Category Archives: Travel Writing

Travel writers share the worst travel scams they’ve experienced

“What are the worst travel scams you’ve 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 that’s the…

Drunken pitching

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 emergency…

Failed travel pitches

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 me…

How to set up a travel blog – A very serious how-to, seriously

Set up a travel blog

I haven’t bothered Googling to find out for sure – because who has time? – but on the strength of mounting evidence, a post on how to set up a travel blog apparently doesn’t exist and is long overdue. [If reading makes you sleepy, you can now watch me read…

So You Want to Be a Lonely Planet Author – Redux

(This is an amendment to the “So you want to be a Lonely Planet author” piece 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…

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

Remember these blogs? How Conor is Spending All His Money (later 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 2006….

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

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 that…

Tuscany 2009 montage

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 limping,…

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

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 tedium…

Freelance Wars Episode III – Return of The Paying Work

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 me)….

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