Tag Archives: Society of American Travel Writers


img_0698a1Welcome to my blog!

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

Thanks to all of my blog followers for your continued interest!

I’m happy to say I’ve been on the road again after a busy winter taking care of a few personal things and extra workloads. Look for future posts on Gulf Shores, AL and Florida’s Emerald Coast; from my upcoming trip to St. Maarten and the small Dutch Caribbean islands of Saba and St. Eustatius; and my following trip to the comeback city of Detroit and Michigan’s dreamy Mackinac Island!

My most recent post is from two stories published from two trips last year to Italy and Romania.

In the meantime, previous posts are from last fall’s trip to China, including Shanghai, Wenzhou and Guilin, and posts from my assignment on this year’s 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation, visiting  Wittenberg, Halle, Leipzig, Erfurt, Schmalkalden, Eisenach, Eisleben and Mansfeld.

Great reflection, Wittenberg Market Square

In Wittenberg, Germany. Great reflection off sphere in Market Square.


Richard in China, near Guilin’s twin pagodas.

(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: