The Wandering Writer
With a curious mind, an open heart and an adventurous spirit I seek out stories or let them find me. Every time I hop on a bike or horse saddle, strap on skis or snowshoes, lace up hiking boots or launch a kayak, I feel as though I’ve been gifted with “Aladdin’s magic carpet” ready to explore the wonders of the world. The epic journey unfolds and I am the lucky passenger.
The true magic occurs with the discoveries along the way. It’s the little things. A roadside snack, a sunset, a kind gesture, the sweet taste of a sun-ripened berry, the yip of coyotes on a moonlit night, raindrops pelting on the roof, the briny whiff of a sea breeze, the tingling of toes on a hot skillet of sandy beach, the reveal of ancient ruins beyond a veil of jungle vines, or heartwarming smiles accompanied by greetings in foreign languages. All these seemingly inconsequential moments are part of the experience that becomes the journey. I like to share these treasures in the form of stories to inspire readers to seek out the “magic” of travel.
And of course, there’s so much to tell about every inch of a journey. That’s not so easy to do. So, I sift through the gold dust to find the brightest nuggets. Every publication steers their editorial towards a certain audience. It’s my job to craft articles aimed towards their special readers. I like creating a piece that resonates with readers as well as one that entertains, informs and guides them.
Take a look at my Portfolio for examples of my travel writing, and perhaps you will find a few experiences that resonate with you too. Or go to my Work Experience page to read about my career and see outlets where I have published.
– Gigi Ragland