I am one of those truly fortunate people who enjoys his two jobs, as a high school English teacher in Botetourt County, Virginia and as a freelance outdoor writer/photographer. However, I am constantly amazed at how many people don't understand what goes into being a travel writer.
For example, this past Thursday I went fishing for pleasure for the first time all summer. When I am off doing a fishing story, the pressure to catch a big photo-worthy fish, conduct interviews, and take pictures is enormous. I don't feel like I am fishing, I am working.
Now please don't misunderstand what I am saying. Fishing is a marvelous pastime and a sport for a lifetime. But when I am doing a story on a particular excursion, the act of fishing is just plain, hard work.
Another aspect of being a travel writer that the public does not understand is that some writers, particularly myself, do not like to travel when they are not doing a story. I don't plan on leaving Botetourt County the next few weeks. I am on vacation and not traveling anywhere. I am going to enjoy not driving hours and hours for a working, fishing trip.
Elaine and I are going to putter around in the backyard, go walking together, and, yes, go fishing behind the house and on Craigs Creek. And that will be really fun and relaxing.