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Travel Writing

Stay Here, I'm Getting You Out, or Away With Dusty

Timothy Braun | Posted 10.30.2013 | Style
Timothy Braun

Five years ago I looked into a shelter cage and said, "Stay here, I'm getting you out," to my dog, Dusty-Danger. I had no intention of getting a dog, but was enamored by his one blue, one brown eye and his charm.

How to Make Dreams Happen. Right Now. Even if You're Scared.

Tiffany Hawk | Posted 10.21.2013 | Women
Tiffany Hawk

I had the bright idea that I'd become a flight attendant. I loved the idea of airplanes. I loved the idea of travel. The only problem? I was afraid to fly.

Top 5 Tools for Travel Writers

Tiffany Hawk | Posted 10.16.2013 | Travel
Tiffany Hawk

I can be convinced to part with my hair dryer, but there are a few things I won't leave home without.

Let's Get Lost: From Ground to Glass Part

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 08.06.2013 | Travel
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The pickers arrive just after 7:30 a.m. in an entourage of cars. From open doors emerge sundry shapes and sizes. The "gang" circles around its leader, anticipating another day of back-bending labor and hand-rolled cigarettes.

The Red Light District

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

When I went to Thailand to visit my best friend Leah, it was very important to me that we stop in Bangkok to see the Red Light District. Like many naïve young women, I found the sex industry wildly compelling. At 22 sex was rewarding and certain, while the rest of my life felt absurd.

The Life and Not-So Crazy Times of a Travel Writer

Sanjay Surana | Posted 07.03.2013 | Travel
Sanjay Surana

Here are 10 things that I would like to, though never will, read in a travel writer's or blogger's bio.

Read Your Way to a Food and Wine Destination

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen | Posted 06.29.2013 | Travel
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

Despite the easy access of information on the web, we are still fans of paper and longer form narrative, and turn to books for inspiration in travel.

Is There a Third Travel Way?

Robert Schrader | Posted 06.04.2013 | Travel
Robert Schrader

The dissonance between the "traveler" archetype the public craves and the one we travelers actually embody is a result of today's traveler being fundamentally different than it has been at any point in even recent history.

What Travel Has Taught Me About 'Reality'

Robert Schrader | Posted 06.04.2013 | Travel
Robert Schrader

Any individual's perception of reality is inextricably linked with his perception of geography: The more comprehensive a picture someone has of the world, the wider his perception of what is "possible" becomes.

How To Be A Travel Writer In 2013

Matador | Posted 06.02.2013 | Travel
Matador

But what the hell is a travel writer? The cliched images likely come to mind: the zip-off pants-wearing, notepad-wielding, globetrotting do-gooder, or maybe the unshaven, whiskey-drinking, chain-smoking, ex-Peace Corps polyglot.

The Man Who Drove Around The World

James Nestor | Posted 05.05.2013 | Travel
James Nestor

It was 1956 and, accompanied by his wife Elinor, Ben Carlin had travelled 9,000 miles from England to Calcutta by land and sea aboard an amphibious Army jeep. The trip had been hell.

Writing About Places I've Never Seen

Jay Neugeboren | Posted 05.04.2013 | Books
Jay Neugeboren

I've never been to Singapore and/or Borneo, or to any other place in Asia, and when people ask me about the book, and discover this is so, they seem bewildered. As in: How can you write about a place you've never seen or been to?

INFOGRAPHIC: Technology Of Travel Writing

Posted 03.06.2013 | Books

Ever wanted to know how to be a travel writer? Courtesy of Hotel Club, we have a new infographic about the tech tools most commonly used in the trade....

Inspiration in Key West

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 05.01.2013 | Books
Sheila Blanchette

A writer's life is enticing. Besides his home in Key West, Hemingway also lived in Idaho, Paris and Cuba. He traveled the world and hung out with other famous writers and artists. He had his very own style of writing and believed less was more.

A New Year's Dispatch From Sydney

Megan Snedden | Posted 03.05.2013 | Travel
Megan Snedden

What could be better than panoramic views of the Opera House, an idyllic sunset and prime position for fireworks?

The Poetry Of Travel

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.28.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Poetry. Poetry and travel. Do they go together? Are they secret lovers -- or at least good pals?

Behind The Scenes With A Hotel Towel Thief

Norm Schriever | Posted 10.30.2012 | Travel
Norm Schriever

In the game of laundered larceny it's assumed, and even encouraged that the guest will take the little bottles of shampoo, conditioners, tissues, soaps, pens and pads. But what's the policy on towels? Do hotels even closely monitor towels being stolen?

Is Travel Blogging Actually A Dream Job?

Robert Schrader | Posted 10.20.2012 | Travel
Robert Schrader

In the six or so months I have now been travel blogging professionally -- in other words, earning 100% of my income from blogging-related activities -- I have been accused of having a "dream job" more times than I can count. But is travel blogging really a dream job?

Travel Writers Have Bad Days, Too

Nancy DePalma | Posted 09.30.2012 | Travel
Nancy DePalma

I tend to be a favorite topic of conversation at parties and get-togethers. I'd like to think it's because of my sparkling personality but really, it's my job that lures the crowds. I'm a travel writer.

In Spain, Better Living Through Tourism

Doug Mack | Posted 09.23.2012 | Travel
Doug Mack

Spain's tourism boom traces its roots to the rebuilding of the country after the dictator Francisco Franco -- the man most responsible for the "economic backwardness of Spain and the poverty of its people" that Frommer observed -- fell from power in 1975. But the Barcelona Olympics are widely credited with being Spain's big coming-out party, the catalyst that launched the country into the upper echelons of tourist destinations.

Top 5 Thrills In Puerto Rico (VIDEOS)

Megan Snedden | Posted 08.28.2012 | Travel
Megan Snedden

The only tropical forest in the United States National Forest System, El Yunque offers ample hiking trails, many that lead to waterfalls worth an afternoon swim.

A Summer Of Travel, Writing And Learning

Kay Rodriguez | Posted 06.25.2012 | Travel
Kay Rodriguez

I didn't want my nerves to distract me from my experiences abroad, so on a whim, I bought myself a journal and challenged myself to write, every day, for the next 100 days. Writing every day will help me to capture moments during my travels that I hope to remember for years to come -- little happenings that make a world of difference.

WATCH: A Russian Tour Of Brooklyn's Brighton Beach

Megan Snedden | Posted 08.23.2012 | Travel
Megan Snedden

As I entered a barbershop along Brighton Beach Avenue in Brooklyn, a record screeched. A crowd of women in fur coats who donned peroxide-processed coifs glanced at me, perplexed.

Why I'm Driving Around America

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.12.2012 | Travel
Ethan Casey

America cannot be understood piecemeal, and today's America is crying out for a writer who will connect the dots.

Keep Young People Traveling, Writing and Engaging With The World

Rick Steves | Posted 08.11.2012 | Travel
Rick Steves

At age 18, I wrote this postcard to my grandmother from Salzburg. Austrian beer halls were filled with one-legged reminders of WWII and Franco ruled in Spain.