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Welcome to my blog!

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

After four trips in six weeks this spring, and a ton of assignments and commercial work, I’m again finally adding new blog posts from recent travels. The latest is from my April trip to the spectacular scenery of the Four Corners area, including Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon de Chelly, Canyons of the Ancients and of course Monument Valley, traveling mostly in Colorado and Arizona.

I just returned this spring from two trips to Ohio and will soon add blog posts on Cincinnati and Columbus, and from last summer’s trip to Cleveland and the Lake Erie Islands, which I wanted to post in the same grouping.

My updated published clips list with some of my stories from over the years is on the right. To see even more of my published clips, visit my website at http://www.richardvarr.com

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: