Since I started FarewellTravels.com just over a year ago, I’ve been approached by many writers who say they simply want to write for the site so they can stay in luxury hotels.
This always stops me.
I can’t help but wonder….did they get into the field so they could stay in luxury hotels?
I have a very hard time identifying with this. Of course, I enjoy staying in fabulous places as much as anyone else and frankly, among other things, my readers are looking to my site for these sort of recommendations.
But more important to me is where I’m going. I will choose a place because of the history, the art and architecture, the birdwatching, the skiing…but rarely because of the hotel. And frankly…I am more interested in a hotel if it is super convenient to what I’m researching, rather than if it has five stars.
Ironically, because of my site’s demographics, when I travel, I usually have to stay in the finest hotels or at least visit them. But I can count the number of times I’ve actually had a chance to soak in an enormous bubble bath or wrap up the day in the hot tub on a my private deck. Usually I’m just too busy and the great room with the astounding view, the humongous bathroom is somewhat wasted on me (aside from the fact that I’m taking notes about it).
When approached by writers I don’t know, I’m far more impressed by those who come to me with an idea about visiting a place for some other reason.
Tell me you want to go to Paris and stay in Le Marais because you’d like to do a story on the galleries there. Tell me you want to a fishing village in Maine so you can kayak out to explore the archipelago. Don’t write to me and tell me you want to go to Paris and stay in Hotel de Crillon or Kennebunkport, Maine so you can stay at the the White Barn Inn.
Chances are these may very well be the places we need coverage on, but look at them as places where you toss your bags for a night or two. If you’re lucky, you may have breakfast on your porch overlooking a narrow cobbled street festooned with blossoms or you’ll be staying in a sprawling two bedroom suite inches from the water’s edge.
But start by having a real purpose to be visiting the area.
In fact, remind yourself of what drew you to travel. Was it your curiosity about different cultures? Was it to see the wildlife around the world? Please assure me…it wasn’t to stay in luxurious hotels.
Why did you get into travel writing? Share your memories!