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Issue #192: When to Walk Away from Stories and Destinations
February 05, 2018
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

We arrived in Bali on January 27, with the mission of staying at, and writing about, eleven high end luxury resorts & villas. I write this from our lavish villa at Karma Kandara, located on a clifftop in the quiet Ungasan area.

I’m looking out over our private plunge pool, that measures 5x4 meters. Beside it, a comfortable daybed tempts me to nap underneath the sloping thatched roof. A seven-foot-high white stone wall guarantees our privacy, except for the monkeys that occasionally scamper through. We’ve been warned not to feed them so we don’t, and they don’t hang around for long.

Our marble-tiled villa has two large bedrooms & bathrooms, a kitchenette, and a huge living room. A 5-minute walk across the Karma campus via winding white cobble stone paths gets us to the spa, the swimming pools, the restaurants, and the beach.

Karma Kandara is a 78-villa slice of paradise. It's a recreated Italian village, far from Bali’s overcrowded tourist beaches, complete with our own concierge.

For 29 days we’ll be traveling around Bali, moving to different villas & resorts every two or three days. If you’d like to check out our lives as luxury travel writers here in Bali, please drop by my Facebook page to view my daily Luxury Resorts post. I’ll show you our delightful resorts and villas, and the delectable food we’re enjoying.

You’ll find my Facebook URL toward the end of this newsletter.

This Week’s Featured Post

When to Walk Away from Stories and Destinations

Some travel articles are doomed to never see the light of day. Such ill-fated stories can be victims of circumstance, poor timing, questionable ethical and moral issues, or just plain bad luck.

One of the skills in travel writing is the ability to objectively assess a potential travel story or destination, and its “publishability”. If the cards are stacked against a story, you must know when to walk away. Persisting with pitching a “dog” story is a tremendous waste of time.

The same advice goes for destinations. Some are simply too controversial or downright dangerous to visit.

Here are some examples of unsavory travel stories and conflicted destinations that will be difficult sell and might even endanger your life:

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
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