2018 April Featured Journalist: Dennis Littley
Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:42 PM

Dennis Littley
Food & Travel Blogger, Chef, Content Creator, Digital Strategist and Conference Speaker-
Dennis is a retired Chef and Culinary Instructor, now enjoying life traveling and eating his way around the world sharing his recipes and adventures along the way. A native Texan living most of his life in the Philadelphia area, Dennis now resides in Kissimmee, Florida with his wife Lisa.

During the new phase of his culinary journey as a Food & Travel Blogger, Dennis has amassed an impressive combined following of over 1.7 million followers on his social channels. Dennis regularly speaks at Conferences around the country on the topics of Live Streaming and Social Media for Small Business.

What got you into travel writing?

 I became a travel writer when a friend in Orlando mentioned there was an opportunity to write about a resort on the Atlantic Coast.  I hadn't thought much about travel writing before that point.   When I was accepted as one of the media guests, I immediately realized that this would be a great way to see the world and share my adventures on my blog.  

 What’s the most challenging part of travel writing for you?

The most challenging part of travel writing is sharing the enthusiasm, joy and excitement that I feel when visiting a destination.  I marvel at the fact that I can travel as often as I do and love the discovery of a new destination or revisiting one of our favorite spots.  I also feel blessed to be able to travel with my wife.  We fell in love traveling and I enjoy sharing the experiences with her.

What one thing [equipment or personal item] you can’t go without on the road?

My laptop.  I would be lost without it.  Much of what I do as a travel writer and blogger revolves around that piece of equipment. 

What was your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?

My most memorable travel experience came on my first visit to Rome Christmas of 1999.  We were walking back to our hotel when we noticed an unusually large crowd at one of the churches we passed.  My wife asked what was going on and we were told they were expecting the Pope and asked if we wanted tickets.   When they walked us inside the church all of the seats for the tickets we had were full, so they moved us to the VIP section where we sat just feet away from Pope John Paul on Christmas Day as he delivered mass.

What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel journalist?

To love travel with an unbridled passion.  To travel outside of your comfort zone and share everything you can to everyone you can.   If you don't already have a blog, start one as soon as possible.  Develop your social media accounts and engage with your followers.  The days of traditional advertising and paid articles is fading and having your own outlet to write on and gain readers is more important to your future and income than it has ever been.

 

Find Dennis' work at: http://www.askchefdennis.com

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