The Internet is an incubator of obsessions and addictions – and travel is no exception. In a recent post introduced you to just a few of my favorite Italy blogs. But it’s my dream to become a professional travel writer, and to that end, I’ve been doing a lot of research into how one goes about doing that. In this, the second of a series, I’d like to tell you about some of the sites and blogs I follow, consult and lust after in my quest to become the next Paul Theroux. (Although Paul Theroux is not done with being Paul Theroux, apparently.)
Frommers has a well-written series called Travel Writing 101 that pulls no punches:
Travel Writing 101: Three Ways to Get Started
Travel Writing 101: Traveling on the (Very) Cheap
Travel Writing 101: What Exactly is Travel?
Travel Writing 101: Getting into Print (and Online)
Travel Writing 101: Electronic Publishing
TravelWriters.com sends its members awesome newsletters with press releases, notices of travel writing opportunities, and interesting conversations going on in their forums. I’ve been a member for almost a year and I truly value their insight into this industry and their support of travel writers.
Recently, however, I’ve discovered something that makes me want to travel for a whole different reason. I’m practically hyperventilating as I write, I want to do all of these so badly.
Robert Haru Fisher, who wrote those Frommers articles above, hosts a Travel Writing Workshop at the Heritage House Museum in Key West every year.
But my absolute favorite has to be Creative Escapes. At first glance it looks like a treat for people with lofty intentions and too much disposable income, but they bring in some heavy hitters to host a travel writing boot camp several times a year in sumptuous locales (it’s a flash-driven site, so you’ll have to click on “locations” to get to the good stuff).
Again, these are just a few of the many sites I know and love. In the coming days, I’m going to tell you about the expat sites and blogs that are close to my heart, and I have a few other categories I want to share with you, too! I encourage readers to check out not only all parts of this series, but the comments as well – where many of my fellow bloggers have left comments and links to their own amazing blogs!