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 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
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.
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)
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