No matter where you’ve been or how often you’ve done it, there’s something about waking up on the morning you’re set to depart on a trip somewhere else, preferably exotic, that quickens the pulse and brightens the outlook. That’s the way it is for me.
The twinge of excitement you feel when you’re about to get on a plane, ship or train to pursue a story is part of the fun of being a writer. I’ve felt it from the time I started my career as a reporter on a daily newspaper in South Africa through my time as a foreign correspondent in Fleet Street (in the old Reuters building) and editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest magazine – for more years than I care to count.
Likewise I’ve enjoyed specialised travel writing to keep myself additionally amused. It’s invariably a labour of love, not mammon, as hard-working travel-scribe colleagues know. And I’ve had a fair amount of experience in the niche meetings and events (MICE) sector, having written on the subject for a variety of publications.
This site, to be complemented by a regular newsletter, is a manifestation of that enthusiasm. It’s aimed at meetings and events planners who seek genuinely useful information about where to go and what to do. That includes advice on destinations and properties, as well as cost, the most important consideration of all.
I hope you’ll dip into these pages and accompany me on the journey, and that you’ll find The Siteseer more-than-occasionally useful.