Travel Writing 2.0 by Tim Leffel
Paperback: 254 page
Publisher: Splinter Press (July 30, 2010)
Travel Writing 2.0 is both a book and a Blog
This is the first guide to earning money from travel writing in a media landscape turned upside down. With stories and advice from dozens of working travel writers, editors, and publishers, Travel Writing 2.0 leads readers on a path to success straddling print and electronic media. Written by Tim Leffel, a successful writer, book author, editor, and blogger.
Tim Leffel is an award-winning travel writer, author, and value travel expert who is frequently quoted in the major media. He has circled the globe three times and dispatched articles from five continents. He is editor of the highly regarded webzine PerceptiveTravel.com and also edits the Practical Travel Gear blog (www.PracticalTravelGear.com). See more at
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It was in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico and I was staying at a five-star hotel on the beach called Las Hadas (meaning the fairies). (“Bo Derek slept here” while filming 10.) I heard that in the morning there was a van leaving on a trip to the Magic Town (Pueblo Magico) of Comala, Colima so I signed up. In this case “magic” has nothing to do with Harry Potter, but is the designation Mexico has given several towns around the country that offer visitors a “magical” experience–by reason of their natural beauty, cultural riches or historical relevance.
The van left in the morning with me, an attractive actress from Hollywood, a PR woman from Miami and a reporter from Chicago. We toured the Manzanillo Bay, then headed out to the Magic Town. On the way we came to a small hill, la Loma de Fatima, where more “magic” had occurred. It seems that Volcan de Fuego (Fire Volcano), the active volcano that overlooks the town of Colima had once erupted, threatening to inundate the town and surrounds with lava. The people went to the top of this hill and prayed to Fatima. The lava miraculously stopped just short of the town, so the people erected a shrine to Fatima here. Read more at Global Writes.
I’m in Cartagena right now, getting ready to leave today by boat to Punto Faro on Múcura Island in the Caribbean. Was in Bogota a few days ago. Here are a few photos:
On to Múcura Island
A short boat ride from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye’s only town, Las Terrazas is a 37-room Caribbean getaway with townhouse-style accommodations, tropical landscaping, a 70 foot pool surrounded by comfy loungers and a long stretch of white sand beach. Lovers, adventurers and serious divers–the world’s second largest barrier reefs is a few minutes away—hang out with spa goers and occasional families. Read more at Luxury Latin America.
The Belize island of Ambergris Caye (pronounced key) and the Northern Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef lie just off the tip of the southernmost part of Mexico.
I was in the south of the Mexican Caribbean—the state of Quintana Roo—in the small port city of Chetumal (the state’s capital). The more popular Cancun and the Riviera Maya are in the north of the state. Driving along the Bahia (bay) Drive, I spotted two small buildings near the municipal pier with colorful signs announcing “Chetumal to San Pedro (Ambergris) Water Taxi.” Somewhere I’d never been! Between the two I negotiated a good price and bought two tickets.
I went back to where I was staying on the stunning Laguna Bacalar, got on the Internet and made reservations for Las Terrazas Resort on Ambergris.
In a little more than an hour and a half after leaving Chetumal I arrived at the dock in San Pedro, a lively island town with people on the beach playing volleyball, venders selling handicrafts, music, dive shops and a row of small shops and restaurants. Read more at Examiner.
“Mild to Wild Jeep Trail Tours – Animas Forks Ghost Town”
See the slide show at Tripadvisor.