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Julie Schwietert Collazo
As you can probably tell by the neglect of this blog over the past few weeks, it has been a very busy month at CollazoProjects headquarters… though, truth be told, we haven’t been at headquarters much at all. With back-to-back travels that have taken us to and through three countries and as many states, and a number of deadlines, including a massive project for Zagat that we’ll be excited to tell you more about soon, we haven’t had any spare time in November to speak of.
Not that we’re complaining.
One of the things that always excites me about coming back home is checking the mailbox to see what’s arrived while we’ve been away. In addition to a small stack of books that I’m reviewing for an assignment and the ubiquitous bills, there was this:
We’ve been waiting for a looong time to see my article in National Geographic Traveler’s “Best Places of the World 2013” issue to arrive our mailbox– six months, in fact–so it was exciting and gratifying to finally have it in hand.
Given our focus on Latin America and the number of international trips I’ve taken in the past year, you may be surprised to see that of the 20 near and far-flung places listed as the “best” places to visit in 2013, my pick is Memphis, Tennessee. (And no, Belize, Catalonia, and Mexico, I don’t love you one bit less!). You can read more of the backstory of how and why Memphis was selected on my writing and editing blog, Cuaderno Inedito.
Susan O’Keefe, one of my editors at National Geographic Traveler, said at last week’s excellent Travel Classics West Conference that writing a short article is often perceived as easier than writing a feature, but that is often not the case. I can definitely second that; my contribution to the list of 20 was commissioned for 400 words and I agonized over every one of them. As always, some incredible people and places got left out. Plenty of stories remain to be told (and hey, that’s what this blog is for). I hope you’ll pick up the December-January issue, which should be on newsstands soon, to learn more about why I love Memphis and why I think you might, too. And stick around here for some Memphis outtakes.