New & Noteworthy

Projects update: (September, 2014) Most travel writers, myself included, aspire to get into the pages of the New York Times. Recently, one of my favorite places in the world — California’s Channel Islands — proved to be my ticket. A piece I wrote about a truly rare opportunity to visit the normally restricted two-thirds of Santa Cruz Island managed by the Nature Conservancy appeared in both the New York Times’ In Transit blog as well as in their print travel section. And speaking of travel writing, a few times per year I teach writers and others who are interested in the craft how to get started and make money selling stories about their treks around the world — or around their hometown. Hosted by WritingPad.com, my four-week online video travel writing class covers topics like pay rates, emerging markets, how to craft different types of articles so you can make multiple sells from one trip, and the art of the pitch! I will even share what went into the pitch that got me into the New York Times travel section.

Other big news is I’m heading off Wednesday to Ireland for my favorite event in the world — the Adventure Travel World Summit. What happens when you get 700 amazing people together — safari tour operators, lodge owners, destination representatives, media etc — in one fantastic destination for a week? Priceless connections, travel magic and maybe even some good-natured mayhem. Can’t wait to see “The Tribe” in Killarney!