Read What Florida Travel Expert & Author Has To Say About Her Favorite Florida Getaways

Today, Norm Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel & Bookpleasures is thrilled to have as our guest, journey author and creator, Chelle Koster Walton.

Chelle is an expert on Florida, in particular the West Coast of Florida, and she has contributed articles to the Miami Herald, National Geographic Frugal Travel Traveler, Caribbean Travel & Life, FamilyFun, Fodor’s Healthy Escapes, Fodor’s Gold Guides: Florida and Bahamas. She is also the Travel Editor for Times of the Islands and Food Reviewer for Naples Illustrated

Chelle has additionally authored:

· Great Destinations, Sarasota, Sanibel Island & Naples Book (Countryman Press):

· Adventure Guide to Tampa Bay & Florida’s West Coast (Hunter Publishing):

· Fun With the Family in Florida (Globe-Pequot):

· Compass American Guide Florida

Good day Chelle and thanks for agreeing to take part in our interview.


When did your ardour for journey writing start? What has stored you going?


I did my first tour writing in about fourth grade. My family have been avid road-trippers and my mother encouraged me to keep a journal – some thing to maintain me quiet and from combating with my 3 siblings in the again seat of the Ford.

As a career, I began approximately 20 years in the past to aid my travel habit. Now it’s in my blood. I can not take a family vacation with out jotting notes and picking up brochures. I love the manner journey writing gets me to realize/find out the heart of a destination, the soul of its humans.


Why did you choose Florida as your region of expertise?


I absolutely started out writing approximately the Caribbean. Florida become a natural, due to the fact that is in which I moved 25 years in the past and there may be a brilliant call for for reproduction. Once I did my first guidebook, I became an “expert” and now the venture offers quite a great deal flow in unsolicited.


If you had to call five of the most unique romantic and/or wedding ceremony destinations in Florida, which of them could you select and why?


I’m an island junkie, so I’m prejudiced that manner.

* Sanibel Island remains my favored island/vacation spot and tremendously romantic with its natural, gently evolved beaches and relative non-commercialism. Sunsets, sea, sand, all that.

* Palm Island, up the coast in Charlotte County, remains a secret and secluded as it’s available only by means of boat. It’s a lodge that occupies a long island with a kingdom park at the alternative quit. Very Robinson Crusoe.

*Little Palm Island in the Keys is some other accessible simplest by boat and it’s custom-made for romance with those superb Bali-style huts, outdoor showers, mosquito-netted four-posters, and tiny key deer that roam the grounds.

* Amelia Island close to Jacksonville, almost to Georgia, has lengthy stretches of seaside, remoted accommodations, and charming B&Bs in its Victorian seaport city Fernandina Beach. Great restaurants, a ancient citadel, kayaking, lots to do.

* I adore the Panhandle, and the Seaside place with its cautiously evolved new-urban style inn communities is terrifi – wonderful white dunes and emerald seas.


In the ultimate yr or so have you seen any changes inside the manner publishers put up and/or distribute books and put up articles? Are there any rising trends growing?


I’m awful that way. I write my e-book, hand it to my publisher, and stay out of it. I don’t just like the sales stop of things so I stick my head in a hole wherein it really is concerned. One emerging trend that has benefited me is the use of actual first-hand, via-coated journey writing by using specialty publishes, i.E., publishers who do magazines, courses, and Web web sites for tourism businesses. Instead of fluff brochurese, they want real experiential, vital, arm-chair travel portions. Refreshing.


Who are your favourite authors, and why do they encourage you?


Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Her Gift From the Sea (written, I discovered out years once I’d first read it and after I moved here, on Captiva Island just to my north) makes me stretch my travel writing to a new degree.

Barbara Kingsolver: Again, when I’m reading her, my narrative clearly improves.

Carl Hiassen: I love his sense of humour and righteousness. I’d study him although he weren’t a Florida creator.

John Steinbeck: Travels with Charley is the ultimate tour book.


As there does no longer seem to be any authoritative requirements that exist for guidebook authors or publishers, how do you already know that a guidebook is as much as par? How do you check out the authorial competence?


As co-founder of GuideBookWriters.Com and a member of SATW, I recognize most of the nice guidebook authors accessible. Our Web web site become designed in order that only ready and up to date authors are listed. We cautiously vetted applicants who’re absolutely specialists in their field. I hardly ever use a Fodor’s or Frommer’s whose writer I do not know, as an example, due to the fact I realize what they pay. Low pay would not constantly suggest shoddy reporting (after all, I do write for Fodor’s), but it fosters such. Certain titles consisting of Lonely Planet and Moon typically equate to nice, but even they’re succumbing to economic pressures.