If you’re involved in travel writing or other tourism industries you may have seen work grind to a halt in a lot of ways in the past couple of months, let’s face it, it’s a bit hard selling the dreams of travel when there’s nowhere to go. But for the glass half full people like myself there are still plenty of ways to stay involved.
Every day since taking the chance to begin freelance writing in 2015, has been a learning experience. For everyone who’s had a desire to write, it takes a leap of faith into uncharted waters and everyone’s reasons on how and why they decided to jump into the business of writing are different. For everyone though, there seems to be a common thread which is the satisfaction of having work printed, seeing it in black and white, and in my case an added thrill when photos are accepted for publication and the ultimate accolade, when they make the cover of a magazine. To be able to hold what you’ve written in your hands in the form of a magazine and knowing that possibly hundreds even thousands of other people are seeing and reading your work is quite mind boggling and satisfying.
A very busy four days recently in Melbourne meant squeezing in a lot of must see and dos into a short space of time, but high on my list was to try and catch up and meet with a fellow writer whose work I’ve admired for a while, after having struck up a friendship through our blogs and Instagram posts. Miriam Blaker is a freelance writer and columnist, blogger and so much more.
After having travelled for long distances and lived simply out of a caravan, it becomes very clear that we don’t need so much ‘stuff’ in our lives to make us happy and content. It is lovely though to celebrate special days and give in to what we really want to be doing rather than have to.
I love the planning for a holiday, to me it brings the departure time even closer. To stock the caravan I use the trusty packing list saved on computer. Printing off a packing list is really useful for the everyday items but also gets you thinking of the specific holiday destination you’re going to and what you’ll need.
For me there are a few standard things that no matter whether it’s a beach holiday, river or bush I never leave home without. Continue reading