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Lanora Mueller is a Chicago-based writer, editor, and photographer who began exploring the world of travel writing after departing a career in technical communication. Lanora blogs at Writing Travel and tweets as @WritingTravel.
10 Great Travel Writing Blogs
The blog of digital nomad Christine Gilbert documents her adventures since exchanging a Fortune 500 management job for the location-independent lifestyle of a travel blogger. In 2008 and 2009, Christine sponsored National Travel Writing Month (NaTraWriMo), a challenge for travel journalists to send out 30 publication queries in 30 days.
A Matador Network blog that features articles on the craft of travel writing.
Comprehensive travel site GoNOMAD's Writer's Guidelines and travel writing tips provide a capsule course in travel writing, with special emphasis on how to adapt your submission to fit the style of a publication.
The first blog in what became the Matador Network is billed as "an online magazine at the intersection of writing, travel, and place." Originally an all-inclusive travel site, The Travelers Notebook was able to narrow its "focus on writing, photography, and filmmaking, with tips on craft as well as a special emphasis on first-person narratives" as Matador expanded its stable of travel blogs.
"A community of new media travel writers who share the journey." In addition to a group blog, TBEX includes numerous special interest forums and since 2009 has sponsored a yearly conference for travel bloggers.
This group blog created by writer and travel industry expert Trisha Miller exists to "help you find your voice in the exciting world of online travel journalism." Included on the site is an active and supportive forum.
Veteran travel writer Rolf Potts has compiled a page for travel writers that includes links to travel writing Q&A from Rolf's blog, his travel writing tips, and his monthly interviews with working travel writers.
World Hum's travel blog offers posts on The Life of a Travel Writer and literary travel as well as interviews of published travel writers. The larger World Hum site also runs feature articles on travel writing, such as the recent Inspiration, Travel Writing and L’Esprit Frondeur by Jeffrey Tayler, a contributing editor for The Atlantic and author of six books.
New Zealand writer Liz Lewis's blog on her own personal journey toward becoming a travel writer, originally entitled "My Year of Getting Published."
Part of the BootsnAll network, Written Road has provided "the inside scoop to the travel publishing world" since 2002. Although posting frequency has dropped in recent months, the Written Road archive is an invaluable resource for aspiring travel writers.