Hi! I’m Megan Singleton and I’ve been galavanting around the world travel writing for 15 years and blogging for 9.
It’s been a fantastic ride (as you can probably guess). I have over 700 posts here where you’ll find reviews, tips, itinerary ideas, recommendations for places to stay and things to do and all sorts of tidbits from my travels.
I try to make this blog practical, full of great advice and inspiring ideas. Feel free to comment or join me on Twitter or Facebook if you have any questions about your own holiday planning.
I’m also thrilled to have received the US Travel Association Travel Writers Award in 2009 and 2011 and an on the NZ Herald list of Top 50 Tweeters to follow.
My passion now, apart from travel, is to assist travel businesses (and all businesses actually) with their social media and helping them to get the most out of their websites. I run various training courses and have spoken at conferences in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Philadelphia, the Philippines and New Zealand.
So, in case you were wondering, this is how it all began…
At the age of 17 I waved goodbye to my family in the tiny town of Hastings on the East Coast of New Zealand and set off to see the world as an exchange student. Well to see the US, to be precise. Rockville, Maryland to be exact. Little did I know that this 1 year abroad would bite me and leave a travel bug for the rest of my days.
Scroll down a couple of years and I embarked on a 5-year stint in London aged 19. Originally intending to “seek my fortune and be a nanny” I sadly didn’t achieve either. I was fired from my nanny job after 3 weeks (I couldn’t keep up with the cushion plumping and shag pile vacuuming) so went temping in London on the big bucks. £4.75 per hour. It was enough to pay a modest rent and use the rest to fritter on cheap flights to Europe where accommodation may or may not be pre-arranged.
But I only decided to take writing seriously in 1999 when I studied for a Diploma of Freelance Journalism at the NZIBS and then “fell” into travel writing. My first travel story was published in Next Magazine in 2000 about visiting the (hilariously weird) Tate Modern in London.
Ahh, but blogging, you ask. Why blog?
Well, in 2006 I was hired by a large travel agency in New Zealand as their full time blogger. For 3 years I blogged twice a day, 5 days a week and then they ditched it. But don’t cry! I launched this lofty travel blog, Travel Blogger at Large in 2009.
I also still freelance for the NZ Herald (I have a weekly travel column), Let’s Travel Magazine, Herald on Sunday, NineMSN, USA Today and other supplements and magazines. You’ll hear me on Newstalk ZB every Sunday morning rabbiting on to Andrew Dickens about some destination or other.
My Blog and Content Training Workshops
So after 9 years of travel blogging, and learning the tricks as I go, I’ve started Blogging is the New Black. It’s a half-day blog training workshop to help newbie bloggers get started by teaching them everything I wish I knew before I started mine(!) There are jobs out there for people who know how to write engaging content, no matter what industry and a blog is an outstanding way to position yourself or your company as thought leaders and grow your business. More details are here>>>
And for destinations and brands that host media, plan famil itineraries, pitch to editors, I have also developed The Cheat Sheet to Hosting Media, which is pretty much a “cheat sheet” of everything journalists want (and need) on a press trip and to help the host get great results. If you fall into this category, I’d be delighted to come visit you!
My proudest achievement?
I co-founded Random Acts of Kindness Day in New Zealand on September 1st 2005 and I love that RAK Day is now firmly established on New Zealand’s national calendar.
If you’ve read this far, congratulations! You deserve a wine. And if you want to know where to go next, type a destination into the search bar above or begin on these blogs – my personal faves!
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The belching masseuse: My worst massage experience ever >>>
If you’d like to get in touch to discuss a famil or a speaking engagement, please shoot me an email to megan @ bloggeratlarge.com