Ten years ago, I was an instructor at a Technical College in Seattle. That was before the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop. Since becoming a travel writer I’ve… Been on 73 press trips and Fam Tours Spent 527 days on the road Flown to 16 countries Made six trips to Europe Seen more than 250 different cities Visited 17 States in the U.S.A. When I sat in the front row at the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in Portland, Oregon, in July 2007, little did I know what an amazing journey lay ahead for me. The workshop didn’t just change my life—it turned it upside-down and charted an entirely new course. Some of the highlights of my travel writing career . . .
- Being treated like royalty at more than 100 luxury resorts, villas, lodges, and spas around the world, including one trip to Bali where we stayed at 12 resorts in 28 days.
- A week-long cruise down the Burgundy Canal in a luxury boutique hotel barge
- Tasting wine and sampling beer at more than 100 wineries and breweries in the Pacific Northwest and around the world
- 4-day wine and beer cruises on a historic 126-foot long schooner in the Puget Sound
- Eating fine gourmet meals in some of the world’s best restaurants
- Visiting thousands of tourist attractions, all comped, often behind the scenes with a personal tour guide
- Being pampered with dozens of massages, pedicures, manicures, and exfoliation treatments in spas around the world.
- Touring several hundred military museums, fortresses, and battlefields around the world.
- Sitting in the press box at the Diamond League track-and-field meets in Europe, watching the world’s finest athletes compete for huge sums of prize money.
- Having access to 350+ movies every year at press screenings for the Seattle International Film Festival
- More than 800 articles published
- Seeing my articles published in 190 different regional, national, and international publications and online.
- Having magazines on the rack in Barnes & Noble continually since October 2008.
Becoming a full time professional travel writer took me all over the world . . . and there’s plenty more travel ahead… My next major trips include the Galapagos Islands, a canal cruise through Scotland’s lochs and locks, more European adventures, another New Zealand excursion, more press trips around the U.S.A, and a Fam tour in Anchorage. Today I have one of the most satisfying careers I could ever have hoped for. Certainly I’ve worked hard (you don’t get offers for free trips straight to your inbox without delivering good, publishable articles to the right editors for publication), but I’ve enjoyed every moment, even when I’ve faced multiple deadlines and been exhausted from my travels. The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop was where I got started. It taught me how to get published and build such a formidable set of bylines that I would get more invitations to press trips than I could ever accept. I’m also sure that I would have given up travel writing in my first or second year if I hadn’t taken the workshop. The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop accelerated me through the learning curve at the speed of light. It saved me five years of learning the trade the hard way, and I entered the field at an advanced level because of what I learned at the workshop. I’ll be speaking at the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in San Diego this year, and I hope to see you there. Share on Facebook [Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel. Sign up today here and we’ll send you a report, Get Paid to Travel as a Travel Writer, completely FREE.]