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Issue #121: How Do I Spend My Time? A Day In The Life of a Professional Travel Writer
July 11, 2016
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At Home in Chiang Mai

Now that we’re settled in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we’re very much enjoying our new lifestyle and meeting the Thai people.

Chiang Mai has recently been rated #2 by readers of Travel & Leisure’s “Top 15 World’s Best Cities for 2016”, and we can understand why it ranked so high.

Thais are very welcoming and there’s a good reason why Thailand is nicknamed “The Land of Smiles”. Their faces light up in a beautiful wide-grinned flash of teeth. You might also get a friendly “Sawaddi” greeting where they hold their palms together, prayer fashion, in front of their face.

This week we’ve been busy touring several of Chiang Mai’s resorts to find luxury accommodations for the writers at our upcoming travel writer’s workshop in October.

And today we visited Wat Phra Singh, one of Chiang Mai’s most famous Buddhist temples.

This historic temple dates back to the 14th century.

The travel writers at our workshop in October will be visiting this temple, complete with its stunning gold-plated chedis. We’ll also be touring Wat Phra Doi Sutep, another famous temple perched atop a mountain with a gorgeous panoramic view over the city.

If you’re thinking of joining us in Chiang Mai, be sure to put your name on the interest list (see link in the post later in this newsletter).

Featured Post: How Do I Spend My Time?

This week’s featured post answers a question I frequently hear from writers: how much time do I spend writing queries, writing articles, on social media, and all the other things writers need to do?

What I do in the office is certainly not as glamorous as when I’m traveling, but it’s the office work that enables me to earn money and take amazing press trips.

My office work tends to follow a regular schedule. So this post talks about how I spend my time, including what my daily schedule looked like when I first got started, and how it has changed over time.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get so many articles published, and if it ever gets any easier, here’s a glimpse into my working life …


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New Travel Writing Workshop!

The Complete Travel Writing, Marketing,
and Photography Workshop
Chiang Mai, Thailand
October 23-29, 2016

In case you missed the announcement last week – here are the details about what we’re busy planning for our upcoming workshop in Chiang Mai.

Be sure and add your name to the interest list so you will be notified when we open up registration. We’re limiting class size to 10 people. In late October we’re hosting a new workshop here in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Besides being a wonderful destination with an exotic culture, culinary delights, and a vast array of sumptuous luxury spas – we’re expanding the curriculum to include travel writing, marketing, and photography.

We’re busy checking out Chiang Mai’s best luxury lodging and spas so participants will be pampered in style and comfort. You. Will. Love. This. Workshop!

And we’re planning 7 days of exciting excursions with travel writing, marketing and photography instruction built into the agenda.

Some of the events and excursions we’re planning ...

• Meet and greet dinner and drinks on Sunday night to get acquainted.

• Two relaxing and pampering spa sessions in boutique spas. Whether it’s a traditional Thai body massage, a relaxing foot massage, or maybe a facial and aromatherapy oil body scrub – you decide.

• Try your hand at a Thai cooking class at an organic farm where you’ll be cooking up authentic soups, noodles, curries and desserts – and enjoying the meal afterwards.

• Practice your interviewing skills during a “Monk Chat” with a table full of young Buddhist monks at a local temple. While you’re getting your questions answered the young monks get a chance to practice their English. Win-win.

• Visit the two most important temples in Chiang Mai and get some hands-on advice on lighting and landscape from a local professional photographer.

• Visit an elephant sanctuary and help feed and bathe these gentle giants.

• Every evening enjoy a new dining venue with world famous and delicious Northern Thai cuisine (and much more …)

• Experience authentic Thai culture exploring Lanna architecture and a hands-on photography workshop on framing and composition.

• Visit handicraft markets, tour historic old town, and enjoy traditional Thai dancing.

• Although the program will be packed with things to do, you’ll still get some time to explore Chiang Mai on your own, riding around in a tuk-tuk, browsing the markets and, of course, shopping.

If you've never been to Thailand and always wanted to visit - or it's time to come back to this well-loved place in northern Thailand - here's your chance to do it with a group of like-minded travel writers and photographers.

In order to guarantee a quality experience for everyone and allow time for lots of interaction between hosts, guides and participants, we’re limiting registration to 10 people.

Watch for more details coming soon when we open up registration …

If you want to be the first to hear when registration opens and get on our waiting list, send us your email address at this link:

Yes, please let me know when registration opens ...

Travel Writer's Associations - update

A couple weeks ago I ran a post about the Top Five Travel Writer’s Associations.

Ashley Gibbons, director of the International Travel Writer’s Alliance (ITWA), sent us some impressive statistics about the membership of this group.

He reports that his alliance is ten years old and has some 10,300 members comprised of travel writers, editors, broadcasters and photographers. 53% of ITWA’s members are from Europe and 36% are based in North America, with 11% are from the rest of the world.

The ITWA happily accepts all levels of writers from complete novices to grizzled veterans. No elitism here! And membership is free.

In case you missed the article, here's the link with details about ITWA and other associations:

Travel Writers Associations - which one is right for you?

Don’t forget to watch my Facebook posts for short photo stories about our new life in Thailand. Go here to “friend” me or just snoop around my Facebook site—it has some interesting travel writing tips, too: Facebook link to Roy's account

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, you keep pitching.


Roy Stevenson
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