Almost exactly three years ago, after writing and posting my travel stories for several years, I came across an item on LonelyPlanet.com stating they were looking for travel bloggers. At the time I was in Puerto Vallarta writing a daily column and quickly sent out an email to LP. A few days later, I was one of the new, “Lonely Planet Featured Bloggers”. What a thrill that was! Even though my first three years of living in Vietnam had been prior to the start of the LP Blogsherpa program, now a much wider audience would have direct access to all those stories and others to come.
An email the other day informed all the Blogsherpa writers that sometime in December the program would be eliminated and our posts will disappear from the pages of LP.com. Now all those lovely tales from writers traveling and living in places far and near will no longer be available with just a click on a Lonely Planet destination page.
My story about Building a Boat in Mui Ne, won’t be found on the Vietnam pages.
The one about the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden will also disappear.
There are the stories from Hoi An.
And Ho Chi Minh City.
And the one about the Golden Gate Bridge turning 75 this year.
I will miss my LP readers and miss the oportunity to share my stories with such a large audience.
Happy travel to all.