I have worked in travel in three continents with major organizations and have traveled widely. My focus has been innovative product and program development. My M.A. degree in English, has been a priceless asset, as a primary responsibility was the independent planning, composing and execution of editorial and content, for promotional material, sales collateral, destination brochures, training and operational manuals, contracts, conducting of seasonal promo launches, through public forums, radio, workshops, and training of sales personnel in destination knowledge and operations.
Travel writing comes naturally for me. Travel writing is about seeing the world anew every day. It demands you pay minute attention to where you are, what you see, how it affects you and travelers in general. This includes the smells, the sounds, the tastes, the cultural differences, the food, the music, the culture, the costumes, the history, geography, the politics, the economics, and the issues of the day in each destination.
It's this meeting people and uncovering of the universal truths and fundamental differences about destinations the world over that gives life its greatest texture and interest. This is why travel has always been and always will be the largest and fastest growing industry, with an immortal relevance, especially as the world shrinks and global travel continues to not only be a desire but also a necessity.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking for your passion." Steve Jobs, Apple.
This is what I am doing in my decision to launch a travel writing career, following my passion and living it.
I have lived in different countries, have 20+ years of travel industry experience as well as empirical travel all over the globe with an intimate knowledge of the destinations I have visited. This has been with a professional rather than a personal perspective, and hence my writing has a universal relevance. My primary function was contracting holiday products, services and destination management companies world-wide. These were the basis for writing content for brochures, sales and promotional materials, operational and training manuals and product launches. I am genuinely bitten by the travel bug and know what people look for and how to maximize the travel experience for them. My World Geography and General Knowledge is excellent. My Master's Degree in English is an invaluable tool that ties my professional experience and knowledge and presents it in a cohesive, user-friendly and gripping manner.
I would write feature destination articles, getting-there, travel formalities, city guides, accommodations, highlights of the sight-seeing tours, optional extensions, local experiences, entertainment, dining, sporting, shopping, outdoor activities, unique attractions, help resources, weather, surrounding areas, kid-friendly options, car hire etc.