The reason this blog exists is thanks to a travel blog I started back in 2011. We were on our honeymoon in Europe, a 3 week road trip, and our family and friends wanted to know where we were and what we were up to. I decided to chronicle the trip through a blog, and it didn't feel like a chore at the time to write each day. Some people came for the stories about bird poop, street festivals, and getting lost on European highways; other came for the photos of picturesque towns, centuries-old ruins, and, of course, food. This was back in the day when I loved to eat and rarely cooked...and if I did cook, it was mediocre at best and inedible at worst.
Once we returned from Europe, I missed writing. Actually what I said was "great, honeymoon's over, now what?". The highlight of the trip for me was the simple fresh food in every place. I had never experienced tomatoes that crisp and sweet or cheese so fresh and flavorful. I decided to start cooking completely on the whim, and that's how this blog was born. You can see my first kitchening around post here.
Fast forward 5 years, and I attended the travel writing session with Amy Sherman of Cooking with Amy and Jessica Van Dop deJesus of The Dining Traveler at IFBC. They discussed how they got into travel writing, where to look for such opportunities, tips for making the most out of an assignment, and how to set and fulfill client expectations. They gave examples of their writing and stressed that while it is fun to travel and write about their food and other experiences, it is important to treat such work trips as exactly that - work. I can imagine the discipline it takes to stay focused on specific client deliverables while sitting on a beach in Hawaii or wandering through the a maze of streets in Venice. Still, it's cool that there is a demand for this sort of work - where you can travel to a new place, immerse yourself in the food and culture, and then write a story about it.
Here are some pics from my travels over the years. I haven't travel blogged in some time, but going back and reading through my entries I wish I had kept it up...because that's the only way I'll remember the stories.