What To Do If You Can't Afford An Overseas Trip?

As I just finished a major historical fiction novel and, after a year of readers critiques and editing I've just turned it over to a professional editor for the final run-through before submitting.  (The novel is titled 'SHADOW OF THE LION', set in Babylon, Asia Minor and Greece after Alexander the Great's death in 323 BC).  The novel itself was a long, long journey. And now the editing/publishing part is the last long haul. 


Thing is, it costs to have a professional editor fine-tune you work, so I have had to put my long-range travel plans on hold for now, until I see what is left in my accounts once this major bit of work is done.  Meanwhile, I am itching to go away somewhere (I have plans to head back to Greece, with a stop-over in either Amsterdam or Spain).  So what I am doing while I wait for the outcome of the editing, is thinking of some local trips I can make.


You can always be a tourist in your own home town.  I like seeing new places, museums, parks etc. that are just a short bus ride away.  My friend and I are also thinking of going on a weekend trip over to the West Coast of Vancouver Island (Tofino). I haven't been there for a couple of years and it's a spectacular place to visit.  I've also never been up to the Caribou to historic Barkerville, so that's another option.  In the meantime, I have two media trips that I won -- one is a weekend at a Ranch Spa up in the Caribou and the other is a two-day all expenses hotel stay in Seattle WA. 


So in spite of not being able to make definite plans for an overseas trip, I at least have these smaller shorter visits to look forward to.  As a travel journalist I'm always looking for new places to write about.  This should keep me busy for awhile.


Check out my travel blog for other local trips I make:   http://travelthroughhistory.blogspot.com

or my website at www.ruthkozak.com

And don't forget I accept submission to my on-line travel 'zine that I edit/publish TRAVEL THRU HISTORY

www.travelthruhistory.com   Read the submission guidelines before submitting.


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Comment by W. Ruth Kozak on April 6, 2012 at 12:57pm

Yes, I happen to have a media freebie for Seattle which I'll definitely be using. Also a couple locally (as a travel journalist I get these offers sometimes). And now I might be going down to Port Towsend WA for a Travel Writer's convention at the month's end. I love that little town!  A history buff's delight!

Comment by Ed Wetschler on February 21, 2012 at 2:12pm

Enjoy Seattle -- I always do -- and good luck with Shadow of the Lion

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