Archive for the ‘The Ambidextrous Travel Writer’ Category

Travel Writers, Are You Service Minded?
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[Posted on: 2 August 2010]
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One of the very first things I had to accept about the kind of travel writing I do is that it’s a service. While I was inspired by the likes of Lawrence Durrell, Paul Theroux and Jan Morris, I was writing for a Condé Nast magazine. Articles had to be short and to the point, […]

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 […]

The Write Time
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[Posted on: 3 May 2010]
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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 […]

Exactly What IS an Ambidextrous Travel Writer?
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[Posted on: 5 April 2010]
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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 […]

From Rock Art to Bits and Pixels
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[Posted on: 1 March 2010]
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I’ve just come back from a trip to Botswana and Zambia, where I was on a safari. One of the outings we took involved a boat trip through the waterways of the Okavango Delta which, in parts, are lined with thick stands of papyrus. At one point, our guide buzzed up close to the weeds […]

Choose Your Words Carefully
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[Posted on: 1 February 2010]
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One of the most powerful moments of my professional life was when I was a guest writer visiting an elementary school. I asked a class of 4th graders to describe the color of the Caribbean Sea. After the “turquoise” word was shouted out by many, we brainstormed and came up with some better ways to […]



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