About Travis Marshall
professional travel writer, editor, and travel expert—not to mention wannabe travel photographer—I have harbored a lifelong passion for exploring the world. Right out of high school, my impromptu gap year in Hawaii devolved into 5 years on the tropical travel circuit, during which I lived and worked out of a suitcase in sun-drenched hotspots across the globe. I made my way guiding diving and snorkeling tours around the Caribbean, South Pacific and Middle East, as well as odd jobs in Europe and Southeast Asia. And I’ve since parlayed that experience into a modest career as a freelance travel writer and travel expert. I write travel guides and feature articles in a variety of magazines, travel websites, and books.
One of my first loves is scuba diving. I caught the bug for breathing underwater in high school, traveled the world teaching others the joy of exploring the ocean, and to this day it’s a sport that has provided some of my most memorable life experiences, like swimming with massive pods of spinner dolphins off Lanai, Hawaii, or spotting strange species on the remote reefs of Papua New Guinea. I’m also a budding travel photographer, with a specific interest in mobile and point-and-shoot photography. I feel strongly that it’s people who make great photos, not expensive cameras. And I’ve made it my goal to teach myself how to take better photos using only the simple tools at my disposal.
This website is the culmination of those complementary passions—a place where I can share personal stories of my life as a travel writer alongside the photos I take and the lessons and advice I learn in the process. If you like (or don’t like) something I’ve done here, or have images and stories of your own to share, feel free to drop me a comment/email/carrier pigeon.
Note: Yes, like everyone else trying to make a living in the travel content game, I do accept product samples from gear manufacturers, and travel assistance from tourism boards, hotels and activities operators in order to gather content material. However, all reportage is done with a sincere journalistic pursuit of truth and honesty, any opinions are my own, and I never make promises of positive coverage based upon said travel assistance.