Jim Farber

member for over 8 years

Member Since:
Nov 2008

I have been working as a professional journalist and photographer since 1969 specializing in the arts and travel. I have worked for Public Television (KQED San Francisco), Daily Variety and was for more than 15 years an award-winning staff writer for the Copely Newspapers, the Copley News Service, and the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. I am currently a contributing travel writer / photographer for Creators Syndicate and its website creators.com, which distributes its travel package to more than 100 print outlets and online websites throughout the United States and abroad. I am also a contributing writer to the IFWTWA website magazine, Global Writes. My focus has been toward worldwide stories for people 50 and over who love the outdoors, the arts, cruising, excellent food and gracious accommodations— from helicopter hiking in Western Canada to a world music festival in Morocco. I also write about classical music and opera for Media News (the Los Angeles Newspaper Group) and San Francisco Classical Voice. 

Contact Information

IFWTWA Members Only

Contact information is for IFWTWA members only, please log in to view private contact information.

Social Networks




Published Books

Travel & Adventure

Collected travel articles by the writers of Creators Syndicate.

Published Articles (28)

Costa Rica’s South Pacific

The less traveled South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is a perfect place to find peace and harmony.

Tied to the Land in Costa Rica

An organic family farm and a National Geographic Five-Star Eco-lodge share a common connection to the land of Costa Rica.

“Travel & Adventure”

A collection of travel stories written by the contributing writers of Creators Syndicate.

Mammoth: There’s a Lot of There There

The Mammoth Lakes region of California is an adventure wonderland.

The Travel Adventures of Winnie the Pooch

A pampered pooch from LA discovers the call of the wild in the High Sierras.

The Other, More Peaceful, Santa Fe

Escape the hustle and bustle of Santa Fe’s Plaza and visit Museum Hill.

Going to Taos, Take the High Road

The beautiful scenic high road to Taos passes through villages as it climbs into the Sangre de Christo Mountains.

Roots Run Deep in New Orleans Plantation Country

The parishes of New Orleans are telling the history of slavery in a whole new way.

There’s Nothing Lonely About Lone Pine

Lone Pine California abounds in history and natural wonders— and the movies!

Santa Barbara, the Great Escape

Leave the car and hop on the train for a fabulous getaway to scenic Santa Barbara; relax at a seaside resort, dine on the freshest cuisine, sip wine in the […]

Embrace Your Inner Dinosaur in Alberta, Canada

Once upon a time, present day Alberta was a dinosaur paradise. Today it is a great family vacation destination, the real Jurassic Park(s).

The Annual Calgary Stampede is a Wild Ride

Covering Calgary Stampede, “The Greatest Show on Dirt!”

Island in the Sun: Anguilla May Be Paradise Found

A visit to the island of Anguilla including the Moonsplash Reggae Festival.

California’s Draught Causes Big Changes to Famous Parks

A winter trip to Sequoia and Yosemite reveals extend of impact by draught and global warming.

The Other Las Vegas

Las Vegas, New Mexico is a treasure waiting to be discovered.

Want to Know a Secret? Canmore, Alberta.

Forget fancy Banff. Canmore is the real thing.

In Search of the Northern Lights

What’s a Southern California boy doing in Fairbanks, Alaska in the dead of winter? Checking one off the bucket-list.

The Quiet Side of the Smokies

There’s a whole other world in the Smokies once you get away from Dollywood.

Countdown to the Winter Olympics

The clock is ticking down as Vancouver and Whistler British Columbia gear up for the Winter Olympics in February.

Getting Our Kicks on Route 66

We take to “The Mother Road” to explore the remnants and the history along Historic Route 66 between Los Angeles and Williams AZ, including a meal at the Roadkill Cafe!

Experience the Thrill of Heli-Hiking in Canada

Taking to the sky in a helicopter offers hikers in Western Canada the chance to go where few have gone before.

Los Cabos: Land of a Thousand Faces

From high-end New Age resorts to old colonial villages, Los Cabos offers a wide variety of travel options.

Mazalan’s Extreme Makeover

There’s a lot to discover in the newly restored historic district of Mazatlan.

Escape the Madding Crowds at Yosemite’s High Sierra Camps

A day-hike apart, Yosemite’s High Sierra Camps offer a degree of “luxury” at the end of a long and winding trail.

Get Away From it all on California’s Central Coast

From the soothing hot spring baths at Sycamore Springs Resort and Spa, to vineyard wine tasting in the Edna Valley, a trip to California’s Central Coast can be very rewarding.

El Eden’s Zip Lines Send You Soaring Over the Jungle

South of Puerto Vallarta, where the “Predator” once roamed, now you can take to the air and scream your way down one of El Eden’s amazing zip lines.

Todos Santos: It’s the New There

In all of Southern Baja there’s no place quite like Todos Santos, oasis on the ocean. But go soon because it’s about to become the new there there.

Why Chihuahua?

A guide on how to (and not to) visit Mexico’s Copper Canyon.

Global Writes (10)

California’s Drought has a Silver Lining for Visitors to Yosemite and Sequoia National Park

What’s wrong with this picture? It’s a perfect day in Yosemite Valley. The sun is blazing, the sky is a robin’s-egg blue, the waterfalls are gushing, trees are flowering, visitors are bicycling in short sleeves, frogs are croaking and the park’s famous bears are making their presence felt. So what’s […]

The post California’s Drought has a Silver Lining for Visitors to Yosemite and Sequoia National Park appeared first on Global-Writes.com.

Do You Want to Know a Secret? Canmore, Alberta!

Every year thousands of visitors to Alberta, Canada, motor west from Calgary into the Rocky Mountains, heading for the high-profile destinations of Banff and Lake Louise. After traveling for 50 miles along the Trans-Canada Highway into the scenic splendor of the Bow River Valley, they come to the off-ramp for […]

The post Do You Want to Know a Secret? Canmore, Alberta! appeared first on Global-Writes.com.

Discovering the Wonders of the Sea of Cortez

“The Gulf and Gulf ports have always been unfriendly to colonization. Again and again attempts were made before a settlement would stick. Humans are not much wanted on the peninsula.” From The Log From the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck, 1941. From the bridge of the Safari Endeavour the […]

The post Discovering the Wonders of the Sea of Cortez appeared first on Global-Writes.com.

It’s Mardi Gras Time in Shreveport, LA

“I think we’ll be OK,” said Dave (on-board chief of libations), as our two-story float, “The Duke,” with its massive figurehead of John Wayne, took its place in line for the annual Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras parade in Shreveport, La. “That is,” he added, skeptically looking up at the […]

The post It’s Mardi Gras Time in Shreveport, LA appeared first on Global-Writes.com.

A Mazing Experience at Saint Louis’s City Museum

Before his untimely death in a construction accident at the age of 61, sculptor, designer and recycler-supreme Bob Cassilly was to St. Louis, Mo., what the fantastical architect Antonio Gaudi was to the city of Barcelona, Spain. Cassilly’s civic sculptures of whimsical creatures cavort in a variety of public spaces […]

The post A Mazing Experience at Saint Louis’s City Museum appeared first on Global-Writes.com.

All Aboard! Next Stop the Klondike

On July 17, 1897, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a banner headline proclaiming “Gold! Gold! Gold!” and reporting that 68 men fresh from Alaska had arrived in town loaded down with “stacks of yellow metal.” The rush was on! They called themselves “stampeders” — those hearty men and women who found […]

The post All Aboard! Next Stop the Klondike appeared first on Global-Writes.com.

Winslow, Arizona: There’s More to Do Than Just Standin’ on a Corner

The titans of American banking and industry may have created the transcontinental railroads, but it took an enterprising Englishman named Fred Harvey to turn cross-country rail travel into a pleasurable experience. Through his contract with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, Harvey not only provided travelers with excellent food and […]

The post Winslow, Arizona: There’s More to Do Than Just Standin’ on a Corner appeared first on Global-Writes.com.

Goin’ to Surf City, Moroccan Style: Or Fiddling While Dakhla Burns!

The strangely festive mood that pervaded the Berber-style tent camp bivouac on the beach at Oum Labouir was strained by the knowledge that barely two miles away, rioters were battling in the streets of the small peninsula city of Dakhla on the southwestern coast of Morocco. Details of what was […]

The post Goin’ to Surf City, Moroccan Style: Or Fiddling While Dakhla Burns! appeared first on Global-Writes.com.

On the Road to Ouarzazate— Morocco’s Hollywood

Most people have probably never even heard of the high-desert city of Ouarzazate (home of the Atlas Film Studios) or the ancient fortress of Ait Benhaddou or the lush green palm oasis of Fint, but directors such as Ridley Scott (“Gladiator” and “Kingdom of Heaven”), Martin Scorsese (“The Last Temptation […]

The post On the Road to Ouarzazate— Morocco’s Hollywood appeared first on Global-Writes.com.

Why Chihuahua? For Copper Canyon

Between bloody drug wars, an epidemic of swine flu and the collapse of the economy, Mexico's tourism industry has been experiencing tough times — especially in Northern Mexico, where tourism has fallen as much as 60 percent. The state of Chihuahua…

The post Why Chihuahua? For Copper Canyon appeared first on Global-Writes.com.