Tag Archives: Society of American Travel Writers


img_0698a1Welcome to my blog!

I am a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

My latest post is from my May trip to Irving, Texas where I was surprised to find a relaxed setting and historic sites. Before that are my posts from my April trip to Virginia’s Historic Triangle which includes Jamestown/Yorktown/Colonial Williamsburg, and my March trip to Andalusia’s Seville and Granada, and Gibraltar just across southern Spain’s border.

I just returned from Amarillo, Texas  and will be posting something from there soonFuture trips this year include a summer Grand New England Cruise with American Cruise Lines followed by a press trip to Cleveland and the Lake Erie Islands. Looking ahead to the fall and winter — Barbados, Germany and Costa Rica.

To see even more of my published clips, visit my website at http://www.richardvarr.com

In Times Square in January!

Thanks for your continued interest!!

(Header image is my photo from St. Barth, view from the Colombier Lookout.)


My novel of international intrigue, Warming Up to Murder, is available as an ebook, and in Kindle and Nook formats.  It’s about a TV reporter who finds himself chasing the “big story” spanning two continents.  See the links below.




New Zealand: Māori Performance During a Pōwhiri Ceremony

Photo by Richard Varr

Māori singers perform on November 8, 2011 during the opening pōwhiri ceremony of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) annual convention in Wellington, New Zealand.  The country’s indigenous people, Māori make up about 15 percent of New Zealand’s population. The pōwhiri ceremony is a formal Māori welcome for visitors; in this case, the American and Canadian travel writers.  An image of the traditional Māori meeting house is behind the singers.

Watch the performance: