Some of us write for newspapers. Some write for magazines. Others pen guidebooks or ghost write. Almost all of us have a blog of some sort or write for one. All of us love the Puget Sound and Seattle. All of us call this area home. All of us have a passion for writing and travel. Some of us are really into gelato too, but that’s beside the point.
Then one day when this lady met this fellow, and they know it was much more than a hunch. That this group would somehow form a Mafia. That’s the way we all became the Seattle Travel Writing Mafia. And what a fun loving bunch of hoodlums it is. I’ve only been hanging with the group for about a year and a half , but I’ve been very pleased with how the community….errr…..crap, no, I mean, Family, is a fun place to be. Without actually being a place, because it’s the people. Just like Rush would not be a band if it were not for the people. It’d just be a bunch of expensive instruments laying about on stage. We’re just like Rush. I call dibs on being Neal Peart! And we’re going to have a LOT of backing vocals.
One of the things I’ve liked best about the Mafia is how open we are to visiting dignitaries from the writing world. Any time someone mentions coming to town, the battle cry is raised and we find a bar or coffee shop at which to gather. Some place with wifi, probably. And treat our guest as one of our own. I like that about this Mafia.
Now then, if you’re coming to town, I thought I’d put together an unofficial register of the Mafia to make life easier for you. This list is not complete, it never will be. I’m only starting of with a few people I know who are in the Mafia (we have no formal Don so we can never be taken down) and are open to receiving visitors to Seattle. Email me if I left you off the list, it’s not intentional, I’m just trying to get to the ferry before the line becomes too long.
The (Not So) Underground Seattle Travel Writing Mafia
(in no particular order)
- Peter West Carey – The Carey Adventures – @pwcarey
- Pam Mandel – Nerd’s Eye View – @nerdseyeview
- Kelly Goodman – Travellious (two Ls, people!!) – @kag2u
- Austin Hill – Travellious – @aghman
- Debbie Dubrow – Delicious Baby – @deliciousbaby
- Beth Whitman – Wanderlust & Lipstick – @wanderluster
- Michelle Duffy – Wander Mom – @wandermom
- Mary Jo Manzanares – Traveling With MJ – @flyawaycafe
- Geraldine – The Everywhereist – @everywhereist (she’s spooky, with no last name, I think she handles the money)
- Charyn Pfeuffer – Global Citizen Project – @global_gourmet
- Jonna Bell – Vas-Y Fille – @vasyfille
- Chris Gray Faust – Chris Around The World – @caroundtheworld
- Special Portland, OR representative: Jessica Spiegel – Italylogue – @italylogue
- Mary-Alice Pomputius – Dog Jaunt – @dogjaunt
- Emily Hyndman – Her Blog Has No Name – @eehyndman (she’s more secretive than Geraldine, I think)
- Harriet Baskas – Stuck At The Airport – @hbaskas
- Meg Paynor – @mpaynor (secret underground mole who successfully infiltrated the PR industry)
- Andrea Duchon – The Flying Salmon – @AndreaRenee
- Lora Shinn – Cascadia Kids – @cascadiakids
- Amanda Halm – Anglo Adventures
If you’re traveling to Seattle, look up one of us and ask us to show you around. Some of will be nice, some will be mean. It’s like sitting next to someone on the bus, without the stench.
Well, it’s an honor to be included in such an esteemed, umm, Family. I’ll do what I can to maintain my status as Portland’s special representative. Any rings I need to kiss, or whatnot?
Thanks Peter! As Jessica noted – an honor. I’ve loved meeting the people behind the handles and keeping in touch. Looking forward to the next round of gelato!
I am incredibly honored to be on this list – especially since my description is so enigmatic. And yes, I love meeting out-of-town folks and taking them on lame tours of Seattle. 🙂
Aw. Thanks for including this SEA newcomer! I love meeting up with people, either on the road or right here in town.
Peter, now we’re going to have to kill you. And really, that’s not my job.
And if you ARE coming to town, sure, you could hang with Everywhereist, but MY tours of Seattle are awesome and involve history, the Statue of Liberty, and milkshakes or fish and chips, depending on the season. But lame is fun, too.
I love our little travel blogging Family. And gelato, that’s never besides the point.
In fact, I love you guys so much, that I’m finally getting off my posterior and doing something that I’ve been talking about for a year – forming a group for Seattle travel bloggers. There’s still a lot to be done, but if it’s something that interests you, I hope you’ll take a look here: http://www.seattletravelbloggers.com/.
Please note: I’ve had the domain for quite awhile, but am just starting to get the website and organization up and running. Forgive the work in progress and focus on the end result — a bigger, and perhaps above ground, travel mafia! 🙂
hello i was wondering if someone has been to north africa?,but specifically Morocco? Would love to hear from anyone who tavelled there, many thanks!
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