By William Ballard
Many of my friends -- those who tend to work in offices, firehouses, newsrooms, universities, and churches -- often ask me if travel writing is a "real job"... or is it just simply an excuse I use to leave town and get away from it all every now and then.
My response: Albeit, it is quite an enjoyable job, it most certainly indeed is a job ... one that requires hard work and much dedication.
With that said, it's important to make this clear from the outset, as a travel writer, you will have to spend many hours with your bum in a chair and your fingers typing away on a keyboard, however.
Of all the kinds of writing you could be doing, such as writing novels, or writing for scholarly academic type journals, or even writing marketing copy, I am persuaded that travel writing is not only one of the most fun genres of writing you can be doing, but it is also probably one of the most rewarding in terms of the quality of life it helps provide.
Here are a few reasons why