The New York Times wants to hire a journalist to travel the world. Here’s the scoop, straight from the NYT:

Every year, the New York Times recommends 52 Places to Go, one place to dream about exploring each week. The list is an ambitious forecast of which beaches will remain unspoiled, which starchitect-designed museums will live up to their renderings and which culinary treasures are worth hopping a flight to eat.

This year, we want at least one ambitious traveler to turn our wish list into an itinerary.

Trekking path in Nepal / ©2015 by Jeff Greenwald

And you can subscribe on iTunes. Here are the details from Ethical Traveler founder, ace travel writer and storyteller extraordinaire Jeff Greenwald:

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Fellow Travelers,

Most of you are familiar with my writing, photography, and/or performance. I’m writing because I recently started a new project, and it’s finally in full swing. I’d love your input, and your support.

A House of Her Own: Creating Your Own Writing Retreat

by Kelly Hayes-Raitt

Any writer who has applied for a residency at a writer’s colony knows the process is expensive, time-consuming and competitive, not to mention fairly inflexible, schedully speaking.

So it might surprise some readers that I’ve had writing retreats in Mozambique, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Hanoi, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur and Ajijic, Mexico.

How? I housesit! In exchange for caring for vacationing homeowners’ pets and houses, I live expense-free in a locale free from my daily distractions.

Matt Kepnes, better known as Nomadic Matt, is giving away a free trip around the world. Yes, you read that right! Matt says, “I am going to give a free trip around the world worth $18,250 USD (i.e., $50 a day) to one lucky person who buys the book. It’s like Willy Wonka’s golden ticket contest…except winning this won’t turn you into a giant purple ball!”

August 10, 2017toAugust 13, 2017

It’s that time of year again: Get ready for Book Passage’s annual Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, from August 10-13 in Corte Madera, CA.

Legendary travel writer Tim Cahill, acclaimed author Karen Joy Fowler, and guidebook maven Pauline Frommer are just a few of the incredible names Book Passage has assembled for faculty this year. Here’s the full list.

The conference offers an array of workshops, panels, and evening activities and has an extraordinary reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Alumni have published books, articles, and photos—many as the direct result of lessons learned and contacts made at the conference.

Coming in October from Kimberley Lovato and Reedy Press, this book promises to be very tasty:

When people talk about great food cities, San Francisco rises to the top of the list thanks to its 49-square-miles of mouthwatering ways to whet your appetite. Unique Eats & Eateries of San Francisco invites the city’s nearly 25 million annual visitors—and its food-obsessed residents—to discover the stories and histories that simmer behind some of San Francisco’s iconic dishes, historic restaurants, and artisanal shops.

October 13, 2018toOctober 23, 2018

Malecón, Cuba © 2013 by Jeff Greenwald

Jeff Greenwald reports that the Ethical Traveler trip to Cuba October 13-23 still has two spaces left. But act fast if you want to go; the trip will be closing on August 15th. Here are more details from Jeff:

As you have no doubt heard, Donald Trump has placed new restrictions on travel to Cuba. He’s very concerned with human rights, as you know (unless the perpetrator is Russia, or Saudi Arabia).

August 19, 2017
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

I’m thrilled to announce the impending launch of my new collection of travel stories, Your Crocodile has Arrived.

The party will be on Saturday, August 19th, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, and Travel Writers News subscribers are all invited. More info and a link to the invitation are here. We’ll have lots of chocolate (in honor of the story about my chocolate massage), including enough of the world’s best chocolate cake to serve the first twenty people who request it—so arrive early.

How to Launch

August 3, 2017 | Leave a Comment

I learned a lot when I launched my first collection of travel stories, Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! in 2014. I kept notes about best practices so I wouldn’t forget all that important info, and they’ve come in handy now that I’m launching my second book, Your Crocodile has Arrived. There’s a lot to plan, prepare, and organize!

If you’d like access to suggested activities and timing for a book launch, head over to BookLaunch.US, where I’ve consolidated and organized the information. I hope it’s as helpful to you as it has been to me.

“You can have the most stunning subject to photograph in the most gorgeous lighting, but if you don’t take care to compose the shot well, no amount of good light and inherent beauty will prevent the image from being a dud.” Fortunately, Alex Schult gives us 10 Rules to Follow When Composing a Photo, illustrated by … his excellent photos.

How to pitch

August 3, 2017 | Leave a Comment

On Travel, Write, Earn, James Durston interviews Lola Akinmade Ã…kerström—photographer and author—on how to pitch a travel article. “Lola put together 87 pitches during 2016,” Durston writes, “with a 43% success/assigned rate.” Here’s her analysis of assignments, rejections, and everything in between.

Those are impressive results, as one would expect from a writer disciplined and generous enough to keep track of all her own stats, analyze them, and share what she learned. Thanks, Lola!

Roy Stevenson at Pitch Travel Write offers a 6-day workshop, The Complete Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class, after which “You will walk away from this program knowing exactly how to get sensational paid trips around the world and sky-rocket your travel writing success—even if you’re starting at $0.”

What: A comprehensive destination marketing & sales workshop for travel writers of all levels.
Where: Shinta Mani Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia
When: October 22-28, 2017
More info: on the website.

With an indoor slide, an outdoor swimming pool, a butterfly sanctuary, and free cinema 24/7, Singapore’s Changi Airport is sometimes marketed as its own destination. Part of the reason is customer feedback, in the form of 1.8 million clicks/month. Another excellent idea: The complimentary whisky tasting bar with more than 100 brands. And the gardens: 5 themed ones, with more than 150 gardeners keeping it green.

Dave Dean at Too Many Adapters explains how to back up your travel photos taken with a DSLR—without dragging a laptop into the equation, and even if you don’t have a fancy new camera with built-in wi-fi.

Erica Verrillo published this list of 21 Magazines that Pay for Travel Writing on the ART + marketing website. It includes short descriptions of the magazines with length of articles, typical payment rates, photo requirements, and links to editorial guidelines.

This science-backed advice about how to get the most from your vacation includes widely reported strategies such as the importance of antici …… pation of future activities and savoring good times. It also includes something called the “Peak-End” Rule, which, believe it or not, comes from colonoscopy research.

All this expert advice comes from Eric at Barking up the Wrong Tree, a blog I’m becoming increasingly fond of, that “brings you science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life.”

 

 

I bit, so you don’t have to. The New York Times, which has a paywall for more than 10 views/month, posted this article by Michelle Higgins on June 28th: The Right Way to Pack for Travel. Suggestions include investing in a “hard-sided suitcase no taller than 22 inches, with a structured shell, so you can’t squeeze in any extras.” (“Many frequent fliers interviewed for this article said they favored the Rimowa Salsa Deluxe, about $500.”) Also, “use the ‘5, 4, 3, 2, 1’ rule for a weeklong trip, limiting yourself to no more than five sets of socks and underwear, four tops, three bottoms, two pairs of shoes and one hat.”

Here’s a link to the writers guidelines for GoNomad.com. They don’t pay a lot, but the guidelines are so thorough and detailed that reading them is like taking a mini-course in travel writing. You’re welcome!

Visit Nepal with Jeff Greenwald

January 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Visit Nepal with Jeff Greenwald

Good news for  anyone who’s dreamed of visiting Nepal! My friend Jeff Greenwald (who wrote Shopping for Buddhas, The Size of the World and other books) and Laurie Wagner (author and inspiring Bay Area writing teacher) are leading a “Himalayan Writers’ Workshop” in Kathmandu in March. It’ll be 10 days of amazing sights, mind-bending encounters and flash writing. It’s filling up quickly. If you think you might be interested, check it out here (or just check out all the nice photos on the site). And sign up soon—March is just around the corner!

Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat 2017

January 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat 2017

May 7, 2017toMay 12, 2017

Connie Hale, director of the Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat, has announced the dates for 2017: This year’s retreat will take place May 7–12.

There will be three morning workshops:

  • Life into Literature (covering all genres)
  • Nonfiction and memoir (including reportage and essays)
  • A manuscript workshop for those who are working on long essays or book-length projects and have a manuscript ready to workshop.

Intensive poetry and fiction workshops are scheduled in the afternoons. Details about cost and lodging can be found on the website.

February 2, 2017
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

From Kimberly Lovato and the Weekday Wanderlust gang:

Happy New Year! Due to travel schedules we are unable to host our first Weekday Wanderlust of 2017 this month, but we’re bringing it to you on Thursday, February 2—just in time to wave at January in the rear view mirror!

We can’t think of a better time to introduce you to our fantastic line up of fabulous readers: Janis Cooke Newman, Jess Silber, and Blane Bachelor. Check out their bios are below and on our Facebook page. We hope you’ll come out and bring them that famous warm WW welcome. Invite a friend and RSVP here while you’re at it.

OK, not really travel related, but you’re writers and I know you love puns and such. (The stats don’t lie.)

  1. How do you catch a unique rabbit?
    Unique up on it.
  2. How do you catch a tame rabbit?
    Tame way.
  3. How do crazy people go through the forest?
    They take the psychopath.
  4. How do you get holy water?
    You boil the hell out of it.
  5. What do fish say when they hit a concrete wall?
    Dam!
  6. What do Eskimos get from sitting on the ice too long?
    Polaroids.
  7. What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t work?
    A stick.

Google Maps Tricks

January 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Google Maps Tricks

Dave Dean over at TooManyAdapters.com has “uncovered thirteen of the most useful Google Maps tricks and secrets for travelers. They’ll save you time, money and energy, help find places you didn’t even know existed, keep a journal of your entire trip, and a whole bunch more. Enjoy!”

How to identify Asian, African, and Middle Eastern alphabets at a glance

January 18, 2017 | Comments Off on How to identify Asian, African, and Middle Eastern alphabets at a glance

Can’t tell your Devanagari from your Gurmukhi? Here’s an article from The Week that will help you identify Asian, African, and Middle Eastern alphabets at a glance.

 

Taking a break….

April 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Taking a break….

Dear Travel Writing Friends,

My current labor of love is a new book, which I’m very excited about. Like Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive!, it’s a collection of true stories of travel around the world. Because I need time to focus on that project, I won’t be updating Travel Writers News for awhile.

In the meantime, please feel free to continue to access the information here; some of it continues to be useful. And thanks for your interest and enthusiasm!

With warmest wishes,

Laurie McAndish King


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