When you have mastered the art of travel, you are an adventurer. When you have immersed yourself in capturing travel, you are a contributor to the phenomenon of freezing travel for those wishing to use full human sensory; in order to imprint one’s memory into the human development and psyche. Being a travel writer and journalist, you get the full insight into freezing time and world experiences. Condensing the energy to a sizeable portion, through the mastery of words, in order for it to seem real to the readers; while still keeping the fantastical texture, that incites the human gaze, from the very beginning.
It’s a vivacious feeling when capturing the wellness for those everyday individuals. Those who work in the real world, yet, are dreaming to experience the magic of adventures, within, and outside, of their nations. It’s one of the magnificent groups to serve. Article after article, of presenting those world experiences of human creativity and culture. Fascinating! Filled with all of the childhood fantasies of movement, which can be carried and continued into the adult world. And, it is all through the power of the pen (or in the modern world-a laptop), in showcasing the vigilance of such worlds.
With one writing angel, we are sure to get an abundant of knowledge and wealth from the traveling world.
Let’s see how BBC Contributing Editor, Lindsay Galloway, writes us into that world!
Lauren K. Clark: The world of travel is a place, where people are allowed to live out their imaginations. As children, we dream of going to these foreign lands. Rewinding back to your own childhood, what were the first indications that you would go into this professional world?
Lindsay Galloway: I learned to love travel in my own country before anywhere else. Growing up, I road tripped with my family from Colorado to Maine to visit my grandparents, or to California to visit relatives there. I loved seeing the country from coast to coast; seeing how different every state was from one another, and trying the foods that were unique to each place (especially the Maine lobster!). I was always curious to see more and discover new parts of the world, and understand what made each place unique. I also always enjoyed writing, so it made sense to start to write about the places I had visited and loved.
Lauren K. Clark: As a contributing editor, and travel journalist for BBC, what would you say has been one of your frustrating moments, when writing about a country, their culture, and beauty?
Lindsay Galloway: I do a lot of reporting in my work, talking to others to hear how they would describe their own country. Sometimes, it is hard or frustrating to really get a sense of place from talking to a person. They can sometimes describe their own country as in vague terms, like saying “It’s great!”–but you still don’t have a sense of what it’s really like there from those kind of answers. I have had to learn to ask the right questions, to truly learn about a country behind surface-level answers.
Lauren K. Clark: Let’s take a mental rewind, shall we? You walk into the office. Paper work is piled up; emails have gone unanswered; and due dates are right around the corner. What do you do to stay calm and relaxed?
Lindsay Galloway: When I’m really overwhelmed, I always turn to Anne Lamott’s advice of taking it “bird by bird.” I try to stay focused on the smallest task at hand. Do I need to schedule an interview? Do I need to start writing a draft? Do I need to finish fact-checking? It can be easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to do, but tackling the most pressing and just starting on one thing always makes me feel better and like I accomplished something.
“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”
Lauren K. Clark: Every writer/journalist has their mental prep ritual. Sayings they tell themselves, a particular song or style of music they listen to. What is your personal prep style?
Lindsay Galloway: It’s actually hard for me to write if I’m listening to any music with lyrics. So, if I need to really focus, I’ll put on classical music or instrumental music. I especially love violin (I used to play!) and cello music.
Lauren K. Clark: Travel is colorful. It is adventurous. In writing a piece about the culture, culinary, and social aesthetics of another country, do you imagine yourself being there? And if you do, what do you experience?
Lindsay Galloway: Yes! Talking to the people of another country, it’s quickly apparent the things that they love about a place; the things they are passionate about. So I try to channel their experiences, since they know it best! My job is simply to ask the right questions and translate that in a way that resonates with readers.
Lauren K. Clark: Do you feel that your work as a travel writer and editor could be less stressful? How would you envision that?
Lindsay Galloway: I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to write about different places around the world. Today’s technology has made it easier than ever to travel, make connections, and research destinations. Language barriers can still get in the way sometimes. So, as translation tools and services get better, it will make my job easier and less stressful.
Lauren K. Clark: In your article, “China’s ancient city that’s luring expats,” readers are introduced to concepts of modern cities, with ancient feelings. Do you think that modern, US cities could end the burn out epidemic by incorporating ancient practices (i.e. harmony with nature, immersion with time, balance)?
Lindsay Galloway: The US definitely has a go-go-go mentality, and that has only gotten worse with the always-on culture of social media and branding. I think there’s a pressure to “monetize” your passions, but I think it’s important to maintain hobbies or passions that you can do just for you, and continue to make time for those things.
Lauren K. Clark: If you could include one therapeutic remedy that you could do after writing, or working on an assignment, what would it be?
Lindsay Galloway: I’m a big water person! To relax, I love taking baths with essential oils or colorful bath bombs.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
Lauren K. Clark: Let’s play a game of pretend. You are chosen to cover a story of a festival of your choosing. You select the country, and you get to plan how you will experience this festival. What country and festival would you choose? What would be your method to experience peace and relaxation at the festival? How would you come out a better writer?
Lindsay Galloway: This is so hard! Festivals say so much about a culture and a country and there are so many I’d love to attend. I have always wanted to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, held in August every year. It attracts thousands of performers from around the world, who produce and perform everything from circus shows to musical acts. With more than 3500 shows, it’s would be important to come into it with some kind of idea on how you wanted to write about it (maybe a focus on the most offbeat acts or otherwise); but also stay open to other stories that present themselves. Those are the times that I’ve truly grown as a writer, in those stories that don’t always present themselves at first; where you have to dig to learn more about a person or a place, and translate that into the words that make it all come alive for your readers.
Lauren K. Clark: In your residence of Denver, Colorado, what scenery, spaces, or places inspire you to keep going? How is this especially true, during those times at work, where you were ready to burn the towel?
Lindsay Galloway: I’m very lucky to have the beautiful Rocky Mountains in sight at almost all times. It is a very grounding to realize there are forces much bigger and long-lasting in this world. So it makes whatever tasks are in front of me seem small in comparison. I also love wandering around the pedestrian mall at Pearl Street in Boulder–with beautiful flowers, historic buildings, and local shop. I always come away inspired, and ready to work on new creative projects.
Words. It’s all about the words! How we play with words and travel with them. All the while trapping words, so that they paint the wonders of those far away places, that we hope to explore. More words, please. It helps to have that foundation of travel from our childhood’s domain. Further illuminating that childhood domain, we have a wealth of knowledge to share, once we extend that world into a professional domain. Continuing to capture that beauty is the eloquence of a travel writer. Even in travel journalism, that work must still connect with a creative touch. It’s phenomenal. It’s healing. And, it’s why many chose to venture into this profession. Many having the privilege (and sometimes envy) of taking a mental escape from the hectic, working life, and all that comes with it. And, though travel writers face that similar energy of stress and working under pressure, there is still that healing and verbal massage of knowing that the sensory (as described through words) will always soothe our Spirits when it’s over.
Until then, continue to write the paintings of travel! Write them, well. And, experiment with the different colors, that it takes to create them!
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