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Travel Story Teller

I have been a professional travel writer for more than 15 years – but I don’t do much of the “standard” travel writing. I don’t get into the “perfect day in …” stuff or the “10 best…” things, unless somebody’s paying well, of course! My travel writing is more along the lines of “So I was in this place one time, and this funny/interesting/sweet thing happened.” I try to take the reader along with me on the road. Here you’ll find links to my various travel stories that are published online. Enjoy. And see you out on the road.

Travel: Grey Dog Treats

  • Paul Gerald
  • February 15, 2012
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I won’t lie: I love the Greyhound bus. Or at least, I used to. I’m 45 now, and I hear it’s changed a little, doesn’t go to so many small towns anymore, everybody’s just on their headphones, and so on. But many of the travel articles I’ve written for the Memphis Flyer were inspired by…

“How Was Your Trip”?

  • Paul Gerald
  • February 10, 2012
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I really kind of hate that question. It’s nice that people ask, I suppose, but it cannot be answered, and really, they don’t want you to. All this was on my mind when I wrote this piece for the Memphis Flyer. How Was Your Trip? Struggling with the question no one wants you to answer….

On Paying the Idiot Tax

  • Paul Gerald
  • February 7, 2012
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Since I’ve completely lost my blogging groove lately, and life is swirling around very rapidly, I have decided to “get something out there” by digging into my Memphis Flyer travel archives and sharing some old pieces I wrote. This time around it’s one I did on the concept of the Idiot Tax, which I explained in…

More Trails and Tables of Tuscany

In April/May 2013, I will be leading a fabulous trip to Tuscany for the Mazamas, a Portland-based hiking club. It’s a combination of hiking, food and wine, and local culture and history. To find out more about Mazamas Outings in general, and get the forms you need to apply for the trip, visit the Outings website. To…

How I Chose Fulham

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 16, 2011
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On my recent trip to England I decided to adopt an English Premier League soccer team to cheer for. I love the game, and I wanted to catch a match or two while I was there. And I’ll pay more attention, and care more, if I have my own team. So I chose one —…

An Evening in Florence

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 28, 2011
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Third night of the trip, and I can start to feel the groove settling in. It starts in little moments, like getting a macchiato entirely in Italian, tossing it back, then standing in the doorway for a moment to put my shades back on before plunging back into the river of people. Or find a…