I am really pleased to announce a big change to this site, which has been my personal baby since its inception. Over the last five years, I have accepted a few guest posts here and there from people that I respect and admire, but it has always just been an occasional one-off policy. Most everything on this site has been from my eyes and from my point of view.
Over the past year or so, as I have expanded out the amount of time I have been working on starting the Professional Travel Bloggers Association and also working to get the Navigate Media Group off the ground and some other projects that have been coming into fruition, I have realized that I have had less time for writing than is needed for this site. Plus, I really want to start expanding out my video work a great deal also which is going to take up an increasing amount of my remaining time.
Though my work with travel bloggers, not only as part of the BlogHouse projects but also just from my expanding my horizons looking for project partners, I have worked with and come across some extraordinary writers and photographers in the past year. I’ve wanted an excuse to work with quite a number of them for a while and I decided a few weeks back that as a result, I am going to change how I run this site.
I’m not going to be bowing out of the writing on this site at all, but from this point onward there is going to be a lot more diversity in voices here to choose from.
I have invited four of my favorite bloggers to become regular contributors to this site and I am honored to say they all agreed.
Here is how this is going to work from this point onward. These four are simply going to write what they want, when they want. I am hoping they will have time out of their busy schedules to each write a couple times a month, but whatever they can manage will be welcomed by me.
I already love their writing, their photography and their style. I think you will love them also.
With no further ado, come meet the new regular contributing writers to this site:
Liz’s blog is Young Adventuress, which is a blog geared toward adventure and slow travel. Liz Carlson began the blog while trekking through the Andes before moving to Spain for two years, where she has been teaching English and living the expat life. With over 30 countries under her belt, Liz is now planning to take on New Zealand and explore a whole other side of the world.
Ed Graham runs the travel photography website The Polar Route. He has photographed his way through 30+ countries over the last 6 years and counting. He plans to help simplify the often complicated process of photography so you can avoid the mistakes he has made and start taking better travel photos right now.
Flora is a writer and travel blogger who chronicles her adventures at Flora The Explorer. A traveling storyteller with a self penned obsession for the weirdnesses of the world, she spends her time collecting tall tales, small souvenirs and a delightful array of crazy adventures.
Nat and Tim:
Together for close to a quarter of a century, A Cook Not Mad‘s Tim and and Nat have indulged their passion for life and experience to the fullest, but they feel most alive when traveling, cooking and eating. An award winning chef, Tim has dedicated his life and career to cooking and the pursuit of honest food. As a professional photographer, Nat records their adventures with incredible pictures of everyday life and the extraordinary. They believe that everyone should get to know a culture by learning about the foods they eat and living like a local as much as they can.
The profile page for all of them, which more detailed bios on all of them, also has all their social media contact info. They will be writing under their own bylines on this site, so you will be able to easily tell who authored each piece, but given their different interests and voices, I don’t think you will have a problem getting to know their different styles and views pretty quickly.
I really hope you like this big expansion of the site and its more varied look at the world from here forward. But I am not going to assume anything about it — I want your feedback. Feel free to email me privately, if you’d like, at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop comments in on this post, their profile page, or any of their posts.
I want to know what you want going forward — and I will try to deliver it to you. Thanks.