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Issue #251: An Inspiring Ascent into Travel Writing with Rey Waters
April 15, 2019
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

. . . and WELCOME to all new subscribers! Thanks for joining us.

As you read this, we’re winging our way to Seattle to host our annual Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class. But first, we’ll spend a week in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

It’s been several years since we were in this gorgeous city and it’s high time we revisited it to see what new attractions have opened up, and to sample the superb and varied cuisine this scenic city has to offer. We're looking forward to catching up on Canada!

After a few days exploring Vancouver and recovering from jetlag, we’ll take an Amtrak train down the Pacific coast to Seattle, check in at our Master Class headquarters, and prepare for the workshop.

We're so excited to be meeting a new group of travel writers at the Master Class and getting to know them. It's always a lot of fun, starting with our Meet & Greet the evening before class starts. We’ll keep you posted on our Master Class activities, the people attending, and what we’re up to each day.

This Week's Featured Post

With Travel Writing, My Life Cannot Get Any Better

By Rey Waters

“I visited Japan for the first time with my Japanese wife in 2009 and immediately fell in love with this country and its people.  In 2012 I kept a dairy of my third trip to Japan and sent it to Japan National Tourism (JNTO) and they published it along with the pictures.     In early 2015, I began writing for Japan Travel ( with many articles about Yokohama. The city tourist bureau had a Facebook page and I began linking my articles to it. As a result of this, I was contacted and asked if I would be interested in taking some local press trips.  

This began what has turned into full blown Familiarization and Press trips throughout Japan.  In 2018 I attended 13 FAM/PRESS trips ranging from one day to one week.  I’ve now visited all of Japan’s eight regions, many of them multiple times, with more than 130 articles published on various web sites and media. I enjoy writing about the outdoors, festivals, crafts, museums, local food, history, and all the wonderful people I’ve met along the way.”

This is a taste of Rey Water’s inspiring ascent into travel writing. Rey has pushed himself to make great things happen. Read his full story here . . .


Upcoming Posts

April 22: Press Trips for Travel Writers:  Tap Into a Network of Resources
April 29: Why Practice Makes Perfect is Terrible Advice for Travel Writers
May 6: Marketing Yourself On the Road
May 13: Travel Shows: They're Not Just for Tourists

Pitch Travel Write: Most Popular Links to Improve Your Writing

The Art of the Travel Story: Turn Your Destination into a Compelling Read
Four Books to Help You Improve Your Writing
Top Four Travel Writing Books for Marketing Advice
Travel Story Marketability - What Makes a Story Hot and What Does Not
Writing Style - 7 Ways to Improve Your Writing Style
Travel Writing Craft Success: 10 Ways to Write Like a Seasoned Professional

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week


Featured Book of the Month: The Art & Craft of Travel Writing

This book will help you hone your travel writing skills and get more stories published.

The Art & Craft of Travel Writing includes five sections . . .
- The Craft of Travel Writing
- Things That Go Wrong in Travel Writing
- Keys to Success in Travel Writing
- Working Smarter
- Goal Setting for Your Travel Writing

Here are a few of the chapters you'll find . . .
- Creating a Sense of Place and Ambiance
- Turning Your Destination into a Compelling Read
- How to Write Like a Seasoned Professional
- Five Travel Writing Blunders and How to Avoid Them
- Why Some Travel Writers Have More Success
- How to Plug into the Travel Writing Community
- Seven Ways to Take Control of Your Writing Time
- Set Up Systems to Create More Writing Time


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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write

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