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If you’re a regular reader of Tidewater Women, you know that I have a passion for travel. I think it started when I was a kid and my family moved every 2-3 years while my dad was in the Navy. I somehow became hooked on that constant disruption of an established, settled routine. So now itchy feet set in when I stay in one place too long.

This itch for travel is what led me to start freelancing as a travel writer for a few different magazines. These occasional gigs allow me to quench my endless thirst for travel and make a few extra dollars to boot. Plus when other editors accept my travel stories, I feel validated as a writer. Last but not least, I get to share my enthusiasm for travel with an even wider audience.

Last week I went to a travel writer conference in New York and got the scoop on new developments in the world of travel writing. One interesting takeaway came from the editor of Atlas Obscura, who said online travel magazines are sputtering. In other words, the jump away from print to the internet is not working out as well as investors hoped.

So where does that leave us—both readers and writers of travel stories? As an avid magazine fan, I much prefer reading long-form travel stories in print. There’s something about the serenity of reading static words on paper that makes the experience much calmer and more enjoyable. As I’ve said before, reading online is like work, not pleasure. I know many women, whose ages run the gamut, who share my love for print.

I’m hoping print weathers the storm brought on by the digital revolution. You can help keep Tidewater Women going by supporting our advertisers and telling your friends in business to align themselves with the only local magazine that celebrates women. Our ad rates are super affordable. You can appear in every issue for as little as $135 per month. We would love to welcome you to our pages.

Thanks for reading Tidewater Women. Don’t forget to share your copy with a friend! Stay warm this month and happy trails!

PS - My friend Wendy found the documentary I mentioned in my column last month on Amazon Prime. It’s called “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Brain.” I hope you watch it!

Peggy Sijswerda

Tidewater Women Magazine, Editor & Co-Publisher.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com
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