How to Journal When You Travel

On the trail of Lawrence Durrell — Sommières, France

A reader named Bill dropped me a line last week to ask about how I journal when on the road. I’d never thought about it before, but it’s a really great question, and it depends a lot on your goal.

Reading to Write: How Much for a Book?

The connection between landscape and character is never far away…

A few readers have asked me how much research goes into the writing of a book.

How much do you have to read in order to write?

Should You Use a Guide?

It’s been a while since I dipped into the mailbag to answer a question from my readers.

Here’s one from Jeff Shore, who posted on Facebook:

When you travel to an exotic locale, would you rather educate yourself and find things by word-of-mouth from locals; or hire a professional guide to assist, and why?

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me


Yeah, this post was inspired by one of those dumb internet memes. I saw it on someone’s blog and thought it might be fun.


We’ve been traveling together for a while now, but apart from the obvious stuff like books, music and traveler’s tales, we really don’t know that much about each other. That’s a bit strange, considering how long we’ve shared the road.

Cruising Through the Bu




I’m just back from a couple weeks in LA, hanging with some of my magazine friends. Cruising through Malibu, walks on Santa Monica beach, shopping in Beverly Hills, and lunch on Sunset Blvd.

Show Your Faces If You Dare

Clive J. from the UK asked: What do you know as a result of travel the rest of us don’t?

I think the most important lessons are things we forget in the day to day, not things we don’t know.

Beneath the Sun and Stars

I’m just back from a short job in Glynco, GA, followed by a few days of filming in Florida. It was a steamy week of early morning / late afternoon shoots and midday business meetings on the beach. We were scorched by the sands, gouged by the shells, plagued by mosquitos and swarmed by biting ants. And that was just the first day…

Memory Breeds Paper Dreams

Jenny from Sydney, Australia asked: How did you become interested in writing?

I wonder sometimes what came first, the stories or the intention to write them?

Ask Me No Questions, I’ll Tell You No Lies


I’ve come up with a new interactive feature that I hope you’ll enjoy. Are you itching to find out about the exotic world of travel writing, desperate for hot hints on destinations and money saving travel tips, or just bored and looking for a monkey to prod with a stick? Well now’s your chance…