Three Things I’m Excited about Right Now

The last two months have been an absolute whirlwind. Really, it seems like yesterday that I boarded my Houston flight bound for Rio de Janeiro. Loaded down, my five bags seriously abused United’s weight limit, as well as my back. The excitement of simply being in Brazil, combined with my first-ever trip to Argentina and the impending World Cup frenzy, those two months passed in the blink of an eye.

 

Rio at Sunrise 1

If you’ve followed my Instagram and Facebook feeds {for shame if you’re not} then you might think that I’ve been spending my time lounging on Ipanema, strolling around Lagoa, and swilling caiprihinas on Copacabana. Yes, quite a bit of that did happen. After all, how often does one get to live in Rio? My goodness! From the start, I promised myself that I would not be sequestered in my apartment, chained to my computer. As a result, my website has been neglected a bit. Please accept my apologies.

Since I’ve been a bit MIA, I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been up to. Thus, here are three things I’m excited about.

My First Print Feature Story

Just because I wasn’t writing for this site, doesn’t mean that my fingers weren’t furiously typing on the MacBook Pro. In January of this year, I decided that I wanted to focus a bit more on journalistic pursuits, specifically I wanted to get my writing into print publications. Yes, I realize magazines and newspapers are a dying breed, but as a writer, print is still the cherry on top of the sundae.

DFW Qatar Airways

Deciding to vary my path was the easy part. However, getting editors and publishers to take notice felt as impossible as threading a needle on a rollercoaster. In the meantime, I focused on my digital outlets. I signed on to be the Editor-at-Large for Luxe Beat Magazine and inked a deal with Room Key to be their Featured Contributor. I continued to write for The Daily Basics, Travel Squire, and Forbes Travel Guide. Still, print eluded me.

It wasn’t until May that I woke up to an email asking if I’d be interested in writing a feature article for Qatar Airways’ inflight magazine, Oryx. Ummmm…HELL YES, I would. The airline added service to Dallas-Fort Worth, and they wanted not only an article, but several smaller sections to add depth to the piece. In total, my feature wound up being 1,750 words covered on eight pages. It’s now in every single seatback pocket on all of Qatar Airways’ planes through the end of July. An added bonus is that they’ve commissioned another piece from me that will be in September’s magazine.

DFW Qatar Airways

I’m not crazy enough to think that just because I’ve had one print piece published that I’ll be beating away all the glossy magazines. However, it’s certainly a confidence booster and something I can point to for future opportunities. Seeing my name in print is very cool, but you know what might be even cooler? The fact that the publisher found Leah Travels and offered me the gig based on this site. Now, that’s a bit of irony.

My First Photos for Print Publication

Food Photo Leah Walker 1

In no way do I fashion myself a photographer. In fact, if you look at my business card, it reads, “Writer. Editor. Picture Taker.” I wouldn’t dream of insulting actual photographers by calling myself one, especially since I’ve not truly studied the craft. However, with a quality DSLR, some good lenses, and a lot of deleted photos, I’ve become decent at taking photos of food. I’m thrilled to report that some of my photos will be published in an upcoming edition of a well-known culinary magazine. I certainly never saw that one coming.

My Upcoming Travel Plans

I’m not one to lay all my upcoming travel plans out for the entire world to read. Frankly, I never know what will pop up or what might fall through. However, the excitement for my trips through the end of the year is a struggle to contain. The flights are booked, and that’s always half the battle.

American Passport0

I will tell you that when I’m back from my July trip to Switzerland and France, I’ll embark on a crazy-fun road trip in the good ol’ US of A. In August or September, I’ll go back to Brazil, but in October and November, I’ll revisit some of my favorite locales for some extraordinary adventures. I’ll also travel to a country that I’ve been coveting for my entire life.

I’d say that 2014 has been very good to me.

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26 Comments
  • Robert Schrader
    July 8, 2014

    You should post more often, my friend!

    • Leah Walker
      July 8, 2014

      I know, Robert! You’re my inspiration. 🙂

  • Jenna
    July 8, 2014

    Congratulations on the print magazine story and the upcoming assignment for them! I have to admit that I’ve admired your food photos for a while 🙂 As always, I’m looking forward to hearing more about your upcoming travels. You always go to the places that I would love to visit!

    • Leah Walker
      July 8, 2014

      Thank you so much, Jenna. You and I need to do a trip together at some point. It would be great fun!

      • Jenna
        July 17, 2014

        I love that idea! I do hope we can travel together one day, especially since we like so many of the same things and places 🙂

        • Leah Walker
          July 31, 2014

          Let’s make it happen!

  • Lance | Trips By Lance
    July 8, 2014

    OK, so as someone making a living in that dying breed I have to say I hope you’re wrong. Actually, I think people will be surprised to see in 10 years how many magazines and newspapers find ways to survive and thrive by becoming online publications. It’s coming. There just will be fewer publications. I definitely congratulate you on making it over to my side of the journalism world. It’s fantastic that they came your way via the blog. I’ll have to read that story more closely. It looks like it features some of our favorites from DFW. If I lived in Texas again and could pull off boots (only women wear them in Tennessee) I’d gladly buy a pair at Leddy’s.

    • Leah Walker
      July 8, 2014

      I certainly don’t want you out of a job, Lance. I have no doubt that current print outlets will be successful as online publications. That’s why I said that newspapers and magazines are a dying breed–many will move to digital only. And as for the boots in Tennessee, I say start your own trend! I know you can pull them off. 🙂

  • You certainly have much to be excited about, my friend! All of your hard work is paying off. I knew about the Qatar Airways piece but your photos being printed is news to me! So awesome. I’ll tell you one thing I’m excited about: finding out what your travel plans are for the rest of the year!

    • Leah Walker
      July 31, 2014

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, support, and friendship. Psst…I think you’ll love my upcoming travel plans. 😉

  • I’m really excited for you! I haven’t met you (yet!) but I always look forward to reading your posts and seeing your photos. Congratulations on getting into print! That’s a major challenge, and your writing style is definitely worth showcasing!! I know someone who will be flying Qatar, so I’ll be sure to ask them to pilfer a copy for me 🙂

    As for the photos, I think your food photo in this post is incredible! I’m by no means a professional photographer (again, yet!) but I’ve seen some pro food photos look pretty darn close to this one, so we’ll done and keep at it!!

    Look forward to reading about your upcoming travels, especially Switzerland which is high on my list of places I can’t afford to visit (3rd time, yet!) 🙂

    • Leah Walker
      July 31, 2014

      Thank you for reading, and my apologies for the irregular posts. If you get the magazine please send me a photo. I’ve yet to see it other than online.

      Get to Switzerland if you can. It’s Beautiful with a capital B!

  • Traveling Ted
    July 8, 2014

    Sounds like everything is coming your way. More good news is about to happen for you. You are about to be linked in a Traveling Ted post, but don’t worry, it does not include the picture of you in my fanny pack in Toronto. I will wait till you have your own TV show before I bring that out 🙂 Congrats on all the exciting news.

    • Leah Walker
      July 31, 2014

      I’m proud to have donned your fanny pack. It’s like Michael Jackson’s red leather jacket, no?

  • Congratulations Leah! It sounds like you are having an incredible year to say the least. I’m anxious to find out which well-known culinary magazine your photos will be published in. That’s very exciting. I’m also looking forward to your road trip in the US and seeing where areas you roll through.

    • Leah Walker
      July 31, 2014

      I was in your neck of the woods on the road trip. Too bad we didn’t get a chance to meet.

  • Erin - The World Wanderer
    July 10, 2014

    These are all very exciting!! Congrats! I’m happy that all this is happening for you, and I love following along.

    • Leah Walker
      July 31, 2014

      Thank you and I love having you with me. Maybe we’ll actually get to see each other in 2015?!?

  • Jennifer
    July 11, 2014

    Congrats on the first print story! It’s fabulous, but was there ever any doubt?

    • Leah Walker
      July 31, 2014

      Oh, go on. I wish I had that much confidence. 🙂

  • The Tales of a Traveler
    July 12, 2014

    Lots of travels plan and beautiful pictures 🙂

    • Leah Walker
      July 31, 2014

      Thank you!

  • Rashmi
    July 12, 2014

    Awesome!! Congrats on ur print story!! And have a great trip and post soon 😀

    • Leah Walker
      July 31, 2014

      Thanks so much! I’ll be posting much more in August as I’ll actually be home.

  • Enormous congratulations on the print story – can’t believe it’s already been 2 months – still remember reading your post about moving like it was yesterday! Enjoy the rest of your summer travels 🙂

    • Leah Walker
      July 31, 2014

      You’re telling me. It seems like yesterday to me, too! Thank you and safe travels.

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