Nancy Besharah is a freelance writer and blogger specializing in luxury, adventure, family, and experiential travel. Nancy’s work is featured on her Luxe Travel Family blog, and print and digital media channels including the San Francisco Chronicle, Lonely Planet, and Google’s new Touring Bird travel site. Nancy is a Lonely Planet Pathfinder, and her stories reach a global audience.
Riding a road bike to the top of Mont Ventoux the day before the Tour de France pros race to the top, trekking to Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan, and kayaking on Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia are the unique experiences Nancy enjoys when she travels. Nancy is active on social media and shares her experiences with highly engaged and influential followers including TripAdvisor and Expedia.
1. What got you into travel writing?
Before travel writing, there was a lot of travel for work and pleasure, followed by many people asking me to recommend destinations. I’ve always enjoyed writing, so travel journalism was a logical progression, once I transitioned from a career in business. In addition to freelance writing about a range of topics, I share family travel experiences on the Luxe Travel Family blog.
2. What’s the most challenging part of being a travel journalist for you?
Tough question! I enjoy traveling and writing, so I don’t find it challenging. But the jet-lag can be rough!
3. What is one thing [equipment or personal item] you can’t go without on the road?
It’s my iPhone X. I use it to take quick photos, make notes, and keep in touch with my family when I travel.
4. What’s your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?
A family vacation in Bhutan in 2018 is one of my most memorable travel experiences. I wanted to visit the remote Himalayan kingdom once I read about the government’s “Gross National Happiness” philosophy. Under this initiative, well-being is considered a measure of prosperity.
5. How did you learn about NATJA, and why did you join?
I saw something on social media about NATJA and was impressed by the organization, and it’s membership.
6. What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel journalist?
Don’t hesitate to reach out for support — the travel journalist community is welcoming and helpful.