About Dale Sanders 2017
Dear Travel Professional,
Please find the below section which is designed to help you understand my various attributes and focused areas of expertise.
My Areas of Expertise:
+ Cruise Travel - With an emphasis on Small Ship Cruising, Themed Cruises and Luxury Cruise Lines
+ Historical travel - With an emphasis on Antiquities and Architecture
+ Coastal Destination Travel Worldwide
+ Island Resorts - Especially in the Caribbean and Riviera Maya - Note: I covered this beat in the 90's when I worked for all the major dive magazines, thus my knowledge of the Caribbean is extensive.
+ Florida - Florida Gulf Coast and Keys, and only to a slightly lesser degree the remainder of Florida
Why call on Dale Sanders for your writing assignment and photography needs…
A respected travel editor recently described me as "a visual storyteller." I believe this statement represents my primary objective while I am on assignment. In other words, I write from my most dramatic images. I believe this is what sets me apart from other travel writers, and has allowed me to win over 30 national media awards for my combined writing and photography.
Other travel professionals have said that I am a "turn key" photojournalist. Upon receiving and understanding the objectives of the publisher/editor for an assignment, I will… coordinate all travel and logistics, followed by visiting the destination to search out that unique and sometimes hidden story. Next, I set out to capture images in proper lighting conditions using only the highest-level professional Nikon FX camera systems. In all of this, my underlying purpose is to intrigue the reader to visit each destination via my written word and photography.
One of my traits is that I tend to submit story ideas that are “forward thinking and predictive” of what I believe will be... "future trends for everyday travelers." With that said, I am open to follow any new path editors prescribe to bring things in sync for their publication and my abilities. So you know, I excel at following assignment directives, and always produce comprehensive packages containing stimulating copy while being driven by dramatic photography. And best of all, I have never missed an assignment deadline in over 25 years.
Dear Travel Editor, I hope that you and your entire team will allow me the opportunity to demonstrate my abilities via an assignment for your publication. I am always looking for unusual adventures to bring interesting and motivating travel destinations to readers around the globe.
Dale’s Current Editorial Positions:
+ Senior Travel & Lifestyle Editor / Director of Photography - Luxe Beat Magazine -
http://luxebeatmag.com/magazine/ & www.LuxeBeatMag.com - The Daily Journal
+ Director of Photography - Food Wine & Travel Magazine - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6XVp0WiiLMcZloyRkU4TEczVzg/view?pli=1
+ Associate Editor - www.SmallShipCruises.com
+ Associate Editor - www.CruiseGourmet.com
+ Travel Editor - Antique Bottle & Glass Collector Magazine - http://tinyurl.com/7jzbwvk
+ Blog - Islands & Coastal Destinations: http://tinyurl.com/bod8hof
Society of American Travel Writers
North American Travel Journalist Association & Board Member
Int. Food Wine & Travel Writers Association & Co-Chair 'Cruise' Excellence Awards
Florida Outdoor Writers Association & Past President
Southeastern Outdoor Press Association
Places I have visited around the world…
Aitutaki, Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas (Extensive Abacos, Bimini & Exumas), Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Bequia, Bonaire, Bora Bora, British Virgin Islands, Canada (Victoria, Quebec City, Charlevoix), Canouan, Caymans (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac & Little Cayman), Cook Islands, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Greece (Gytheio, Sparta, Delphi), Greek Islands (Heraklion, Crete, Lindos, Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos), Grenada, Guatamala, Honduras, Huahine, Italy (Extensive all areas), Jamaica, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayreau, Mexico (Yucatan - Akumal, and Extra Extensive Riviera Maya), Moorea, Palm Island, Peru, Petit St. Vincent, Puerto Rico (Extensive Vieques), Rhodes, Rarotonga, Roatan, Saba, Sicily, St. Barths, St. Croix, St. John, St. Lucia, Sint Maarten, St. Martin, St. Thomas, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Sicily (Lipari & Aeolian Islands), Spanish Virgin Islands, Switzerland, Taha'a, Tahiti, Turkey (Kusadasi, Ephesus, Marmaris, Istanbul, Kaunos, Bodrum), Turkish Cyclades, Trinidad, Tobago, Turks & Caicos (Provo, Grand Turk, South Caicos), Union Island. To view images of all travel destinations and specialty categories CLICK HERE
I have been to all but a few states in the US. However, here are a few that I have an inner connection to and extensive photography… Florida (Extensive Keys & Entire Gulf Coast - Naples, Ft. Myers, Captiva, Sanibel, Sarasota, Venice, Marco Island, Tampa Bay Region - my home, Orlando, Winter Park, Central Florida Attractions & Resorts, Regular coverage remainder of state - hardly a town I haven't visited in my 45 years of living in FL), Alabama (Huntsville Region, Gulf Shores), Louisiana (Baton Rouge & Shreveport Extensive), Missouri (Extensive - my home state), New Jersey (Atlantic City Extensive), California (Newport Beach, Orange County, Napa, San Francisco, Long Beach, San Diego), Arizona (Phoenix, Scottsdale), Alaska, Washington (Seattle), Road Island (Newport), Illinois (Chicago), Hawaii, Washington (Seattle), Nevada (Las Vegas, Reno), US Virgin Islands.
1st Place - Gold Journalism Award for NATJA's 2013 Resort Category "Palm Island Resort: Florida's Coveted Secret, " Islands & Coastal Destinations:
Located on a pristine, natural stretch of sand sits one of southwest Florida’s most coveted secrets. It’s private, peaceful and somewhere special, you can’t drive your car to without taking the resort’s exclusive ferry. Sound enticing? Read on. Because this island community isn’t like anything you’ve ever experienced. In fact, it’s a place many vacationers consider sacred. One visit here will have you convinced that your journey into rest and relaxation is somewhat spiritual. Step onto the sand and you’ll feel as though you’ve transcended into nirvana.
If Goldilocks were to visit Palm Island Resort, she’d say it was “just right.” It’s a delicate balance of nature, glamour, adventure and respite. This hidden gem, tucked away in an oasis within Charlotte County, boasts 160 privately owned villas decorated in “Old Florida” style architecture. Each villa is uniquely decked out – cool, coastal and ultra inviting. It’s the exact vibe you’re supposed to feel as you disembark from the car ferry or boat you came over to this piece of paradise on….
1st Place - Excellence in Craft Award for FOWA's 2012 "Best Electronic Media" category, "Finding Your Tropical Chi" - Travel World International Magazine:
Shipwrecked!! The mere thought of such an occurrence conjures fear in most minds. Being stranded and alone on a remote island has long been a fear of seagoing sailors. Yet, today in our modern world, the idea of finding a pristine, untouched place on our cluttered sphere is magnetic to those seeking tropical beauty and solitude. Deep within the Pacific Basin, amongst the backdrop of the Cook Islands, a tiny motu islet known as One Foot Island exemplifies just such a place.
Although originally inhabited by early Polynesian explorers, the Cook Islands came to light for the rest of the world during the early voyages of Captain William Bligh on the H.M.S Bounty. Soon after his discovery of Aitutaki and One Foot Island in 1789, his mutinous crew set him adrift. Once saved and returned to England, Bligh’s accounts of this group of islands noted their extreme splendor amongst a vast turquoise lagoon….
2nd Place - Silver Photojournalism Award for NATJA’s 2011 “Cruise - Internet” category, “Living Large on Seabourn Legend,” Small Ship Cruises:
They say living large is a state of mind. However, once you step aboard the Seabourn Legend it becomes an absolute reality. It all starts when you make your way through the not so ordinary embarkation process. The lack of long lines is your first taste of Seabourn’s effort to treat you like something other than bovine….