Recommended Links

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of travel Web sites on the internet. Surfing through them blindly can be overwhelming. We've organized a few of our favorites to help direct you to sites of common interest where you can slice straight through to quality sites with valuable information. If your favorite travel Web site isn't listed here, send an email to webeditor@travelerstales.com and we'll consider adding it.

  1. Travel Writing
  2. Travel Magazines
  3. Travel Bookstores
  4. Travel Writers Conferences
  5. Travel Book Publishers
  6. TT Contributors' Web sites
  7. Travel Providers

Travel Writing

Adventure Travel Media Source
Adventure Travel Media Source doesn't provide stories to read, but is a good site for travel writers looking for story ideas and hoping to link up with adventure travel companies. They distribute a twice-weekly newsletter.

Away.com
While mostly an online booking agent with 10,000 unique trips to choose from, inspirational travel stories and an outlet to post your travelogue and photo journal is also available. It doesn't have the personal feel that the others do, but it's a simple set up.

BootsnAll.com
BootsnAll Indie TravelBootsnAll is a resource focussed on Independent Travel and they've been around since 1998. Visit their Writers' Guidelines for more information on what and how to submit. And yes, they pay. Don't miss their inspiring and informative travel newsletters either! Their most recent development is Indie, a first of its kind, Multi-Country Flight Finder that allows you to get instant pricing on RTW trips and buy those tickets online. No more waiting for emailed quotes.

JourneyWoman: The Premier Travel Resource for Women
Written by, for, and about women travelers—editor Evelyn Hannon has done an amazing job creating the quintessential web site for women with wanderlust. JourneyWoman has won more than a dozen awards, but the content is what's really impressive. She has a first-rate newsletter, a growing list of country specific advice, advice for first time travelers, biz travelers, or those heading out alone—all woman specific.

Literary Traveler
Here's an online magazine where you can find inspiring, informative, and unique articles about writers, and the places they traveled. They take submissions and pay $25 per article.

The Spain Scoop
Fun, expert travel advice on Spain: they dish the "delicious and the diverse."

Studies in Travel Writing
Studies in Travel Writing is an international journal published annually by the School of Arts, Communication and Culture of the Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England. Its aim is to promote, exchange, and debate scholarly work on travel writing.

Travel Intelligence
A UK based travel knowledge and publishing company that both publishes and represents top travel writers from around the globe. Though their subscription fee is US$23, you can be inspired by nearly 70 members including: Simon Winchester, Joe Cummings, Sara Wheeler, and Isabella Tree among others.

Travelwriters.com
A great resource for travel writers where you can find writing tips, industry and market news, how to sell an eBook, available press trips, and more. Editors, Publishers and PR agencies can also use this site in reverse to find travel writers.

Triporati
A great resource for discovering new places that match your travel interests, as well as loads of information about world travel. Try their destination discovery engine to find the ideal places for your next trip.

Wild Writing Women
The Wild Writing Women, most of whom are TT contributors, have launched a quarterly ezine, with the first issue dedicated to The Grand Tour. Each issue offers columns, reviews, a photo gallery, and an advice column. Check it out.

WorldHum
Freelance writers Jim Benning and Mike Yessis have banded together to create a site that's not chock-a-bloc with tips and resources, but rather, in their own words, "describes the rush that we feel when we travel, a surge of adrenaline, electricity, and sometimes, on this ever-shrinking planet, connection." It's fresh online travel writing. And their Weblog often informs you of other great travel writing outlets, travel writers, and related news and events. They take submissions.


Travel Magazines

Condé Nast Traveler
A little hard to find since you don't get what you want when typing in CondeNasteTraveler.com. Concierge.com is where you can get most of your CNT travel info from including The Gold List, Top 40 Spas, The Hot List, Top 50 Ski Resorts, The Perrin Report, Ombudsman Archives and more. But don't expect copy from the current issue, they just tease you with their table of contents.

Islands
Tons of leads and info on all island destinations. Sadly, you don't get the great photos that come with the print version.

National Geographic Adventure
While not as flashy or comprehensive as NGT and the rest of the sites from NGS, you do get excerpts from the print version here. Sometimes there are special "online only" photos too.

National Geographic Traveler
Get the magazine for the great reads, and go to the Web site for the heaps of info and online leads. Wherever the road takes you next, don't leave home without checking in to their Travelwise section. You'll find the best of the Web links here, and all you need to know before you go.

Perceptive Travel
Perceptive Travel is a narrative webzine featuring the best travel stories from book authors on the move. It won two of the four grand prizes in 2007's "Best Travel Writing" awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association and has placed stories in several anthologies.

Transitions Abroad
Essential practical and cultural resources for those who want to travel responsibly. Their specialty is helping travelers live, study, and work over seas.

Travel & Leisure
For those with a mindset to be pampered and the wallet to back it up. Their Web site has lots of deals, travel tools and articles.

Worldtrekker.ca
Worldtrekker.ca is an online travel magazine that promises to bring inspiration and much needed information to those who are curious about what lies beyond the horizon.


Travel Bookstores

Book Passage (Corte Madera, San Francisco Bay Area, CA)
This is a full service book store with a strong specialty in travel. Their travel section is so big that it's in an adjoining building and sells travel related gifts and accessories as well. Check out their event listings for top name travel writers and their renowned annual travel writer's conference held in August.

California Map & Travel Center (Santa Monica, CA)
The online accompaniment to their brick and mortar store is thorough. Beyond books, Mapper.com sells GPS and navigation software, globes, and heaps of language audio programs and dictionaries from more places than you thought there were tapes for. Azerbaijan? Yep. Urdu—what's that? Well, they've got it. Go ahead, test them.

Distant Lands (Pasadena, CA)
This well-stocked travel bookstore and shop has a friendly staff that's willing to go the extra mile to be an invaluable resource for travelers. Their store was founded with the mission to create an atmosphere conducive to browsing and the love of travel—and they've succeeded.

Easy Going Travel Shop and Bookstore (Berkeley, CA)
A one stop travel shop and bookstore. Their staff is friendly, well traveled, and generous with advice for independent travelers who want to know a culture in depth before their trip. Don't miss their great free events—current calendar of speakers and programs can be found online.

Globe Corner Books (Cambridge, MA)
The Globe Corner Bookstore carries one of North America's largest selections of books and maps for the traveler, a full range of travel and outdoor recreation reference materials for a destination, and a wide selection of globes, world and regional wall maps, historic map reproductions, satellite views, world atlases, nautical books, and topographic map software to complement destination-oriented books and maps.

Powell's (Portland, OR)
One of the best known independent stores, and covers more than travel. Their Web site has great interviews where you can find out more about your favorite travel writers including Bill Bryson, Pico Iyer, Paul Theroux, Simon Winchester, Jonathan Raban, and more.

Savvy Traveller (Chicago, IL)
For all kinds of travelers…business, family, adventure, and dreamers. Everything for the traveler is here but your ticket.

The Travel Bug BookStore (Vancouver, BC)
They specialize in travel books, maps, accessories, and luggage. They have over 10,000 book titles.


Travel Writers Conferences

Book Passage Travel Writers & Photography Conference
Held annually for ten years now, this preeminent four-day conference takes place in August, and draws an impressive faculty and speaker list which has included: Jan Morris, Tony Wheeler, Isabel Allende, Tim Cahill, Peter Matthiessen, Pico Iyer, Larrry Habegger, and Mary Morris among others.

Travel Writers Conference at Troutbeck
In their eighth year and located in the Hudson Valley two hours north of Manhattan, the 2001 conference faculty included editors from National Geographic Traveler, Travel & Leisure, BizTravel.com, National Geographic Adventure, Travel & Life, and speakers from American Airlines, National Geographic, Distinction, the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, and more.

U.S.-Cuba Writers Conference
This conference brings together established and aspiring writers from both the U.S. and Cuba in workshops that cover travel writing within the non-fiction genre (with Rubén Martínez), as well as instruction in fiction, poetry, drama, translation, story-telling, and writing for performance. The conference, a sort of literary détente, takes place in Havana, and all participants are covered by a U.S. Treasury license permitting travel to Cuba. As most events include both English and Spanish, bilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply.


Travel Book Publishers


The presence of book publishers on the Web varies drastically. Some are online catalogs for titles available in mainstream bookstores, while others have Web sites that go above and beyond their title list to bring travelers an assortment of travel news, trip planning tools, destination information, and more. In any case, they all give you the opportunity to buy their books online.

Avalon Publishing includes the imprints Moon Handbooks, Rick Steves, and Foghorn Outdoors, among others.

Eyewitness Travel Guides
See visually what the other travel books are just writing about. These guides are packed with color photographs, maps, diagrams and drawings that bring your intended travel destination to life.

Fodor's
Fodor's has partnered with iExplore.com for all your trip booking needs. They also have a terrific resource section; a language branch where you can learn the basics in French, German, Italian, and Spanish; a restaurant locator; and destination information.

Frommers
This award winning site represents 18 book series with over 300 titles. However, at first glance books are the last thing you'd think of. It appears to be more of a busy playground for travel bargain hunters.

Globe Pequot
Globe Pequot has been around in various forms and under different owners since 1947. They specialize in regional guides and their list comprises books on domestic and international travel, outdoor recreation, sports, how-to, cookiing, and nature. Their site is well organized and browsing their 1,000 titles is quite easy.

Insight Guides
Founded by German graphic designer Hans Hoefer in 1960, Insight Guides provide the traveler with insight to a country's history, culture, its people and politics. To date they've expanded to cater to their audiences bringing them compact guides, pocket guides, dictionaries, maps, phrase books, and discovery guides.

Let's Go Travel Guides
Started in 1960 by a handful of well traveled Harvard students handing out pamphlets of travel advice to Europe, Let's Go continues to be "researched, written, and produced entirely by students who know first-hand how to see the world on the cheap." Their Web site is one of the better ones done by travel publishers—just check out their resource links—and of their 53 titles, Let's Go Europe is one of the world's best selling international travel guides.

Lonely Planet
Not only award winning, but also the most visible guidebook on the road. Same goes for their Web site, which gets nearly a million visitors a month. Go online for destination information, The Scoop (travel advisory column), Don George's travel column, the Subway (Travel links) and the Thorn Tree (the most widely used traveler's discussion board on the net), and much more.

National Geographic Books
Quality and quantity. From books on adventure, geography, and exploration to history, nature, science, and more. Their Web site is as classy as their photographs.

Rough Guides
Could be the only travel publisher to put the entire text of their guidebooks online. It's an amazing resource. But that's not all. They also have a free and subscription based travel club where you can get insider info, read or write travel journals, and earn "Go Points" for trips, frequent flyer miles, gear, and more.

Ulysses Press
Founded by Ray Riegert in 1983, Ulysses is mostly known for its "Hidden" travel guides that explore and encourage off-the-beaten-path travel. They have since expanded to include alternative health books and spirituality titles.


TT Contributors' Web sites


Mikkel Aaland: author, Sword of Heaven, The Spiritual Gifts of Travel

Kathryn J. Abajian: contributor, The Best Women's Travel Writing 2005, 30 Days in the South Pacific.

Faith Adiele: contributor, The Best Women's Travel Writing 2005, A Woman's Asia.

Lea Aschkenas: contributor, Cuba, Central America

Anastasia M. Ashman: contributor, The Thong Also Rises

Lisa Bach: editor, Her Fork In The Road, 365 Travel: A Daily Book of Journeys, Meditations, and Adventures

Roberta Beach Jacobson: sidebar contributor, Greece

Kathy Borrus: author of The Fearless Shopper

Michael Buckley: contributor, China, India, Thailand, and Tibet

Shari Caudron: contributor, The Thong Also Rises

Joe Cawley: contributor, Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why

Kim Chernin: contributor, A Woman's Path, The Spiritual Gifts of Travel

Broughton Coburn: contributor, Nepal, Tibet

David Elliott Cohen: author, One Year Off

Kathleen Comstock: contributor, The Best Travel Writing 2005, A Woman's Europe

Ted Conover: contributor, Mexico

Phil Cousineau: contributor, The Spiritual Gifts of Travel, introduction, Pilgrimage

David Farley: editor, Prague and the Czech Republic, contributor, The Best Travelers' Tales 2004

Lynn Ferrin: contributor, Not So Funny When It Happened, A Woman's Passion For Travel, A Woman's World, Mexico

Laura Florand (formerly Laura Higgins): contributor, Adventures in Wine, Provence, 30 Days in the South Pacific, The World Is a Kitchen

Colleen Friesen: contributor, A Woman's Asia, Whose Panties Are These?, and The Thong Also Rises

Deborah J. Fryer: contributor, The Best Women's Travel Writing 2006, The Best Travel Writing 2005, Her Fork in the Road

Joseph Gelfer: sidebar contributor, Turkey

Don George: editor, Japan, contributor, Greece, France, Paris, Hong Kong

Richard Goodman: contributor, France, Introduction, Provence, Food, and The Road Within.

Laurie Gough: author, Kite Strings of the Southern Cross and contributor to many TT anthologies.

Jeff Greenwald: contributor, numerous books in the TT series

Stephanie Elizondo Griest: contributor, Cuba, Turkey, Her Fork in the Road, and China

Stefan Gutermuth: TT's cover designer/art director

Larry Habegger: the Executive Editor for Travelers' Tales.

Jann Huizenga: contributor to many TT books. Her blog is at www.baroquesicily.com

Gary Kamiya: contributor, San Francisco, Pilgrimage

Carla King: contributor, Food, France

Laurie McAndish King: contributor, 30 Days in Italy, The Thong Also Rises

Michael Lane and Jim Crotty: contributors, San Francisco, Not So Funny When It Happened

Doug Lansky: author, Last Trout in Venice, editor, There's No Toilet Paper On The Road Less Traveled,, contributor to Not So Funny When It Happened, Australia

Diane LeBow: contributor, A Mother's World, 365 Travel.

Tim Leffel: author, Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune

Jennifer Leo: editor, Sand In My Bra & Other Misadventures, Whose Panties are These?, The Thong Also Rises co-editor, A Woman's Path, author, A Woman's Passion For Travel, The Adventure of Food, 365 Travel

Art Lester: contributor, The Best Travel Writing 2006

Michael McCarthy: contributor, The Best Travel Writing 2008 and The Best Travel Writing 2009

Linda Watanabe McFerrin: contributor, San Francisco, A Woman's Path, Her Fork In The Road, Tuscany, American Southwest

Kathleen Meyer: contributor, Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures, A Woman's Passion for Travel

Pamela Michael: editor, The Gift of Rivers, co-editor, A Woman's Passion For Travel, A Mother's World, contributor, A Woman's World, Food

Cathleen Miller: contributor, San Francisco

Tom Miller: editor, Cuba,, contributor, American Southwest

Laurence Mitchell: contributor, Turkey, Encounters with the Middle East

Brad Newsham: author, Take Me With You,, contributor to San Francisco, Japan, There's No Toilet Paper On The Road Less Traveled

James O'Reilly: publisher and co-founder of Travelers' Tales. With his wife Wenda and three daughters he also publishes Birdcage Press.

Sean O'Reilly: Sean is the editor and author of several books and stories in the Travelers' Tales series. He's also the author of the hilarious and inspiring book, How to Manage Your Dick: Redirect Sexual Energy and Discover Your More Spiritually Enlightened, Evolved Self

Tim O'Reilly: co-founder of Travelers' Tales, is co-editor of The Road Within and has contributed stories to books such as Ireland and Paris. He is also the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media.

Cleo Paskal: contributor, Food, Not So Funny When It Happened, Women In The Wild, Japan

Carol Penn-Romine: contributor, What Color Is Your Jockstrap?, The Thong Also Rises, The World Is a Kitchen>/a>

Meg Noble Peterson: contributor, A Woman's Asia, and author of Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? An Intimate Journey Through Africa and Asia

Rolf Potts: contributor, Turkey, Greece, Not So Funny When It Happened

Felice Prager: contributor, Whose Panties Are These? and Wild with Child

Ed Readicker-Henderson: contributor, Alaska

Michelle Richmond: contributor, Adventures in Wine

Janet Riehl: contributor, Stories to Live By

Marianne Rogoff: contributor, The Best Travel Writing 2006 and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008

Kent E. St. John: contributor, Ireland, Pilgrimage, and The Spiritual Gifts of Travel

Maxine Rose Schur: contributor, Paris, A Woman's Europe

Victoria Shaw: contributor, The Best Women's Travel Writing 2005. Also see her art site.

Bill Sherwonit: coeditor, Travelers' Tales Alaska

Joel Simon: contributor, Thailand, Mexico, Spain, The Ultimate Journey, Gift of Travel, India, Greece

Nancy Smay: contributor, More Sand in My Bra

Cameron M. Smith: contributor, The Best Travel Writing 2008

April Thompson: contributor, Turkey

Steve Van Beek: contributor, Thailand, San Francisco, Nepal

Catherine Watson: contributor, The World Is a Kitchen, Turkey, A Woman's Europe, A Woman's Passion for Travel, and A Woman's World.

Julia Weiler: contributor, The Thong Also Rises and What Color Is Your Jockstrap?; coeditor of More Sand In My Bra; and winner of the "Fancy Pants" contest for Whose Panties Are These?

Joel Widzer: author, The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel

Gerard Wozek: contributor, The Road Within

Alison Wright: contributor, Nepal, The Spiritual Gifts of Travel

Judy Wylie: editor, Love & Romance, contributor, Gift of Travel, Hong Kong, A Dog's World

David Yeadon: author, The Way of the Wanderer, contributor, India, The Road Within, The Adventure of Food, Gift of Travel, Spain, The Spiritual Gifts of Travel Love & Romance, Hong Kong, The Ultimate Journey, Tuscany, Australia

Chellis Ying: contributor, The Best Travel Writing 2005. Also see her blog.

Bill Zarchy: contributor, What Color Is Your Jockstrap?


Travel Providers


Chez Vous
Chez Vous, based in Sausalito, California, offers wonderful apartments full of character and many different sizes and price levels for holiday rentals all over Paris. When you arrive you are greeted by competent and friendly English-speaking staff who go over the basics with you and wish you well as you embark on settling into your home away from home, turning Chez Vous into Chez Moi. Apartments can be viewed on the Chez Vous website. For more information, please email: bonjour@chezvous.com, call 415.331.2535, or write to them at 1001 Bridgeway, PMB 245, Sausalito, California 94965.

Global Philosophy Travel
Global Philosophy Travel is a specialty travel agency offering unique, off-the-beaten-path travel worldwide; the agency began from a lifelong passion for world exploration and firsthand experience of different cultures and ways of life. Owner Lisa Cisero introduces travel as a privilege art form and is eager to share her in-depth, off-the-beaten-path knowledge, taking travel to a whole new realm. From castle vacations to art and architecture tours, vineyard vacations, culinary tours, villa rentals, active adventure, to women's only, eco-tours, ranch vacations, cruising and more, options are plentiful!

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