The Bay Area Travel Writers Magazine

Each month, the BATW publishes a selection of travel articles from its membership. You can see some representative articles below but can browse all published pieces on the magazine’s Medium page. You can find Submission Guidelines here.

Mush Puppies

Author: Erin Deinzer

What’s a traveler to do if all he (or she) wants is to try dogsledding in a more relaxed, less-competitive environment?

In the Footsteps of Georgia O’Keeffe

Author: Lee Daley

“Though she rose to fame in New York City, O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico in 1949 and never looked back.”

Taking to the Road in the Old VW Bus

Author: April Orcutt

“I had tried to get boyfriends to buy vans, but the relationships didn’t work out — with the vans or the guys — so after college I bought the Blue Bus myself.”

John Steinbeck’s Valley of the World Revisited: A Photo Essay

Author: David A. Laws

“I found new residential estates spilling out into the fields, technology-enhanced agriculture making ever more efficient use of the valley floor, vineyards consuming former produce and cattle country, and giant windmills churning out megawatts of electric power. But … the essence of the settings invoked in his stories remained.”

Cuba through the Looking Glass

Author: Laurie McAndish King

“[Cuban art’s] generally naïve style, frequently fantastical subject matter, and usually inoffensive approach might seem to say, Don’t take me seriously. But underneath, for those who know how to read them, other messages await.”

The Best Way To Travel Through Switzerland

Author: Carol Canter

“Why did I think I’d read books when such cinematic splendor was taking place just beyond my seat? Waterfalls thundered, rivers raged, and wildflowers splashed moors and meadows with exuberant colors.”

The Seychelles: Fantasy Travel to the Garden of Eden?​

Author: April Orcutt

“With its vertically eroded granite rocks, lush green trees and exquisitely framed, petite white-sand beach — a tiny deserted world surrounded by an aqua and cobalt sea — Cocos Island must have been Eden.”

The Driving Reign

Author: Erin Deinzer

“Like many an obsessive “Game of Thrones” fan, I’m entranced by the idea of life in medieval Europe—including fairy tale images of castles, and the raptors that carried messages back-and-forth between them.”

Sailing Along on San Francisco’s Maritime Trail

Author: Karen Misuraca

“Although today the bay is plied by cruise ships, yachts, passenger ferries and freighters, a heroic and colorful seagoing past is preserved on the Bay Area Maritime Trail.”

Peggy Guggenheim at Home In Venice​

Author: Lee Daley

“Many have called her risqué, a term with which she would most likely agree. Fortunately, her treasured home — now open to the public — still houses her art collection in what is now the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Museum.”

Welcome to London

Author: David Laws

“I’m typically calm and collected about situations where I know there is nothing I can change. But a view of the pub where I planned to meet friends for dinner that evening, stirred a twinge of anxiety. There was a real possibility that I might not join them…”