Welcome! I am so glad you’re interested in working with me!
This is where you’ll find out all about what I do and who I’ve worked with (please see my Writing page for a running list of my bylines!). When we work together, you’re getting a passionate writer with an eye for the interesting and unusual and a heart for finding great stories. All of my collaborations come with snazzy publication reports one year after the partnership and/or media event.
I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s make something happen!
Media Collaborations & Partnerships
I have worked with companies and destination marketing organizations all over the world. Some of my favorites include:
As an independent writer and blogger, I am always willing and excited to work with tourism bureaus, nonprofits, and travel organizations to help you tell stories that make your destination shine.
How Do I Work?
When you partner with me, you’re getting an award-winning writer who has studied digital writing and the contemporary tourism industry extensively (after all, I wrote a dissertation on it….). As such, I am aware of and sensitive to the representation of places and people and I strive to write with care, inquisitiveness, and compassion. Because I am a freelance writer (and not necessarily a social media guru, although I will post updates and photos–with relevant and official hashtags–on social media!), what you’ll get with me are articles that span publications–both digital and media–and a range of interested readers.
Depending on the length and type of trip we do together, I can put together a proposal, send you ideas and refine them with your feedback, and give you an idea of what kind of coverage you can expect from me. For multi-destination trips, I always write and publish at least one article from each destination we visit, ensuring that you will get a full picture of our trip experiences.
Of course, please contact me if you are interested in partnering or would like a personalized recommendation from one of my previous partners. I would be happy to provide them for you!
Where Do I Publish?
My success rate in placing articles after a trip is very good. After a recent two-week trip to Eastern Europe with Viking River Cruises, for instance, I successfully placed 11 articles, ranging in content, destination, genre, and readership. Articles included (among others) a profile of an unusual beer-drinking ritual for Roads & Kingdoms, the scoop on a weird new food tradition and a profile of a female paprika farmer for Paste Magazine, a narrative essay on walking Budapest for Panorama: Journal of Intelligent Travel, and hotel reviews for properties in both Bucharest and Budapest for Hotel Scoop. Together, these articles reached hundreds of thousands of readers, many of whom might never have considered cruising to Eastern Europe before.
I invite you to check out the full publishing report to see how it looks when it’s all put together!
Some of my other favorite places to write for include:
Though I can’t always promise 11 articles (that will depend on the length and intensity of the trip!), you can rest assured that you will get so much more than a blog post or two summarizing our trip. Instead, I’ll tell stories to diverse audiences that illuminate your destination in surprising and unconventional ways (I mean, I’ve even written about Rasputin’s man parts, which are rumored to be preserved in Russia’s first sex museum). You’ll have to read the story.
Some of my recent press trips and partnerships include:
Orlando to Bahamas | Carnival Cruises (Nov. 2018): 4-day ocean cruise to the Bahamas with Carnival to explore creative, close-to-home weekend getaways
Sweet Home Alabama & Visit Mobile (Mar. 2018): Week-long trip to Mobile, Alabama and the Gulf region to promote Mardi Gras & #sweethomealabama
River of Gold | Viking River Cruises (August 2017): 9-day river cruise to promote Porto’s wine regions and other elements of agritourism (i.e., olive oil & desserts)
Tualatin Valley Tourism Bureau (Portland, Oregon) (Nov. 2016): Independent press trip to Oregon to promote Wine Enthusiast‘s “Wine Region of the Year” and local area vineyards
Miami CVB: Circa39 Hotel & Miami Culinary Tours (June 2016): Day trip to Little Havana with Miami Culinary Tours to report on Cuban food trends
Fathom + Impact Cruises | Voyage to Dominican Republic (June 2016): 7-day ocean cruise with Fathom Cruises, subsidiary of Carnival Cruises, to promote new “social impact” cruise line
Passage to Eastern Europe | Viking River Cruises (May 2016): 12-day river cruise to promote Eastern European itinerary to Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, and Hungary
Israel Ministry of Tourism & Geoffrey Weill Associates (Oct. 2015): 10-day trip with the Ministry of Tourism to Israel for a Culture & History Tour and to promote #visitisrael
Waterways of the Tsars | Viking River Cruises (May 2015): 12-day river cruise to promote Russian itinerary to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and river villages in the Golden Circle
New Orleans CVB (May 2015): Independent press trip to promote b&b options on Esplanade Ave. and sight-seeing in the French Quarter
Tourism Victoria, B.C. (Jan. 2015): Independent press trip to Vancouver and Vancouver Island to report on artifacts in the Royal B.C. Museum and high tea at the Grand Pacific Hotel
Malta Tourism Authority (August 2014): 3-day independent press trip to cities around Malta and Gozo, one of Malta’s older, smaller islands, to explore their agritourism initiatives
Art is Everywhere with Springhill Marriott and Ogilvy & Mather (June 2014): Launch of Manhattan Beach’s Springhill Marriott’s new campaign, Art is Everywhere. In addition to taking a curated trip with local art experts, we explored the unexpected places where art comes alive (in the streets, in a glass, on a plate, on a building), and promoted the launch via social media and blogging. #artiseverywhere
Costa Rica Tourism and TAM Travel (Nov 2013): Independent press trip to the northern region of Guanacaste. The aim of this trip was to increase awareness of Costa Rica’s northern state as well as contribute to longstanding efforts to promote environmental sustainability, nature tourism, holistic wellness resorts, and cultural diversity within the country
MSA Partners and Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) (Oct. 2013): Food/ingredients FAM trip to highlight rice-related cuisine trends in Japan
Tourism Malaysia and Colours of 1Malaysia (May 2013): Group FAM trip to Malaysia to participate in the annual cultural awareness festival, Colours of 1Malaysia and cover destinations like Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Mulu, Miri, and Langkawi
Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways (Nov. 2012): Invited by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Thai Airways (TG) to participate in a FAM press trip to Thailand with 5 other journalists/photographers from the U.S. and Korea to increase awareness about new flight routes to Thailand
Taiwan Tourism Bureau (May 2012): Invited to participate in a special FAM trip to Taiwan, sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Intertrend Communications, to increase awareness about Taiwan’s potential as a tourism destination for American travelers
Additional sponsorships include:
- The Westin Jekyll Island Hotel, Georgia
- The Orenco Hotel, Hillsboro, Oregon
- The Degas House, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Harbour Air Seaplanes & Grand Pacific Hotel, Victoria, Canada
- Dahlonega Spa Resort, Georgia
- Taste of Ko’Sin & Sheraton Wild Horse Spa Resort, Arizona
- Arizona Inn, Arizona
- La Princesa de Penasco Resort, Mexico
- Talus Rock Retreat, Sandpoint, Idaho
- Springhill Marriott Huntington Beach, California
- Red Agave Resort, Sedona, Arizona
- Elden Trails B&B, Flagstaff, Arizona
- The Carmel Garden Inn, Carmel-By-the-Sea, California
- The Cheshire Cat Inn, Santa Barbara, California
- Antelope Lodge, Alpine, Texas
- L’Auberge Wellness Resort and Spa, Sedona, Arizona
- Esplendor Resort, Rio Rico, Arizona
- Biltmore Inn, Asheville, North Carolina
- Lodge on the Desert, Tucson, Arizona
- Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Interviews, or, Where You Can Find Me Chatting With Interesting People Around the Web
- Travel Style: Kristin Winet, Johnny Jet
- Teacher & Travel Writer: How Kristin Winet Does It All, Twirl the Globe
- Eight Travelers Who Will Make You Want to Volunteer on the Road, Duke Stewart Writes
- Problems & Solutions with Traditional #Travelwriting, Travelscope blab
- Traveler Tuesday: Kristin Winet, Misadventures with Andi
- Kristin Winet: The Busy Travel Writer, Write Life
- “One Thing” Interview with Kristin Winet, 8/2/12, Stars on the Ceiling
Please get in touch with me if you have a product or service that you think my readers would enjoy. I’d love to hear from you!
Yours in travel,