travel writing award

A reader I met by chance a few weeks ago asked me, “What else do you do besides that Cheapest Destinations book and blog?” It was a reminder that I could probably stand to post my writing life outside this blog more than once every few moon cycles, so here goes.

First of all, I run a webzine called Perceptive Travel and there’s a blog attached to it putting up new material all the time. A very good blog in fact. So good it just won “Best Travel Blog” in the most prestigious awards of its kind: the Lowell Thomas awards from the Society of American Travel Writers. Sweet! I just pop by once in a while to post there, otherwise being the man behind the curtain. So the real congrats go to Sheila Scarborough, Brian Spencer, Alison Stein, Kerry Dexter, and Liz Lewis. See their work here: Best Travel Blog in North America.

best hostels EuropeAfter this announcement, I got invited to appear again on the podcast This Week in Travel. You can listen to it here or download it from the iTunes store. The other guest was Kash Bhattacharya, who runs BudgetTraveller.org and has a great free guidebook you can download: Luxury Hostels of Europe. No, it’s not an oxymoron and these well-designed places are very reasonably priced for what you get.

I still write for one print magazine on a regular basis, Global Traveler, and am currently working on a Machu Picchu story for them. But I’ve got a feature story in the October issue about Panama. If you’re near a newsstand or in a United Airlines lounge, check it out to see the pretty print version. But here’s the online one: Unexpected Adventure in Panama.

The Flight Network, a booking site in Canada, is syndicating some of my past narrative stories on their “Let’s Roll” blog and the first one is up now. It’s a Mexico City piece that won a few awards when it came out originally: “Unbalanced in the Sinking City.” Read it here.