Sometimes being a travel writer is exactly what it’s cracked up to be. Like the time I was on the Rick Steves radio show, talking about Oklahoma, where I grew up, and got to tell Rick to “be sure to try the testicles.” You can hear it here.
I’ve been in travel publishing over 15 years, but never had as crazy a year as 2014. Here’s a bit of what happened, if you’re interested. (When reading this post, it’s recommended you play Skid Row’s “I’ll Remember You” in the background. “You” means “2014.”) Crying for work I often get asked “how do you get a job as a travel writer?” I’m … Read on
Five years ago, the 76-Second Travel Show went “robust.” Following a faddish surge in the use of “robust” in world media and conference rooms, the 76 HQs wondered how you could make a Christmas “robust” too. And came up with some suggestions. See the original video, if you dare. What’s not known is the original video-carol omitted a middle verse regarding the protagonist’s … Read on
National Geographic Traveler asked me to speak at the White House Travel Blogger Summit on December 9. It was surreal, thrilling, steeped in titles and policies, and… yeah, pretty surreal. As a travel experience, it sort of ranks with my first uncertain steps in remote Istanbul neighborhoods or moving to mid ’90s Vietnam. Different and new. I like that. Anyway, I spoke into … Read on
For a period of three weeks when I was 10, I wanted to be President James K Polk. He was the standout in my book of presidents that I’d stash in my locker. By comparison, James Monroe looked prissy and mean, James Buchanan meek and guarded, William McKinley stern and assassinated, though Grover Cleveland did seem a barrel of laughs. But it was … Read on
I used to regularly make Top 10 travel lists for each new year. Sometimes I still contribute (like this bid for Oklahoma City). I always try to do a good job, and pick places that I think are due notice for a year. But the reality is that I don’t know who you are, I don’t know where you’re based, I don’t know … Read on