Travel Writing 2.0 by Tim Leffel – A Resource for the Beginning and the Seasoned Writer


Travel Writing 2.0 by Tim Leffel

Travel Writing 2.0 by Tim Leffel


Travel Writing 2.0 by Tim Leffel
254 page
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

Tim Leffel (with hat)


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 and also edits the Practical Travel Gear blog ( See more at

“The rules are changing fast. The way many successful travel
writers earn money has completely changed in the past five years.
The people really doing the best are the ones ignoring the traditional
paths of depending on others for a check and are charting their own
“So while this book is big on practical advice, it’s not so big on
most of the specifics you historically find in travel writing books.
The main reason is, the real money is going to the most creative
thinkers. They are making their own rules.”

Judith Fein’s book “Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel”

Judith Fein’s  book Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel

a book review by John Lamkin

Life is a Trip by Judith Fein

Life is a Trip by Judith Fein

Who can ride a funeral boat in Mog Mog, alongside the deceased’s body, hang out in Mexican prison, apprentice with a shaman a la Don Juan, eat camel meat and leave for home from each adventure with a new life transforming experience?

Judith Fein in her new book Life is a Trip does just that and more. On the 14 exotic globetrotting adventures described in this book, Fein shows the reader how to use travel as a way to transform one’s life – how to be a traveler instead of a tourist.

In Life is a Trip Fein goes to Vietnam to get a massage, meets the High Priest of the ancient Israelite Samaritans on a holy mountain, visits a god in Guatemala, and has many more exciting and transformative adventures. She is definitely not your run-of-the-mill travel writer

This entertaining book will fascinate the seasoned, the novice and the armchair traveler.

Judith Fein

Judith Fein

About the Author

Judith Fein is an award-winning international travel journalist who lives to leave. She resided for more than ten years in Europe and North Africa and has a passion for adventures that are exotic, authentic, quirky, historic and immersed in local culture. She has written travel articles for more than 90 magazines, newspapers and internet sites.

Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel
by Judith Fein

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Spirituality & Health Books

ISBN-10: 0981870880

ISBN-13: 978-0981870885

A book launch celebration for Life is a Trip will be on Thursday, August 19th, at 5 pm at Garcia Street Books in Santa Fe, New Mexico (376 Garcia Street; 505-986-9151)

The Travel Bloggers Show


The Travel Bloggers Show

The first travel industry conference for travel bloggers is being held in Orlando on September 11-12 in conjunction with North America’s top travel conference, THETRADESHOW. The 2-day event will bring together travel bloggers from across the world to network and learn from one another. Participants will have the chance to experience some of Orlando’s most popular attractions as well as learn new skills thanks to a dynamic series of targeted educational seminars and panels.

Chris ElliotFeaturing travel expert Chris Elliott:

Travel blog & website
National Geographic Traveler magazine’s reader advocate
Writes the syndicated “Travel Troubleshooter” column which appears in 50+ U.S. newspapers and websites
Produces a popular weekly commentary on
Writes the “Navigator” column in Sunday’s Washington Post

Schedule of Events *subject to change

Saturday, September 11
Enjoy special VIP Perks to include discounts to area attractions
Sunday, September 12
9am – 9:45am Seminar: A Top Travel Blogger Shares How He Does It
Presenter:  Chris Elliott

Whether you’re just starting your life as a travel blogger or already consider yourself a veteran, this seminar will offer new insight into how to take your blog from zero to 60. Attendees will learn the ins and outs of producing a blog that is on everyone’s must-read list.

10am – 10:45am Seminar: Working with travel marketers and P.R. agencies
Presenter:  Edward Hasbrouck

Some travel bloggers depend on publicists for access to travel information and experiences to write about, and value their news  tips. Other bloggers dismiss publicists and marketers as time-wasting spammers. In this session, we’ll explore the sources of  misunderstanding and some of the win- win ways that travel bloggers, publicists, and marketers can fulfill our differing goals and roles while helping, instead of angering, each other.

  • Finding common ground: How PR agencies and marketers can help travel bloggers
  • Why publicists and marketers often misunderstand and have a negative impression of bloggers.
  • How to make life easier for yourself by making it easier for marketers and publicists to understand you and your blog. (And how you can better understand them.)
  • News, advertising, and everything in between: Are you a journalist or an ad salesperson?
  • Building relationships with publicists and marketers: Are you pitching or being pitched?
  • FTC guidelines and ethics of disclosures of freebies, junkets, and sponsorships.
11am – 11:45am Panel Seminar: One Subject, One Blog: Do’s and Don’ts for Niche Blogging
Moderator: Kim Mance
Panelists: Matt Kepnes, Janice Waugh, Jeanine Barone, Beth Whitman

Whatever it is—cruising, the culinary traditions of Italy, backpacking—you’re passionate about it. But how do you keep the content fresh when you’re only covering one subject, and sometimes a narrowly focused subject at that? Attendees of this panel discussion will hear from niche travel bloggers about their trials and travails when it comes to providing new content with a creative spin.

2pm – 5pm Trade Show – meet one on one with travel industry suppliers and destinations

Monday & Tuesday – see THETRADESHOW Schedule of Events

Registration fee of $35 includes access to THE TRAVEL BLOGGERS SHOW educational sessions, badge to attend THETRADESHOW including all educational seminars, trade show and delegate functions (excluding private events).  Registrants can also take advantage of complimentary tickets to Orlando theme parks including Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure, Disney Parks, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica.

Speakers and presenters:

Chris ElliotChris Elliott is a consumer advocate for MSNBC, National Geographic Traveler, Tribune Media Services and The Washington Post. He’s best known as an advocate for travelers, as the author of the weekly syndicated Travel Troubleshooter column and this site.

Edward HasbrouckEdward Hasbrouck writes the “Practical Nomad” blog at, providing how-to tips and consumer advice for an audience that ranges from backpackers to business travellers.

Kim ManceKim Mance is editor of and blogs about travel for various outlets like Marie Claire’s Travel Diaries. She is also founder TBEX, the definitive hub for travel bloggers online, which hosts annual conferences in North America and Europe.

Janice WaughJanice Waugh is the Publisher, Editor & Writer of Solo Traveler, co-founder of the Global Bloggers Network and Toronto organizer of Meet Plan Go

Matt KepnesMatt Kepnes is founder and author of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site, a backpacking and budget travel website dedicated to showing people how to travel longer on less money.

Jeanine BaroneJeanine Barone is a nationally published travel writer who also guest blogs and pens the “J The Travel Authority” blog at which provides suggestions on under-the-radar venues around the world as well as travel product reviews and savvy travel tips.

Beth WhitmanBeth Whitman is the founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick, which includes the website, guidebook series and tours, all dedicated to encouraging women to pursue their dream journeys. She’s also the Women’s Travel Editor at Transitions Abroad and a contributor to Perceptive Travel.

To Register

First IFWTWA WiFTy Scholarship Awarded to Las Vegas Travel Write

First WiFTy Scholarship Awarded to Las Vegas Travel Writer

Travel Journalist JoAnna Haugen

Travel Journalist JoAnna Haugen

October, 2009.            The Board of Directors of International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association is pleased to announce the results of the first annual competition for the organization’s WiFTy Scholarship. After careful deliberation, the Board chose JoAnna Haugen of Las Vegas, Nevada as the scholarship winner for her story Cusco, Peru: the Heart of the Inca Empire”.

Haugen states “I read about the IfWTWA scholarship on Twitter and there was never any doubt in my mind that I would apply for it. When I traveled to Peru in April, I knew that Cusco had a story as the hub to the Inca Trail. Winning is already an amazing opportunity and I’m looking forward to meeting many seasoned writers on the grand prize cruise. I have no doubt it will be an education I shall never forget”.

Haugen’s Grand Prize award includes:

  • An invitation to join fellow IFWTWA members aboard Holland America’s ms Eurodam for the 2010 Conference at Sea, January 2010
  • A one year membership in IFWTWA
  • The winning entry will be published in Global Writes, the IFWTWA online magazine.

Honorable Mention candidates who won a one-year membership in IFWTWA came from around the globe:

1.       Warren Bobrow – Morristown, NJ

2.       Sarah Ring – Las Cruces, NM

3.       Melissa Leong – Sydney, Australia

4.       Stacey Holtzer – Houston, TX

5.       Naomi Abeliovich – Jerusalem, Israel

6.       Anne Gaelle Laplanche – Rockville, MD

7.       Kathleen Ann Gurchiek – Woodbridge, VA

8.       Hieu Huynh – Atlanta, GA

9.       Amanda Miccio – Franklin Square, NY

10.   Aya Lowe – Dubai, UAE

11.   Lauren Issaeff – Denver, CO

12.   Shamanth Rao – Calicut, Kerala, India

13.   LuAnn Schindler – Ewing, NE

14.  Marnely Rodriguez – Hyde Park, NY

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For more info:

Leigh Cort


Member of IFWTWA Board of Directors

Publicity Chairman