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The Ultimate Travel Writing & Photography Retreat, Charleston, South Carolina, June 18-21, 2022

The Ultimate Travel Writing & Photography Retreat, Charleston, South Carolina, June 18-21, 2022If you want to boost your travel writing skills to a new level this workshop is for you. We'll focus on travel writing and photography - how to write exciting travel stories and create photo galleries that editors will love. This interactive course features lectures, writing exercises, in-the-field tours, group readings & discussions, and hands-on experience. You’ll also receive on-on-one feedback and…

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Seeking editor/writer with good Spanish for corporate travel/tourism blog

Our company is seeking a part-time editor to handle the English-language blog of a major travel/tourism client, which involves writing (and sometimes proposing) four or so original posts in English and translating about an equivalent number of posts from the Spanish blog. Native English speaker required, as well as very good Spanish for purposes of translation as well as dealing with client contacts. For more details, please write to me at dappell@tinkle.lat.

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Fodor's Travel Seeking Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro Writers

Fodor's Travel is looking for writers for the upcoming edition of our Croatia guidebook, specifically concerning the following regions: -Split and Central Dalmatia -Zadar and Northern Dalmatia -Kvarner and the Northern Adriatic Islands -Istria -Zagreb and Inland Croatia -Slovenia -Montenegro Fodor's is a leading guidebook brand for American travelers with more than 300 titles covering most corners of the globe (www.fodors.com). If you are working in the above areas, or know any…

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  • As an amateur blogger on my first backpacking experience I have to say that I'm actually with the professionals. I agree with Maralyn that professionals are having to work harder and for less because of people like me but looking at my blog and other similar ones I don't think there is much to worry about. Out of the hundreds of blogs I've glanced out only a handful of 'amateur' appear to be anywhere near the standard that people crave. Blogs like mine, I believe, are stepping stones. There are many first time backpackers that may want to follow my blog for tips from a person similar to them in age and location etc or want to read a personal story attached to the journey but if you want reliable information and opinions then a professional travel writer is where you need to go.
  • Professional travel journalists --whether they're bloggers or traditional reporters--will prevail because they know how to deliver serviceable advice and keen insights into culture or destinations. But we can't be generalists any more because it doesn't distinguish us from the ordinary travelers. There's now a bigger need for us to continue differentiating ourselves from the wannabes by adding more areas of expertise, i.e. architecture, wine, art, etc. to make the travel narrative richer. Sadly, though we can learn this on our own, sometimes (as in the case of wine education) it costs us big bucks to do this with real authority--an investment that's hard to recoup.
  • Doing so is part of that flexibility I mentioned so of course I don't assume all bloggers are amateurs. After all, I'm one too. However, on many sites it's impossible to tell if a review was made by a seasoned traveler, a grouch who never likes anything, a rival hotelier/restaurateur or a shill for the facility itself.
  • Judy - I agree with you and Ed 100 percent. I think eventually citizen journalism will find its place along with the tabloids and consumers will once again recognize professional writing, reporting, photography for what it is - the best available.
  • Ed, I think as the amateurs and wanna be's proliferate, the role of the professional travel journalist will become increasingly important. However, unless they have developed marketing skills and exercised the flexibility all good travelers need, I'm not sure who's going to hear them/us. However, I'm convinced the shakeout will come and professionalism will survive. You may listen to your neighbor's travel tales but do you call them or a professional to book a complicated itinerary? Whose advice do you seek, a blogger whose tastes and experience are unknown or a professional who has experienced the gamut of possibilities?
  • I think the role has increased. However, I think they are working three times as hard for half the amount of money. Writers are having to develop their marketing and on-line skills.
  • "The Increasing (Not Decreasing) Role of Travel Writers:" That's the topic of a panel discussion at the Vermont Governor's Tourism Conference in which I'll be participating. But these days, has the professional travel journalist's role really increased? All comments and coaching welcome
  • Kalo taxidhi (have a great trip) Are you able to find it in a local bookstore?Otherwise you can download the Kindle version from Amazon. If Kindle, best is to go to my website and order it from there.wwwcafetempest.com
  • Thanks Barbara. This book sounds like a great book to read on my flight to Sicily tomorrow.
  • Home from NYTimes travel show, where"Café Tempest:Adventures on a Small Greek Island" was the best selling travel book at Borders booth.CT takes you to Faros, a sunbleached haven where ice trays are still being test marketed and donkeys have the right of way.#1? thanks (afharisto) to Manhattan's chilly downpours.
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