How to Get Published As a Travel Blogger: Interview

Today I have the privilege of interviewing my friend and superb travel blogger, Carol Sherritt. She blogs as The Eternal Traveller from Toowoomba, Australia.

It’s not often that bloggers from around the world spend time together. The amazing thing about this online interview is that these two bloggers from across the hemispheres have met because of our blogging. Before we did, my teddy bear, Manny traveled with Carol, her beaver, Justin Beaver, and her husband all over Europe and Australia, then went on a cruise with her daughter before returning to us. Carol sent us tons of pictures for Manny’s Travel Blog. Justin Beaver has a travel blog, The Adventures of Justin Beaver.

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Manny and Justin with a map of Australia during their travels

 Welcome Travel Blogger, Carol Sherritt

Hi Carol,

Thank you for allowing me to interview you about life as a travel blogger. I’m sure you have some valuable advice for new and struggling bloggers.

Before we start, I want to say congratulations.  As a travel blogger, you’ve just recently had a travel article published in “Queensland Smart Farmer Magazine.” I’m excited for you. We’ve been blogging friends now for about five years. It’s been such a privilege to me to know you. I have a few questions to give a new travel blogger a feel for what they are getting into when they start to blog.

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This beautiful Walking Iris is straight from one of Carol’s posts on the Eternal Traveler.
M. First, how did you get started blogging and do you think that led to your getting published

C. At the beginning of 2012, I completed a five-week course on travel writing through the Australian Writers’ Centre. I decided to start a travel blog as a way of putting into practice the techniques and skills I learned in the course. Since then, I’ve had travel stories published on the Wyndham Travel website and HitchHikersHandbook.com and in the Fernwood Members’ Magazine’ The current story in Queensland Smart Farmer magazine is my third for them, and another story will be included in the July issue

 

M. That’s wonderful, Carol. I know being a travel blogger published in travel magazines fulfills a dream you had before you ever started to blog.

 

Tell us about your blogs.

 

C. My main blog is The Eternal Traveller, which features stories about our travels in Australia and around the world. I also write The Adventures of Justin Beaver, which is a lighthearted look at travel from the point of view of Justin Beaver, Yodeling World Traveller.

 

M. We’ve had a lot of fun interacting with Justin Beaver over the years. Too bad he’s not here today to have an A+ interview as well. It was fun to see how people reacted to him in person. You’ve specialized as a travel blogger, and you have another blog as well. This next question is one that I struggled with so much as a new blogger.

 

How do you manage to maintain a regular, consistent schedule of blogging and work full time, and travel so much as well?

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Carol’s sense of humor keeps her blogs fun as well as interesting.

C. I aim to write one post a week for each blog, and sometimes I add an extra post for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge as well. I work as a Primary School Teacher in Special Education, and we usually travel in school holidays. I enjoy quilting, baking, and growing roses as well as writing, and I often joke that if I could do everything all at once and not have to sleep, I would be able to achieve so much more. I even wrote a picture book manuscript about that idea!

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Carol stops to shoot pictures everywhere.

M. We took the picture book class together. We both struggled “with the show don’t tell strategy.” Neither of us has pursued having any of our drafts published. There’s not enough time to do everything, and we make choices! Your photographs are fabulous, by the way.

What advice do you have about taking pictures and using them on your blog?

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No camera left behind, even in the Glaciers of New Zealand.

C. Use a good quality camera. I have a Panasonic Lumix TZ60, and I love it. It’s lightweight, and I can carry it all day around my neck. It has a quick response and some great features and settings. When we are on a road trip, I like taking photos while we are driving, and I put the camera on sports mode to reduce blurring and fuzzy pictures. It doesn’t always work, but I’ve got some fantastic photos that way. Before I use photos in my posts, I always reduce the size so that they will upload quickly. I used to add a watermark, but I don’t worry about that anymore. I only use just my best photos to enhance my story, and I don’t put too many photos in a post. And I always make sure my horizon is straight. I try to use my photos as much as possible, but sometimes my husband has taken the perfect picture which I can’t leave out. It’s often the one who gets the most comments, which pleases him greatly.

M. What are the best things and opportunities that have come your way that you would attribute to blogging?

C. The best thing I’ve done is meet up with you and Vince on Maui last January. We had a wonderful holiday and felt like we’d known you forever. It was such a privilege to meet you and your friends in a beautiful setting.

M. Thanks so much Carol. That was incredible, to me too! My highlight was coming to Australia to see you, Glen and Leanne, and meet so many of Glen’s family in Ballarat

C. Another wonderful opportunity which came about through blogging was a caving adventure in Western Australia. We had to wear overalls and helmets with torches on the front, and we went into a cave that is not open to the general public. There are no boardwalks or tracks through the cave. We had to clamber over rocks and crawl through narrow tunnels. It was an amazing experience, and I wrote about it in this story.

 

M. What advice do you have for a new travel blogger?

 

C. It’s exciting when you first start writing to look at your stats and see how many views and followers you have. But it takes time to build an audience and the best way to do that is by producing quality writing and positive stories.

 

M. What else would you like to add that I haven’t asked you?

C. Beware, blogging is addictive, but it is worth the effort. I have made friends all around the world, and we have been lucky enough to meet up with several international bloggers on our travels. After four years of writing and blogging, I am still constantly amazed and thrilled that people all over the world, who don’t know me, enjoy my writing and come back for more.
M. That is the truth, Carol. Thank you so much for joining us today, and for being my first interview, and a great friend.

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Cup of Irish coffee

Thanks again for joining us here at Always Write for a cup of coffee and a great interview with our guest blogger, Carol Sherritt. Don’t forget to give her blog a peek! 🙂 To be a guest on Always Write or read other interviews, contact me at tchistorygal@gmail.com.

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Window Seat Carol’s Sacrifice

Mrs. ET and I flew from Melbourne to Toowoomba on Australia’s Air North. She suggested that I take the window seat. It was a short trip. I would not have to crawl over anyone during the duration. I thanked her, sat down, and buckled up as instructed. As we taxied, I watched the shadow of the plane.

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The plane on the ground created a large shadow

The shadow did not stay large very long!

I do not like to kill birds, but I am proverbially killing two birds with one stone because there are two photo challenges I can do at once with these photos. And I love photo challenges.

In addition to size changes, there are several visible textures. The smooth metal plane, hard concrete, soft green grass, and prickly brown stubbles create a Tuesdays of Texture treat.

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Barely off the ground

But we kept looking. Textures are mellowing out as the shadow continues. The landing gear is still visible, but not for long.

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Seconds after take-off, the landing gear clicked into place and our shadow streamlined away from the Tullamarine Airport (Melbourne to me). Carol shared that we would be flying into the new Brisbane-West Wellcamp Airport. The airport is located in Toowoomba, Queensland a city of about 120,000.

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Can you still see it?

The plane crossed the highway below the dark rectangle (a parking lot in the middle of farmland???) That represents another change of texture.

The Story of the Brisbane-West Wellcamp Airport

The city of Toowoomba, Queensland has a new privately built airport. The airport is inappropriately named Brisbane-West Wellcamp. Wellcamp had a population of 302 in 2011. Not 302,000, just 302. Brisbane, with a population of 2 million is a two-hour drive from Toowoomba.

This distance might create a problem for bargain hunter travelers who do not know the area. Unknowing travelers might think that would be an alternative airport to Brisbane International find themselves a little farther out-of-town than they planned.

The joke at the time of naming the airport was, “Why not name it Cairns South?” Cairns is a large town north of Toowoomba in the state of Queensland. Never mind that it is an 18 hours drive from Toowoomba. Or maybe they should call the airport Perth-East, a mere 44-hour drive.

Who knows the minds of governments or airport namers?

I hope you enjoyed the shadowy flight of our ride into Brisbane-West Wellcamp.

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Things I Learned Traveling Around Australia

Carol, the Eternal Traveller, travels incessantly. I think this is one of her funniest posts. In Melbourne I carried around the backpack you will see. It did not look like this! 🙂

Things I Learned

by the Eternal Traveller

Round Australia Road Trip #33

When doing something completely different from your usual way of life, there are certain to be some moments of self-discovery; travelling vast distances with a caravan for seven weeks around our amazing country revealed some new aspects of my character. Here are ten things I learned about myself on the Round Australia Road Trip.

1. I enjoy flying – but only in big planes. Our flight over the Bungle Bungles was in a 6 seater Cessna C10 and our very enthusiastic pilot Sam made sure we all got the best possible view …

Source: Things I Learned

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Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia in Spring

In mid-January, I awoke to a cool 69 degrees in Toowoomba at my friend Carol’s house. We toured several gardens around the city, but I missed the grandeur of the spring gardens. Her pictures of vivid September flowers will amaze you.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Changing Seasons

by the Eternal Traveller

The Queensland city of Toowoomba is perched on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, about 700 metres above sea level. Its location means that while much of Queensland has hot Summers and mild Winters, Toowoomba experiences four distinct seasons. For most residents, the favourite is Spring, which brings with it an unsurpassed floral display.

The rich volcanic soil of the area produces gardens vibrant with colour and Toowoomba is known across Australia as the Garden City. Each September, the city celebrates the Carnival of Flowers with a Grand Parade, arts and crafts exhibitions, garden competitions and a food and wine festival. The local parks and gardens, having been lovingly tended through the Winter months by a team of council gardeners, become a haven for locals and visitors alike.

Source: Weekly Photo Challenge – Changing Seasons

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Taking to the Road

You have to pick when you visit Australia because it is so vast. Native Australians often travel around the country on holidays. Here is the first of Carol’s 33 posts on her trip circumnavigating Australia. If you have ever thought about going to Australia, be sure to visit her blog to see the rest of the posts.

Taking to the Road

by the Eternal Traveller

A couple of weeks ago my husband, aka Mr. ET, and our daughter set off on the first part of a great adventure.

They travelled from Toowoomba to Roma, Longreach, and Mount Isa, into the Northern Territory on the Barkly Highway, on to the Stuart Highway north to Mataranka, Katherine and Kakadu before arriving in Darwin. They covered 4046 kilometres in 11 days and saw many amazing sights along the way.

Source: Taking to the Road

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