Sunday, July 12, 2009


Our Society of Women Writers & Journalists is proud of its 500 members who earn their living by their pen (or keyboard). Among our numerous professional travel writers, we welcome Barbara Bothwell who has just returned from Florida where she has lived and worked for eight years.

As a former travel guide (Spain and Italy) it was inevitable that she would turn to travel writing. This was encouraged when she retired from the travel industry to become a legal secretary in the City of London. “The only thing that kept me sane was travelling overseas as often as possible,” Barbara admits, adding, “then writing about it.”

Now she writes articles about cities, their architecture and history, and one of her favourites, cruises. She has cruised and written about the Nile, Alaska, the Panama Canal, the Caribbean and Transatlantic cruises. Did she visit other places in the U.S.? As Americans say, “You betcha!” Cities up and down the East Coast from Bar Harbor to Key West; the West Coast from Seattle to San Diego (her two favourite West Coast cities). In between there were places such as Chicago and Mobile, Alabama.

Among other countries Barbara has visited are Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Cyprus, Crete, Italy, Portugal, Madeira, Belgium, the Netherlands, Budapest, Prague, Slovenia and Scotland. She has lived in Mallorca for seven years, in Venice (Italy) for five months and San Francisco for three months.

Barbara’s work appears in publications such as in-flights (Emirates, Gulf Air, Cyprus Air, Eva Air, to mention a few), cruise, business and consumer magazines (e.g. People’s Friend, Mature Living (US), Fort Myers Magazine (US) among others.