Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Want to be a Spa Writer?

I like to travel ... and be pampered ... and mostly I love to write about it. Often in my travels -- in the airports, on the plane, I meet lots of different people. One of the first questions that comes up in a conversation is "Where are you headed to?" or "What brings you to _______?" When I tell them I am on a spa writing trip or excursion, their responses are often the same -- "Need an assistant?" or "Must be a tough job". Boy, if I had a penny for every time I heard that! Well, the truth is it is a lovely perk to what I do in my every day life (teach spa and esthetics courses), but there is some hard work involved -- research, time, writing, editing, interviewing and LOTS of networking. Drive, passion and motivation and networking are essentially the ways I got this job and it has taken me a few years to get to the point where the trips and treatments aren't just complimentary, but they are also paid (complimentary is nice, but it doesn't pay the bills). It's been and continues to be a fun journey! You have to start somewhere though and many travel writers, photographers and other artists want to learn more about spa writing and perhaps learn enough to get a few or more pampering treatments in their travels. Really the BEST way to do it is to attend one of the spa writing workshops through AWAI, like the one in Ecuador at La Mirage this past November. It was amazing ... I mean the trip, the classes, the excursions ... the friendships...everything was so wonderful! But if you can't make the trips, then I would suggest starting with the online instruction -- very easy and very affordable! Here is the link: The Travel Writer's Life Let me know if you have questions -- email me at melissa@spadefined.com or post on Spa & Esthetics Defined Facebook page! Happy Travels and Happy Writing!

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3 Comments:

At 6:13 PM , Anonymous Spa Travel Gal Ava said...

That is exactly what everyone says to me! Can I be your assistant too! We should share stories! Come find me at www.SpaTravelGal.com for more spa travel!

Chat soon!

Ava

 
At 1:24 AM , Blogger Nicki Fleming said...

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At 5:05 PM , Blogger Valerie Brooks said...

Sounds like you and I have a lot in common, Melissa! I think what also helps is to actually work at a spa, even if just for a little while. I gained so much experience doing that. Now I have a thriving spa blog. Visit me at www.ValTheSpaGal.com

-Val The Spa Gal

 

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