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Fast forward 10 years. After graduating from college and trying out a few different jobs, I applied for -- and landed! -- a full-time travel writing and editing gig with a branch of a national travel organization. Accepting the position was risky -- it required my brand new husband and me to move about 15 hours away, at our own expense. It was also risky on the part of my new employer, as I didn't have travel writing experience, just the passion.
Unfortunately, the travel writing position didn't pan out the way I had hoped, and I made another career move where writing was still the focus -- public relations. Though my career went in another direction, I continued to write and began pitching myself as a part-time freelance travel writer. Editors bit, too -- my first freelance assignment was with Women's Health & Fitness, for which I wrote about learning to surf and rock climb.