I have no idea of who designed this clever infographic but when I saw it floating around online, I immediately chuckled in recognition. So many of my friends think that my life is a non-stop whirlwind of wine tastings and endless adventures but maintaining a blog isn't all fun and games - there are deadlines to meet and the constant search for new ideas. And, you quickly learn that press trips aren't free vacations where you can just relax on the beach with a tropical drink and flirt with cabana boys. Nonetheless, I love what I do - I get the opportunity to indulge my curiosity and share my views with a readership that encourages me to keep it up. Thank you!
If you want to learn more about my thoughts on travel writing, check out the article Around the World in 80 Ways: The Changing World of Travel Writing. I was honored to be interviewed along with several other female writers and the article shows the diversity of options within the field.
Another valuable resource for you aspiring travel writers is The Travel Writers Handbook: How to Write-and Sell-Your Own Travel Experiences. Now in its 7th edition, this acclaimed tome by Jacqueline Harmon Butler and the late Louise Purwin Zobel, is a very handy resource. It includes great tips on how to craft a story that will inform and intrigue your readers, what to pack - from equipment to travel documents, how to utilize apps and social media, and much more. I think one of the best points made in the book is that "You don't have to travel to exotic places to be a travel writer. That which is "down home" to you may be glamourously distant to to others."