As I embark on a new chapter in life, I’m making it a point to work on several personal projects that are close to my heart. I’ve been wanting to redo this blog for awhile now and finally after a few months of hard work, I’m ready to introduce the brand new WildJunket to the world. (Special thanks to good friend and web designer extraordinaire Rich Whitaker of Brilliant Travel Media.) This blog represents who I am and things that are important to me in life. Over the past few years, WildJunket has grown, alot. It started out as a personal journal to update my friends and family about my travels; but along the way, I lost sight of my original goals.
This blog has led to many beautiful things in my life: a travel writing career, plenty of sponsored travel opportunities and making new friends who share the same passion for travel. I’ve gained unique experiences in different parts of the world and learnt new aspects of traveling that I never knew existed. Now, after almost three years of blogging, it’s about time to take things to a new level and freshen things up.
Along with the new site design, I’ll be introducing several new features and series that will hopefully give this site a fresh spin. I will continue to blog about my travels in the form of experiential narrations and photo essays, but I’ll also be mixing things up with travel writing tips, interviews and short live updates from the road. Apart from that, I’ll be sure to get more personal and share with you my thoughts and emotions while on the road.
Here are the main features I’ll be introducing this week:
Many readers have been asking me about how I broke into the world of travel writing and if I had any tips for aspiring writers, so I thought it only fitting to share my experience here through a series of tips and guides. I’ll be sharing tips on pitching, crafting story ideas, maintaining relationships with editors etc. Since I am still a green horn in this field, I will be picking the brains of several accomplished travel writers and sharing their tips here through an interview series. My first few guests include the formidable Anja Mutić, author of several Lonely Planet guidebooks, and Marilyn Terrell, chief research for National Geographic Traveler.
If there are any specific questions you have in mind or any aspect of travel writing you’d like addressed, feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email! If you are a travel writer who’d like to be featured, be sure to get in touch.
From today onwards, I’ll be posting a daily photo from my past travels. There are plenty of travel destinations that I visited but never blogged about so I’m taking this opportunity to share these images with you. Through my photography, I hope to transmit the vibe of the city, sense of the place and my general experience with you. Like they say, a photo paints a thousand words.
Thanks to the advancement in multimedia technology, videos are now some of the best ways to share travel experiences. Unlike still images, they capture the moment just as how you experience it. I’ve just introduced the new ‘travel videos’ page, as a channel to showcase all the videos I’ve shot in the past year. Expect to find videos filmed during a wildlife safari in Tanzania, whale-watching in Alaska and hot-air ballooning in Wadi Rum, Jordan.
What do you think of the new WildJunket? Any suggestions on how I can improve it?