Mary Charlebois, is a freelance journalist/photographer. Her home base is Fort Bragg, California on the wild, remote, Mendocino Coast. Her writing and photography is published in print and web.
“I can give you ink, space for 300 words, a byline, and no money,” they told me.
“OK,” I murmured, certain the editor of my small-town, entertainment tabloid could hear the disbelief in my voice.
It was my first travel writing assignment.
Before this, two friends had suggested that I submit a story to Travel & Leisure. I was pretty sure I didn’t have the chops or the dues paid, and that the editor at T&L would probably just laugh at me. So, even though I wanted to try my hand at being a trave...
First Nature Treks and Tours
PUBLISHED 04/15/18 BY MEETING NEWS NORTHWEST
Spend a day outside. Enjoy nature and engage the senses. Take the team whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, fly fishing or kayaking. Hike to a waterfall. Ski, snowboard, or snowshoe. Try wine tasting or whale watching.
Meetings held outside have many positive effects. They can restart the creative juices. Fresh air and sunshine recharge our batteries and bring a sense of health and wellness. A change of scenery facilitates new ways of thinking. Engaging...
PUBLISHED BY PITCH TRAVEL WRITE 04/16/18
“Go local,” a successful writer mentor advised. It took a while to realize, I lived in a place people want to visit, California’s wild and remote Mendocino Coast.
I wasn’t headed to Africa. I didn’t have the funds for an exotic island escape. With no bylines, press trips weren’t on offer, and my travel budget was $0. Might as well give local a shot.
My first byline was in a monthly newspaper covering l...
PUBLISHED 04/01/18 BY MaryGo
121-days till take off. I can almost feel the pull of that enormous Air Bus as we climb out of San Francisco. Eleven hours later, I’ll be in London. Yahoo!
My itinerary is filling-up quickly.
The Shropshire Hills, the birthplace of the industrial revolution, will be my bivouac for a few days. The area is called unspoiled, unrushed and tranquil. Nationally designated...
PUBLISHED 03/31/18 BY GoNOMAD
Ride or Walk, The Carry-On That Carries You
Modobag is a motorized suitcase you convert to a mini scooter. It uses a nano-safe battery, is carry-on friendly and packed with features. I gave Modobag a test drive at World’s Fair Nano in San Francisco...
It is low to the ground but easy to operate. It turns on a dime without tipping. There’s a modesty panel for those wearing skirts. Whizz through the airport on the bag at 5-MPH/8-KPH. Outside 8-MPH/12.8-KPH is possible on level surfaces. Fully cha...
PUBLISHED 03/28/18 BY FORT BRAGG-MENDOCINO COAST PACKET
For the 2nd year, April is Almost Fringe Festival month in Mendocino County. The month-long celebration features creative endeavors from classic to provocative. Fringe Fest celebrates our creativity, diversity, culture, and community...
PUBLISHED 03/26/18 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
Jacksonville Florida is a water town. At the intersection of St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean, JAX is surrounded by water.
This buzzy city isn’t all Mother Nature, sun, and water. Downtown Jacksonville is the place to soak up culture. Art music, food, and nightlife in the heart of the city are thriving.
Great Escapes Radio Broadcast from 03/18/18
There’s more to writing than beautiful words and prose. Grammarly is an easy to use tool that will help accomplish a more polished query, story, blog, or post.
PUBLISHED 03/07/18 BY MaryGo
I’ll spend Sunday at the Herefordshire County Fair. Attending an English fair will be the spot-on way to get to know this agricultural region.
One of my lodging stops is Castle House. I can’t wait to step inside the luxurious Regency villa...
PUBLISHED 02/20/18 IN ByWAYS MAGAZINE
The trip of a lifetime, coast to coast by train. Four nights and four days. Jacksonville Florida to San Francisco California aboard three remarkable train routes; Silver Meteor, Capitol Limited, and California Zephyr.
PUBLISHED BY TRAVEL-WISE 02/12/18
Small Things Can Make a Difference
You see the words everywhere these days: sustainable tourism. What does it mean? I believe sustainable tourism supports the environmental, cultural and economic elements of a destination and its citizens. Sustainable tourism enriches the lives of visitors who take only photos, while leaving behind footprints, and maybe a little money.
When I researched the term ‘sustainable tourism’, much of what I found was related to emerging tourist destinations. Air poll...
PUBLISHED 02/05/18 BY CONFETTI TRAVEL CAFE
San Francisco’s Japantown lies in the middle of some of the city’s most visited attractions, sights, neighborhoods, parks, and waterfront. The tiny, architecturally distinct neighborhood is the perfect bivouac position for exploring the city...
PUBLISHED 02/05/18 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
The oldest city in the US, St Augustine is romantic, vibrant, captivating. It’s saturated with layers of history and culture. Old Town St Augustine has a European feel, with narrow, cobblestone streets, and shoulder-to-shoulder shops, eateries, and lodging. The beach is just over the causeway. St Augustine Florida is perfect for a no-drive getaway.