2018 May Featured Journalist: Melody Pittman
Monday, April 30, 2018 01:30 PM

2018 May Featured Member of the Month: Melody PittmanMelody Pittman:

Melody Pittman is one half of the Wherever I May Roam blog team. Along with her daughter, Taylor Hardy, they write about luxury travel, culture, and food with a side of smart spending. Melody freelances for both online and print publications as well as belonging to NATJA, TBIN, and TravelingMoms. She most recently started her second blog, Travel the South Bloggers, with daughter Taylor, to showcase Southern state travels, CVB’s, and local businesses. Melody resides in Vero Beach, Florida and Boquete, Panama.

 

 What got you in to travel writing?

I’ve traveled my entire life so it was only natural to write about some of the amazing things I witnessed. I started writing about my travels/vacations for my local newspaper (The Charleston Gazette) in their Sunday life section. I had 29 articles published in total before moving to Florida and starting a career as a travel writer/blogger. 

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

Juggling  family life , pets, paying bills, volunteer work, and commitments make it challenging to maintain the nearly 300 days of travel I'm doing per year, but as long as my health holds up, I’m enjoying it while I can. Luckily I get to see my husband, parents, and daughters/son-in-law a lot along the way. I’m blessed to be able to travel so much with them.

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

iPhone X and an arsenal of lipsticks/glosses. ;)

What's your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?

Most unusual, was definitely meeting and hanging out with over 500 celebrities. The most memorable, probably spending 10 years of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades (and/or 8 years of Christmas cruises) with my husband and daughters when they were growing up. It was a fun family tradition that I hope to restart when we have grandchildren. 

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

Do a “term paper” at night  (this is what my friends accuse me of) of everything you’ve seen and done, how it made you feel, etc. to use at a later date. If you get in the habit, you won’t have to struggle for details of what you did during your trips. 

 

Find Melody's work at: https://www.whereverimayroamblog.com

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