SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #15 – Cliches

Avoid clichés like the plague. Here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip from LA Times Travel Editor Catharine Hamm: Cliches are easy to latch onto because they grow from kernels of truth but become so shopworn that they lose their punch. Worse, they can weigh down your otherwise crisp prose. They also can date you. The […]

SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #14 – Redundancies

In your writing, watch out for redundancies. Here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip from LA Times Travel Editor Catharine Hamm: All bullies are mean, all jinxes are bad luck, and all redundancies are repetitive. We’ve all done it, and it’s embarrassing when we don’t catch it. Sometimes these creep into our writing because they’re part […]

SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #13 – Space Fillers

Like what we wear, the way we write and talk changes. Certain things go in and out of fashion. But lately, we’ve noticed a bad fashion choice – the use of the word “so.”         Here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip from LA Times Travel Editor Catharine Hamm: The word “so” we’re […]

SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #12 – Passive Voice

Active voice makes for vibrant prose. Here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip from LA Times Travel Editor Catharine Hamm. When we write, “The lumberjack chopped down the tree” or “Serena Williams crushed the shot over the net,” you can picture the action. But sometimes, we paint word pictures in the passive voice. That means that […]

SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #11 – Being Professional

Being a talented writer is just the beginning. To be successful, you also have to be great to work with. I’m Westways Travel Editor Elizabeth Harryman, and here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip.          Be professional. That means turning your story in on deadline, on word count, and make sure the copy is as clean […]

SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #10 – Writing Tight

It seems like, increasingly, publications want shorter and shorter articles. Don’t let that throw you. I’m Westways Travel Editor Elizabeth Harryman, and here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip.          You can write tight and bright by following a few rules: Use Active Voice: Don’t say, “My story was ruined by an editor.” Say: “An editor […]

SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #9 – Using Quotations

Quotations are one of a writer’s most useful tools. I’m Westways Travel Editor Elizabeth Harryman, and here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip.          Which of these two bits of text is more compelling: In Chesky Krumlov, a local guide in period dress gave us a tour of the town and explained that in the 18th century, […]

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Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel — Incredible History And A Historian

Ken Price, historian of Chicago’s Legendary Palmer House hotel,  joins Paul and Elizabeth in the hotel museum and chats about the remarkable history. With 145 years of history the hotel remains one of the legendary hotels in America. Ken talks about the famous and infamous and even tells how the hotel had the first vertical […]

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Key West Parties During Fantasy Fest Where Costumes Reign

Paul and Elizabeth chat with the new President and CEO of Fantasy Fest, Nadine Grossman Orr. She talks about taking Fantasy Fest to new artistic and creative levels. This year’s Fantasy Fest will feature such great events as the Zombie Bike Ride and a Pet Masquerade. Of course, there will always be the amazing costumes […]

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Lufthansa’s Remarkable Aid To Puerto Rico After Maria

Pat Foley, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, joins Paul to talk about the remarkable aid effort that Lufthansa has made following Hurricane Maria. He discusses Lufthansa’s role in Puerto Rico and the fact that their base there does skilled technical maintenance on planes. Since their hangar stood up to Maria, they were able to […]