Don George wrote the book on travel writing, literally. His book, Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing, is the best-selling travel writing guide in the world. Don is Editor at Large and Columnist for National Geographic Traveler and editor of BBC’s Words and Wanderlust section.

He’s been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, founder and editor of Salon.com’s Wanderlust travel site, and Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet. Don is the co-founder and chairman of the renowned Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference. He speaks and teaches regularly at conferences and on campuses around the world, and is frequently interviewed on TV, radio and the web as a travel expert.

He has visited 90 countries, and has published hundreds of articles in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide. He has edited ten award-winning literary travel anthologies, the most recent of which is An Innocent Abroad, which was chosen as one of the top 6 travel books of 2014 by the New York Times. Don is currently compiling an anthology of his own best travel stories, The Way of Wanderlust, to be published in August, 2015. His website is www.don-george.com.



Ginny Prior is the President of the Bay Area Travel Writers, an organization of 200 professional travel journalists. She has worked in media around the country and locally for over 30 years. Recipient of the UPI news/sportscaster of the year award, Ginny was the morning anchor on KSFO Radio in San Francisco for 10 years before beginning her freelance career and focusing on travel/feature writing and broadcasting.

Her travels have taken her snowboarding in Switzerland, kayaking in Iceland and dog-sledding in Lapland – and that’s just the beginning. She’s ridden a bull to the buzzer at the Grand National Rodeo and been the number two “man” in a bobsled on the Olympic course in Utah. Today she’s recovering nicely from hip surgery and acting with a little more restraint when it comes to covering outdoor adventures.

What students are saying about this class:

The class was an incredible experience, from the guest speakers to class field trips !

The trips were amazing! I learned so much about what it takes to be a travel writer.

Ginny Prior was always there for her students and was constantly helping in class – for this subject was all new to us.  She was also engaging as a teacher – we never just sat and did generic stuff.




  1. I’ve enjoyed reading and watching videos from tracyvasquez125. Her video of Captain Vineyard was fabulous. It was so professionally done that it doesn’t seem like a student. Its amazing whats in our own backyard. These articles have made me feel like becoming a tourist and taking a tour of my own city.

  2. Thank you for teaching your recent jan term class @ SMC, my daughter Katherine Crawford took it and really enjoyed everything she learned!! I enjoyed reading her web-site and hearing about all of the guests and adventures – Thank you for your dedication to education!

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