Authoring journeys from the California coast to distant lands.
Judith Babcock Wylie has tracked birds in Jamaica's interior, explored Dogon villages in Mali, ridden an elephant to the Amber Fort in India and slept in a few hotels where the butler draws the bath. She became a full-time travel writer in 1982, and has been traveling, researching and writing travel stories and travel books for the last 20 years. On this site you'll find samples of her stories, columns and photos, information on her latest books, and reports on her latest trips, travel specialties and favorite places. She teaches travel writing at several universities. For those who have dreamed of writing about their travels, she offers tips on how to get started in travel writing, as well as information on how to find her classes and workshops on travel writing. She lives on an organic apple farm in Santa Cruz and writes in a cabin with a view of the ocean. Latest book:
Best Places, Central California Coast: from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara includes hidden coastal treasures such as a hacienda-inn built by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, a trail that leads through a log tunnel at Big Sur, and a lodging in Carmel that looks like home to the Seven Dwarfs. More details about this book and others like it...
Latest Great Trip:
Art lives in the Villages of Northeastern Switzerland!
In one of the least touristed parts of Switzerland, the tiny village of Stein am Rhein hugs the banks of the Rhine, as it has for hundreds of years. A short walk up from the river on cobbled streets to the main square embraced by medieval houses with frescoes depicting fated lovers, brave soldiers in chain mail, mythical lions, and other scenes. Sit for a spell in the sun and sip a panache, or beer with a spike of lemon juice, before hiking up through vineyards to the fairytale castle that overlooks the town. Cool Travel Web Site:
The best travel Web sites turn up in Judy's weekly syndicated column, Online and In Print. Here's one: If you can travel at the last minute, check out, recently named the best Last-Minute Deals travel site by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine. You may search by kind of trip, (sun, international, luxury) and view offerings that leave from 33 different departure points. Choose a package that includes airfare, or one that includes only hotel and land travel. Be aware that at these super low rates you may not get the exact room with a view you'd choose, but you can often upgrade for a price.

Travel Writing Tip:
One of the biggest problems with writing a travel story is getting started. Here's a tip: pick out a friend or family member who understands you best, and write them a email or a etter about your trip. You will find you are not censoring yourself and the material you write will be fresh and personal. Afterwards, be sure to take off the "Dear Tammy" before you send in the story! For more information on travel writing, click here¦

What's New:
Next Travel Writing class:
New York University
Oct 17-18, 2002 For more info, click here¦

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