SATW Institute: Mind is Swimming

I returned from the SATW Institute of Travel Writing & Photography this evening and my mind is swimming with ideas. I first attended five years ago and while some things have remained the same in the travel writing industry (i.e.: networking, protecting work, pitching an editor), much has changed.

Five years ago opens in a new windowLee Foster spoke about making money with Google Adsense, this year he discussed his new iPhone application ( opens in a new windowSan Francisco Photography Guide $1.99) and how apps are complementary to traditional guidebooks (possible replacements?) and viable revenue source for travel writers. The good thing is, creating a smart phone application isn’t *that* complicated. It still takes creating content, time, and marketing.

Video was also discussed which leaves me wondering, do I invest in a decent SLR digital still camera or invest in a nice digital video camera and accompanying equipment? Video seems to be where it’s at. The break out sessions were useful, too. They were an opportunity to ask questions of the instructors in a more casual setting.

SATW Institute Round Table Selections
SATW Institute Round Table Selections, Jan. 2010

As a result of attending, I figured out the “more” function for WordPress, which makes the home page of this blog cleaner. I’ll be busy tomorrow following up on other important tips learned yesterday for my sites and need to get writing!

Knowledge from the instructors was incredible and networking with them and attendees invaluable. opens in a new windowOrlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau and opens in a new windowOrlando Downtown Development Board were generous hosts. Of course, opens in a new windowSandra Friend, Director of the Institute, did a fab job in coordinating a productive weekend. Thank you all!

I hope to post more about my thoughts and if you’re considering travel writing or photography, pencil in the SATW Institute of Travel Writing & Photography for 2011.



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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