Ian Filippini has recently launched a series of digital travel magazines focusing on his expertise in Santa Barbara as well as his travels around the world.
Ian, how does one become a travel writer? To get started, begin by reading. Read anything and everything. Reading every genre and style will give you the best insights into writing. It will also inform you of writers that have come before you.
Also, if you haven’t already done so, start a blog. It’s a great way to publish your writing. Then you can get the word out via social media.
The good thing about a blog is that you’ll have readership and who knows, you could even land a book deal or land a paid travel writing job. The possibilities are endless.
Your specialization is Santa Barbara, why this location? Santa Barbera is a diverse culture rich with great area sights, sounds and food. Once there you will instantly fall in love with everything it has to offer.
You will never run out of activities to soak yourself into. So if you find yourself running out of things to see, do or eat then travel writing may not be the career for you.
Have you got any golden nuggets to share with prospective travelers? My golden nugget would have to be the San Ysidro Ranch located in the foothills of Montecito.
The San Ysidro Ranch spands many acres of coastal scenery which includes many breathtaking views. If you love to hike then you’ll have many entry points to enjoy all of the Santa Barbera area trails.
The San Ysidro Ranch is also well known for Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh’s wedding. As well as John F. Kennedy and Jackie Onassis’s honeymoon location. The ranch truly mixes a rich history with modern accommodations.
What do you love and hate about being a travel expert? The best thing I love about being a travel writer is the near free or totally free travel perks. Trying new things and sharing my adventures.
I got to say that the traffic has to be the biggest negative if I travel by car. Not only can it be a total nightmare but if you know you are going to be driving in a known congested area and don’t give yourself enough time, your timetable could get all screwed up.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now? In 5 years? Wow, I’ve never been asked that question before. I would have to say i see myself still travel writing and soaking up the many sights and sounds that are offered.
Since i base myself in Santa Barbera, California i am positive that there are many new hidden gems that still await my eyes to see and experience.
Thanks for a great interview.