From the Edi­tor

Qantas - - From the Editor -

WHEN PEO­PLE dis­cover what I do for a liv­ing, the same ques­tions tend to come up. Here are the an­swers...

Do you fly for free?

Sadly, no.

Can you get me an up­grade?

I’m afraid I don’t have that power.

Where have you just been?

Tas­ma­nia, with my fam­ily. The high­lights in­cluded stay­ing at an Airbnb in The Fish­eries, an en­clave in Fr­eycinet Na­tional Park, with the Wine­glass Bay track be­hind us and a pri­vate beach down the road. I also found the house of my dreams in Quamby Home, a lux­ury home­stead in Ha­gley, just half an hour’s drive from Launce­s­ton. And I loved re­vis­it­ing Cra­dle Moun­tain.

Where are you go­ing next?

I’ll be head­ing to Bris­bane, the Gold Coast, Mel­bourne and Hong Kong for busi­ness. Then I hope to go to Sal Salis at Nin­ga­loo Reef in Western Aus­tralia. I’ve long dreamt of swim­ming with whale sharks.

So ba­si­cally you get paid to go on hol­i­days?

For me, a hol­i­day is a hol­i­day from writ­ing (and edit­ing). Travel writ­ing is both an in­cred­i­ble priv­i­lege and a fraught busi­ness. Not only are you scrib­bling notes 24/7, the writ­ing it­self is a chal­lenge. So easy to dip into clichés; so tricky to write an evoca­tive, en­ter­tain­ing ac­count that will in­spire travel.

Are you ever in the of­fice?

Ac­tu­ally, we usu­ally send other peo­ple on in­cred­i­ble trips. I only take one as­sign­ment a year and I’ve very re­luc­tantly just turned down an op­por­tu­nity to go to Africa.

Where’s the best place you’ve ever been?

Africa (which ex­plains my in­tense re­gret) – specif­i­cally Tan­za­nia. It was at once serene and stu­pen­dous.

Where do you most want to go?

Egypt. And Antarc­tica. Call me ex­treme.

I’ve al­ways wanted to be a travel writer... and I’m go­ing to Fiji. Can I write a story for you?

We get about 200 pitches a week from ex­pe­ri­enced writ­ers all over the world. If you think you’ve got what it takes, by all means, pitch away. But make it amaz­ing.

Can I have your job?

Not a chance.

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