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A travel writer who stays put

Freelancers can gain an edge with editors when writing about the area they live in and know intimately.

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When most people hear that I write for Fodor’s and Michelin, they typically assume I have a passport full of exotic stamps and a packed suitcase at the ready. But the truth is I rarely stray more than a few miles from my front door for an assignment, and on most days my passport and suitcase stay tucked away until my deadlines have passed.

Instead of globe-trotting for stories, I spend my word counts introducing readers to the must-see finds and off-the- beaten-path gems right here in my hometown of Washington, D.C. Along the way, I’ve discovered that when it comes to travel journalism, the old adage about writing what you know—or in this case, where you know—still stands as one of the most effective ways to keep busy and stay in demand.

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