Hello, welcome to Travel Post Monthly,
This month we bring you five stories. All are pinned and photographed by ITWPA Members. Each piece shares something different and reveals an adventurous side to the writer, whether through food, location, or experience.
Take a mental travel break and visit seven countries—Cayman Islands, Victoria BC, Thailand, Amsterdam, United Arab Emirates, India, and Miami—for kissing stingrays, inhaling dim sum, investigating firehouse poles, clocks, and pizza.
Dede Fulk takes you through ‘swimming with stingrays 101.’ Her recount of a ‘you’re in safe hands adventure’ in the Caymans gave me goosebumps.
Dede is an ITWPA Member, a freelance travel writer, travel advisor, and entrepreneur. She’s based in sunny, dry, Arizona. Her articles include nature, culture, cuisine, and wellness. Dede believes traveling is one of the best ways to open your mind and heart to the world. You can find Dede on Facebook.
Follow Donna Connolly ‘into the maze of winding, narrow streets, including Dragon and Fan Tan Alleys’ in Victoria British Columbia on Vancouver Island.
ITWPA Member Donna has traveled to thirty-five countries and lived extensively overseas. She loves exploring distant lands, but says, “the diverse areas surrounding my home on Vancouver Island equally exhilarate me.” She invites readers to join her to see, hear, and taste Victoria’s Chinatown.
Our third writer, Colleen O’Neill Mulvihill, has found a budget-friendly, family-friendly, and history-adjacent place to lay your head while in Little Rock Arkansas. You don’t need to be a firefighter to sleep in Firehouse #2 or visit the museum.
An inspiring part of this story is that Colleen wrote the piece while attending the 2019 Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in Little Rock. Colleen is an ITWPA Member living in Maryland. She is new to travel writing.
Time is on Donna Miniely’s side with her article covering some unusual clock faces around the world. An ITWPA member, she invites you to join her in Thailand, Amsterdam, United Arab Emirates, and India to take a closer look at clock faces.
Donna has been a travel writer for over 30-years, with numerous articles published by the Canadian Government, newspapers, and the web.
Read and drool over pizza in Adrienne Bibb’s review of Mister O1 Pizza in Miami. Adrienne travels with her adventurous family, not afraid to try new flavors or pop in without a reservation.
Adrienne is an ITWPA Member. This is her first story and photo submission, and her first byline. Congratulations Adrienne, you are on your way to a travel writer’s life.
Editor’s Choice guest editor this month is Tomeka Allgood, the founder and managing editor of Short Weeks—Long Weekends. Tomeka answers two questions I asked a group of editors for travel writing publications – What is the most common mistake you see, and what is your best advice for new writers?
Read these stories—and see the great photos that go with them—here.
We need travel writers and photographers
Travel Post Monthly is looking for travel writers and photographers to share their travel adventures, whether in their own backyard or in a far-flung, secret destination.
No experience is necessary. We publish first-time writers frequently. All you need is a desire to share your passion for travel.
Photos are a big plus in getting your work published. You don’t have to be a professional photographer with thousands of dollars in gear. A camera phone, a steady hand, and attention to detail will get you started.
TPM’s Writer Guidelines will give you several suggestions for the types of stories we want. Included are details for how to submit your manuscript and photos. Read the guides more than once before submitting a story and pictures.
ITWPA Membership isn’t required, but members are given priority. Many writers get their first bylines with Travel Post Monthly, maybe yours will be next.
Until next time,
Mary Charlebois, Editor
Travel Post Monthly
This Month …
- How to Swim with Grand Cayman Stingrays – I have been photographing building murals and street art for the past 14-years. So whenever I get the chance to “hit” the road and drive through America’s smaller towns, I usually take my camera.
- Indulge Your Senses in Victoria’s Chinatown – Don’t be deceived by its small size. Canada’s oldest Chinatown, located in Victoria BC, is well worth the visit.
- History Plus Cheap Sleep: A Converted Firehouse Worth the Stay – Adjacent to MacArthur Park in downtown Little Rock, where ducks and geese lay strewn like pinecones under a giant fir, the restored 1917 craftsman-style Old Firehouse #2 welcomes visitors for a unique kind of overnight stay.
- Cool Clock Faces Around the World – Look up. Look waaaay up and take a good look at the faces on clock towers when you travel.
- Mister O1’s—Miami – Read Adrienne Bibb’s account of a late dinner on a summer Friday night in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood.
- Editor’s Choice – November 2019 – Query mistakes.