COVID-19 We are believers in the life-changing aspects of travel. While travel may at this time be limited, not possible, or beyond your personal safety boundaries, that doesn’t mean you cannot dream, plan or get inspired, and our stories will help you do just that. If you do hit the road, traveling near or far, always remain informed and respectful of an area’s safety guidelines. Remember that operations and hours of businesses may temporarily change. To help guide your decisions about traveling during the pandemic please visit the CDC and check with local travel destinations.
WORK WITH US
Long-time journalists, savvy travelers, outdoor adventurers, and award-winning photographers — that’s us, Michael and Therese at HI Travel Tales. We offer a skillful combination of travel expertise and adept journalism paired with humor and curiosity that results in precisely what a destination wants.
We will consider all opportunities to work with appropriate travel brands and destinations. As earned media, we listen carefully to a destination’s needs, then go above and beyond in meeting them. For example, hosted trips to destinations have included:
Why do we keep saying “so far” about our resulting content? Because we insist our stories are pertinent and simply hum, which is often why additional ideas for stories, personal essays or photo essays will occur to us on or after returning from a trip – and continue to appear for months afterward. Plus, our ongoing social shares of existing stories throughout the following year on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn provide the extra juice that keeps eyeballs on our stories and readers interested in the destinations year-round.
We are happy to work with brands and DMOs to create sponsored posts that are in line with our editorial focus and our brand image. We will only work with companies we trust, and that provide travel services or travel products we will use ourselves. We are also experts at creating marketing packages for destinations and others. Please use our contact form to briefly describe your company, its services or products, and your specific ideas.
Product Testing and Reviews
As experienced product testers, we will (selectively) accept travel-related products to use and test for an extended period in the field. If we like the product, we can potentially include it in a photograph, product roundup, gift guide, or how-to. Please use our contact form if you have a product or line you’d like us to consider.
We have very limited display ad opportunities and use these for our content marketing partners and affiliate friends. We will consider advertising-only partnerships on a case-by-case basis, and only if the advertising is specifically related to travel.
Guest posts and influencer/brand links
We do not accept any pitches for guest editorial posts from sponsored writers or commercial businesses. We also do not offer free links to brands or influencers. We will consider paid no-follow links to select brand partners within existing editorial content only if the link makes editorial sense. Please use our contact form if you have a pitch and for our terms.
Expanses of almond orchards blooming in Modesto make for the perfect California road trip in the Central Valley. Time it just right on a February-March almond blossom cruise for a sensory overload of white and pink almond blossoms, buzzing bees, and the most intoxicating scent you can imagine.
For the third year in a row, HI Travel Tales has won multiple awards in the North American Travel Journalists Association national contest, the NATJA Travel Media Awards. For 2020, Therese Iknoian and Michael Hodgson took home five awards, all honoring outstanding travel photography.
No road trip to Mendocino County is complete without sipping a few of the best Anderson Valley wines. From casual newcomers to expansive long timers, here are a few down-to-earth wineries you must visit on your next California road trip.