Travel Writing

I’ve been in love with travel my whole life and having visited more than 65 countries, it was natural for me to become a travel writer. My articles and essays have appeared in many publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Traveler’s Tales, Insight, World Nomads and Moxy (UK).
If you have a few minutes you can listen to my podcasts on NPR.

Places in Time

Floreant Press 2005, Capra Press 2013, Legacy Book Press 2022

Best Travel Book of the Year by the North American Travel Journalists Association

Best Travel Book of the Year by the Western Region of the Society of American Travel Writers

Years ago, I set out to see the world. With high spirits and little money, I traveled not only far geographically, but emotionally, toward the hearts of others. I faced the violent grief of a Mexican sheriff, celebrated a wild elopement in Turkey and was initiated into a mysterious daily ritual with an Iranian forest ranger. Looking back, I’ve tempered my youthful encounters with mid-life wisdom. My goal was to capture the spirit of all those I met and evoke for my readers these cherished places in time.

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What the Critics Say…

The author’s obsession with not merely observing but slipping into the fold of other cultures distinguishes the collection of essays based on her 18-month around-the-world honeymoon. She could have told a rollicking good story had she written about it immediately after returning home, but by steeping in real life for years, the tales take on a transformative power. She writes with so much humor, suspense and wisdom. This is what travel memoirs should be, and so seldom are.Christine Delsol, Deputy Travel Editor, San Francisco Chronicle

Schur’s determination not merely to observe, but to accept, even integrate with other cultures distinguishes this essay collection from most travel memoirs.  A thrilling read…her amazing story speaks for itself.Forword Magazine

These essays are memorable in their reach: more than just recounting events in the life of the writer, they capture the atmosphere; they also distill the character of the local people and recount their stories. Schur’s fascinating account of her young life as a trusting, adventurous traveler will make the reader long for the seemingly carefree travel of the days before 9/11.Library Journal

To whet your wanderlust, here is a sampling of my  travel writing

Look for my essays in these travel anthologies: 

  • Paris – Traveler’s Tales 
  • The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 11 – Traveler’s Tales 
  • Wanderlust: Real Life Tales of Adventure and Romance-Random House
  • Paris in Mind – Random House
  • The Kindness of Strangers – Lonely Planet
  • A Woman’s Europe –Traveler’s Tales
  • Nepal – Traveler’s Tales
Maxine in Lingshui, China
Clay whistle seller, Hoi An, Vietnam
Schoolgirl in Tonle Sap-Floating Village, Cambodia
View from Wicklow Mountains, Ireland
Camel Driver in Eastern Iran
Warm persimmon cake, Muslim market, Xian, China
The sculptor, Benito Ortega, Todos Santos, Mexico
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Legong Dancer in Peliatan, Bali
Silversmith’s Temple Ca Tru Concert-Hanoi, Vietnam
Family-Rajastan, India
The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg Russia

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