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Michael Hodgson
Writer, Photographer, Co-Travel Conspirator, HI Travel Tales
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About me

Winner of multiple gold, silver and bronze medals from the North American Travel Journalists Association for travel writing & photography excellence -- earning medals every year since 2018. Gold medal winner in 2021 and 2022 in the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association Travel Photography Awards. I have authored more than 16 books and penned many hundreds of feature articles over the years. My travels have taken me to all seven continents and all 50 states in the United States.

I am a co-founder, editor, writer and photographer for HI Travel Tales offers a skillful combination of travel expertise and adept journalism paired with humor and curiosity that results in award-winning content.

My award-winning photography can be viewed, purchased and licensed on my gallery website at

Why did you join the community?

I want to join a growing community of people passionate about travel and using travel to improve the globe

What is your favorite travel destination?

Where ever I am traveling at the moment.

Where do you dream of traveling to?

Anywhere I have not been, and many of the places I have been to that keep drawing me back to learn more about them.

What was your first travel job?

Writing on assignment for the San Diego Union on taking children outdoors in the mid 1980s

What do you want to learn more about?

Everything and everywhere I travel to ... it's why I am a travel writer. I get sent on assignments to learn, indulge my curiosity, and share what I have learned and there's nothing better than that.

Three words that describe why we should travel?

Engage, immerse, explore.


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