Today I'm excited to share that I've been accepted into the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).
The SATW is a professional association of North American travel writers, editors, photographers, publishers, and PR pros.
When I first came across the SATW a few years ago, it seemed only relevant to traditional print journalists and professional photographers.
Over this past Summer, however, I was encouraged to apply as the organization looked to attract bloggers into the fold.
The Society of American Travel Writers’ mission is to promote responsible journalism, provide professional development for its members and encourage the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide.
Things are going swimmingly for me, so why did I go through the effort and cost to join?
It has been a little over 4 years since I left the highly structured corporate world to pursue my travels, and while I'm happy with how my self-development and life has evolved since then, I continue to look for ways to solidify this dream job as a pro travel blogger into a sustainable lifestyle and business.
The kind that can one day support not just me and my wanderings, but a family.
Or at least a spouse and a cute dog.
A few of the biggest benefits I saw to joining the Society of American Travel Writers include:
- Increased credibility
- Networking opportunities
- Chance to further my development as a travel writer
- Ability to help other members who are new to the world of blogging
Special thanks to Chris Gray Faust and Kara Williams for sponsoring me.
I first met Chris at a World Hum happy hour over two years ago in Washington, DC, when she was still working as the Travel Editor at USA Today. And I hope to meet Kara one day soon.
The SATW's tagline is Travel's Most Trusted Voices, and I'm proud to be their newest member. [gbicon]