Life as a freelance travel writer can often be compared to the road to Hana in Hawaii. Sometimes freelance writers are asked to sign contracts similar to rental car agreements in Hawaii. While we are often asked to stay on paved roads, freelance writers tend to venture off the path. As travel writers, we encounter obstacles along our journey and many potholes. Yet for every pothole, one-way bridge and blind curve that life throws our way, there are often waterfalls and rainbows at the end of the road.
I write this re-cap of my 2011 travels to let you know where I have been for the year and to thank you, my readers, for your continued support of my travel writing. What a trip this year has been!
2011 Travel Writer Year in Review – What a Trip
I enjoyed a specialty food tour in San Francisco with the ladies of Carried Away on my birthday. We ate and drank our way through the City by the bay. The food theme continued with my annual trip to the San Francisco Fancy Food Show at the Moscone Convention Center.
February: Horseback riding in Pebble Beach, California
April: Have teenager with permit – will travel. Living in California, we are blessed with good road trip weather nearly year round and endless varieties of road trips. Spring break had my husband and I hitting the road in our Honda Mini van with our freshly minted teenage driver behind the steering wheel. We left the San Francisco Bay area headed for the California Central Coast. Our home base was El Colibri Boutique Hotel and Spa in Cambria with day trips planned to visit Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Along the way I was able to go horseback riding on the beach of Morro Bay and the boys were able to squeeze in a round of golf at Sea Pines Golf Course in Los Osos, California.