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Dear New York Times

I am the experienced, educated, and adventurous travel writer you are looking for. I love travel, experiencing new places and telling people about them. My wife and I launched this blog more than five years ago as a way to share our experiences with everyone.

I have a simple philosophy on travel: Even when visiting a sun-soaked paradise for a quick stay during a long northeastern winter, don’t spend your time at a resort. You will never get an accurate sense of a place if you don’t visit the places where local life happens.

I penned my first travel journal on a cross-country trip with my family. I’ll admit it wasn’t the greatest prose and at times I was reluctant to write. My second great journal detailed my pilgrimage to Greece to walk in the steps of my parents and grandparents and form a deeper bond with my heritage. I find the journals are a great way to keep my memory honest and not let me gloss over the details — like shivering all night long on a ferry to Crete.

That trip to Greece was more than 20 years ago and I’m pleased to report my writing and I have both matured. I spent most of my professional life as a journalist, starting at a community newspaper, working in college radio, then in small-market and large-market television as a photojournalist. I even published a novel. I became an investor in a vineyard and a sailboat and am working toward earning my amateur sailing certification. I’m also living out a childhood dream: Getting paid to watch cartoons. I’m working for a Japan-based anime blog reviewing shows. And that’s all on the side; the main focus of my professional life is creating educational videos for healthcare staff at a hospital system in western Pennsylvania.

Zeke takes a moment to write about some of his adventures in Tanzania

The need to explore our world has always been a constant calling over these years, leading me to Egypt where I stood under the pyramids and piloted a ferry across the Nile, to Italy where I fell in love with Florence and my wife, to Greece where I strengthened the connections with my roots, to Mexico where I went scuba diving in a cenote and swam among the mangroves, to Canada where I watched hockey and ate poutine, to Tanzania where I slept out on the savannah and listened to the leopards in the trees and the hyenas sniff around our tents at night, to the Bahamas where I ate conch and talked to a cab driver about his journey through addiction and into recovery, and to the US and British Virgin Islands where we explored the little-known beaches and out-of-the-way restaurants and cafés.

The daily grind of a deadline-driven life won’t be new to me. I can visit a place and quickly get a sense of it beyond what’s often seen by tourists. I’m a storyteller and an observer by nature, skills that every photojournalist should have, and can combine engaging prose with photos and videos to deliver a compelling story.

I use social media as a tool for work and even completed a year-long certificate course in social media management. I have wanderlust in my soul and I’m ready to take a year to explore the world and share the experience with your readers on all of your platforms.


Zeke Changuris


About No Kids, Will Travel

In the eyes of their friends and family, Amanda and Zeke are a young jet setting couple without any real responsibility. In real life, the stress of work and raising a kitten push them to flee reality at every opportunity. The "lack of obligation" gives them the chance to explore the world.

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