I started travel writing in 2004, as a lifestyle change from a corporate career in telecommunications. Travel writing gave me the opportunity to travel the world. I’ve been to all seven continents and over 56 countries. Little did I know how fast the landscape would change. Back then, it was difficult to break into travel writing but these days, anyone with the tenacity and the will to succeed can learn how to start a travel blog, however, it takes time and dedication.
Life of a travel writer
The travel writers interviewed have been travel writing for at least 10 years and many have been writing and travelling professionally for more than 20 years.
What’s the best thing about the life of travel writer?
Kerry Heaney: I like to explore new places and find great food.
Kate Armstrong: For me, the best thing about travel is the delight of new sensations when you step off a bus or an airplane.
Maria Visconti: I like places that are unknown where I don’t know the culture or the language and I’m totally out of my comfort zone.
Lee Mylne: It’s about learning about other people, other places…every place is different but we’re all the same.
Kara Murphy: Lately, I like travelling to explore new underwater landscapes. The last year I’ve been doing underwater photography.
Danielle Lancaster: Everything is good for a different reason.
What do you look for when you travel?
Kate Armstrong: It’s everything from aromas of spices to the sounds of church bells.
Lee Mylne: It’s not about ticking the boxes. It’s about learning things. It’s about meeting people, hearing their stories.
Sue Gough Henly: I think when you’re in a fresh new place you’re so alert and you’re so observant about the everyday things that it makes it special.
Kate Armstrong: For me it’s about the cuisine, it’s about the connections and the friendships that I make along the way.
What’s your favourite destination?
Kate Armstrong: My favourite destination at the moment would be Portugal.
Sue Gough Henly: My favourite destination has to be France. I’m a complete Francophile.
Maria Visconti: A favourite area of mine is Asia. My heart is in Asia.
Kara Murphy: Lady Elliot Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Lee Mylne: New Zealand.
Kara Murphy: Because you can swim with turtles every time you get in the water.
Lee Mylne: Because it’s so diverse, so beautiful.
Kerry Heaney: I just spent a month in Europe and I have to say that was wonderful, really enjoyed that.
Christine Retschlag: I have to say Queensland. I’ve actually thought a little bit about this and I love it. I’m born and bred here. It’s beautiful. It’s got everything – the world’s oldest rainforest, the world’s largest Reef. It’s got the Outback. It’s got the best beaches. It’s got fantastic people, fantastic climate, and fantastic food. You know what’s not to love?
What do you collect when you travel?
Kerry Heaney: Earrings because they are small. Tea towels because I’m a food writer and memories.
Danielle Lancaster: No, no I’m not a collector. I will occasionally buy something that’s a little bit unusual like a small piece of pottery. No, I’m not a collector. I’m just a collector of photography gear.
Christine Retschlag: I just think that one day I’ll be an old lady and I’ll be sitting there looking through all my stories and thinking about my memories. I’ll be thinking about all the characters that someone a little piece of them comes home with you and changes you.