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My work as an editor: Here’s what keeps me busy from an editorial perspective.
Editor, OUTTRAVELER GPS
Travel editor, DOT429
My work as contributing editor: I’m also a contributing editor and writer for the following:
Out Magazine, Out.com
SDGLN.com (San Diego Gay and Lesbian News Online)
TripOutGayTravel (Part of the Logo Online constellation of sites)
InsiderOutTravel (IGLTA.org’s consumer travel blog)
Edge Travel (National consumer website)
Derek & Romaine on Sirius/XM OutQ Radio (call-in travel expert)
- August 2010: Here’s a snippet about Argentina (click to listen)
Travel Tuesdays, Proud FM (Toronto) monthly podcast
- Buenos Aires (click to listen)
- Provincetown (click to listen)
- Hawaii (click to listen)
- Las Vegas (click to listen)
- New York (click to listen)
- Boston (click to listen)
MORE RECENT ARTICLES
Here are a few other links to articles displaying the breadth and depth of my experience.
Everyone’s Gay in Amsterdam — This advertisers-supported editorial package consists of a series of videos about Amsterdam that we shot and produced as well as insider information we unearthed, including weekly ‘what’s happening’ updates; cool accommodations and in-the-know dining spots; hot nightlife recommendations; arts and design; fashion; shopping; a fun ‘which Amsterdam are you’ quiz and more.
Sri Lanka: A Revelation — I wrote this after a recent trip to this amazing Buddhist nation. After enduring seemingly endless years of civil war and the devastating effects of the tsunami of 2004 (during which around 40,000 perished), Sri Lanka finds itself on the verge of discovery as the next hot getaway thanks to the end of the war and an almost mind-boggling array of assets, from 2,000-year old Buddhist temples, Dutch and Portuguese Colonial-era architecture, stunning hotels (including two Aman Resorts) and much more.
Top 5 Lists — I introduced this series, which required the viewer to click through all five pages to discover what was listed ‘number 1′ — two years ago and it has proven incredibly popular generating large increases in page views. Perhaps not surprisingly, Top 5 Nude Beaches was our most popular article. Another popular topic was Top 5 (Legal) Gay Honeymoon Destinations.
Ask the Expert — Another very popular article series is our Ask the Expert column which we introduced as a free service to our readers. It generated both impressions and dialogue between us and our readership, which helped me craft future editorial offerings. It was a form of market research. The range of questions was vast, from gay-friendly Israel to lesbian resorts that are also dog friendly to many more topics in between.
Travel Advocate — I had the privilege of acting as the ‘Travel Advocate’ for Advocate Magazine, the most respected and longest-running gay news and lifestyle magazine in history. As the advocate, I had a page dedicated to sharing my observations and discoveries during my travels as well as answering questions posed by our readers (circulation is approximately 170,000). Each month we focused on a particularly great hotel, a ‘hot list’ with three amazing places to put on your travel radar and a travel-related question and answer. Here’s an example from the September 2009 issue.
More Advocate pieces — as the Travel Editor for Advocate.com, I introduced, assigned, and edited three recurring series for the site. The first, GayWatch, took a look at up-and-coming destinations that have had some issues relating to the destinations’ treatment of its own gay and lesbian citizens, including Belize and Croatia. Our Travel Top 5 series examined the top five destinations, trends, events and more around the gay and lesbian travel world. Gobal Gayborhood focused in a a neighborhood of a destination for signs of gay life, which often preceded the destination becoming hot in the minds of gay travelers and eventually in the minds of straight travelers.