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The Writer magazine asks me about travel writing

The_Writer_travel_writingThe January 2013 issue of The Writer includes a few quotes from me in an article titled, “Writing that soars: In-flight magazines offer writers the world.” The article’s author, Melissa Hart, and I spoke a few months ago, talking about how I got into travel writing, how I started contributing to enRoute, and how I pitch story ideas.

The article doesn’t appear online, so if you want to read the piece, you’ll need to order a back issue—or call me up and I can narrate my quotes to you.

I travel to Dallas to learn how to buy art for Air Canada’s onAir and enRoute

This image of the Fairmont Dallas on wood canvas by Hugo Garcia Urrutia and MK Semos hangs in the hotel's Arts District Suite.

This image of the Fairmont Dallas on wood canvas by Hugo Garcia Urrutia and MK Semos hangs in the hotel's Arts District Suite.

Purchasing art’s proven trying for me: despite numerous visits to galleries and art fairs with the hope of buying an original piece, I’ve never been able to pull the trigger. And I’m yet to figure out how to snag one of those Caravaggios out The Vatican.

So recently I headed to the The Fairmont Dallas for its Art Immersion Apprentice Trip and talked with Brian Embry, director of the Ross Akard Gallery, and Hobbes Vincent, the hotel’s then-artist-in-residence (attention luxury hoteliers: if you need a writer-in-residence, I’m your guy) before exploring Dallas’s surprising amount of burgeoning arts districts.

An account of my trip runs in the February issue of onAir, Air Canada’s frequent flyer newsletter, which has 3.8 million subscribers, and as a web exclusive for enRoute, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine:

Painting the Town Red, White and Blue: Art-filled weekends in Dallas

Shortly after returning to home, I used what I learned to buy this painting by Louisville artist Bart Galloway:


That the subject moved me shouldn’t be a surprise.

Thanks to Mike Taylor at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Katie Norwood at The Fairmont Dallas, and Erica Martinez at Jackson Spalding for arranging my visit. And thanks to Brian and Hobbes for their insight (and bar recommendations).

Now, to find a good framer in Louisville…

2011 highlights: Israel, Rome, and Wall Street Journal and Fox News articles about home

Traveling with daddy on his work trips, like to Montana's Ranch at Rock Creek, can be rough on a girl.

Traveling with daddy on his work trips, like to Montana's Ranch at Rock Creek, can be rough on a girl.

And I’m spent.

2011 work highlights included having a full-page spread in The Wall Street Journal, trips to Israel and Rome, and Louisville.com becoming the city’s most-read independent website and winning a couple of big honors in the process.

Luckily my wife and daughter were able to join me on many of my trips. The latter turns two next week and already has visited 18 states and Washington, DC. We got her a passport this year, but it might be a few months at least before she’s able to get her first stamp—her little sister is slated to arrive in February.

Here are some of my writing and travel highlights for 2011:

Travel websites on spas, Canada publish my photos

Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach's Eau Spa by Cornelia

The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach's Eau Spa by Cornelia

A couple websites recently posted travel-related photos I took: