New projects include shooting photos for the Macau Tourist Board in Macau. I am doing three cruise articles about Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines. I will be showing my Macau photos in New York in the Spring. I'm off to do a story about the history of barbecue in South Carolina soon. Enjoying myself and, hopefully, providing service to my viewers and readers.
Just added some photos to my profile page. All were taken on TJG trips, many thanks to our hosts from Great Britain - Sweden - Cancun, Mexico - Charleston, South Carolina, and the Hawaiian Island of Kauai.
Just back from Mammoth Mountain where she wrote about skiing the black runs of Cornice Bowl and photographed the tufa towers of Mono Lake. Before that, was skiing in Sun Peaks, BC, and before that, photographing northern lights at 40 below in Churchill, Manitoba. January involved yet more skiing again in Canada. Summer is for catchup on photos but there is a planned return for scuba in Kosrae in Micronesia during early August, more photography for Getty Images, more stories for Chicago Tribune and Buckettripper, among others. There is also a possibility of Uganda and Dubai later this year.
At its recent annual Travel Media Awards luncheon during Caribbean Week in Toronto, the Caribbean Tourism Organization honoured Michael DeFreitas with three of its eight awards, including their Best Photograph, Best Feature by a Canadian Journalist in a Foreign Medium and Best of the Best awards.
Happily riding on luxury railcars and adventuring by cruise ship, two of my favorite article topics. After a getaway train trip to Portland on a luxurious private railcar, I’ll be spending the fall circumnavigating Newfoundland by ship with assignments for Cruise Critic and Cruise Travel. Following up aboard SS Legacy on the Columbia River for World of Cruising and other publications.
A focus historical and cultural travel for the 50+ traveler included foliage in the Blue Ridge Parkway and a Canada/New England cruise from Montreal to Boston, barging in Alsace-Lorraine, a transatlantic cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2 and a Royal Rendezvous with the original Queen Mary while aboard the Queen Elizabeth. The history of the Hanseatic League and a divided Germany drew us to Northern Germany; Japanese cuisine and spas lured us to Japan. Victorian architecture of Cape May and Galveston & the only Frank Lloyd Wright home built with a disability in mind topped our architectural finds.
Just got the word that I've won the 2013 Travel Media Excellence Award from Tourism Saskatchewan for a series of articles I wrote on Regina, including "The 24-Hour Royal Canadian Mountie," "Fortuna Restorante Italiano: A New Italian Winner in Regina, SK," "Italian Star Deli, Regina, SK: Authentic Italian Deliciousness," all published on www.realfoodtraveler.com and "Why Regina, SK is Canada's New Foodie Hot Spot" on www.vacay.ca.
Also, won First Place in 2013 Online Culinary Writing at the Northern Lights Awards in New York City, presented by Canadian Tourism Commission.
Fyllis Hockman is an award-winning travel journalist who has been traveling and writing for over 25 years -- and is still as eager for the next trip as she was for the first. Her articles appear in newspapers across the country and websites across the internet. Her most recent trips involved trekking gorillas in Uganda, hiking through history in medieval southern France and re-discovering the Gullah culture of Myrtle Beach.
Off to ten days in Paris next week, assignments in hand with a full line up of must dos and must sees. But that doesn't mean I won't have fun! Then, popping across the channel on Eurostar to hop a train to Bath. By happenstance, the annual Jane Austen Festival will be going on. Avoiding Jane Austen overdose with a day-trip escape to Wells.
A few weeks ago I spent a glorious week in Los Cabos researching and shooting for a feature for EnCompass Magazine, to run in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue. And I'll be writing and shooting a feature on China for EnCompass this October. In between I'm teaching photo workshops in New Zealand, the Grand Canyon and Switzerland...
This year started with back-packing around South America and ended with many of Europe's romance cities. With a bunch of North American stops in between. Now I'm scribbling my way through the upcoming months. Islands in print include the Galapagos, Australia's Kangaroo Island, and New Zealand's White Island. Amazon's Cheapskate Cruise ( www.travelworldmagazine.com/articles/amazon-adventure-cheapskate-cruise) published recently as did trade pieces: Attracting Seniors & What Women Want (in hotels!). Watch for Alberta's Wagon Train, Discovering Albania and Flanders Fields publishing this summer.
After a trip to India in January, I'm awaiting the publication of my article on traditional block printing. Since then I've visited Cuba and Nebraska, both learning experiences that I'm sharing with readers. Soon, I'm off to California. It's a busy time for travel writers and publications that are benefiting from an improved economy and an increased interest in travel.
Spent two weeks in Ireland & London in June, photographing for magazine article on Derry/Londonderry and newspaper article on digital Dublin. Shot videos on Dublin & Derry( www.youtube.com/julesolder]. Spent six weeks in New Zealand photographing for our ongoing Auckland app, AUCKLAND INSIDER. Traveled to Rarotonga to photograph and shoot video for future use. Continuing to dine at new restaurants in San Francisco for our app, SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANTS. And I recently launched my new grammar app, KICKASS GRAMMAR. It's a fun, funny, and useful guide for writers-on-the-go.
Took advantage of school vacation this summer to do travel-with-kids "research" -- sailing on a Windjammer off the Maine coast, enjoying beaches at Ogunquit and Wells, exploring the White Mountains and kayaking in New Hampshire's Monadnock region. Early September took us to Quebec City and the Charlevoix and in October we returned to Portugal's Algarve to catch up on what's new since our last guidebook. Ski season took us to Quebec's eastern Townships for a week in the snow, and to the White Mountains for school vacation week. April vacation takes all of us back to Venice and Verona.
A trip to the Charlevoix region and Quebec City provided beautiful landscapes and city views to photograph, as well as a lot of information for articles. After foliage season here in New Hampshire, we're looking ahead to ski season, when we plan on returning to Park City, Utah and of course skiing our own White Mountains.