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 blog post is from my January trip to New York City, writing about the solemn 911 Memorial. I was in New York attending TravMedia’s International Media Marketplace and the New York Times Travel Show. Before that are posts from my December trip to The Bahamas while on a four-day cruise with Holland America Line, and posts from my October trip to Singapore. Stay tuned for my next posts on Southern Spain and Gibraltar after traveling there for an assignment.

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In Times Square in January!

Thanks for your continued interest!!

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


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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: