Elephant’s Leg


Butaritari, Kiribati

As far as desirable jobs go, travel writer must be up there with sports reporter, beer taster or porn star – in other words, what could be better than to be paid for doing something you love?

So you can imagine how pleased I am to finally get published as a travel writer, in yesterday’s South China Morning Post. The piece covers a wonderful adventure I had on the remote island of Butaritari in the Republic of Kiribati.

It was a real buzz when I got the message that they had bought my article, and even more so when it was printed yesterday. While I have never (not yet?) been a porn star, and while my beer-tasting experience is extensive but never recompensed, I have done my fair share of sports reporting, namely in boxing, which is a sport I love. There was a big buzz when I made my paid-for boxing writing debut, too, but travel writing is an even bigger deal.

There are several reasons for this. First of all, obviously, I love to travel, and especially to more unusual destinations. Kiribati was the most fascinating and rewarding trip I have ever taken, and so I am very pleased to be able to share my experiences there.

Secondly, travel writing is exceedingly competitive, even for a trained and experienced writer such as myself. Hopefully now I have been published in the genre, it will be easier to sell further articles. I certainly have some interesting tales to tell.

Finally, the most exciting part is the possibilities. I won’t be getting carried away at merely selling one article , but it’s a start, and not to mention that the Hong Kong-based SCMP is a very prestigious newspaper. If I can start building a travel writing portfolio, and with it a reputation, then some very good times could lay ahead.

For now, here is my debut: ATOLL STORY – The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is a fragile paradise with acquired tastes.

Unfortunately access to the article requires registration with the site, but you can get a free 14-day trial without credit card details, so for the sake of one article you may as well do that.

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