As a freelance travel writer, I’m always on the lookout for stories and interesting experiences. A few years ago, my husband and I rode the Discovery Riverboat on the Chena River near Fairbanks, Alaska. During the relaxing and informative three-hour trip, I took pages of notes and shot dozens of photos.
Upon our return, I queried the features editor at the Fort Wayne, Ind., News-Sentinel. Before my trip, the editor had not run travel stories, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. The gamble paid off. He had just received the publisher’s permission to begin a weekly travel section. My article on the Discovery Riverboat was the first article for the column, complete with three of my photos. Over the next couple of years, the editor used dozens of my travel articles.