Travel Articles by the Gothic Optimist

Sometimes, I’m hired to write web content either as a ghost-writer (BOO) or as myself. Here are a few guest posts I’ve composed for travel websites and blogs.

Gas up the Model T, Wilfred.  We’re going on a jaunt!

Gas up the Model T, Wilfred. We’re going on a jaunt!

Cheaper by the Dozen: Planing a Budget-Friendly Road Trip for a Large Family

Sure, I may be an only child… but have you met my future wife and her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts? In ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ I dig into some tricks to keep it cheap when traveling with the clan. The Vagabond Family was kind enough to let me hitch a ride on their travel site for this one.

Louisville Theater: The River City’s 5 Best Stages

At Sand in My Suitcase, Janice & George Mucalov entice travelers with tales of luxury travel and a twist of adventure. The couple graciously allowed me space to write about a favorite topic in a place I know well. In ‘Louisville Theater: The River City’s 5 Best Stages’, I take readers through highlights at The Kentucky Center, Actors Theater, The Palace, The Brown, and Kentucky Shakespeare.

Check out the Best Theaters in Louisville

Check out the Best Theaters in Louisville

Hotel Perks: Nobody Give ‘em to Ya. You have to TAKE ‘em.

Hotel Perks: Nobody Give ‘em to Ya. You have to TAKE ‘em.

Make Your Own Perks: Use Hotel Points to Book your Next Trip

Jonn DiScala (aka Johnny Jet) has made a name for himself sharing best travel practices. After collaborating with John’s team on a handful of link-building projects, I’ve now been given the opportunity to contribute to his content directly. Whether you travel for work or play, you’ll benefit from a quick read on how to make your own hotel perks.

Civilization Has Its Moments: The 10 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

My Postcard is a German (thank you, Google Translate) custom postcard website… and so much more. My article, Civilization Has Its Moments: The 10 Most Beautiful Cities in the World is one of many phenomenal travel blogs featured on the site, including some pause-worthy photography. I was excited to guest post on this site as a way to promote my colleague Johnny Jet.

10 Cities that Set a High Bar on the World Stage

10 Cities that Set a High Bar on the World Stage

Take time to separate the must-have from the better-off-without.

Take time to separate the must-have from the better-off-without.

Single-Bag Trekking: Minimalist Packing for a Solo Trip

From increasing productivity to paying down debt, the good folks at MoneyMiniBlog have carefully curated a collection of short articles to help the reader manage finances and life. They were gracious enough to ask me to contribute my own brand of frugality. In ‘Single-Bag Trekking’, I offer some tried and true tips for flying, driving, and hiking light.

Divide & Conquer: The Art of Delegating a Family Road Trip

It may sound like a travel site, but The Fearless Flyer is a one-stop-shop for all things related to online business-building. Being the accommodating guys and gals that they are, they let me write a travel article anyway. Traveling with a larger crew can have its advantages, as I describe in The Art of Delegating a Family Road Trip.

Vidi Veni Vici

Vidi Veni Vici

Create an itinerary to visit the same haunts as your favorite fictional characters.

Create an itinerary to visit the same haunts as your favorite fictional characters.

Put the ‘Book’ in Booking - Crafting an Author-Centric Intererary

Tom and Kris are a married pair of retired publishers who curate an excellent travel site called Travel Past 50. In the guest post Put the ‘Book’ in Booking: Crafting an Author-Centric Itinerary, I steer the traveling bibliophile through some tips and tricks for enriching an itinerary by building in some literary destinations.

A Guide to No-Trace Hiking and Camping

Sherry Ott is a corporate cube-dweller turned nomadic photographer who shares her exploits with us on her travel blog Ott’s World. She asked me to write an article on No-Trace Hiking and Camping, I was excited to meet the challenge. In my article, A Guide to No-Trace Hiking and Camping, I use personal anecdotes and a little research to spread the word about how to limit your impact while enjoying the outdoors!

Leave Only Footprints! Take Only Pictures!

Leave Only Footprints! Take Only Pictures!

I’ve had Bending-Over-Backwards-Bird for over 20 years. That’s one old gourd…

I’ve had Bending-Over-Backwards-Bird for over 20 years. That’s one old gourd…

Picking Souvenirs That Tell Your Story

Dr. Irene Levine is a prolific researcher, writer, and journalist whose work straddles two distinct but related fields: travel and friendship. Her online journal More Time to Travel, informs and inspires travelers over 50 to explore exciting new destinations. In my guest article Picking Souvenirs That Tell Your Story, I encourage travelers to skip the gift shop and seek out unique mementos that form part of their tale!

Virginia is For (Wine) Lovers: A Central Virginia Winery Crawl

In Virginia is for Wine Lovers, I take the reader on a tasting room crawl through three of central Virginia’s most beautiful wineries. Kevin Wilkerson was good enough to share some space on his libation-heavy travel site Pub Club.

Veritas Vineyards & Winery

Veritas Vineyards & Winery

Johnny’s Jet-Setter Travel Tips

Charles McCool is a voracious traveler and a pretty damn nice guy, too. His travel blog McCool Travel is a fast-paced page that struggles to keep up with his ambitious personal itinerary. I was excited to represent Charles’ pal Johnny Jet with my guest post Johnny’s Jet-Setter Travel Tips, which runs down what a savvy traveler knows to take (and what to leave behind).

Pick the Right Pack

Pick the Right Pack