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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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  • Okay, so what's up with eTurboNews constantly bashing Puerto Rico? Not long ago Dr. Elinor Garely wrote the most scathing report about one of my favorite destinations I have ever seen. Tonight, I just read eTN Editor-in-Chief Nelson Alcantara's shockingly, intentionally negative report on Puerto Rico. What gives, folks?

    On another front, is anyone beside me annoyed by the CONSTANT coverage of the Seychelles on eTN? Seems every time the prime minister sneezes, there's a story on eTN. Can you connect the dots? Call me cynical, paranoid, or just plain evil-minded, but one could, in a moment of unfettered imagination, suppose that the Seychelles is trying to grab market share from other tropical islands and has started a smearing campaign to make sure American tourists don't go to San Juan, and oh, by the way, here are 3,452 stories on the Seychelles in case you're considering another destination.

    Now of course I'm not suggesting this is the case, I'm trying to be funny here. But still, WHAT THE HECK IS UP??
  • spectacular wild dolphins http://portugaldreamcoast.com/en/the-family-of-wild-dolphins/
  • Not sure how this will translate into enough new revenues for AOL to justify the cost of this acquisition. Seems to me another example of AOL having more money than brains.
  • FYI re AOL/HuffPost, 3 interesting snippets from today's MediaBistro newsfeed:

    LA Times / Tim Rutten: Whatever the ultimate impact of Aol's $315 million acquisition of The Huffington Post on the new-media landscape, it's already clear that the merger will push more journalists more deeply into the tragically expanding low-wage sector of our increasingly brutal economy.
    Slate: Making a living off the news is hard, and if Aol and The Huffington Post have figured out a way to fool search engines into pushing visitors their way, I salute them. But there's a long-term problem with their strategy: They won't be able to fool the computers forever.

    HuffPost / Hilary Rosen: In all the media buzz about the Aol deal with The Huffington Post, one issue keeps coming up that makes no sense to me: Will Huffington Post bloggers still submit their work for free when HuffPost founders just made a lot of money on their investment?
  • Being a writer and the editor for my site, I've turned away much better writers because I can't pay them. And having written for HuffPo a few times for my day job, I  stopped only after only a few times because I didn't make any money and found my work being treated as if it were merely "content" with ill timed postings.

    For me, I'm willing to share content with another travel blogger -- where the benefits are mutual instead of trading "exposure" for free labor. And with the $1.39 a day adsense brings me, it's not like I could pay anyone much of anything.

  • Regarding this question of no-pay at HuffPo - I guess you all missed the conversations that ensued elsewhere when certain travel bloggers went and wrote for free on HP and then justified it in blogs again elsewhere on the basis that they got a readership boost back on their own individual blogsite thanks to the linkback that HP allowed. Then there was another HP blog controversy last summer when someone wrote a (free) HP blog in the travel section entitled "Why WE travel..." which additionally tried to assert the One True Way to travel and write nowadays. He was rightly taken to task by Mike Barish on his blogs on Gadling. Then yet again, if you noticed any of that out of the corner of your eye but wisely decided to ignore it entirely, so much the better for you. I should be so wise myself. "If you wrestle with a pig, you'll just get mud on yourself -- and the pig will enjoy it."
  • Quite right, Allan. Unless I have the story wrong, A.H. retains her position as editor of the Huffington Post, so the message to me is that HuffPost is successful as is and AOL has no incentive to amend the business model. 

    I've canonize Samuel Johnson, who said, "No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."

  • Why would AOL now pay for content? At least from those who wrote for the Post? Hey, if you would write for one multimillionaire for free why would AOL expect to pay you? They can offer even greater exposure. Writing for free, you've set your price.
  • 45 km white sand, 300 days of Sun, great food and many sports http://portugaldreamcoast.com/en/grandola/
  • Read comments #28, 35, 37, 100, 113, 138, and 201 to this New York Times story on the sale of Hu-Po to AOL: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/07/business/media/07aol.html
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