Travel is in my blood. As I'm typing this post, I'm sitting in Kathmandu, having just finished a trek in Nepal where I went more than 17,000 feet up to Everest Base Camp, and back down to sea level for a jungle safari in Bardia National Park.
I've been to Costa Rica, Belize, Italy, all on assignment, and several times worked remotely as I traveled through Europe and the U.S. Sometimes being multiple time zones ahead can give you the jump on the competition back home. And sometimes it can be like dead weight, following you wherever you go, preventing contact with the world you left behind.
In my experience, travel writing can be some of the most fulfilling work there is, even if challenges like money, language, disease, and technology sometimes interfere. Because when it works out, there's nothing quite like it. But when it doesn't, it can be frustrating beyond belief—and for every succesful trip, there are always multiple unexpected hurdles to overcome.
In lieu of Christmas Eve, we're going to postpone this week's chat and spend next Tuesday, Dec. 31 talking about the good, the bad, and the real world of travel writing and reporting. New Year's Eve is another slammed night, but it's the last night and chat of the year, and we figure we're going to finish 2013 right and go out strong. Join me next Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 8 EST for my return to the #muckedup party. See you then.