As far as writing jobs go, I think travel writer has to be near the top. Expenses paid of course. There aren’t too many travel writers sent to city council meetings, local dairy farms, or to Girl Scout Jamborees for the inside story.
I suppose if I asked 10 people what the perfect travel spot or vacation is, I would get 10 answers. I have friends who would go to Disney every year if they could, and friends who have never stepped foot on the sacred “Team Rodent” land. I also have friends who plan and research their vacations, and others who jump the next plane for the nearest clear weather, hot sands, and blue waters, bringing only a bathing suit and a credit card.
I think the perfect assignment would include a bit of both. Perhaps a planned trip to the Amalfi Coast, with some research on the hot spots preferred by the Roman Emperors, Pompeii, and the local fishing industry. Then, of course, a tour de force of Amalfi cuisine and complementary vineyards. After that, an escape to Positano and its pebbly beach to write up my assignment and to swipe my credit card for dinner.
I think I will draw up a proposal for just such a trip; I wonder if there is a Jamboree in Sorrento?
What’s your ideal vacation?