Follow in their footsteps
If you’re looking for inspiration to write a travel guide or travel narrative to boost your online presence and brand, take a look at these travel bloggers and writers who have published or self-published their own ebooks or paperbacks to bolster their subject matter expertise and support their travel adventures.
They have all also featured (or are about to be featured) in our Non-Fiction Author Interview Series.
Keith Foskett was raised in southeast England amongst quintessential rolling English countryside. It was here that he nurtured a passion for hiking and the outdoors, this forming the basis of much of his writing work. Having discovered, and hiked 1000 miles of the ancient pilgrim’s route known as EL Camino de Santiago in Spain, his hiking appetite was fuelled further. All 2640 miles of America’s Pacific Crest Trail followed, and 2200 miles weaving along the Appalachian Trail. He still hikes and holds a deep respect for the outdoor spaces of this world.
He contributes to various outdoor publications. In 2012 and 2015 he was shortlisted for Outdoor Personality of the Year by The Great Outdoors Magazine. His second book – The Last Englishman, was also nominated for Outdoor Book of the Year. His third offering – Balancing on Blue was also shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year. He blogs at his website www.KeithFoskett.com.
- The Last Englishman: A Thru-Hiking Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail
- The Journey in Between: A Thru-Hiking Adventure on El Camino de Santiago
- Balancing on Blue – Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail
- Travelled Far: A Collection Of Hiking Adventures
- A Thru-Hiking Trilogy – Three Book Box Set: Three Trails – Three Adventures
- Balancing on Blue
- The Last Englishman (Volume 1)
Zara Quiroga is a Portuguese traveler and food writer. She used to live in Dubai, where she met her husband Ashray, from India. Back in 2011, they both decided to quit their office jobs, and started traveling the world while working online.
In the meantime, they founded Backpack ME, a travel site that aims to share tips and ideas with people all over the place, inspiring them to go travel, no matter where they come from. A&Z are East meets West and Backpack ME is all about a multicultural perspective on travel!
Since moving to Mexico City, Lydia Carey has fallen in love with the motion, radiance and utter chaos that is this her adoptive hometown, and writes about it in her Mexico City Streets website where she gives us an insider’s view from the sidewalk. She is a freelance writer and translator living in Mexico City. She is the author of “Mexico City Streets: La Roma” and regularly blogs about her adoptive hometown on her blog www.mexicocitystreets.com.
This duo are the parents behind the Family on the Loose website, which focuses on the art of traveling with kids. Bill is an accomplished forest ecologist, specialising in restoring forest habitat for rare wildlife species, and his travel bug was instilled in him from an early age by his parents. Ashley is a research who also loves to travel and believes in the educational value of family travel.
Read Ashley and Bill’s Non-Fiction Author Interview here on Birds of a Feather Press
Shelley Seale’s mantra is “travel with a purpose” and she doesn’t just apply this philosophy to her travel adventures, she writes with a purpose too. Shelly has published a veritable library of books that span different writing styles. She used her degree in Writing & Cultural Psychology to carve out an area of expertise in travel, green living, sustainability, and nonprofits (to name but a few).
- How To Travel For Free (or pretty damn near it!): Updated 2nd Edition: Global Nomads Tell You How To Do It
- The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India
- Insiders’ Guide® to Seattle (Insiders’ Guide Series)
- The Voluntary Traveler: Adventures from the Road Best Traveled (Paperback)
- How To Travel For Free (or pretty damn near it!): Global Nomads Tell You How They Do It (Paperback)
Read Shelley’s Non-Fiction Author Interview here on Birds of a Feather Press
Karen McCann is an American writer who moved to Seville, Spain in 2004 “for a year” and has been living there ever since. Her travel tips and adventure stories have appeared in Huffington Post, International Living Magazine, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, and Lonely Planet.
- Dancing In The Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad
- Adventures of a Railway Nomad: How Our Journeys Guide Us Home
- 101 Ways to Enjoy Living Abroad: Essential Tips for Easing the Transition to Expat Life
- Pack Light: Quick & Easy Tips for Traveling Everywhere with Exactly the Right Stuff
Read Karen McCann’s Non-Fiction Author Interview here on Birds of a Feather Press
Thomas Swick freelances, teaches, and writes travel memoirs and travel books. He has a lifetime-and-a-half of travel and journalist experience under his belt and is used to “living in the sun and wandering the globe”.
- Read Thomas Swick’s Non-Fiction Author Interview here on Birds of a Feather Press
Chris Backe is the main blogger at One Weird Globe. He started his blogging journey by writing about all things to do with South Korea. And after traveling to Malaysia and Laos, the scope of One Weird Globe expanded. Now, Chris writes about exploring oddball travel destinations and the long-term expat/nomad lifestyle. As well as being a prolific travel blogger, and travel guide writer, Chris is also the founder of the Choose a Way travel guide series.
- 7 Days in Northern Thailand – a complete itinerary to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Lampang
- Weird and Wonderful Korea
- Korea 2014: New Information and Cultural Insights Entrepreneurs Need to Start a Business in Korea
- 3 days in Chiang Mai – a complete itinerary to Northern Thailand’s biggest city
- Bangkok – an interactive Choose a Way travel guide
- 3 Days in Bangkok – a complete itinerary to the City of Angels
- 3 Days of Weird Seoul
- 5 Days in Laos
- 7 days of Weird Korea
- 3 Days in Vientiane
- An introduction to Thailand
- Korean Made Easy
- 3 Days in Seoul
- Korean For Tourists – a guide to the basics of Korean
- Offbeat Thailand
- Korean Made Easy: The no-BS guide to learning and speaking Korean
- 51 Daytrip Destinations From Seoul – a One Weird Globe Guidebook
- 7 Days in Central Thailand
- Korean Made Easy 3.0
- 3 Days in Quito
Read Chris Backe’s Non-Fiction Author Interview here on Birds of a Feather Press
Gigi Griffis is a digital nomad who sold all her belongings in 2012 and hit the road with her pint-sized pooch called Luna. She writes a travel blog aptly titled “The Ramble”, and writes and publishes her Unconventional Travel Guide series. (She’s in the midst of redesigning her covers, hence the different branding on this selection below)
- Switzerland: 100 Locals Tell You What to Do, Where to Hike, & How to Fit In
- Italy: 100 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, and How to Fit In
- New York City: 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, & How to Fit In
- Phoenix & Tucson: 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, & How to Fit In
- Barcelona: 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, and How to Fit In
- France: 100 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, & How to Fit In
- Prague: 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, & How to Fit In
- Paris: 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, & How to Fit In (new cover)
- Denver & Surroundings: 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, & How to Fit In
- Northern Arizona: 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, & How to Fit In
- Barcelona: 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, & How to Fit In (new cover)
Read Gigi Griffis’ Non-Fiction Author Interview here on Birds of a Feather Press
In 2006 Nora Dunn took the plunge and sold her financial planning practice in Toronto Canada, and got rid of all of her belongings in order to free herself up for the adventure of a lifetime. Since early 2007, she has been on the road, traveling slowly through over 50 countries and five continents. Here are Nora’s Books:
- How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World (A How To Guide) – ebook available via her website
- Tales of Trains – Where the Journey is the Destination (A Travel Narrative) – ebook available via her website, and paperback available on Amazon.
Tip: If you’re looking for advice about how to get your nomadic existence started, Nora has a plethora of information available on her blog. I referenced it extensively when I was planning my own departure from the States.
Read Nora Dunn’s Non-Fiction Author Interview here on Birds of a Feather Press
Jillian Schedneck devoted three years on a MFA in creative nonfiction writing, after graduating she moved to the Middle East to teach writing. She met students from all over the Arab world, and learned that the power of story easily bridges cultural differences. After returning to the United States two years later, she wrote her travel memoir, and now developing e-courses for new and dedicated travellers. Here are Jillian’s Books:
- “Abu Dhabi Days, Dubai Nights” (A Travel Memoir) available as an ebook or paperback on Amazon
- ‘How to Transform your Travels into Meaningful Memoir: An Insider’s Guide (A How To Guide) – available as a free download when you sign up for Jillian’s mailing list.
Read Jillian’s Guest article Transforming your Travels into a Meaningful Memoir here on Birds of a Feather Press
In the spring of 2010, Marjory McGinn, a journalist, left a quiet village in Scotland and relocated to Greece, despite the fact that the country was sliding into economic crisis. Her adventure in southern Greece lasted four years and became the subject of her three memoirs, as well as fodder for Marjory’s travel blog.
- Things Can Only Get Feta: Two journalists and their crazy dog living through the Greek crisis (A Travel Memoir) available as an ebook or paperback on Amazon
- Homer’s Where The Heart Is: Two journalists, one crazy dog and a love affair with Greece (A Travel Memoir) available as an ebook or paperback on Amazon
- A Scorpion In The Lemon Tree: Mad adventures on a Greek peninsula (A Travel Memoir) available as an ebook or paperback on Amazon
Read Marjory’s Non-Fiction Author Interview here on Birds of a Feather Press
If you’re a travel blogger who has written and published a book, please leave me a comment below so that I can chat to you about our Non-Fiction Author Interview series.
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