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

Adventurer, curious traveler, photojournalist, and lover of gin. I am passionate about travel, nature, photography, art, writing, discovery, and creativity.

Winner of multiple gold, silver, and bronze medals from NATJA for travel writing & photography excellence -- earning medals every year since 2018. Gold medal winner 2021 to 2023 in the IFWTWA Travel Photography Awards, Best in Show award winner in the 2023 photography awards, and winner of the Excellence in Journalism award in 2022. Winner of a Juror's Award and Best in Show in the 2023 California State Fair photography competition. Winner of multiple awards in the 2023 OWAA Excellence in Craft competition – 2nd place Outdoor Adventure Writing; 3rd place Photo Essay; 3rd place Action Photography; 3rd place Wildlife Photography.

I have authored 16 books and penned hundreds of feature articles over the years. My byline has appeared in Backpacker, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Outside, The San Jose Mercury News, Portland Oregonian, etc.. My travels have taken me to all seven continents and 50 states in the United States.

I am a member in good standing with the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA), the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), TravMedia, and a media member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA).

Why did you join the community?

To join a growing community of people passionate about travel writing, travel photography, and just travel in general.

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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