I've just returned from a trip to the Balkans. More specifically, I visited Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Although Dubrovnik was extremely touristy, much of this fascinating region felt undiscovered, which is such a rarity in Europe. This was especially true of Sarajevo. The city is a little difficult to access due to its location in the middle of the mountains, but I'm really shocked more visitors aren't going there. It's inexpensive, there's great food and wine, and the culture is truly unique.
This week my parents are visiting and we're taking the train to France for a few days. Then I'm going to Ireland next month. I don't post all my photos to Facebook, so it's best to follow my travels on Instagram or Twitter. What I've written:
As a freelancer, time is money. This year I vowed to track my work time and installed Rescue Time on my computer. It generates reports on everything I do on my computer, including how much time I spend on various websites and programs.
Yes, it sounds a little bit creepy and Big Brother-like, but it's been totally eye-opening about how I spend my time. Unsurprisingly, I realized I was spending too much time scrolling through social media. But I was also spending more than two hours a day organizing and answering emails! I also wasn't giving myself enough credit-- I thought I was working about 25-30 hours a week, but it was actually more like 50-60 hours. Photos of Bosnia: Question: How do I get invited on press trips? Answer: First of all, press trips aren't the answer to launching your travel writing career. You need to spend significant time pitching, getting, and writing quality assignments first. In my experience, it does take awhile for new writers to get on publicists' radar thought. The first, and easiest thing you should do is submit a request to have your information as a journalist added to a database called Cision. You can also contact PR firms with an introductory email and show them links to your writing clips. Tips for writers: You really can make a living as a food writer I've been thinking a lot about how to write faster