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It was Mark Twain who said “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Let’s start counting the days because this is an ultimate compliment.

You can read my three-part Syrian series at TheBlot Magazine  (Wall St. New York).

Travelers' Tales humor books

Travelers' Tales humor booksCall for Humorous Travel Stories for Travelers’ Tales Anthology: Wake Up and Smell the Shit

I’m the editor for Wake Up and Smell the Shit, the Travelers’ Tales 2015 anthology of outrageous travel misadventures. You’re invited to submit your true stories of shitting, barfing, farting, bad situations, snakes, demons, hookers, robberies, accidents, peculiar medical procedures, hilarious sex-ploits, gun-toting drug crazed militants, or bureaucrats gone wild. This book can have it all. We want crazy travel stories that will make the reader laugh as they wake to the realities we are often protected from at home.

Travelers’ Tales is dubbed “the travel publishing giant” by Matador. Their books and stories are often award winning, sometimes bestselling, and the quality of writing is exceptional. If you’re not a pro at submitting to publishers, a good tip is to always read some of their work before sending them yours.

I’m looking forward to reading about your shitty trips, rollicking disasters, and upchuck-worthy experiences abroad.

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Iquitos, floating houses, photo by Kirsten Koza (Writers' Expeditions)


There is only room for five women on our Amazon River Boat Adventure. We’ll be departing from the bustling jungle capital of Iquitos, and leaving civilization to head to the jungle wilderness. The boat is owned by the proprietor of my favourite restaurant (Dawn on the Amazon – same name as the boat) in Iquitos, Peru.

Our Captain told me: The middle of November is a transitional water level period that varies from year to year. Water is rising from the low. How high it is will be will determine our destination. The Nanay River always has a navigable channel (read more…)

Machu Picchu, Cusco Peru (photo by Kirsten Koza)

photo by Kirsten Koza, Writers' Expeditions


The Inca Tale Writing Workshop in Peru: a six-day writing workshop for women, hosted by award winning travel author and anthology editor, Lavinia Spalding, at the “living Inca town” of  Ollantaytambo. You’ll spend five nights at Apu Lodge (named the best Posada in South America by the Guardian.UK ), take a train ride through the jungle to explore Machu Picchu, and you’ll have a Peruvian concierge/guide/translator (the owner of Peru Breathtaking Trips) for the entire expedition to pamper, entertain, educate, and offer up hidden adventures and new sensations to inspire your writing. (read more…)

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