dare I admit it in public though? That travel writers and traveling can jade the adventurous spirit, that you can be in a dream location and suddenly have nothing to write about. That you don’t want to write about coconut trees swaying in the tropical and scented breeze […]

Exactly What IS an Ambidextrous Travel Writer?
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[Posted on: 5 April 2010]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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I’ve had enough people ask me about the name of this column, so I think it’s time to define “ambidextrous travel writer”. Before I explain what an ambidextrous travel writer is, I do need to take you back to what a travel writer used to be. When I first started as an assistant travel editor […]

Recording Phone Interviews as Podcasts
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[Posted on: 2 April 2010]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, Technology, Tips & Tricks]
[10 Comments]

While we are all travel “writers”, you may also want to consider adding podcast interviews to your repertoire. Or even if you don’t want to use these recordings to publish on your site it is a great way to have a record of your conversation to listen to again as you write your article. There […]



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