2019 April Featured Journalist of the Month: Patrice Raplee
Monday, April 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Patrice Raplee:

Patrice Raplee is an accomplished travel photojournalist and editor of Travel Excursion and Seattle Spotlight for Positively Entertainment magazine. In addition, she writes a monthly travel column for the award-wining site Offbeat Travel and is a regular correspondent for award-winning travel radio shows. She is a member of North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), as well as an award-winner of the Travel Media Showcase, Exhibitor Choice Award. Her articles and photographs have appeared in national newspapers and magazines such as Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine, Beyond. Patrice travels the globe to cover destinations that feature fascinating culture, art, culinary, history and soft adventure.

Patrice's Q&A:

What got you into travel writing?

I have always loved to travel and as a dual Canadian and U.S. citizen, I was traveling between the two countries on my own at 12-years old. In the ‘90s, my profession focused on music and theater photojournalism. I met my husband during this period and he traveled for work continually. I switched to travel writing to take advantage of the broader opportunity my new life presented. . 

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

It’s not the travel, the time change, food or the cultures, it’s what I have to omit at times from the breadth of all the wonderful experiences and moments.

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

Alertness, clarity and sharpness of mind are essential while on a travel assignment. My physician recommended Trader Joe’s, sublingual vitamin B6 & B12 to combat fatigue, especially jet lag. It works amazingly well.

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

At dusk, I played the Carillion bells in the mediaeval clock tower high above Ghent, Belgium, where I met the Time Lord of Ghent.

On a ship in the Arctic Circle, amidst the deep blue glaciers, I photographed marine life and then sailed to the remote island of Barentsburg, Norway. On the island, I was captivated by echoes of the old Soviet Union, while sharing weak beer with the Russian miners. 

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

Patience, kindness and flexibility. Most travel writers work with a destination’s representatives in partnership to provide an inspiring and informed experience for their audience.  Planned events seldom go as scheduled; flexibility and patience is key to a harmonious and productive experience for everyone involved. 

 

Find Patrice's work: www.travel-excursion.com
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