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Travel Writing Experience

I have been a full-time, location-independent travel writer and blogger since 2006. I’ve been getting paid for it since 2007.

  • May 2017 – Present: Asia Contributor for TripSavvy
  • April 2011 – 2017: Asia Expert for About.com (GoAsia)
  • November 2015 – 2016: Contributor for TravelPulse (sample)
  • March 2007 – Present: Owner and Editor of Startbackpacking.com
  • January 2006 – Present: Owner of VagabondingLife.com
  • October 2010 – Present: Co-Creator and Owner of GoBorneoTravel.com
  • February 2010 – April 2011: Contributing Writer for the NY Times’ GoSoutheastAsia
  • January 2010 – June 2010: Budget Travel Expert for Examiner.com

Notable Assignments

  • June 2013: Press trip for the Sarawak Tourism Board to promote the Rainforest World Music Festival and adventure travel in Borneo.
  • March 2007: One-month assignment in Acapulco as a Blogger for American Eagle.
  • Dec 2011: Four-page, six-photo feature about Komodo dragons in Leisure Travel Southeast Asia.
  • Aug 2007 – Dec 2011: Celebrity interviews and features for Tops in Lex Magazine as well as LexScene Magazine.
  • 2015: I served as a panelist for The Daily Meal to review the 101 Best Bars in Asia.
  • 2015: English editor for a Brazilian lifestyle magazine.

Current Creations

I launched (from scratch) and provide content for the following travel websites:

  • http://goasia.about.com (built for the NY Times’ About.com network)
  • www.startbackpacking.com
  • www.vagabondinglife.com
  • www.goborneotravel.com
  • www.thailandtips.info

I have launched more than 15 travel websites over the years.

Awards

  • Solas Best Travel Writing of 2014: Silver Winner
  • I won the 2008 SpongeFish Travel Moment contest.
  • I won the 2007 Gonzo Travel Writing award.
  • I won a 2007 writing contest for Bootsnall.com; the prize: one month in Acapulco.

Featured or Mentioned in

  • TripSavvy
  • Leisure Travel Southeast Asia magazine
  • MoneySense magazine
  • The Huffington Post
  • Anchorage Times
  • TravelPulse
  • The Globe and Mail
  • Fox news
  • About.com
  • The Tripadvisor Blog
  • BTRAX.com (featured as Japanese etiquette expert)
  • TravelersTales.com
  • Kentucky Living magazine
  • Brave New Traveler magazine
  • Vagabondish.com
  • Tops in Lex magazine
  • TheTravelersNotebook.com
  • Bootsnall.com
  • RoadJunky.com
  • Examiner.com
  • Others

Interviews and Mentions

Memberships

  • International Travel Writers Alliance: member since 2013