Entries in ‘Travel Writer’ Journal

NileGuide Travel Blog Interview with Nancy D. Brown

Monday August 17, 2009 at 7:07 AM | 3 Comments

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

This week I was interviewed by Nicole Lerner of NileGuide in their series NileGuide 5. Here are the five questions that Nicole asked me from a travel writer, blogger and lodging editor perspective.

St. Nicholas Cathedral, Fribourg1. What’s the most underrated destination you’ve been to?

The Fribourg region in Switzerland For most people, when you say Switzerland, you think Lucerne, Lake Lugano or Zurich. I recently visited the German-speaking Canton (district) of Fribourg and had fabulous cheese fondue in Gruyere, ate my weight in milk chocolate in Broc, toured the Old Town of Fribourg and walked the Vineyard Path through Mount Vully, Switzerland’s smallest vineyards in Lake Murten. The Medieval town of Murten (Morat) is as charming as the villagers who live within its walls.

2. How do you kill time when you’re stuck on a bus or plane?

If there’s WiFi or cell service, I’m a happy camper. Between reading travel blogs and checking on twitter, I can kill an entire day. Of course, I’d prefer to be out there experiencing the destination than stuck on a plane or bus. I wouldn’t want your readers to think I’m a social media geek, but if the shoe fits…

3. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen or experienced traveling?

I wouldn’t necessarily call it strange, more like magical. My husband and I were backpacking for two months in Europe. We’d been drinking at a beer garden in Heidelberg and as we were walking across the bridge, I spotted an elephant in the distance. At first, I thought I’d had too much beer, so I didn’t say anything to my husband. Then he said, “check out the elephant. He’s leading the circus into town.” Sure enough, the elephant was leading the wagon train. It was absolutely a magical moment.

4. What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at a new destination?

Travel Writer Nancy D. BrownAs a lodging editor, I review two properties a week. My family will tell you that the first thing I do is snap a digital picture of the room. Once the kids have unloaded their luggage, the place looks like a disaster zone. I also write restaurant reviews. I take pictures of the food upon arrival. My husband finds this practice highly annoying.

5. If you could give one tip or piece of advice to travelers, what would it be?

I’m going to quote a tip from my friend Wendy Perrin, Consumer Editor of Conde Nast Traveler: Take a picture of your suitcase and its contents. I recently was separated from my bag for several days and decided to write a post and make a video with Lost Luggage Tips from fellow travel writers and bloggersl

How about you? What's the strangest thing you've seen or experienced traveling? Leave a comment below.

HipCompass Escapes – What a Trip

Wednesday July 15, 2009 at 1:01 PM | 0 Comments

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

Tired of all your magazine subscriptions cluttering the mailbox? A new eco-friendly, travel magazine has hit the virtual news stands and yours truly writes the Travelers Making a Difference column. Founder and Editor-in-Chief Michelle Strashoon has built a team of travel bloggers and journalists to contribute an array of articles to the quarterly digital zine which just introduced its summer edition. Some highlights from the current issue:


  • - Nancy D. Brown, author of the What a Trip blog, interviews Blake Mycoskie, the former Amazing Race contestant who traveled to Argentina and founded TOMS shoes, a retailer that uses the “purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good” by matching every pair purchased by donating a pair of shoes to a child in need.
  • - Manola Strashoon (Editor-in-Chief Michelle Strashoon’s pint-size Chihuahua) pens a piece on pet-friendly Palm Springs, including where to stay, eat, shop and spa.
  • - Flight attendant and blogger Sara Keogle of TheFlyingPinto.com gives readers an inside look at the life of a flight attendant after sixteen years in the business.
  • - Mommy blogger Meg Keough of BackpackToBuggy.com chronicles her adventures playground hopping in Hong Kong.
  • - Carrie Williams of Gettincarriedaway.com outlines 24 hours of brats, beers, the Brewers and Brady Street in a trip to Milwaukee.
  • - Shanel Evans of LivingLaDivaLoca.com and Robert J. Nebel of MensTraveler.com give the girl and guy take on a Vegas getaway in HipCompass Escapes’ Juxtaposition column.

Subscribers can view the magazine through Zinio.com, host of the online editions of periodicals such as Business Week, Reader’s Digest, Esquire, PC Magazine and Macworld.

Become a subscriber to HipCompass Escapes and check out the summer issue by visiting the subscription page; What a Trip.

I’m Speaking on the Travel Panel at BlogHer in Chicago, IL

Sunday February 22, 2009 at 3:03 PM | 5 Comments

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

I feel like the football player who won the Superbowl only I'm not going to Disneyland, I'm going to Chicago, Illinois to speak about Travel Blogging at the BlogHer conference! Our track is about passion and travel bloggers as boundary breakers. I'm not sure about breaking any boundaries, but I can tell you, without a doubt that I'm passionate about travel!


I Heart San FranciscoLast year was my first time attending the BlogHer conference as it was held in my hometown of San Francisco. I was only able to attend the Friday session because I had a travel event the next day. My favorite part about the day was attending the travel blogger meetup led by former BlogHer Travel Writer Suzanne Reisman. Our meetup could have gone on for days.

I was absolutely floored that BlogHer didn't offer a travel session at the 2008 conference. However, I was very happy that the BlogHer leaders listened to member feedback and acted on our reqest for a travel blogger panel in 2009.


I'm very excited to be sharing center stage on Saturday, July 25 from 10:45-12:00 p.m. with the following travel bloggers:

BlogHer Travel Writer Pam Mandel:Pam writes at Nerdseyeview,she is also the Hawaii blogger at WorldHum.

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates: Rosalind writes Farsighted Fly Girl

A. L. Venable: Venable writes a place blogging site for Portland, Oregon and blogs at Dimple and a Smirk.



If you are a budget traveler, as I am, you'll want to sign up for the BlogHer conference before the early bird pricing ends on February 28. The conference will take place at the Sheraton Towers in downtown Chicago. BlogHer attendees receive special pricing and complimentary internet access.







Chicago photo credit: Kevin Dooley Flickr