Kimberly Fisher is a freelance writer and on-camera host. Kimberly works over several multi-media platforms, including print, on-camera and live events.Kimberly has traveled the world and has published over 300 articles in over 36 publications including eHow, Examiner, Food Wine Travel Magazine, Huffington Post, Luxe Beat, NiteGuide, Ocean View, JustLuxe, Shermans Travel and USAToday.
What got you into travel writing?
I have always loved writing, travel, and adventure since I was little, so it was a natural progression. I was doing content writing for a variety of companies in Southern California and noticed I always gravitated towards the travel and lifestyle pieces. After doing content, I started pitching a few local magazines at the time (Ocean View Magazine, South Bay Woman) and just expanded from there.
What’s the most challenging part of being a travel journalist for you?
I think finding overall balance- between when to work and when to schedule off-time, finding time to be a business professional and then a creative, choosing between sitting down and writing uninterrupted or go to the next event/meeting/press trip. Also, to roll with the punches. You are going to have to deal with rejection, late/canceled flights, and tons of different personalities…just go with it.
What is one thing [equipment or personal item] you can’t go without on the road?
I can’t leave home without my laptop (MacBook Air).
What’s your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?
My most usual is also one of the best stories- it was a press trip to a Caribbean island with five very distinct personalities, and everything that could have gone wrong did, almost comically – but I gained an amazing friend out of it (What up Chris B!) Some of my most memorable travel experiences include hiking down a live volcano in Guatemala, swimming with sharks in the Maldives, camel riding in the Sahara & Gobi deserts, sleeping in an ice hotel in Canada, and participating in a Temazcal Ceremony in Mexico.
How did you learn about NATJA and why did you join?
I have joined several associates over the years and came back to NATJA. For me, it offered value by being part of a welcoming, professional group.
What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel journalist?
Always keep learning and growing in the ever-changing landscape of media. Read, write, research, network, and learn new skills. Travel as much as you can, always be polite, and don’t burn bridges.