Category Archives: Travel Writing

Travel writers share their worst travel scam experiences

Tweet “What was the worst travel scam you’ve ever fallen for?” Doug Mack asked me during the second round of drinks at a recent “meeting.” The soon-to-be-published travel author had just returned from a trip to Havana, Cuba, where he and his girlfriend had been victim to the “I meant…

Drunken pitching

Tweet From: Leif Pettersen Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 03:41 AM To: submissions@inflightmagazine.com Subject: pich Dear booger eater, You know, I’ve always hated your magazine. Erry time I pick up this stink bomb and sedate my brain with the tedious hack work you jackoffs print I wanna rip open the…

Failed travel pitches

Tweet Some days the requisite pitching that goes with being a freelance writer is akin to being the homeliest bachelor at the ball. Out of 20 women you ask to dance, 19 either say ‘no’ or don’t acknowledge your presence at all and the last one says “Yes! Just let…

How to set up a travel blog

Tweet [You can now watch me read this piece on video!] I haven’t bothered Googling to find out for sure – because who has time? – but on the strength of mounting evidence, a post on this topic apparently doesn’t exist and is long overdue. According to figures that I…

So You Want to Be a Lonely Planet Author – Redux

Tweet (This is an amendment to the piece of the same name that I originally posted here in April of 2006. Whereas that piece was filled with personal details of my first, grueling LP guidebook gig, this one focuses on the mechanics and general pros and cons of work as…

Five well-written, on-the-road travel blogs

Tweet Remember these blogs? How Conor is Spending All His Money (now called Conor’s Mildly Thrilling Tales) No Place As Home The Great Wallnut I remember them fondly. They were the first travel blogs I read, way back during travel blogging’s Bronze Age (2003-06). I started this blog in February…

Breaking in a new five star hotel (Ibiza, Spain)

Tweet Before I arrived, I knew that the five-star Hotel Mirador de Dalt Vila had just recently opened its doors for business, but I didn’t realize how recently. “You’re our first guest!” I was enthusiastically informed after the complimentary hotel van delivered me from the ferry. It came to pass…

Tuscany 2009 montage

Tweet Using my very limited skills and resources, I have slapped together a montage of photos from my recently completed Lonely Planet Tuscany research trip. As a general nod to posterity (and those considering my internship offer), I’ve chosen to irresponsibly romanticize the trip by leaving out pictures of me…

The arc of a guidebook gig – or the fleeting, sexiest parts about being me

Tweet I think by now that I’ve managed to drive home the point that, while totally awesome at times, on most days travel writing is about as sexy as answering phones and data entry at the National Center for Statistical Reporting of Barley Yields. There is copious unsexy downtime and…

Freelance Wars Episode III – Return of The Paying Work

Tweet Whew! Now that my Unemployment Anxiety resting heart rate has dropped below 120, I feel comfortable speaking authoritatively about travel writing again and ditching the blog post I was preparing on how to break down the sandwich prep station at closing time at Jimmy John’s (as if they’d have…

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