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USING THIS PAGE TO FIND TRAVEL COLUMNISTS
The JoeSentMe Fellow Travelers page endeavors to link to all of the bylined travel-related commentators currently published on the Web. The links in the left-hand column are divided by content area. Notable columnists are profiled below. If you are looking for travel bloggers, please check the Blogistan page. And Travel Newsstand links to all publications covering travel. -- Joe Brancatelli

THE LAST REDOUBT OF FINE TRAVEL COLUMNS
The art of writing travel columns--business-travel columns or leisure-travel columns or any type of travel column you can imagine--is in sharp decline. It surely does not help that newspapers are shedding what they consider "non-core" assets like travel coverage or that blogging is all the rage. I get worried when the "retired columns" section of Fellow Travelers (see the bottom left of this page) is growing faster than the rest of the page. Still, there are some redoubts of fine travel columnizing out there. National Geographic Traveler magazine, for example, continues to publish a passel of bylined writers. The very best is DON GEORGE (above, left). He's also had notable editorial stints at the San Francisco Chronicle and LonelyPlanet.com. The magazine is also publishing the work of DAISANN MCLAINE, who might be best known for her work on the Frugal Traveler column at The New York Times. You'll also find regular columns from COSTAS CHRIST and BOYD MATSON

LIFE ON THE ROAD IN PERSPECTIVE
carol CAROL PUCCI (left) of the Seattle Times writes the Travel Wise column on the last Friday of every month. She always offers sensible, simple advice on the art of travel. She covers "everything from the best resources to how to tap into the local culture." And she does it clearly, with an admirable sense of adventure. This is practical travel coverage at its best. She also operates her own travel blog. ... SCOTT MCCARTNEY is a terrific reporter and helps shape the national impression of business travel with The Middle Seat column of The Wall Street Journal. Which is why his occasional proclivity for treating self-aggrandizing top executives of money-gushing airlines as the second coming of Bernard Baruch is so frustrating. ... CHRIS MCGINNIS always seems to be everywhere at once. He produces a blog for Atlanta-area business travelers and one for San Francisco Bay-area frequent flyers. And he writes a destination-based business-travel column for BBC.com.

LIFE AFTER NEWSPAPERS FOR GREAT WRITERS
bear DAVID BEAR (left), former travel editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, now writes at his own Web site and his stuff is always worth reading. The same goes for DON GROFF, who used to work across Pennsylvania for the Philadelphia Inquirer. ... What do you do when you buy an all-but-dead Hearst newspaper at the very moment that newspapers in general are dying? You salvage the name, create a series of news-like Examiner.com sites and convince folks to trade exposure and editorial freedom for expertise and travel stories. The idea has drawn hordes of people who think they are travel experts--and a few who really do know what they are talking about. Most notable among the latter group is JANE LASKY, who's made a career talking about international manners and mores.

AFTERWORDS...
Like virtually all newspapers, The New York Times Travel Section has abandoned traditional columnists. That includes the once closely followed Practical Traveler column, created decades ago by Paul Grimes and then well-tended in later years by Betsy Wade and Michelle Higgins. (Check "retired columns" at left for their archives.) The "newspaper of record" travel section now relies on wan blog-cum-columns like Frugal Traveler and the almost pointless In Transit. Even USA Today, which once had more travel columnists than any paper in the world, has moved to an all-blog format that stresses trivial, fifteen-minutes-of-fame type of coverage.

If you're looking for a strong roster of columnists, try DallasNews.com. It runs several syndicated scribblers and also gives space to TOM PARSONS, a travel agent; LYNN O'ROURKE HAYES; and DAVID MOLYNEAUX, (left) who once did a terrific column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and now writes mostly about cruises. Thankfully, you can also still find stables of well-written, well-focused and opinionated columns at the New Zealand Herald and Britain's The Telegraph.

Copyright © 2013 by Joe Brancatelli. (Last update: 03-07-13)

BUSINESS TRAVEL
Barnett/JoeSentMe.com
Brancatelli/JoeSentMe.com
Brancatelli/BizJournals.com
Deutsch/JoeSentMe.com
McGinnis/BBC.com
Kralev/NicholasKralev.com
Matthews/JoeSentMe.com
McCartney/WSJ.com
McWhirter/Bus. Traveller
Myers/Reuters
Reed/TheStreet.com
Sharkey/New York Times
Stark/Work.com

LEISURE TRAVEL/PRINT
Barnett/WestBuzz
Creager/Det. Free Press
Frank/Oregonian
Glaser/Cle. Plain Dealer
Kugel/New York Times
Leo/Los Angeles Times
Mayerowitz/AP
Noel/Chicago Tribune
Rainer/Outdoor Alabama
Runice/Daily Herald
Scott/Palladium Times
Schensul/Bergen Record
Sietsema/Wash. Post
Todd/Daily Herald
Warner/O.C. Register

LEISURE/ON THE WEB
Baskas/NBCNews.com
Bear/TravelersJournal.com
Bosonetto/AJC.com
Carter/CartersTravels.com
D.-Potter/AnitaVacation
Esrock/Sympatico.ca
Greenberg/Greenberg.com
Groff/DGroff.com
Hamm/L. A. Times
Johnson/Connected
Lovitt/NBCNews.com
Pucci/Seattle Times
Rowell/TheTravelInsider
Seaney/ABCNews.com Shapiro/Shapiro.net
Schaller/RoadTripAmerica

LEISURE/INTERNATIONAL
Brűlé/Financial Times
Eyres/Financial Times
Fawcett/BonjourParis.com
Hall/The Guardian
Inspector/Daily Mail
Kauremszky/Canoe.ca
Lash/Montreal Gazette
Mawer/Daily Mail

SYNDICATED COLUMNS
ELLIOTT, Christopher
FROMMER, Arthur
KIM, Jae-Ha
OGINTZ, Eileen
PERKINS, Ed
STEVES, Rick

TRAVEL PROS SPEAK
Cooke/Executive Travel
Cox/USAToday.com
Poole/Gadling.com
Smith/Salon.com
Wien/Gadling.com

RETIRED COLUMNS
Alexander/Wash. Post
Baskas/USAToday.com
Bear/Post-Gazette.com
Belden/Phila. Inquirer
Borcover/Chi. Tribune
Collis/Intl Herald Tribune
Collis/RogerCollis.co.uk
Diamond/DailyFinance.com
Golden/Boston Herald
Higgins/New York Times
Grimes/New York Times
Grossman/USAToday.com
Hester/Syndicated Mathieu/Marketwatch
McGee/USAToday.com
Merin/Creators.com
Newman/Reuters
Noel/Chicago Tribune
Potts/Worldhum.com
Sertl/Gourmet.com
Shattuck/Hou. Chronicle
Wade/New York Times
Wagner/Denver Post
Ward/Sun Sentinel
Woodyard/USAToday.com