I am back from Egypt and the Canary Islands where I did three stories and a photo assignment I have begun to publish in the Examiner.com While I was in Europe I was in Madrid, Budapest, Kosice, Slovakia and Prague. I have plans to go to Aruba, Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok, Machu Pichu and England for the Ascot Derby. I am under consideration for a trip to Ecuador. I have just been assigned to do a story in the Seychelles in 2015.
I've traveled to and reported on Dubai, Whistler, and Washington's Olympic Peninsula this year. I also spent time dog sledding at a Montana lodge with Jessie Royer, who came in 7th in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race -- what a great experience and a fun story! Next week, I'm off to Alaska to compete in and write about the International Klondike Relay Race, a 109.5-mile, 24-hour running race that follows the route of the 40,000 Gold Rush stampeders, from Skagway over notorious White Pass, through British Columbia, and into the Yukon, ending on the banks of the Yukon River.
Back from Dubai where she wrote about and photographed the local people and activities. Last year wrapped up with a trip to Kosrae ... more people and local activities. Later this year is Iceland and next winter, several ski assignments. Still shooting for Getty and Alamy, writing for newspapers (Miami Herald, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune), magazines and online sites.
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.
Back on the rails again in May with Rocky Mountaineer's new route from Seattle to Vancouver. Soon to be cruising through Alaska with Holland America. Looking forward to my upcoming articles in Cruise Critic, Cruise Travel, World of Cruising and Oakland Magazine
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.
This has been a busy time for me. Spring brought travel to Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Northern Ireland. I updated my first guidebook for Fodor's the Fodor's Boston 2014 and had my first article published in American Way the inflight magazine for American Airlines. Over the next several months I will be in Alabama, Tennessee and Maryland researching articles.
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.
Been quite a half year to date, story shoots in Los Cabos and Utah, workshops in New Zealand, Grand Canyon Rafting, Havasupai, Glacier National Park, and new magazine stories appearing this fall...always more to write and shoot and share!
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.
Waiting for my next article series (U.S. Virgin Islands) to appear in USA Today online, looking forward to blogging about an upcoming 12-day Northern Europe cruise and continuing to expand and improve my two travel websites, GuideToCaribbeanVacations.com and FloridaWildlifeViewing.com.
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.
After a busy ski season we stretched April vacation a few days to do more travel-with-kids "research" – this time to Venice and Verona – then headed back to Europe in June to explore the fjords in Norway and the beautiful Art Nouveau city of Alesund. The rest of the year was closer to home, with the Maine coast, New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Quebec City and the Charlevoix. Appointment as Events Editor of Global Traveler Magazine means I’m looking for great festivals, so I’m on my way to England as they celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta.
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.
Right now much of my traveling and writing is for a weekly travel column I write for the lHarrisburg (PA) Patriot-News and its web site, PennLive. Called Not Far by Car, the column focuses on places to go, things to see within a 4-5 hour radius of central Pennsylvania, which covers a pretty broad swath reaching into Maryland, Virginia, NY, New England and beyond. My stories for Small Market Meetings (a national magazine for meeting planners) take me farther afield. And I continue to write for my local newspaper...because I think local newspapers are important to the communities they serve.