Linda Kissam is the president of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association also known as  (IFWTWA). She is Based in Southern California and a professional travel, food, and wine writer.  She is author of, A Recipe for Temecula Valley Wine Country and founder of AllinGoodTaste. She is also a contributor to Big Blend Network and as well as writing two columns for

Linda Kissam, president of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association also known as (IFWTWA)
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The Finer Details of Episode 64 with IFWTWA President Linda Kissam!

In today’s episode, Linda Kissam shares the perks and benefits of joining the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) . Linda also shares tips to find media trips, the trifecta of outlets every blogger must have in place and tips to re-purpose your work. In this episode we also discuss:

    • Top tips for press trip; always come prepared, have intelligent questions prepared, take notes and always show up to everything joyfully and on time.
    • Tipping policy on media trips.
    • Why you should always ask if there will be an English speaking guide on international trips.
    • Benefits of writing for [Click to Tweet]
    • Why you must be able to write well and be consistent to write for
    • Why you must be able to balance your portfolio based on your goals.
    • Why you must have more than one outlet to land media trips.
    • Why you must keep copies of all of your submitted work.
    • How to re-purpose content.
    • How to write a listicle.
    • Why internet radio should be part of your portfolio.
    • Tips to get a first published piece.
    • Advantages of membership to the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA)
    • Importance of networking with other bloggers.
    • How to land media trips by joining IFWTWA.  [Click to Tweet]
    • How to get the most out of IFWTWA membership.
    • Why you need a minimum of seven-10 thousand followers on Twitter and Instagram.
    • How to find media trips through search tricks.
    • Why you call yourself an online journalist and not a blogger.  [Click to Tweet]

Thank you to Sue Reddel from Food TravelistRob Taylor from 2TravelDadsBrittany Kulick from thesweetwanderlust, Mary Ann Olson from iwriteabouttravelTricia Krohn from theadventurelist, Laura Lynch from SavoredJourneys, Noreen from WhatsinYourSuitcase for the great questions.

For all answers and full the episode >> Listen to Episode 64 Now!

Episode Resources
Ask Alexa
February Instagram Challenge
Travel and Adventure Show
Big Blend Radio
World Guides

Connect With Linda
Lindas’s Blog
Linda Kissam on Twitter
Linda Kissam on Instagram
Linda Kissam on Linkedin

Connect With IFWTWA
IFWTWA Website
IFWTWA on Facebook
IFWTWA on Twitter
IFWTWA Instagram
IFWTWA Youtube

Connect with Alexa, Break Into Travel Writing & My Travel Blog
The Aspiring Travel Writer, the Facebook group

Hope you enjoyed this episode and please join me in thanking Linda for sharing such awesome information and actionable tips! Interested in hearing the full podcast? Click here to listen now!


  • If your goal is press trips write for @examinercom via @LindaKissam on @writetotravel podcast [Click to Tweet]
  • Why you call yourself an online journalist and not a blogger via @LindaKissam on @writetotravel podcast [Click to Tweet]
  • Great interview with @LindaKissam, the president of @IFWTWA  on Episode 64 of @writetotravel podcast [Click to Tweet]
  • How to land media trips by joining @IFWTWA via @LindaKissam on @writetotravel podcast [Click to Tweet]

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Interview with Linda Kissam

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