I hear you: why the striking pirate garb?
Well, as a freelance travel writer for the last 14 years, my favorite thing is full-on immersion into a travel experience before ever sitting at my laptop.
While most (sane) travelers hope for a blissful trip experience, I welcome the moments roiling in confusion, annoyance — and even (some) fear.
Because every goofball moment is all fodder for a great read.
- I need the right outfit for a midnight pirate party ? Gold hoops and a faux shoulder parrot, and I’m good.
- An island in Florida is home to ultralight activity? I donned a flight suit, and up I went with a sweet pilot. Don’t I look game? (I was faking. Inside I was all, Get me the bleep out of here.)
- The chance to cage dive with great white sharks to gain first-hand knowledge about the apex predator of the ocean? Seriously? I would never. However I did track down the two leading shark biologists in the U.S. – one on the West and the other on the East Coast — to get the latest on the booming shark population.
You can rely on me to write splashy, humorous pieces packed with important details – so that your readers can make the best use of their travel dollars.
I grew up in California and Nevada, lived in Virginia for five years, and now call Atlanta home. As a kid I visited Hawaii every other summer and toured Europe twice (including England, France, Italy, Germany and Greece).
As a regular contributor for ten years to Trip Advisor’s FamilyVacationCritic.com, I’ve written over 150 articles. I’m also a regular travel writer to Virginia’s Richmond Family Magazine. My articles have appeared in the Washington Post, CNN/travel, Costco Connection, Next Avenue and parenting magazines.
My writing voice is a blend of humor and destination intel that didn’t come courtesy of a press release.
Editors, your copy will arrive:
- on deadline.
- on word count.
- with fact-accuracy (my new term).
- and as close to brilliant! as I can craft it.
I’m not off-the-clock until the article is just what you envisioned. For example, I would never hand in a piece on a Monday and go MIA the rest of the month.
I’d love to connect with you at: wendy (at) wendyirvinewriter (dot) com.