Midlife Boulevard Adds New Editor for Over 50 Travel
In April I attended the Women in Travel Summit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was a speaker on the “Mastering Travel Blogging in Midlife” panel.
The conference also let me engage with women travel writers and bloggers, and women in the travel industry. Attendees came from all over the world and every corner of the U.S.
Also, WITS was a nice opportunity to meet some on-line friends IRL. I always like to say, “How nice to see you in 3-D!”
Meet Suzanne Fluhr
One of the women I talked to was Midlife Boulevard contributor, Suzanne Fluhr. I was elated when Suzanne agreed to join our editorial staff as Travel Editor. She’ll create original articles and also take charge of our regular #TravelTuesday posts.
I thought today’s post would be a good time to introduce Suzanne to Midlife Boulevard readers.
Q.1) Suzanne, please share a capsule autobiography?
A.1) I describe myself as a recovering lawyer. I think I can honestly say that I’m pretty much all the way recovered at this point except that I am keeping my law license current. You know, just in case.
While easing out of full time law practice, I have indulged my passions for writing and travel. Most recently, I have taken up the meditative art form, Zentangle.
I’m a Philadelphia native, attending Philly public schools, including the Philadelphia High School for Girls. I completed my formal education at Williams College in Massachusetts, earning my J.D. at the Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia.
My husband, Mr. Excitement, and I raised our two sons in the Philadelphia suburbs. Except for the dog, we’re empty nesters. We traded our “this old house” for apartment living. Now we’re on Rittenhouse Square in Center City Philadelphia.
At the urging of our peripatetic younger son, I started my blog, Boomeresque: Baby Boomer Travels for the Body and Mind. My travel writing also appears in other print and on-line publications, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Midlife Boulevard, the Huffington Post, and My Itchy Travel Feet.
I also collaborate with other travel writers, photographers, marketers and digital media experts at Travel Buzz Media.
Q.2) How did you acquire your interest in travel?
A.2) I think I come by my wanderlust genetically. By the time I was 20, I had already lived in 4 countries and was fairly fluent in Spanish.
When I was 9 in 1963, my public school art teacher father piled us into our ’57 Chevy and drove to Mexico. We lived for a year in San Miguel de Allende which even then had a significant ex pat artist community.
Six years later, Dad received a Fullbright-Hayes exchange teacher fellowship and off we went to live in England for a year. During that time we traveled to Scotland, Wales, France, Italy and Spain.
In 1974, I lived with a Colombian family and studied in Bogota, Colombia for a semester.
Since then I have traveled at every opportunity. Fortunately, I married a willing partner, starting with our honeymoon to Peru in 1982.
I have visited 6 of the 7 continents, some 35 countries, and 42 American states. I hope to add a few more this year. (P.S.: If anyone wants to send me to Antarctica, sign me up!)
Our younger son seems to have inherited the wanderlust and the writing gene. He’s a digital nomad, now based in Mexico City.
Q.3) If someone wants to submit posts for Travel Tuesday consideration, how can they do so?
A.3) If you would like to have your travel writing considered for publication, please submit prospective posts to me at [email protected]
Posts should be between 300 and 1,000 words and can cover destinations, travel tips, travel philosophy, travel book and movie reviews, and any other travel related topic of interest to women over 40 and 50.
I think photos are especially important in travel reporting, so please submit high resolution horizontal jpeg photos. Images should be at least 1,000 pixels wide to accompany your post. You must own the legal rights to the photos. If photos include people other than yourself, you must have secured permission from anyone else appearing in the photo.
Use active voice and keep sentences under 20 words whenever possible.
Vetted new contributors will be given WordPress submission privileges, so you should be familiar with publishing on a WordPress site.
Remember travel writing is about making the reader know the place. Inform and inspire!