Yep, that’s me ‘at work.’ I’m in Paris at a bistro. Life’s tough, eh?
Traveling and doing ‘research’ are the aspects of my job that I love the most. Falling low on that list is writing up the articles, but every job has its plusses and minuses.
I find myself at a career crossroads. I’m still traveling a lot and I’m editor and contributor to a host of outlets, including this (click here for a listing of my recent dot429 articles); Out Magazine and Out.com; SDGLN.com; TripOutGayTravel.com; LAFrontiers Magazine; Sirius/XM OutQ;Proud FM (Toronto) and several more.
Travel writing rarely pays that well (I know this also as an assigning editor) but with the industry in crisis, many travel writers have to use their expertise more creatively. One way I’ve done this is by helping clients in the hospitality industry (such as hotels, airlines, and event producers) understand and effectively reach the LGBT travel segment. My website includes a few recent satisfied clients.
Having been on the receiving end as an editor and writer of countless PR and marketing programs targeting gay and lesbian travelers, I’ve become an expert at what works and what doesn’t. By advising clients on best practices, ultimately I’m helping gay consumers who’ll then receive authentic, appropriate invitations to experience a destination or other product in the industry.
I’m currently negotiating an exciting new position with a boutique PR/marketing/strategy consulting firm specializing in working with clients in the hospitality industry. I’ll make an announcement about it here soon.
I will still be a travel writer and editor working for all the publications above, but my labor will also include this new adventure.